Friday, December 15, 2017

No. 836 Spools on a Green Book


Spools on a Green Book
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

Squeezing in a last spool painting, a little on the cool side.

-Susan

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

No. 835 Vintage Ornament #1


Vintage Ornament
Oil on Canvas
7" x 5"

The center of this ornament was quite the challenge to paint. I'm hoping it reads sparkly.

No. 834 Santa on a Ribbon


Santa on a Ribbon
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"

I did a painting very similar to this a couple of years ago. It's a glass ornament I inherited from my mom. She was very, very fond of Santa. I've looked for glass ornaments as charming as this one for years and have yet to find one I like as well as this one. So why not paint it again?

-Susan

Thursday, December 7, 2017

No. 833 A Pair of Apples


A Pair of Apples
Oil on Canvas
5" x 8"

Click to Bid

A demo for one of my new students. It's great when we can paint an exercise together and I never get tired of painting these apples.

- Susan

Monday, December 4, 2017

No. 832 Variation on a Theme


Variation on a Theme
Oil on Canvas
6" x 6"

Click to Bid

A different book and slightly different arrangement. I'm pretty happy with this one.

- Susan

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

No. 830 Bowls of Spools on a Red Book


Bowls of Spools on a Red Book
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"


I've gotten a lot of mileage out of those spools!

- Susan

Thursday, November 30, 2017

No. 829 Creamer with Spools


Creamer with Spools
Oil on Canvas Board
5" x 7"


I believe the best part of my most recent spool painting is the brass thimble.

-Susan


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

No. 828 Glass Ornament Mini with Red and Gold


Glass Ornaments with Red and Gold Mini
Oil on Canvas
2.5" x 3.5"
Sold

I created a whole series of these glass ornament minis for the Rexville Grange show. I really get a kick out of painting these little guys.

-Susan

Monday, November 27, 2017

No. 827 Mini Spool Trio with the Blues


Mini Spool Trio with the Blues
Oil on Canvas 
3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Another mini to add to the collection.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

No. 826 Plein Air at Cooper Lake


Plein Air at Cooper Lake
Oil on Canvas Panel
8" x 6"
SOLD

I discovered this wonderful view while exploring mountain roads near Roslyn. It was a beautiful fall afternoon with a sprinkling of snow on the mountain tops and the vine maples practically glowing in scarlets, oranges and yellows.

It's the time of year to focus on gratitude. I have many, many things to be thankful for not the least of which is you taking the time out of your day to take a peak at my art work. Best wishes to you for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No. 825 Mini Spool Trio


Mini Spool Trio
Oil on Canvas Mounted on Mat Board
3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

$25.00

Had a great time at the Rexville Grange art show this weekend. Love to chat with fellow artists while working there. I couldn't resist doing a little shopping of my own. A few of my mini paintings came home with me. I'm going to post them for sale without auction over the next few days just in case someone would like to use them as a stocking stuffer for that quilter in their life. :)

Monday, November 20, 2017

No. 824 Fall Pansies


Fall Pansies
Oil on Canvas Panel
8" x 6"


While I brace myself for the dark, cold days ahead, it's a relief to see these cheerful faces still hanging around.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

No. 823 Bavarian Chicken


Bavarian Chicken
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"


I shot the photo for this painting while staying at a lovely bed and breakfast just outside of the Bavarian themed town of Leavenworth. 

I actually painted it while doing a demo of lovely Williamsburg oil paints at Daniel Smith's vendor event in Seattle. It's one of those events where any money you earn is immediately spent on cool supplies seen at the next person's demo.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

No. 822 Ornament Mini

Mini Ornament #1
Oil on Canvas
3 1/2 x 2 1/2


Mini Ornament #2
Oil on Canvas
3 1/2 x 2 1/2


Mini Ornament #3
Oil on Canvas
3 1/2 x 2 1/2

I have a bunch of my paintings on display at a great little art show near Mt. Vernon. I created a whole series of mini ornament paintings especially for the show. I'm thinking they would make great stocking stuffers. I'll be working there next weekend. If you are able, come by and say hi!!



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

No. 821 It's Cool That It's Old but More Important - It's Red!


It's Cool That It's Old but More Important - It's Red!
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
7" x 5"
I'm sad the photo doesn't do this justice because I REALLY like the way this painting turned out. Found this little red beauty in an antique shop in Cashmere.





Monday, October 30, 2017

No. 820 Please Don't Make Me Sneeze


Please Don't Make Me Sneeze
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

Click to Bid

  I cut these sunflowers at Bailey's U-Pick farm. It was a bit of a dangerous operation as the bees were everywhere and really didn't want to give up those flowers.
 
Did I mention how disappointed I am that sunflowers make me sneeze?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

No. 819 The Onlooker



The Onlooker
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"

Click to Bid

I painted this before I realized the sunflowers were making me sneeze. :)
It's also part of a class lesson on developing a focal point. Not sure of my success here. What do you see as the focal point?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

No. 818 Fall is Here!

Fall is Here!
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"

 
I so enjoy painting sunflowers. After sneezing and sneezing and sneezing, it finally occurred to me that perhaps I wasn't coming down with a cold. It was those silly sunflowers! Maybe it's time to find a really nice silk version. :(


Another pic from the pumpkin patch.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

No.817 Nesting in the Pumpkin Patch - Plein Air


Nesting in the Pumpkin Patch - Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"

How could anyone resist painting these adorable squash and pumpkins?
 

A pic of my pochade box, painting and adorable subject.



Carol painting away and looking picturesque as usual. :)




Monday, October 23, 2017

No. 816 The Big White One - Plein Air


The Big White One
Oil on Canvas Board
6" x 8"

There's not one but two super cool old trucks to paint at Bailey's pumpkin patch!

Click to Bid

My class enjoying a lovely fall afternoon painting in the pumpkin patch.




I'm not the only one liking that little red wagon. Go, Connie, go!

 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

No. 815 Bailey's Little Red Wagon with Pumpkins - Plein Air


Baily's Little Red Wagon with Pumpkins
Plein Air
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

There was a new addition to the Bailey pumpkin patch this year. This adorable little red wagon was just waiting to be filled with all manner of pumpkins and squash.



Friday, October 20, 2017

No. 814 The Return of Big Red - Plein Air


The Return of Big Red
Plein Air
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

The Bailey Pumpkin Patch has to be my all time favorite place to paint this time of year. I just can't get enough of painting this super cool, old, red truck covered in pumpkins.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No. 813 Spools with Blue Ball Jar


Spools with Blue Ball Jar
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"
Sold

Winding up for a very busy September. Oil painting classes in my studio start again next Wednesday and several great plein air trips are coming up with PAWA. It's going to be a great month!

If you have any interest in studying oil painting with me, just email me at dsmcm678@yahoo.com for more information and the current class schedule. I'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

No. 812 Spools Cascading in Ball Jar


Spools Cascading in Ball Jar
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"
Sold

Had a great time at the Fresh Paint Festival. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by and especially to those who took something special home with them. You are all very much appreciated!

 
Now that's how you want to see a booth! Full of lots of visitors! Also, you can see my new banner above. A big thanks to Don for creating the special supports that attached it to my booth. You're my hero!


My daughter, Anika, way in the back, manning the booth for her fourth year!

 
My daughter, Megan, waiting to carefully package that next sold painting.
 
 
The view outside my booth.
 
 
The little musician playing his violin outside my booth. Wow, could he play! It was another beautiful weekend on the Everett waterfront.

Friday, August 18, 2017

No. 811 A Book in the Garden


A Book in the Garden
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"

Okay, tomorrow is the day! It's the beginning of the Fresh Paint Festival on the Everett waterfront. Lots of last minute preparations happening around here. Looking forward to a great festival! I have a slightly different location this year. I'm a little closer to Anthony's. My both number is 42. Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you are able to come. 

For more detailed info on the festival click HERE.

No. 810 Buttons and Such


Buttons and Such
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

What? Fresh Paint Art Festival is two days away? How did that happen?

The Coupeville Festival was great. I think mild weather helped out. Here's to some great weather this weekend too!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

No 809 Colleen's Flower Boxes - Plein Air




Colleen's Flower Boxes
Plein Air
 Oil on Canvas Panel
 6" x 8"

I made a couple of trips to the island this summer specifically to do some plein air paintings for the festival. I got lucky and sold a few off the easel. This is one of them. Just love Colleen's flower boxes!

If you are able to come to the festival in Coupeville this weekend be sure to stop by and say,"Hi!" My booth is next to Toby's Tavern on 1st street. See you there!

Friday, August 11, 2017

No. 808 Garden at Captian Whidbey Inn - Plein Air


Garden at Captain Whidbey Inn
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Board
6" x 8"

Painted recently on a  hot summer afternoon in the beautiful little garden of the delightful Captain Whidbey Inn just northwest of Coupeville. 

Tomorrow is the big day! Cross fingers all goes well. 


A very nice passerby shot this photo of me working on the painting above.

 





Thursday, August 10, 2017

No. 807 Coupeville Wharf - Plein Air


Coupeville Wharf
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"

One of my better plein air paintings of the wharf in Coupeville. Painted earlier this summer. We're mostly packed for the Coupeville Art Festival and headed to the ferry early tomorrow morning to beat the summer traffic (hopefully). 

Two days until the festival!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

No. 806 Daffs by the Doorway


Daffs by the Doorway
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 8"

This was painted using a method Shelby Keefe prefers. It begins with an acrylic under-painting using colors complimentary to what will eventually be placed on top. The idea is to let little bits of the under color show through in the final painting. It makes for a pretty vibrant painting in the end. 

Coupeville Art Festival countdown starts - 6 days. That means six days to squeeze in a couple more paintings, fix old ones, varnish finished ones, make sure I have everything I need, update my website, prep drapery and table clothes and a few other things I'm forgetting at the moment. Time to start a to-do list!



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

No. 804 Ooo! La! La!


Ooo! La! La!
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

I found these adorable shoes at an antique shop in Snohomish. Sadly, they are way to small for me to actually wear. But! Not too small to paint. :)

You may be wondering why the frequent posts lately. It's because daily painting has really been on my mind. I have two art festivals coming up in the next couple weeks were I will be out selling them.

The first is the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, August 12th and 13th. If you need an excuse to come to Whidbey Island and you enjoy art festivals, this is your ticket. For more info on the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival click HERE.

The second festival is the following weekend, August 19th and 20th. Fresh Paint is Everett's best kept secret. Both festivals are held by the sea but this one really emphasizes artist demonstrations. So if you like to see how art is created get more info by clicking HERE

My advice for attending an art festival is to come early! Maybe even a bit before it starts when the temperatures are still cool and the parking is ample.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

No.803 Shropshires with Green Vase


Shropshires with Green Vase
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

More roses you say? Ooooohh yes!


And a photo from France - Antibes, France to be exact. Couldn't resist the color of the table and chairs next to the texture of the iron work on the doors.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

No. 802 Shropshires with Blue Jar


Shropshires with Blue Jar
Oil on Gessorbord
12" x 12"

Did I mention how prolific my Shropshire rose bush was? :) 
In this painting, I'm super proud of how the upper left rose turned out.