Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No. 813 Spools with Blue Ball Jar

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

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"

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. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

No. 801 Shropshires with Golden Goblet

Shropshires with Golden Goblet
Oil on Canvas Panel
9 x 12

It was hard to keep up with all the roses that bush produced this year.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No. 800! Bountiful Harvest

Bountiful Harvest
Oil on Gessobord
12 x 12

My Shropshire roses really out did themselves this year. They kept me on my toes too as I tried to capture just a bit of their beauty.

Friday, July 7, 2017

No. 799 Return to the Tetons

Return to the Tetons
Oil on Canvas Panel
9" x 12"

This was painted from a photo I took a few years ago in the gorgeous Tetons. Who knew Wyoming could be so beautiful? It was painted as a class demo. This photo doesn't do it justice but I'm really pleased how well the painting turned out.

If you are in the Mill Creek area stop by and say "hi" at the Mill Creek Festival this weekend. It's my first time having a booth there and I'd love to see some friendly faces.
For more information on the festival click HERE.

On an entirely separate note, a shout out to Sister Florence, my aunt-in-law and one of my most faithful blog followers. She's not is not doing so well these days and I just wanted to say thank you for looking at all my posts and telling me how much you enjoy them. It means a whole lot to me. Lots of love to you, Sister!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

No. 797 Pop Those Peonies!

Pop Those Peonies!
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

My students have been bringing in the most gorgeous bouquets of flowers to paint.
Sometimes I get to paint them too. Sometimes I get to just soak them in.
Either way, lucky, lucky me!!
Most importantly, they've been doing a splendid job painting them.

Cool door knocker in Vence.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No. 796 Tuips with Coffee 2

Tulips with Coffee 2
Oil on Canvas Board
6" x 8"

Click to Bid

  I will be participating in three festivals this summer. The first one is July 8th and 9th in Mill Creek. With that in mind, I've been trying to beef up my inventory of small paintings. This was painted earlier this spring when tulips seemed to be everywhere. I have a lot more small paintings to share and you may have noticed I'm super close to blog post 800. So look out for a posting burst in the very near future.

More photos from my trip to France:

Matisse's Museum in Nice.

 A close up of one of the planters. Love the green against the red of the building.

A church nearby.

A close up of the detail above the entryway complete with pigeons.

Friday, June 16, 2017

No. 795 Easter Egg Radishes

Easter Egg Radishes
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

I can't get over the colors of these lovely radishes. I found this particular bunch one early spring day at the farmer's market in Coupeville.

I have a couple more paintings and watercolors from France but they still need to be photographed. Oh yes, and lots of photos to share. Stay tuned....

Monday, June 12, 2017

No. 794 La Porte

La Porte
Oil on Linen
7" x 5"

I painted this on my last day at Ville le Reve. It is the view from one of the second floor studios through an open door, over a balcony and out to the Mediterranean. It was a super quick painting and I intended to come back and work on it some more. I've had such a good response from people who have seen it that I decided to leave it as is.

I took a bunch of video with my new GoPro while I was in France. Here is a link to a 3 minute video of a little walking tour of Ville le Reve or the home and studio of Matisse in his later years.

Click here for the video.

Friday, June 9, 2017

No. 793 Another Gate in Vence - Plein Air

Another Gate in Vence
Oil on Linen
7" x 5"

As I was saying, I need a lot more practice painting old medieval towns. I hope I don't have to wait too long before I get another opportunity.... :) This view, with the curved walls, really gave me a run for the money. Lots of people came up to chat with me while I was painting, making me really wish I knew more French.

 In the meantime, here are some photos from the flower market in Nice.

Monday, June 5, 2017

No. 792 Outside the Gate - Vence

Outside the Gate - Vence
Oil on linen
7" x 5"

Vence has several gates with great views into the heart of the city. This was my favorite. When I set up to paint this early in the morning, I didn't immediately realize I was directly in front of an artist's gallery. When the artist came to open up his shop, I apologized for being in his way. He said no problem and invited me to come in when I finished. That was just the start...

This is what I saw walking into Christian Ruiz's studio. This is one prolific, dynamic painter. He studied art in Paris, is an internationally renown painter and has been living with his wife for twenty four years in Vence.

A large piece he had just finished working on. I decided to buy a small painting but didn't have cash on me so told him I would come back in the afternoon. When I came back the gallery was closed but Christian was waving from his house nearby. He had told me that he had a lot of work there as well.

Christian standing in the doorway of his gallery with his house in the background.

With both him and his wife waving me towards the house, I decided to check it out. Christian wasn't kidding. He had a ton of work in his house.

I got the distinct feeling that if it didn't move, Christian would paint it. Furniture, walls, found items, nothing was safe from Christian's energetic, colorful brush.

The cup of coffee they gave me on Christian's dining room table.

Christian playing a special "drum" used for flamenco music.
It was quite a treat getting to know a local artist and his wife. I will thoroughly enjoy the piece I bought. Thanks so much for the hospitality and wonderful little painting, Christian!

If you would like to see more of Christian's work visit his website at www.peintures-artistiques-ruiz-vence.com/

Sunday, May 28, 2017

No. 791 Ville Le Reve - Morning

Ville Le Reve - Morning
Oil on Canvas
7" x 5"

A lovely morning out on front of Matisse's studio.

Beginning stage of painting.

A palette extension my clever husband built for my smallest pochade box.

Works great, honey! Thanks so much!