Merry Christmas Eve! (If you're not reading this before midnight). If I had to choose which day I like better Christmas or Christmas Eve, I would choose Christmas Eve hands down. Can't beat the thrill of anticipation!
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?
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.
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. :)
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.
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!!
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. :(
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.
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.
Colleen's Flower Boxes
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!
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).
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!