Wednesday, June 6, 2018

No. 876 Little Ones


Little Ones
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

Before painting this, I had no idea how difficult painting cute, fuzzy, little chicks could be. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

No. 875 San Juan Capistrano Mission - Plein Air


San Juan Capistrano Mission - Plein Air
Oil on Gessobord
5" x 7"

This is from my trip to teach in California in February. Peggy took me to the San Juan Capistrano Mission to paint. Wow! I could've painted there for days. Thank you again, Peggy! You're the best!

Friday, June 1, 2018

No. 874 Tulips in Glass Vase


Tulips in Glass Vase
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"

Tulips are not easy to paint. Flowers in general are not easy to paint. I had a tough time this year doing any still life with tulips that I was very happy about. I did end up being pretty happy with this one.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

No. 873 Clouds Over Mt Vernon

 

Clouds Over Mt. Vernon
Oil on Canvas Panel
5 x 7
Sold

The only thing prettier than the tulip fields are the clouds above them. 



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

No 872 Skagit Valley Magic


Skagit Valley Magic
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"
Sold

Another take on the tulip field/cool old barn combo.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

No. 871 Tulip/Barn Magic


Tulip/Barn Magic
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

Really, what could be more picturesque than brightly colored tulip fields ending in a cool old barn?

Monday, May 28, 2018

No. 870 Emerald Bay - Plein Air


Emerald Bay - Plein Air
Oil on Gessobord
5" x 7"

Way back in February, my dear friend and past student, Peggy, invited me down to California to teach small painting workshop. What an amazing treat! It was the perfect break from all the Northwest cold and grey. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Not only was teaching the workshop fun but Peggy took me out to do a little local plein air painting too.  Thank you again, Peggy, from the bottom of my heart!!



Palm trees are so cool.


Me holding fresh picked grapefruit right off the tree! I'm still amazed!

Friday, May 18, 2018

No. 869 Charmed by Charles


Charmed by Charles
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

Oh, my poor neglected blog! Thanks for hanging in there with me. Things have been beyond busy around here, in a good way though. The Mt Vernon show way exceeded my expectations. Don and I went on a great PAWA trip to the eastside of Washington. We've had lots of plein air field trips in class. Last but not least, four of my paintings have found their way into local art shows.

"Charmed by Charles", a fabulous rooster I met at Bothell Country Village, is one of two paintings excepted into the Little Gems Show in Anacortes next month.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

No. 868 Roaming the Village


Roaming the Village
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"

Oh, my! We had some terrific bird paintings come out of class last month. Yes, our theme was chickens.  I found this fellow calmly dodging a toddler at Country Village in Bothell.

On a separate note, after weeks of feverishly working on paintings for the Rexville Grange show, I'm happy to say they are done and delivered! For those who are interested in attending this great little show while they are checking out the daffodils or tulips in Mt. Vernon...




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

No. 867 Tulip Fields at Sunset


Tulip Fields at Sunset
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

I just finished painting a 12" x 12" version of this one. Wow, that was a gorgeous evening. The perk of spending an entire day in the tulip fields is you get to see these special light effects.




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

No. 865 Return to the Fields


No. 865 Return to the Fields
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

It's that time of year! Spring has arrived and the tulips are poking their heads up in the garden. For me that means getting ready for the art show in Mt. Vernon. I really enjoyed getting to know the local artists there last year and look forward to hanging out with them again.

I'm giving you guys first shot at my newest collection of tulip field paintings before I take them up to the show...

Saturday, March 3, 2018

No. 864 Return to the Wetlands


Return to the Wetlands
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

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Once again returning to the wetlands near my home on a grey but not super soggy day. I have to say I'm really starting to dig this winter color palette.

Friday, March 2, 2018

No. 863 Primrose Gratitude


Primrose Gratitude
Oil on Gessobord
5" x 7"

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The last of the January primrose paintings. I found this old Coca-Cola tray at an antique store in Snohomish. At the time I felt a little guilty about buying it. Guilty no more! I LOVE those primroses in that old tray. They make me smile every time I spot them outside the front widow.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

No. 862 Toolbox Meets Primroses on Steps


Toolbox Meets Primroses
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

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Two of my favorite subjects this January- together!



This is my favorite winter plein air painting layer. It's a second hand cashmere sweater - soft, thin, warm, colorful and wonderful. I purchased several of them from Thredup.com averaging about $20 each.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

No. 861 More Primroses


More Primroses
Oil on gessobord
6" x 6"


On yet another fabulously wet and windy day, I sat on my own front porch and enjoyed painting these cuties.


If a pair of feet could have heroes these boots would be mine. They are waterproof, insulated boots by Vasque and kept my feet warm and dry no matter how wet the day was.

Friday, February 23, 2018

No. 860 Primroses Tucked on the Side


Primroses Tucked on the Side
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"


Money well spent on these primroses as they were a bright spot on particularly grey days.




My favorite gloves when painting this time of year. They transform from mittens to fingerless and back again to mittens when the fingertips get frosty.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

No. 859 Bailey's in Winter


Bailey's in Winter
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

I've spent a lot of time here during the fall but never in the winter. It was a windy, rainy day. I was super lucky to get permission to set up under the eave of the closed vegetable stand where it was dry and wind free. Few! What a difference!


Another important piece of my winter plein air gear. Layering is key and this Odlo insulating base layer made a big difference. Also purchased on sale via REI.

Monday, February 19, 2018

No. 858 Toolbox Meets Pumpkins


Toolbox Meets Pumpkins
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

The next benefit from painting outdoors in January is freedom from cabin fever. I had never really noticed how trapped I was feeling until I no longer felt that way. Good clothing really goes along way in this department. Actually I was inspired to do this whole painting outdoors thing by a Norwegian saying, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes". You may want to argue about this but I felt there had to be something to it. 
So in December, when all the good sales were on, I invested in a NorthFace coat from the garage sale department of REI. I'm telling you right now, it made all the difference!


This mid calf length down coat was secret to my winter outdoor painting success. Sure I looked like a small round abominable snow person but I was warm!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

No. 857 Sunset at Lowell Riverfront Park


Sunset at Lowell Riverfront Park
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"


When a person has been in my class for awhile I often have them tell me how much more they see in everyday life since starting class. Everywhere they go they see more color than they ever did before. I think it is a particular gift of being an artist. It's like layers of veils being removed from our eyes.  So exciting!

Well one of the best gifts of painting outside this January was having a few more veils removed from my eyes. It took a bit more time to notice the beautiful colors everywhere but they were most definitely there!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

No 856 Taking a Break


Taking a Break
Oil on Gessobord
5" x 7"


This one is part of my January painting challenge. I was really happy to complete the challenge painting outside every day during the month of January. I made lots of great discoveries and will share those with you in the following days. 

Almost immediately after the challenge I was given the opportunity to teach a small workshop in southern California. How cool is that? I'll share more about that very soon too!

Most recently I've been having a blast watching the Olympics with my family. I thought this painting of a pair of ice skates was timely. :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

No. 855 Perfect Primroses


Perfect Primroses
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

 
It's always so wonderful to see those first primroses show up in the stores. These three are from a flat of 12 that I got at Costco for only $11! I might have to head back and see if I can snag another flat...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

No. 854 Persistant Pumpkins


Persistent Pumpkins
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

Finally! I got a chance to paint these pumpkins.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

No. 853 Neighborhood Wetlands


Neighborhood Wetlands
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

I discovered this place close to my home on a bike ride the other day. I was totally surprised and had no idea there was public access to this little gem of a wetland. I hope it survives the nonstop development in this area.

No. 852 Winter Sunset on Baker


Winter Sunset on Baker
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

A sunset off of Lowell-Larimer road during our very short but glorious break in the weather. Loved the rain puddles in between the furrows in the field reflecting the sky.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

No. 851 Mt. Baker from Penn Cove


Mt. Baker From Penn Cove
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

While I continue to paint outside everyday, I've not been so good about posting. Few of the paintings are finished outside because it's just too cold and wet but this past Sunday was a different story. It was a flat out gorgeous day and a perfect one to visit Coupeville on Whidbey Island.

Morning ferry ride.

Looking back from the ferry to my home town of Everett.

Calm waters at the wharf in Coupeville. Gosh I love that little town.

View from the ferry trip home.










Sunday, January 14, 2018

No. 850 Sleeping Solar Lanterns


Sleeping Solar Lanterns
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

I adore solar lanterns. If I had my way my backyard would be full of them :) This is most of my collection peacefully hibernating until sunnier days.

Friday, January 12, 2018

No. 849 Harvery Airfield & No.850 Heck of a Hellebore #2


Harvey Field
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

Diana and I were excited to get permission to paint at the Harvey Field airport in Snohomish. Not only is it filled with all kinds of interesting things to paint but the hangers provide great shelter from the wind and rain.




Heck of a Hellebore #2
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

Taking another crack at this lovely hellebore in my backyard.


Monday, January 8, 2018

No 848 Off Springhetti Road


Off Springhetti Road
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"

Not just soggy but a super soggy day.  I got three quarters of the way done with this painting before I had to call it quits and finish it at home. Next time I'm going to use two umbrellas instead of just one! And I think it's time to pull out my snow boots...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

No. 847 Heck of a Hellebore


Heck of a Hellebore
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

A return to the backyard painting a hellebore I picked up the previous day at the nursery. I've been surprised at just how peaceful it can be painting outside on these grey, wet days with the rain pitter-pattering on my umbrella.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

No. 846 Nursery Sanctuary

Nursery Sanctuary
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"

It was so, so soggy yesterday. I looked all over Snohomish for a dry, interesting place to paint outdoors. I was seriously doubting the wisdom of this whole project when I happened upon McAuliffe's Nursery. It's a really great nursery by the way. They were kind enough to let me sit under cover among the plants and paint some of their pots.

Friday, January 5, 2018

No. 844 & 845 Backyard Plein Airs


Backyard Plein Air -2
Oil on Canvas Panel
7" x 5"

Day three of the challenge. It was a chilly one. Thank goodness for the hand warmers Don put in my Christmas stocking. This is the wreath on the door of my studio. 



Backyard Plein Air - 1
Oil on Stretched Canvas
7" x 5"

Day two of the challenge. Not nearly as successful as day 1 or 3 but there you are. These are bottles in the window of my studio.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

No. 843 Toolbox Latch on a Winter Afternoon


Toolbox Latch on a Winter Afternoon
Oil on Stretched Canvas
6" x 8"

January bums me out big time. Every year I try something new to cheer myself up. The only thing that seems to work is a trip to sunny Colorado. Alas, that isn't always possible. This is one of those years. 
My newest attempt to evade the winter blues is to do a plein air everyday in the month of January. I'm hoping all that time outside and a challenge to focus on will do the trick. So this is my first. It's a close up of an old toolbox I normally have flowers in during warmer, happier times of the year.

Monday, January 1, 2018

No. 842 Ornament Reclining on a Ribbon


Ornament Reclining on a Ribbon
Oil on Canvas

I have a difficult time convincing my students and, lets face it sometimes myself, the extreme value of doing a value study as a first stage to developing a painting. Values are so important to creating a strong design and sense realism. Doing a value study helps you focus on this important aspect before adding the complexity of color. 


Created as a demo in class, I'm sure this value study had everything to do with the success if the painting above.

Speaking of class, there are openings in the Wednesday morning and evening class for anyone who is interested. The focus in class this month is skies, big glorious skies!

Oh yes, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wishing you all the very best this year!