Thursday, February 27, 2014

No. 391 Antique Rose Refurbished


Antique Rose Refurbished
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

This is a rose I painted last summer but was never happy enough with to post. Now that I don't have to come up with a new painting everyday I can go back and fix the flops. That will keep me busy for awhile. :)



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

No. 390 But wait there's more......

The Allium Collection No. 6
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
I know, I know but I just can't seem to help myself. Those onions still speak to me..... :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

No. 389 Composition Study

Composition Study
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

We are studying composition in Elizabeth's class from the book The Artist's Design: Probing the Hidden  Order by Marie MacDonnell Roberts. The current topic is "unity" and some of the ways you can create that in a painting. When we talk about unity we mean everything in the painting looks like it belongs there. It feels like a cohesive whole. One way to create this feeling of "wholeness" is to use similar or analogous colors. In other words, colors that are close to each other on the color wheel.  That was my goal in this very loose study.

This has been my Tuesday morning haunt for almost six years. Yes, I am one of the very fortunate people to be in Elizabeth Kincaid's weekly watercolor class. Elizabeth is, hands down, one of the best art teachers I've ever had. Her weekly class is currently full with a wait list. However, she will be teaching two workshops this summer. If you would like more info you can email her at

I love the way one of my fellow students had her work laid out on her desk. Karen Burns is working hard. Here you can see her photo inspiration, the transfer drawing she created, a study and the final piece in progress. Pretty cool, huh?

My desk (after a little tidying up) This is a watercolor I've been working on for many moons of my youngest daughter Megan.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

No. 388 The Allium Collection #5

The Allium Collection #5
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

Never would I have imagined having this much fun painting something as ubiquitous as an onion.  Also, a peak-a-boo view of another bowl made by my mom.

Monday, February 17, 2014

No. 387 Coupeville Wharf Kayaks

Coupeville Wharf Kayaks
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

If you have spent any time on the Coupeville Wharf on Whidbey Island you will recognize these practically iconic sea kayaks. Not only are they fun to look at but they are fun to rent too. Penn Cove is a great place for an afternoon paddle.

Coupeville Wharf

Penn Cove from Coupeville looking east.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

No. 386 Amaryllis - The Next Generation

Amaryllis - The Next Generation
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I have a whole new batch of amaryllis blooming so you know what I'll be painting over the next week or two. :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

No. 383-385 Love is in the air....

I am very fortunate to be part of the Traveling Chicken Project. Started by Azra in the UK almost two years ago, this charming little ceramic chicken has traveled the world and been painted by many artists. If you'd like to follow Ms Chick's adventures click here. As you will see, we are very open to being silly. :)  A big thank you to Nan Johnson for facilitating Ms Chick's travels.

This is a copy of my post to the Traveling Chicken Blog:

Love is in the Air
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

Señor Gallo's feelings for Miss Chick have grown during their travels. I understand it has become a gran pasión. Poor Señor Gallo hasn't the courage to share his deepest feelings with her although his madly beating heart will not give him peace until he does. This Valentines Day will he finally take the leap or will his unrequited love continue to torment? If Miss Chick doesn't feel the same way, it could change their relationship forever. What's a passionate rooster to do?

Miss Chicken in My Hearts
Oil on Linen Board
5" x 7"

I can't tell you how thrilled and honored I am to have the Traveling Chicken and her companions visit our humble home. She is quite honestly the most famous visitor we've ever had. Furthermore, I was not prepared for her charm. No wonder artists all over the world are inspired to paint her! As you can see I couldn't paint her just once.

Miss Chicken in My Hearts 2
Oil on Canvas Board
4" x 4"

We had our second snow of the year while Miss Chicken was visiting. We were so excited I talked her into going outside to check it out. She wasn't too excited about the idea at first. She was very concerned she would catch a chill but I assured her that she and Senor Gallo could each borrow a scarf that would keep them toasty warm.

Señor Gallo got so excited he asked if we could go four wheeling in the snow with my husband's truck. Sadly, I had to inform him that Western Washingtonians really don't like to drive in the snow.

Thank you very much Miss Chicken, Señor Gallo and Momma for coming to visit and brightening up our dark winter days.

 All three paintings will be available to purchase in my DPW gallery here.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No. 382 Abendblume Teapot 2

Abendblume Teapot 2
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"

Another teapot from the lovely bed and breakfast Abendblume in Leavenworth, Washington.

A mural on the wall of the spiral staircase in the bed and breakfast.

The breakfast part of the bed and breakfast. So yummy!

Another view from our room.

Some of the lights in downtown Leavenworth.

Monday, February 10, 2014

No. 381 Abendblume

Abendblume Teapot
Oil on Gessobord

Oh my, Don and I had a great anniversary trip!. We went to the Bavarian themed town of Leavenworth in the mountains. We were looking for snow and we found it! We stayed at the truly wonderful bed and breakfast Abendblume.

Abenblume was built twenty years ago by the innkeepers after an inspiring trip to Austria.

We stayed in the gorgeous room known as Almrosen.

Check it out! There was an actual wood burning fireplace in our room! Fabulous after a chilly walk through town.

The view from our bedroom window.

The beautiful bed with Austrian style bedding. (you can get regular bedding if you prefer).
Oh yes, we will be back someday.....

Friday, February 7, 2014

No. 380 Cannon Beach Creamer

Cannon Beach Creamer
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

Phew! That break was a little longer than I had intended due to vacation blues, winter blues and a couple of really disappointing paintings. We're back though with the best painting of the week. Last summer I discovered this pretty creamer in an antique shop in the fun little town of Cannon Beach, Oregon.