Saturday, August 27, 2016

No. 742 Peonies with Possibilities

Peonies with Possibilities
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"

Festivals and travels over for the summer. Anika is settled in her dorm at the University of Washington. Meg is getting ready to start high school. Sigh. What do they say, "The only constant thing is change?"

Time to refocus and get ready to resume oil painting classes. I missed my students and am really looking forward to laughing and painting with them again.

Friday, August 19, 2016

No 741 Stehekin Nocturne

Stehekin Nocturne
Oil on Linen Panel
9" x 12"

Returning to the Stehekin trip, I painted this on the deck of the house we rented.
Aaahhh, what a great trip.

Running around working on last minute details for the Fresh Paint Festival tomorrow. Don and I did most of the set up this evening. Thank goodness for tall, helpful husbands with long arms!

If you can come to this great waterfront, art festival be sure to stop by and say hi!
For more info on the festival click here.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

No. 740 Wallace Falls Hike - Plein Air

Wallace Falls Hike - Plein Air
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I feel like this is one of my best plein airs to date. My daughter's and I went hiking with friends on a trail not too far from home. I stopped part way in to paint along the river while they did all the hard work hiking up to the falls. I think I had the best deal. This painting sold at the Coupeville Arts festival last weekend.

Here's a little video of the festival:


And of course the link if you're not seeing the video

Now we're on to the fabulous Fresh Paint festival in Everett this weekend!
Here's another link if you would like more info on this great festival.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

No. 739 Teapot and Lemons - Genie not Included

Teapot and Lemons - Genie Not Included
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I don't know why this teapot reminds me of Alladin's lamp but it certainly does.

Everything is trashed! The house is trashed, my studio is trashed and even a part of the backyard is trashed getting ready for the festival this weekend. Will it all come together? We'll see...

Flash back to last years festival with Meg helping out. Gone are the red curtains, tulip banner and golden backboards.

If you think you can make it to the festival my advice is to come Sunday morning. You also might consider driving up by Anacortes and down the island instead of taking the ferry. If you decide to take the ferry you can keep an eye on wait times via their website. Here is a link to their webcams.
The girls and I will be located near Toby's Tavern in site 197. I'm pretty excited. I have a spot on the water side of the street. You should be able to see Penn Cove right through my booth! Click here for a map to the festival.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

No. 738 Perrin Peonies

Perrin Peonies
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I enjoyed Dennis Perrin's workshop on roses so much I went ahead and took another one on peonies. :)

The big news is our return to the Coupeville Arts Festival this weekend. This will be our third year. Somehow I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to redesign my booth. After spending a couple of weeks on it, I am questioning that decision. Hopefully all the work will be worthwhile. Speaking of that, I'm not done yet and I have two and half days to go! Better get back to work!

If you would like info on this great art festival held on beautiful Whidbey Island click HERE.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

No. 737 North End of Lake Chelan - Plein Air

North End of Lake Chelan - Plein Air
Oil on Linen Panel
9" x 12"

A small group of us painted here along the side of the road in Stehekin. Direction wise, the best I can tell is we are looking south from the very northern tip of Lake Chelan. It was a really lovely location. I had fun waving at the locals driving by ever so often.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

No. 736 Stehekin Plein Air #1

Stehekin Plein Air #1
Oil on Linen Panel
9" x 12"

I took a dynamite trip with PAWA this spring to Stehekin. This is a tiny town on the east side of the mountains at the northern tip of Lake Chelan. What makes it unique is you can only get there one of three ways - ferry, float plane or hiking through the mountains. How cool is that?

I shot a lot of video while I was there and compiled it into the sixteen minute video below.  The first part of the video (lots of lupine) is shot on the way to Stehekin.

The link if you can't see the video icon

And a couple of photos of the lake...

 South end. 

North end.

Monday, August 1, 2016

No. 735 The Lavendar Farm's Purple Chair - Plein Air

The Lavender Farm's Purple Chair - Plein Air
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

How could a person pass up painting this?

Carol painting in the distance.

A late afternoon shot of the field.

A little video I shot of our day at the lavender field.
And the link if you can't see the video: