Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Yellow Roses



Not sure where you are right now but here in Lake Forest Park, WA it's rainy, cold and very windy. I had made a promise to try painting flowers in bright colors to off set the day. Now that we are going into a serious winter mode I plan on also using the time for study.

Most of my paintings are landscape, seascape and still life subject matter. My plan is to work on paintings that don't come quite so easy. This includes portraits, figures and buildings. I do believe we get a mind set of what we can and cannot do instead of just practicing what takes more time, thought and energy. I'll keep you posted on how this works out. So, what are you going to do besides cuddling up to the fireplace with a box of bonbons? Of course I want to know...so write!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Holy Barracuda!




Can it really be I've not posted since July? Sincere apologies to those who have checked this blog to find...nothing new. How rude!
I have painted, taken a couple of workshops. sketched and played with Gouache paint. A little heavier than watercolor but not as messy as oil clean-up. Actually, depending on how it's used you can have the effect of oil or watercolor. Neat eh?

Time now to line up a few paintings for posting, lord knows I have some you haven't seen. Thanks for coming back, I do appreciate you taking time to view my work.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Two Pairs




Trying new ways to do Still Life paintings. Sometimes you have to just let go and let a new technique take over. Not sure if I went over  board on this or not but it kept me busy for quite a while today. I'll see where stronger colors take me.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July





I hope your day is as peaceful as I tried conveying in this painting. A few years ago I had a friend living on a farm in Sultan, WA. What an ideal place to paint and just get back to nature. Unfortunately, after one of the big floods, the owners gave up the property. I'm glad I had a chance to visit, paint, take photo's and sketch before this all happened. So, if you see something you think you might want to paint, do it now, the opportunity could pass you by. That was a good lesson for me not that I always follow my own advise. So, what are your words of wisdom for today? One more thing, this painting won the Kenmore Camera award in the PNW Summer Show at Tsuga Gallery in Bothell WA this past Saturday. Yep, I was surprised!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PathTo The River





I love paths, roads, walkways that lead you to interesting places, they have such character. They are also difficult for me to paint into something you might want to see on one of your journey's. Guess this is another challenge to pursue this year. Ok, I'm going back to the drawing board to see what else I can come up with. Before I go, what are you working on?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Warm Colors




I love mixing colors and painting still life set ups. There is something satisfying about putting a few items together for a pleasant look and then, try to pull it off. Sometimes it doesn't work out so well and other times, it's ok.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bonnie Marie 1997-2017




I think I'm writing this for me. This is Bonnie Marie, Miss Bonnie as he called me or sometimes I was referred to as "you special thing" don't know where that came from. We didn't find out Bonnie was a boy until he had been with us for about three years so the name stuck. He arrived at our house at 10 weeks and was quite a little character. One of his favorite pastimes was pulling clothes partially through the holes in the clothes basket, it took quite a while before I figured out he was also chewing little holes in those items. Another was muttering, "I'm just sure" as he watched the birds outside. There are so many little stories I had better keep them as memories rather than bore you and loose my audience. So, thanks for being here and listening.

He was special and has created a big hole in my heart. I will miss my little guy.