Friday, July 8, 2016


This painting is 8x10 oil, presently is at Tsuga gallery for the show "Americana".  There are many beautiful paintings to see. I need to go back and review them all again. Meanwhile, I will continue to paint and improve, oh yes...and post.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Well, here I am at last!

This painting depicts the farmland in LaConner, WA. one of my favorite places to paint plain air. I did this 8x10 oil on linen after a series of workshops taken. Sometimes, you paint the same way, using the same colors and techniques and need to shaken. So, I stopped posting and did on-line workshops in watercolor, pen & ink sketching. Also, I watched numerous instructional downloads and took notes as if I were in a classroom situation.

I feel recharged like a new battery and ready to share. The rest of the summer will be experimenting with new skills I hope.
What have you been doing in my absents? Let me know, I'm here waiting.

Sunday, April 17, 2016


After many weeks of just keeping this little painting around, I still like the title. There is always something you want to change but this one I just decided, done. There is so much green in Washington, it is a challenge to try to vary the colors and not make a bland piece of work. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Spring for sure!

I did this painting a few months ago ( 9x12 oil), trying to hurry spring along and by jove, here we are. There are a few things I would change but I am trying to go forward now and not so much going back for corrections. Learn from it and move on. Actually, I have several paintings in this category but they really, really need a little help so I won't make this a strict rule, always lead a little wiggle room.

What's on your agenda?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Another day...

I've let far too many days go by without posting. It's so easy to say I'll do it tomorrow then another day slips by. Does anyone else relate to this program or is it all mine?

Update, no I never stopped painting but played with sketches, gouache and worked on finishing a few paintings as well as tossing a few. It has something to do with spring, cleaning out, getting ready for flowers and sunny days. Oh yes, they are coming! Looking at this painting...again...I see a few edges that could be softened a little more so may this one is going back to the easel. Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Our farmland and forest seem to be fast disappearing, replaced by ugly buildings. I feel so sad to see beautiful areas with trees being uprooted. Progress is needed, but can't we have both? I love to paint landscapes and more aware that many places I've gone to paint are now condo's and apartment complexes. Guess I must paint faster to keep just ahead of the bulldozers. What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Lemon Tree 2

What a learning curve I'm going through. I do know some of these things but putting them into practice evades me. Example, I love to paint lemons and really enjoyed this composition however, after what I call finished, kept nagging. I read an article on values and had the aha moment. Those darn lemons (actually I didn't say "darn" but we will let that go) didn't have a strong value structure. Back to the easel and here it is, better I tell you. I know this about values so why do I over look the obvious at times...I think it's impatience to get something done and on to the next project. I have so many goals so guess I better add SLOW DOWN, to the list. Your thoughts?