Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Morning Glory

My tube of Cadmium orange was the inspiration
for this painting. It is a color I rarely use,
but decided to try out its rich vibrancy more often.
This is the second in a series of art with words
as part of the composition. (Not sure how many I will paint).
Entered this one in Dana Marie's Rendition Me This challenge
entitled "Dreams and Wishes".
The saying is a quote from Paul Gaugin. It says:
"Seek art in nature by dreaming in the presence of it."

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mystery and Wisdom

Painted for Dana Marie's Rendition Me This challenge.
The quote says: "Life is full of mystery patiently waiting
for us to grow in wisdom!"

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Four Calling Birds

What do you do if you miss the deadline of one challenge?
You revise a bit and enter it in another challenge.
I originally intended this painting for Dana Marie's Artistic Sentiments challenge,
but missed the deadline, so I added a fourth bird and entered it
into DPW's Twelve days of Christmas challenge.

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Star Dreams

This is a refinished painting of the one I did
for DPW's Limited (color scheme) Movie Star Challenge.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Blue Eyed Girl


This is a revised version.
Made a few small changes after looking at it for awhile.

Submitted to DPW's Blue challenge.

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas board

Not  for sale
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Diablo Lake

This is a plein air sketch I did this summer, of a little inlet on Diablo lake.
My camp was just to the right in this beautiful forest
in the North Cascades Nat. Park, WA.
The lake is used by a lot of kayakers and canoeists.
It is a lovely opaque turquoise blue
caused by the grit brought down from the mts.
by the glacial runoff.

8" x 10" acrylic on canvas panel

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fishing on the Clackamas River

I live near the Clackamas River and often see fishermen
in drift boats or standing in waders in the cold river.
Frequently the weather is gray and rainy
as it was this day, when I spotted a guy
totally caught up in his sport,
while his dog watched the fish jumping behind him.

6" x 9" acrylic on linen paper

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Now Can We Go South?

A Cardinal pair in a Star Pine tree as winter approaches.
Besides making wonderful gifts,
small paintings like this, make a lovely addition
to your winter decor or holiday season.

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Silver Lining

This painting can be purchased on the Daily Paint Works
fundraiser auction for victims of sandy.
(see ad at top of sidebar and click on "Help")

6" x 6" acrylic on linen paper


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November's Bounty

When traveling through the countryside of Washington state,
I frequently came across tables, baskets and boxes
of various types of produce set out at the entrance of the farm drive.
An honor box and sign with the cost were provided
so that passers-by could stop and make a purchase.

6" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ginger's Garden

This is another painting I did while traveling this summer.
Don't know the name of them, but the lovely pink flowers
were a frequent sight in the beautiful gardens in Anacortes, WA.

8" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Blue Bicycle

I saw this quaint little scene while traveling this summer in Northern WA.
I stopped and painted a quick plein air sketch. I think these little
scenes are gifts from the muses.

6" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chickadee in Apple Tree

Much of my summer travels was in the state of Washington
where they have many apple orchards.
This painting is a homage to the many yummy apples
I sampled while motoring and painting plein air.

4" x 6" acrylic on 140# cold press watercolor paper 
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Garden Walk

Painted this when I was in Anacortes, WA.
There were so many beautiful flowers,
everywhere it seemed, people had lavish gardens.

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas board

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

San Juans Sunset

The sunsets can be amazing here in the San Juan Islands.
The coastal fog appears as a purple layer
over the bright reds and golds of the setting sun.

12" x 16" acrylic on Canson canvas paper

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Guemes Island

      I entered this whimsical little painting
of Guemes Island ferry dock and main street,
of the San Juan Islands, WA.
in DPW's street view challenge.

6' x 8" acrylic on canvas panel

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cottage Garden

Here in Anacortes, WA, there are many vintage seaside cottages
which have gardens, with a profusion of colorful flowers,
especially these tall lovely Hollyhocks.

6" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tranquil Morning

A transparent winged dragonfly sits on a 
windswept vine of delicate blossoms, 
against a golden-pink sunrise.

Painted for Dana Marie's Rendition Me This 
Tranquil Journey challenge.
I am enjoying her challenges because they push me
 in a different direction in my painting,
one that I find very interesting.

I also entered this painting in DPW's "Insect" challenge.
I was surprised and happy to see the theme fit this work,
as I haven't had much time to paint since I am leaving soon
on an extended road trip (see post below).

6"x6" acrylic on canvas panel


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Road Trip    

I will be going on an extended road trip through the western US, to take photos, painting plein air, and just visiting wonderful places. I will be taking my laptop with me, so that I can post; and check my blog and email occasionally -  whenever I am in a hotspot. 

Paintings may still  be purchased through Paypal, but please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Old Hay Barn

Painted for Lee Brown's  A Day Not Wasted
June challenge of an old central California barn.

6" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Peaches and Pears

Painted this for Daily Paint Work's "Stripes" challenge.
(after the style of the early impressionists,
especially Matisse and Cezanne).

8" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel


Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Spotted Teapot

Painted for DPW's "Polka Dot" challenge.
A brightly colored painting (after Josephine Trotter) 
sets a blue spotted teapot and lively pears 
on waves of tablecloth against vivid blue wall.

In following her style, I particularly liked her use of 
primary colors and her compositional movement.

6" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel