Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Welcoming Autumn

 There is something warm and welcoming about autumn.
I tried to capture the magic of this season
in this painting.

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wolves in Winter

I painted this last year from a photo taken in British Columbia.
I always felt the scene needed something,
so I decided to add the gray wolves.
I love wolves and am happy that they have been
reintroduced to the US wilderness.
I haven't seen any since I was a child,
They are very shy and reclusive, but on
recent camping trips to Wyoming and Colorado
I have heard their wolfsong in the night.
It is so amazing and beautiful to listen to.

10" x 8" acrylic on canvas board

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Shore Birds at Monhegan, Island

Painted this seascape from a challenge photo on DPW.
This is Black Head promotory at Monhegan Island, Maine.
I added the shore birds for extra interest.

8" x 10" oil on canvas board


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pears and Grapes

I bought this fruit to be a delicious dessert; 
but they were too lovely to eat without painting them first. 
I included the pear blossoms for added interest.

oil on 6" x 8" canvas board


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Violet Pansies

These violet pansies share a crystal vase
in front of a sunny window.
Only one more flower to place in the vase.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Friday, September 13, 2013

Sea Glass Float on the Beach

On the Oregon coast, glass floats are frequently seen on the shore
along with shells, driftwood and other treasures of the sea left on the beach. 
The local artist glass blowers will often leave their beautiful versions of these glass orbs on the sand for some lucky beachcombers to find.

8" x 10" oil on canvas


Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Painted this - en plein air - from the perspective of my campsite.
I liked the little teardrop camping trailer,
but I was particularly drawn to the little campfires
scattered throughout the campground in evening.
Although you can't see the people,
each fire belonged to a family or couple
enjoying the warmth and light.
The smell of wood smoke and outdoor cooking
mingled with the forest scents.
(note: the sky is darker in the painting,
and the scene looks a bit more like night
than the photograph depicts.)

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Forest Sunset

Plein Air painting of a brilliant sunset in the Mt. Hood
National Forest where I camped this summer.
There was a wildfire some distance from the campground,
and the wind blew the smoke for miles.
The smokey air caused the sunset to cast a golden glow
through the trees.
This glow had the strange effect of  hiding
many of the trees in this dense forest.

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel


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