Saturday, March 31, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Potlatch Beach

8 x 10 oil on hardboard
This painting is based on a photo of Potlatch State Park Beach on Hood Canal in Washington State. Hood Canal is a natural canal that is part of the Puget Sound.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Grape Twig

6 x 6 oil on hardboard
Grapes go fast at my house. Here's what's left of the last bunch.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Highlights

6 x 6 oil on hardboard
I did a couple of paintings this morning working on highlights and shadows. This is one of them.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Happy Tangerine

8 x 10 oil on canvas covered hardboard
This painting is a quick one I did last fall; it makes me happy. It smiles back. It helps because I am frustrated this week with a time squeeze. Too many commitments, not enough painting time. I hope this happy tangerine plate will brighten your day as it did mine.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Fall Shadows

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This little painting is based on a photo I took last fall. The trees and sunshine created a delightful collection of shadows on the leaf covered ground.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Evergreen Landscape

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This painting represents an area near Highway 101 and Shelton in Washington State. Shelton used to call itself the Christmas tree capital of the world. Clearly many trees still grown there, but a huge decline in the logging industry has changed that little town and much of the Northwest. This train tressel in the middle of the wilderness represents the change. It is based on a photo I took last fall as I passed through the area.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Point

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This little painting is a representation of Pt. Defiance on the Puget Sound as seen from the boathouse--a wonderful preserve of nature.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Naked Pear

5 x 7 oil on hardboard SOLD
I once had an art teacher tell me that if I wanted to get better at painting the human figure I should practice by painting fruit. So here it is, my naked pear.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Washington Coast Beach Grass

8 x 10 oil on hardboard
The beach grass and the sand dunes on the Pacific coast changes with the seasons and the tide. Some people say the beach is always the same, but I see it differently every time I visit.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Storm Cloud

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This little landscape was from a photo I took this fall near Shelton, Washington. It had been pouring rain all morning and cleared just long enough for me to get a glimpse of the rain clouds in the distance.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Pepper Bowl

8 x 10 Oil on hardboard
Peppers have such a wonderful array of colors and shapes. This is a collection from this morning's trip to the produce market. So fun to paint!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Lhasa Apso

6 x 6 oil on hardboard Private Collection NFS
In Private Collection
This is Chance; he is a Lhasa Apso with whom my daughter has fallen in love. She was raised without a dog in the house (my husband always said no) and now at age 24 she has fallen in love. I told my husband he could be replaced some day with just such an animal if he isn't careful.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Grape Shadow

6 x 6 oil on hardboard
This little painting is the result of bright sunlight streaming through my studio window. I was taken by the abstract brilliance of the shadow cast by this one little grape sprig. It is for sale at Etsy for $36.00 plus $6.50 shipping to US addresses. You can purchase it by clicking here.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Golden Apple

5 x 7 oil on canvas panel
This apple is the result of an experiment. The reasoning goes that if values are correct, a painting is believable. The color is immaterial. I did not have a yellow apple when I painted this. Instead, I used a green Granny Smith as my subject. My goal was to recreate the apple using comparable values, but different colors. I think I achieved my goal. What do you think?

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Saturday Grannies

8 x 10 oil on gessoed hardboard
Painting these Grannie Smith apples has proven to be a wonderful way to experiment with color. My pallet consisted of alizarin crimson, cad orange, cad lemon yellow, thalo yellow green, ultramarine blue, and when I am all finished I use a little titanium white to help with the highlights.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Vase and Bottles

7 x 7 oil on gessoed hardboard
Here is more glass. I'm enjoying playing with all the qualities of light.