Thursday, May 31, 2007

Cloud Light

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
At the Pacific coast this past Saturday morning, clouds hung heavy. Light filtered through and it was cold. By Sunday, the clouds had lifted a bit, and by Monday, it was a beautiful day. This little painting was based on my vision of Saturday morning.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Path at Dusk

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This little painting represents a trail into the woods at dusk. The Snake Lake Nature Center in Pierce County, Washington State is surrounded by nature trails like this one.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Beach Path

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
Just north of the marina at Ocean Shores in Washingtn State is the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center which houses information on the history of the town, the area sealife, birds, and geological information on tsunamis and tidal drift. It is an interesting little place to visit. Behind the Interpretive Center is a dirt road that leads to Gray's Harbor, its rocky shoreline, miles and miles of tide flats, and a brisk wind. The small trees stand witness to the almost constant blowing. Even on calm days, the trees look like they are struggling to stand upright. This painting is my interpretation of the road and one little tree fighting to hold on to the shoreline.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tree of the Day

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
I'm still playing with trees. As I painted this tree, I tried to follow the methods of some of the well-known plein aire painters. Kevin Macpherson and Richard Schmidt both recommend beginning with large blocks of color, painting shapes, and squinting your eyes. I should have taken some process photos of this one so you could see what I am talking about. I'll plan to do that with my next tree project. I'm going to approach it with the same method. I hope you enjoyed looking at my latest tree study.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

World Wide Artist's Tag

Main artist Laura Taskeiko has tagged me! It's a blog game of tag amongst artists. These are the tagging rules:1. List 7 random facts/habits about yourself.2. Choose another 7 bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog. 3. Leave your 7 tagged bloggers comments to notify them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions.

Here are the seven random facts about me:

I want to visit the Chicago Art Institute.
I like to paint with bright pure colors.
I must have cadmium lemon yellow on my palette.
I prefer to visit the ocean over the mountains.
I love dogs, but I don't own one.
The last book I read was The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.
I can't sing.

Do you think that's random enough?

I'm going to tag the following artists:

Linda Hiller
Doris Joa
Madelaine Fedorowich
Melody Lamb
Nina Kuriloff
Deb Kirkeeide
Melanie at Redhead Art

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Yellow Tree

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
Here is another tree study. This little tree is one of many that line the road to the Veteran's Hospital at American Lake, Washington State. There are tall Douglas fir trees all around and these small yellow-leaved trees act like sunshine in the forest.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Tree on a Hill

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
Trees are going to be my focus for a while. There are so many kinds of trees and they can be a challenge to paint, so I'm going to be doing a series of trees in a variety of styles. If I like some of these studies, I will eventually turn my work into a larger pieces. For now, I hope you enjoy my studies.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Blue Plate Apple

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
It is pouring rain today, I long for sunshine again. Being outside and working on landscapes has been a delight, but I had to move inside. This sunny green apple in a blue bowl added some color to an otherwise drab day.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Lavender Fields

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This little painting is of some of the lavender fields in Sequim, Washington State. Sequim is considered he laveder capital of North America. If you are ever in the area, you might want to tour one of the farms. Here is a link that gives you some information on the farms. The Sequim Lavender Festival takes place in July. Here is a link with information about the festival.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Chambers Bay Golf

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This is a painting of one of the greens at the Chambers Bay Golf Course that will be opening next month in Pierce County, Washington State. It is located about 40 minutes south of Seattle. Even if you aren't a golfer, you will love the views. You can learn more about it at this link.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Abandoned Ferry Dock

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
At the bottom of the Soundview Trail in Pierce County, Washington State this little shack sits next to an abandoned ferry dock. There are great views on this trail. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Fall Pond

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This little painting is based on a photo I took last fall in a park near my house. It was late afternoon and the sun was already starting to drop. It left shadows on the ground and fall reflections on the surface.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Tree at Sunset

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This little painting is based on a photo I took early one evening last fall in the park near my house. The sun was going down and flickered little shadows on the autumn leaves.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Chambers Bay Golf Course View

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
Last weekend the Soundview Trail opened in western Pierce County, Washington State. It circles the new Chambers Bay Golf Course which opens in six weeks. Magnificent views abound. I'm not a golfer, but I can imagine this will be a delightfully popular destination when the course opens. Winding through groves of alder, paralleling the shores of Puget Sound, venturing past the ghostly remains of an old gravel processing plant, and finally meandering back up the hill where the trail begins was an exciting adventure. I took about 80 pictures; this painting is based on just one. Just before we reached the portion of the trail that parallels the shoreline I paused and took a snapshot. From here one can see the southern tip of Fox island, the northern stretches of Anderson Island, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. I'm anxious to paint more studies based on my adventure on the Soundview Trail.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Red Leaves

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
On a walk this weekend, I snapped a photo of this beautiful red-leaved tree. It is evidently a very old tree that grows just outside the pagoda at Point Definance Park in the Japanese gardens. I loved the flaming red of the new leaves and how they seemed to shout for attention.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Washington State Ferry

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This is the Washington State Ferry, The Rhododendron, as it crosses Puget Sound to Vashon Island.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Reading Glasses

5 x 7 oil on hardboard
This morning as I sat contemplating the blank canvas, my reading glasses stared back from the tabletop. Since I couldn't find inspiration elsewhere at the moment, I painted them. The light was diffused with simple shadows and subtle highlights. I'm going to go back to my studio and contemplate something else. Inspiration is fleeting today.