Monday, March 31, 2008

"Three For The Road" oil on masonite 6x6" SOLD

These women's suits are so sterile. Somehow hanging here, on a blank wall just exaserbated that feeling. Who wears these uniforms? why? It made for some great imagery but certainly won't be found in my closet. Does anyone else remember a time when "girls" weren't allowed to wear pants to school? frowned on in the work place? Oh, the good ole days!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

"Luck of the Draw" oil on canvas 20x30"

I have a really wonderful friend that scrapped everything he knew as "normal" and bought an old neighborhood bar. He's striving to make it a destination Blues Bar. I wish it wasn't a 45 minute drive. I go as often as I can. The music has been great and he has IDEAS that would make your head spin. It's going to be a wonderful place. This won't be the last image you see of it. Pat's Bar & Grill, Kent, Washington

Saturday, March 29, 2008

"Wishful Thinking" oil on masonite 6x6"

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This woman and this particular magazine seemed like such an odd fit. Proof, yet again, that we should never make assumptions based on appearance. Good Housekeeping? Readers Digest? It was delightful to watch her, seated next to her husband, each silent in their meanders through respectful periodicals.

Friday, March 28, 2008

"Promises" oil on masonite 4x6"

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Is there anything more optimistic than a wedding gown? Seattle has such wonderful window candy. It's like living in the desert; you don't even notice that it is a nice day because every day is a nice day. Who needs a coat? When you live outside of the city you notice it all. Pity the locals.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

"Lily White" oil on masonite 6x6"

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Ross and I grow these beauties in our garden. It started with my son's wedding. We planted Casablancas for their color - white - and their fabulous smell. We've planted lots since then so I've totally lost control of which is which...except the original Casablanca. You can NOT mistake that fragrance. When I started this image I thought the background would be deep, midnight blue. Something happened along the way....
Oh! and my thanks to Karin Jurick for her advice on photographing. Even though it was minimal it got me to revisit some of the Photo Shop elements. This may not be perfect but it's far better than it's been. Thanks Karin!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"The Approach" oil on masonite 4x7"

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No more complaining about my lousy camera skills. They are what they are.
This mime was at the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. You can't tell but he was REALLY tall. Somehow it made his performance even more magical. How does one do that? Entertain everyone but restrain from a single utterance? Being in costume makes a person brave. Maybe that's part of it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"A Story To Tell" oil on masonite 6x6"

This is another pic of the painting. It's better but still not there. The gold tones in the face are not nearly so prominent. However, I think the clarity is a little better. I'll keep trying...6" of snow on the groung this morning. Good time for computer work.

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I've never been much on pity but I will confess, this one had me in the throws. I was so please with this painting but after photographing it and trying to load it to today's post I realized just how substandard my photos are. No one will get the quality of this painting. This is really what it's all about for me. This is what I want to do. This mime was at the Pike Place Market. It is a very famous Seattle landmark. Everything about him screamed "painting". I'm sorry I can't pull of the photo part. I could not be prouder of a piece.

Monday, March 24, 2008

"Lemons Alone" oil on masonite 6x6" SOLD


It's so strange; Ross and I were in my studio together. We bought this ridiculously expensive framing system, thinking in the long run we would be helping with my small paintings. I painted while he struggled with the set up. These lemons were the product. It's the first time I felt like they actually FELT like lemons when I was done. Maybe it's the influence of the framing system. Needless to say, things did not go so well. The system is designed for BIGGER PAINTINGS. Who knew???? As much as I like my lemons in a dish I think I'm going for lemons in a glass...with tequila.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Brothers, Three" Oil on masonite

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This is a tight little community. As "newbies" we've only been here since 1990. Rumor has it that 3 very elderly brothers reside in this house. Every year the community marvels at the beautiful flower and expansive vegetable garden that surrounds their small home. When the timing is just right you'll catch a glimpse of an old man, baggy overalls, rake in hand tending to all the particulars of their magical space. I've never been able to tell if I'm seeing the same man over and over or each of the brothers, taking his turn.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

"Welcome Mat?" 4x5.5" oil on masonite

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I live in a small dairy/logging community. Many of the familys here go back generations. The town is full of small, immaculately kept homes.

Friday, March 21, 2008

"Listing" oil on masonite 6x6" SOLD

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Living in the northwest these two looked windblown to me but I really think they are permanently shaped this way.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"It Takes A Village" oil on masonite 4x6"

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for some reason these guys look like they're qued up for something. Not human and yet not tree like either.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Gypsy Rose" oil on masonite 4x6"

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I can almost feel he shade when I look at this image.

Monday, March 17, 2008

"Gossip" oil on masonite 4x6"

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For some unexplained reason this image reminded me of a group of women, huddled together, sharing hot topics.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

"Head and Shoulders" oil on masonite 6x7"

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This cluster of palms had such diverse texture. There are so many types but we tend to visually group them together, almost like a cartoon. Just the colors and texture on the trunks (are they trunks?) could keep a color happy painter going for quite some time.

Friday, March 14, 2008

"View from the Monkey Bars" oil on masonite 4x6"

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These palms seemed more animal than plant. Their great "arms" stretched out to block the sun and providing a color party; what more could you want?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

"Rounding Second" oil on canvas covered board 8x10"

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The wind picked up a bit. These heavy fronds look almost like hair. The distance gives them an odd mystery. It was interesting what expanding the format did to the application of paint. It seems to cry out "go bigger, go bigger". We'll see.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Palm Desert Dessert" oil on masonite 4x6"NFS

Right after I started this piece it began to seem I had lost my mind. A bit too ambitious maybe. I'm glad I stayed in there. The overall feel is exactly what I was shooting for.

I have an old friend that I recently reconnected with. He's partial to this image therefore it is his. As an artist it gives me great pleasure to share with those that have enriched my life.

Monday, March 10, 2008

"Stilts" oil on masonite 6x6"

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Since I live in the Northwest these giants hold special fascination. Their beauty and stature was totally lost on me in my youth. We lived in Redlands California. The streets are lined with palms. Sometimes we fail to see what's right in front of us.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

"Brother Sister Act" oil on masonite 4x6"

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I've yet to figure out what it is about these shapes that draw me in. The negative space is as interesting as the objects themselves. Combine that with the color opportunities and I say SCORE!

Friday, March 07, 2008

"Twin Towers" oil on masonite 6x6"

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This piece can be purchased on Ebay or directly from the artist.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

"Front Man" oil on canvas 8x10"

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We just had this amazing experience. Tacoma Washington hosts Wintergrass. My understanding is that it is one of the country's largest Bluegrass festivals. I don't know about that but it certainly had some of the best talent. This gentleman was announcing a group that performed in a very old church. Everything about it was perfect.

Saturday, March 01, 2008