Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Struttin' Stuff" oil on masonite 5.5x5.5"

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Sometimes it becomes difficult to know what draws us to a subject. There just seemed like something very strong and very confident in this woman.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"4th hole, par 5" oil on masonite 6x6"

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I'm not sure I did this justice. What you can't see is the long, bright green valley leading up to where the painting starts. I may have to do a second version just to satisfy myself. What am I saying? they're all to satisfy me.

Monday, September 28, 2009

"A Moments Contemplation #2" oil on masonite 6x6"

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I saw this woman while dining out one evening. She was with her adult son and it was obvious the conversation was not going well. Having my own adult son I really felt for her. My son has never made me feel like she looked. He'll be 40 tomorrow and for me it is the anniversary of a most marvelous day.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Par 3, 3rd" oil on masonite 6x6"

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In 2008 I took up golf. Actually, I was the last hold out in my family. When my son gave in to it in 2007 and loved it so much I decided to give it a go. This image is from our local course. We live in the foothills of Mt. Rainier and even though it is a public course and sometimes a little rough (no pun) around the edges it provides with spectacular views. My husband and I go at the crack of dawn so as to not hold up the real golfers. Don't get me wrong. My husband, Ross is a real golfer. However, one hack, even in a twosome, can slow you down tremendously. I'd love to set up my paints right on the course but the danger is too high. We've met some delighful folks. We have an inordinate number of senior citizens in our little town. Here is a group of 4, sometimes 5, that meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They are almost always the first group behind us. Jim is tall, lanky and very friendly. Chucky is considerably shorter, not quite so talkative but equally encouraging. I haven't met the others yet. I plan to take the homemade sticky buns one morning. I need all the help I can get.

Friday, September 25, 2009

"In My Opinion" oil on masonite 6x6"

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This portrait is of one of my best friends. Chris is one of the most creative, funny, dark people I've ever known. The good news is he lives one mile down my street so I'm lucky enough to enjoy his company often. If you'd like to see his work take a gander at
You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"The Popcorn Bag" oil on masonite 6x6"

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Everything about this little girl was adorable. The hat, sunglasses and those chubby little cheeks. How is it that a knit cap in the heat of summer can seem so right?

Monday, September 21, 2009

"Attitude" 6x6" on masonite

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It's been a long, unusually hot summer here in our little town. This woman was eyeballing the local eatery that served up ice cream during the local street fair. Everyone has complained about the economy and yet this place decided to close at their normal time - 2! I can't tell you how much business they missed.

"Is ThatYou Tim?" oil on masonite, 6x6" sold

okay! so I've been gone. It has been a very busy summer here. Our niece Emma got married on our property and our time was captive trying to get the 5 acres ready for 200 guests. It was a marvelous event but now I am "back to business".
This images is of a wonderful man we met at his art store in Astoria, Oregon. I have already painted his partner so it was only fitting that he show up.
A lot has happened this summer. I attended my, gasp!, 40th high school reunion. Not spectacular in of itself except I went to my 20th and hated it. Why go back one might ask. Well I'm sure glad I did. Not only did I have a marvelous time, I have reconnected with some of the most amazing people. I look forward to their emails each and every day. What did we do before the internet?