Thursday, August 25, 2016

I LOVE being caught up!

The 4 new paintings at the shipper's yesterday to be sent to Palms Gallery in Kauai! I LOVE being caught up with commissions and deliveries! Life is good!

"Gentle Cove"
16x24" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

"Light on Morning Waves"
14x24" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

"Song of Ages"
24x32" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

"Talking Story - Walking Together"
30x20" oil in linen
Created exclusively for Palms Gallery, Poipu Kauai

Monday, August 22, 2016

When I can see evidence....

Here is my initial wash of "Cedars in Springtime". 

I loved the sloping hill with rich, lush greens peaking through last year's ochres, sweeping up along the rocks to the upright stand of trees. 

You can see indications of my armature in the washed pyramid (symbol of strength and stability) of the main trees, bound horizontally to the edges of the canvas by a band of similar cedars and oaks.

When I can see evidence of the finished painting in my wash, and when the lines, shapes and initial colored values describe how I feel, I can move to the next stage.

I connect my dark patterns and begin to lay heavier paint, noticing and often marking where I will push warm/ cool relationships and textural effects along the focal path.

The sky keeps changing, but I try to stay open and present, watching for the perfect, thin overcast which lends a lovely saturation to these colors I am building.

Nearly done. Keeping what helps me tell the story; eliminating or playing down what doesn't.

The finished painting.....

"Cedars in Springtime"

16x24" oil in linen

Friday, August 19, 2016

Time Stands Still

"Time Stands Still"                      48x30" oil

Time Stands Still....

The corner of a pond can be a place of great beauty and enchantment. It becomes an archetypal metaphor as we meander from the lily pads and flowers, past their shadows and across the reflections of the woodland, through the surface into the growth and mystery deep within - a meditation.

Cedars in Springtime chosen

What fun news to receive!
The American Impressionist Society has accepted this painting, "Cedars in Springtime", into their 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition. I'm honored. Thank you AIS judges!

"Cedars in Springtime" 16x24" oil in linen

Dates: September 29 - October 30, 2016
Location: Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
Opening Reception/Awards Presentation: Thursday, September 29th, 5pm to 8pm
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Making Waves at Williamsburg Art Gallery

We are excited to share that these two painting, "Minnehaha Falls - Overcast" and "First Arabasque" will hang in Williamsburg Art Gallery's upcoming exhibition: "Making Waves: An Exploration of the Maritime World of Art."

"First Arabesque" 24x36" oil on linen 

"Minnehaha Falls - Overcast" 20x16" oil on linen

Location: Williamsburg Art Gallery
Artists reception: September 8th, 6:30pm
Exhibition: September 8th - November 11th, 2016
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Re-incarnate coop is recognized...

Here is the open door of our re-incarnated coop, which is on the lowest level of our old carriage house. Decades ago it was used as a coop, so it has felt good to 'bring it back'.

Today, I found out that "Spring Chickens" has been selected as a finalist in the Animal/Wildlife category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition! The had over 5,900 entries this year and it's truly an honor to discover this piece was chosen.

Thank you to the Jurors and The Artist Magazine!

"Spring Chickens"
8x8" oil on linen

What do I mean by "what lies beyond the surface"?

What do I mean when I say, "....That connection to what lies beyond the surface is probably the most compelling aspect of what I do"?  Watch this 8 minute preview to LPTV's "Common Ground" and read my recent essay, "The Soul's Veil: Seeing Beyond the Surface" in "Artists on Art" magazine at

Thank you for following me on this journey!!