Thursday, May 6, 2010

Maine Watercolors

Paintings from my Maine Trip

Plein Air Watercolors

Whenever I travel I take my small box of watercolors with me. There is nothing I enjoy more than soaking up the sights, sounds and scents of a new environment while touching brush to paper. Rather than trying to portray scenes exactly as they are, I prefer to capture their essence and let my mind fill in the details upon review. I rarely take photographs of my travels. A snapshot can never do the scenery justice or truly capture the ambiance and when I paint, I look - really look.

I am ever longing to go to exotic places to paint. I love the quaintness of Europe and the trade winds and heat of the tropics, but one summer limited by funds, I became a traveler in my native Seattle and it’s surrounding areas. Painting what had become the ordinary forced me to see things in a new and fresh way. The paintings in this blogt represent such a local trip. They are my little treasures. I hope you like them too.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Show

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
and the City of Shoreline present

Sea, Shore & Sky
Shoreline City Hall Gallery

May 5 – July 30, 2010

Please Join Us! Open House-Meet the Artist
Thursday, May 27, 5:30 – 7 pm

2nd and 3rd floor of Shoreline City Hall
175th & Midvale Ave N, Shoreline

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the City of Shoreline are proud to present Sea, Shore & Sky, a new show focusing on the natural landscape. Artists Malcolm Edwards (photography), Betty Hageman (painting),
Lisa Snow Lady (mixed media acrylics) and Sue Robertson (painting) each use their individual art forms to capture the world around us both in real and abstract ways. This exhibit runs from May 5 – July 30, 2010 at the Shoreline City Hall Gallery.

Join us on Thursday, May 27 from 5:30-7 for a special open house. This is your opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions about their art and enjoy some refreshments and live music by The Caprice String Quartet.

More about the Artists:
Malcolm Edwards – Photography
I strive to achieve a peaceful intimacy with the subject matter and the viewer. I photograph people, the land and landscape in color and in black and white. The photographs, while differing in subject and technique, reflect my need for close contact with beauty.

Betty Hageman – Painting
Betty’s recent work looks closely at microenvironments, the background surfaces brought forward as subject; archetypal habitats such as earth/dirt, water/ice, fire/plasma, air/gas/sky. The paintings are created by applying many thick, transparent color layers that wrap around the canvas and exhibit a depth and translucency similar to encaustic or polymer resin.

Lisa Snow Lady – Mixed Media Acrylics
Lisa’s love of botanical form and recent studies in horticulture have inspired her work. She enjoys layering texture and color into her mixed media prints and paintings to express fleeting beauty renewal and hope.

Sue Robertson – Acrylic Painting
Sue Robertson works primarily with acrylic on canvas, board or watercolor paper. Her style is loose and very colorful. She considers herself an experimental painter and often incorporates elements such as ink, graphite, paper, clay and whatever other things she happens across. Whether she is painting figures, still life or abstracts, the subject is simply a vehicle for the color and stroke.

Also on exhibit will be two large carved wooden heads by Vashon sculptor Shawn Nordfors. Nordfors has exhibited his work throughout the Northwest and has several pieces in public collections in the area. The sculptures will be on exhibit at City Hall through August.

Shoreline City Hall is located at 17500 Midvale Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133. For more information please contact the Arts Council at 206-417-4645 or email us at

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations.