Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Landscapes -The Neighborhood

I love my neighborhood; the array of bungalows and craftsman houses, sidewalks with narrow streets with parking strips and a few street trees planted here and there. This is Ballard after all, where the fisherman cut down all the trees when they settled here years ago.

It is a very walkable area with kids on wheels and pet owners strolling by at all times of the day. It has inspired me to paint it and I have been working on this series since the summer and have noticed how the light changes things throughout the day. I love the way violet splashes across the evening sky and beads of pearly orange create peak holes through the trees.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Small Landscapes

Here are three new 6"x6" landscapes on wood panel .

My latest series - scenes of my neighborhood in Ballard, also represents residential areas in general. Scenes that may get overlooked as passersby are often in too much a hurry to take note of beauty of the sea, ordinary buildings and other structures.

As a result of a class I took on working from photos, I disregard the original color and create my own limited palette often reflecting how I feel at the time. I find working on wood panel more enjoyable and conducive to working with acrylic than canvas as it glides across the surface more easily. Now what am I going to do with all those canvases that I have piled up in my studio?

My Newest Gallery

I am happy to let announce that I now have Pioneer Square Representation! A few months ago I was asked to join Fraker/Scott Gallery. They have only been around a short while, are in the middle of all the action in Pioneer Square and participate in the First Thursday Artwalks. They also put on a separate Artist Reception during the middle of the month for friends and family where refreshments are served and artists speak on their work.

For my "into" into the gallery I took place in the Door show and painted a garden on a door that I had hanging around in my garage. The title of the piece is "Opening".

Currently I have one of my reverse paintings on glass, a Madonna and Child, in the icon juried show and I will be featured in November/December botanical show and display works, some of which have been shown out of town but not in a Seattle gallery before. Stop by and see the space:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

I am happy to announce that I have a piece in the "Fate of the Forest" show at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham. This acrylic painting was inspired by my artist residency at Fort Worden last summer and is entitled "The Woods Beyond" so titled because although the houses are all nestled on this side of the forest, be it cayotes, deer or something else, one never knows what will emerge from the other side. It was fun to attend the opening and view this show with all it's varied interpretations.

Urban Landscapes

I just finished a series of landscape paintings inspired scenes in my neighborhood. In these urban landscapes I love playing with a limited color palette and simple shapes to turn everyday scenes
into something worth looking at. They are all on mat board, about
7"x 14" and I intend to frame them up larger under glass. They will also serve as prototypes for larger works on panel.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Spring Botanicals

It has been a very long time since I have made a post but I have been very busy making art. Here are a few new works on Panel:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

January Warmth

I just returned from southern California. It was good to connect with relatives and feel the warmth of the sun on my face and arms. If if weren't for the TRAFFIC I would consider moving down there.

I did a fair amount of watercolor sketching on my trip. The Huntington gardens were very beautiful - especially the grounds with the desert garden. Santa Monica is so colorful and I love the Balboa Peninsula at Newport Beach and all the wonderful beach cottages and landscaping. Laguna beach was also very inspiring with the hills in the background. I am posting a couple of my sketches.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Beginnings

Well, here it is January of 2011 already. I am hoping for a little more snow to fall to round out our winter. I have several shows coming up this in the next few months which I am getting ready for so I have not been as prolific at making new work. I am so excited to have sold 22 pieces of my flora paintings to the new Swedish Hospital wing in Ballard. They love my work and were very happy to have a Ballard resident displayed there. And they cleaned me out of my 12"x12" panels so I am in the process of making more. These are some examples of some of the work they took.

I will be in a group show called Saints and Sinners at Museo in Langley on Whidbey Island later this month and will have 3 pieces in this group show. Here is one of them: