I broke one of the stems off my poinsettia while I was trying to water it.. well, trying to get the wrap off the pot so I could water it. Thanks Lori for the idea of just putting a hole in the paper... duh.. I wish I would have checked my comments first. Anyhow I stuck it in my favorite blue vase and it looked pretty good so... another painting. One of these days I'm going to post all the paintings I have done with this vase in them, about five or six now. SOLD
Got the most beautiful poinsettia. couldn't help but paint it , before all the leaves fall off. I have terrible effects on these plants. as soon as they enter my house, they start looking like they are receiving chemo treatments. Doesn't matter where I put them, or what I do, pretty soon ,just a stick and a pot.
This past weekend, Fri, Sat and Sunday we were in White Swan WA. working on the Yakima Indian Reservation. Rising Light Ministry, headed by Briggs Macon is building a house for a Native American family whose house burned down five years ago. Since loosing their home they have been living in a haybale house with limited facilities. This is a view from the reservation done last summer.
Well the snow is gone. All melted away. It stayed longer than usual here in the Pacific Northwest and its a good thing. I almost ran off the road a few times looking at scenes I couldn't take my eyes off of. So I will work from some pictures for now... Never without my handy digital.SOLD
You drive by a place everyday and hardly notice its there. Then it snows and the stage is set and the scene is spectacular. All you can do is attempt to render the fleeting beauty of the moment, like a quick praise to God.
Another installment of the "Outside the Box" series. Gotta do something with that leftover paint. Actually I think there is a paradigm shift happening in my artistic thought processes........or not. I don't know, I'm just thinking alot more about abstract design.
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Well , delay the portland photo paintings. A huge ice and snow storm has hit the Seattle and surrounding areas,making for horrific driving and working conditions,but awsome painting opportunities. In watercolor its nice to have large white forms and space to work with, and snow affords those beautiful and dramatic compositions. SOLD
Portland was great. The Portland art museum has an impressive collection. Plus I spent alot of time going through the galleries, drinking coffee and taking pictures. I plan on working from my photographs, especially the rainy train yard shots. Also got to spend some quality time with my mom. These two crows are waiting to see if I'm going to throw another french fry out the window. Its a grocery store parking lot in Purdy WA. SOLD
Leaving for Portland on the Amtrack train Friday morning. I guess I will just be taking my sketch book along this trip, so there will be pencil sketches for a while till I can get in the studio to paint.
This painting sold as a fund raiser for Sacred Road Ministrys a christian group helping meet needs on the Yakima Indian reservation. They host teams from all over the US who paint and roof houses, do clean up and various small construction, as well as hosting vacation bible school for the kids at Totus Park in White Swan, WA.
Arts in The Woods ended with warm fairwells and a toast to Gods goodness in our lives. By all accounts a great success,and fun time. Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon and also joining Dan Rice and the Trumeau group on the 07 trip to Italy! More about that later.
Above is Sundays demo painting. The finished one came out blurry so this is the almost finished painting. sold
Dan Rice, from Trumeau college in Seattle Washington works on his demo. painting, at Arts in The Woods.
Above is another stab at the pomegranate in watercolor. I'll try somthing different today. The weather shaped up for saturday and we had a great turnout. Then we all had a wonderful turkey dinner at Claudia and Mike McKinstrys.
Heres the set up for Arts in The Woods. What a blast . Had a good day of fellowship with good artist friends, drank alot of coffee, and met alot of great folks. A storm blew in with alot of rain but we still had a pretty good turn out. I was supposed to be demonstrating but all I got accomplished was this mediocre watercolor sketch of a pomegranate above.
Stopped by the side of the road to catch the light behind this little group of trees. This painting will be for sale at the " Arts in The Woods" show this weekend. With me, in the show will be studio owner Leigh Meteer, painter Claudia McKinstry, painter, lecturer, instuctor, Daniel Rice, photographer , Tom Leyton, wood turner and old buddy, Floyd Walker . .
Heres another in my breaking out of the box series. I spent the weekend setting up for " Arts in The Woods" , It will take place Nov. 10th,11th,12th, next weekend . I will be at the Leigh Knowles studio on Noll rd in beautifull Poulsbo WA. So I got no painting done, except for this abstract. I used up all the leftover paint on my pallet, an idea from Diane Whitehead. Sorry about the photo . Its awfull. Thanks for the comments Gene. Heres a little truer pic of the painting
November has hit the Pacific Northwest. Took a picture while I was driving today,and then did a sketch. It rained all day. Miserable to work in, but awsome for cool atmosphere,and vague misty shapes looming out of the soupy sludge.
LaPush is one of my favorite beaches on the Washington coast. I spent two days trying to paint , and taking pictures. It was really windy. I spent the night in Pt Townsend and then headed for the coast. It started out dark and rainy, but soon after I arrived in LaPush the sun came out and it was awsome. They have these cool islands off the coast they call Sea Stacks, and lots of atmosphere, the roar of surf, tons of driftwood, and everywhere you turn , a painting.
Started out really foggy today. I wanted to do a painting with some water in it, so I picked a spot I have been wanting to paint . This is the Liberty bay estuary. Very cool spot, they are building a " fish park" on the property opposite this side. Unfortunately the painting didn't work out. I think I will do some more to it using the pictures I took. If it gets better I will post it.
This is the second painting I did on saturday. I didn't get it to the completion I was hoping for. I had trouble with the pumpkins , getting the right colors for the sunlit side and the shadow. I need some lessons from Mick McGinty on that. Don't know how he does it. Probably should do some color charts. Anyhow people kept coming over to look and talk, so I wasn't quite as focused. also I was getting tired, but just having lots of fun.
Heres the set up for todays plein air painting. Took me awhile to get going. there was a long line at starbucks this morning, and then I show up with my one gallon thermos jug. They weren't very happy with me. I painted this with you in mind Tanner. See, you can enter the scene. The trees are firmly planted, coming out of the ground. There is space, and all that stuff. What ya think?
Well since I am pretty slow on the uptake I just realized its dumb for me to be posting birdhouses on my painting blog . Sorry to all about that. Heres a quick sketch in ultramarine blue , my favorite color.
Another view of the buildings at the Point no Point lighthouse in Hansville Washington. I didn't make it to the Dungeness this weekend due to various obstacles. Little things like work, life , food, health, can conspire against the best laid painting plans. I'll try again next week. sold
I'm putting up an older fall painting for the weekend. I'm taking off to go back up the Dungeness river. I saw alot of great painting spots last week end. This time I will take my paints and try to capture the fall colors on the river. Can't wait.