Thursday, December 28, 2006

December Thaw

I revisited my cow friends on Pt Gamble road. These three black angus seem to be taking care of this little hereford calf. SOLD

The painting is 10"x 14", watercolor on 300 lb arches wc. paper, signed by the artist. $120.00

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Poinsettia 2 : dailly painting

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

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Poinsettia: dailly painting

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.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Porch Cat, daily painting

I tryed to add a cat to this porch painting. I don't know if it works very well. The cat kinda looks like an afterthought idea, which it was.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Indian Ponies

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.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Alder tree study: daily painting

Alder trees grow like weeds here in the Northwest. They grow best in wet areas and have bark similar to birch. This is a watercolor study of one.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Moonlight Snow: daily painting, winter landscape

I almost tossed this painting and then I added the falling snow and it somehow pulled it togeather for me, but I have been staring at it for too long. I would love a critique from some kind soul. SOLD

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Shadow Fire: daily painting, winter landscape

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

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Lincoln Rd Farm: daily painting,winter landscape

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.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Track Red:daily painting,abstract

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.


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

November snow: daily painting,winter landscape

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

Monday, November 27, 2006

Two Crows

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.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hurricane Ridge

The lodge at Hurricane Ridge. We love to pack as many kids in the old red van as can fit with all thier snow boards and head for the snow at H.R.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Highway to Mall Wart

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.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Indian Island Sketch

Alot of times I will do a value sketch before I do the painting. Heres one.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Rose Cascade

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.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Red Barn in Fall

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

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Still at Arts in the Woods

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.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Arts in The Woods

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.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Feeding the birds

This painting was done from a photograph I took about 20 years ago on the island of Ohau.


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

On the road to Fort Flagler

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 . .

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Grace Awakening

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

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Don"t Look Back

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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Liberty Bay Estuary

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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Red Rhodies

I like the abstract qualities of this little painting. I'm learning to use bigger brushes and more pigment, lots of water to soften edges and let colors bleed. Watercolor is alot of fun.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sumatsu farm

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.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dottie's place

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?


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mt Ranier

Mount Ranier is the majestic backdrop for many beautiful vistas in the Pacific Northwest, where I am blessed to live. SOLD

Sunday, October 15, 2006


A couple weeks ago I went on a hike up the Dungeness river trail with a group from church. Heres a painting from one of the pictures I took , and the preliminary sketch. THIS PAINTING IS SOLD

Saturday, October 14, 2006


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.


Monday, October 09, 2006

red roofs

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

Thursday, October 05, 2006


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.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Apples in Blue

The red ripening apples are drawing my attention. I keep stopping and taking pictures of them hanging from the trees and laying on the ground. The colors just glowing as if there are lights inside.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

summer fading

The spirea blossoms turning from lavender to rust. Ah.. the summers fading to fall. Every season has its beauty. Every flower its fading glory.