Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"The View from Rockaway Beach" seascape oil painting

They say there is another big storm brewing.....and it is coming in tonight!....with lots of rain and WIND!........sheesh!........I have lots of BIG trees close to my house and the ground is saturated now so I am praying there is no damage here....
I am posting this painting I did about a month ago because it looks like a storm brewing......It was one of those paint overs ( unsuccessful painting that I worked over with paint left on my palette at the end of the day).....A view from Rockaway Beach on Bainbridge Island.
10x12 oil on panel
I'll be setting up my Checkers show in the next few days...come if you can.....Checkers is in the Haven Way walkway in down town Poulsbo...

Monday, December 29, 2008

"Snowed In" winter landscape, oil painting

This is the last of the paintings of the heavy snow we had last week. Everything is beginning to thaw now and I have been painting the patches of snow left on the ground ...which has it's own challenges of texture , form and color..I am glad to be mobile once again ....but will miss the peaceful silence and beauty of the big Christmas snow storm of 2008....

5x7 oil on panel . sold

By the way ...I will be showing my recent work at Checkers coffee shop and gallery for the month of January...I'll let you know if and when there will be an opening reception....would love to see any of you that can make it out...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

"Beautiful Snow" landscape oil painting

The temperatures are warming this morning and the snow is beginning to melt but I still have a few paintings of when the snow was at its heaviest.....This little horse farm is a short walk away on Stottlemeyer Rd. The snow was coming down in big fluffy flakes that you can catch on your tongue..

7x5 oil on masonite sold

Friday, December 26, 2008

"Searching for Seeds" landscape oil painting

The deep snow is making it hard for the birds to find seeds.....and they are not used to that around here!!.......But......A Christmas smorgasbord has been set out at Mom's feeder for them and boy is there a flurry of activity around the bird seed...........including mice getting the leftovers........ and owls getting the mice getting the leftovers.........Everyone has come to the Christmas Feast...........By the way, the bird feeder on the post is an original "Alderbog Easy Fill Platform Bird feeder"...built at the Bond Rd manufacturing plant right here in Kitsap County!!....Designed by professional nest box and feeder fabricator....Robin Weiss......It is a combination , bird, mouse, owl and cat feeder........and you can order yours at Limit , ten per household...

Oh, the painting at top is 6x6 oil on panel sold

Thursday, December 25, 2008

"Winter Deer" oil painting

I really enjoyed painting this deer who is standing in the woods on the side of the road. Totally unafraid she stood there while I snapped this shot......
And her friend , who walked out first , just walked down the middle of the road as if looking for Santa.....
6x6 oil on panel
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of men.....John 1:1-3

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"Through Rain, Sleet, or Snow!" snow landscape, oil painting

As you can see...The snow is getting deeper!!.......but that didn't stop our rural postman from delivering mail to this house at the end of Sawdust Hill Rd in Poulsbo, Wa............I have been walking for miles around my house taking pictures of the fantastic snowy landscapes, that are transforming familiar scenes into magical ones.

6x6 oil on panel

I think you would need something with treads to make it up this hill!.......The poor Christmas tree guys are suffering the effects of the storm and the economy....=/....

Heres the good news....But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord........

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"Pines in Snow" landscape oil painting

This is one of the many nice views out the big windows at the Knowles Studio.....It's still snowing and I am still snowed in!....Can't get out of my driveway.....and not much to do but paint!! Yay!!

5x7 oil on masonite panel $65.00....

Monday, December 22, 2008

"First Snow" landscape oil painting

As many of you know or have heard, we had a major snow dump on the Olympic Peninsula!......Good news is, all the craziness and hectic running has ground to a halt least momentarily .....and we can all slow down , listen to the blessed silence and contemplate the beauty, peace and joy that is true Christmas.....I have been enjoying the time to paint and will post a new "Winter" painting each day this week.......

The paintings posted this week will be 6x6 or 5x7...... to contact me email

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given....and he will be called.....Prince of Peace"....Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"Kyle at Work" J Kyle Gregory, portrait, oil painting

A few weekends ago Leigh and Jim had an amazing dinner at the studio for jazz musician Kyle Gregory. I was very grateful to be invited! I love jazz, and this was the best I have ever been privileged to experience first hand....It was one of those spontaneous gatherings of like minded musicians. Joining Kyle was Terry on drums , his wife Tracy on bass and Kevin on electric guitar...

I really enjoyed meeting Kyle.........Please take a moment to visit his myspace site and give a listen to Kyles hauntingly beautiful interpretation of the Beatitudes , featured on his latest CD, "World Downside Up".

6x6 oil on panel

It was fun to watch Tracy with her little boy in a backpack just jammin to the music!!....I think that kid is going to be a great musician!!

And dinner was great too!!.....Thanks Leigh!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

"Close of Day" Bremerton . landscape oil painting

I worked late in Bremerton last week.....the night was clear and the stars were out, so after finishing the job, I walked around the back alleys taking pictures in the dark......good thing I'm not a photographer!!......but I was able to do some sketches from the barely discernible images....The economic crisis as effected my work but it is hard to be discouraged when I have all this extra time to paint!!! sold
From the sketch book......

Friday, December 12, 2008

"Alley's End" Seattle City Scenes , cityscape, oil painting

I've added figures to this city alley painting, hoping to convey more drama and a story for the viewer to build.....The reflections in the puddles and this sense of entering a dark passage and emerging into the light on the other side keep drawing me to the alleys of Seattle.....

14x18 oil on stretched canvas......$385.00 sold

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

"Just at Dusk" landscape oil painting

I worked on this painting a long time. Trying different techniques to achieve the emotion and drama I was shooting for......a recent post on Marc Hansons blog about nocturnes was very helpful(see Nov 23rd post) and caused me to change directions mid painting with limited results on this piece, but I hope will improve in some of my future night paintings.

15x30 oil on stretched canvas sold

Sunday, December 07, 2008

"Last Load" oil landscape

I'm a sucker for old abandoned trucks.....what can I say?......This was a beauty.....couldn't pass it up.........oil on stretched canvas...18x14 $385.00 Sold

Friday, December 05, 2008

"Two Cow Farm" landscape oil paiting

This farm is in Port Orchard near Long Lake. I was drawn to the shadow and light patterns.

I have been very busy working and painting in the studio lately so I haven't been able to get to my tagged duties......But I will!!!..........someday......=].......

This paintng is 8x10..oil on stretched canvas ....Sold