Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Zoe - acrylic on canvas


This is a beautiful dog who lived next door to me. We miss her. Hopefully this painting will bring good memories for her family. 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Our family of cats - acrylic on canvas 6 x 6

This series was a special Christmas gift to my husband, James. He is especially fond of the one of Crystal aka "Black Bean", which is his special kitty.



Mr. Hobbes

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cherry Blossom Stained Glass Window

This is a commissioned piece, that I created for a client,  that just went up this week! I have details of the piece while it was in my workshop and the picture of it installed in the home. The color from the house next door does influence the color in the glass. This was a challenge and pleasure to work on. The flower glass is a handmade glass that has layers of texture and color and the background glass is English muffle with a slight green tint and texture in the light. It looks a little more green than it is against the white board. 

The blue off the house next door really adds in a blue tint to the window...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Casey - 6 x 6 acrylic on canvas


One of the commissioned paintings I have been working on this past week. What a beautiful and sweet dog Casey must have been. I hope this will help be a joyful reminder to Casey's family. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ode to Fowl - oil on canvas

I have been seeing lots of rooster & chicken paintings being posted on various blogs. I thought I'd include one I did awhile back. Most of the current material I'm working on are commissioned pieces I can't yet reveal on the site until after Christmas. Then I will share what I've been up to as of late. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rodem - oil on canvas

Private Collection

This is Rodem, my sister-n-law's departed friend. I never had a the chance to meet him, but I knew they were close and it was a very difficult loss for her. I painted this one to honor him and to give her something special to remember him by. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Healing Hands - oil on canvas


Another large mandala. I created this after a Reiki class I took. 

Frog Mandala - oil on canvas

I have drawn and painted many mandalas over the last few years. I find it a very restful and meditative activity. These type of paintings seem to create themselves and I just try to let go and be present to that. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lobelia - oil on canvas 24 x 18


This cute little pug was commissioned by another dear friend for her son and his girlfriend. We met Lobelia briefly when they visited and she was such a little cutie-pie! I think the part I had the most fun with in this painting was including her toy. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Figgy & Gizmo - oil on canvas 11 x 14


As I'm working on my large glass project and not getting in as much paint time, I will share some older works here. This one was a commissioned piece for a dear friend. I love to experiment with texture and pattern in subtle ways. I am also an animal lover and it is so fulfilling to me to see them come to life on canvas. I am also grateful that I can support my local community in sharing the proceeds with animal rescue organizations. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Buddha Kitty - 8 x 10 oil on canvas

This is an older painting, but one of my favorites. I am drawn to painting animals and this one reminds me of my sweet cat Oscar who is no longer here with me. I love the peacefulness of this painting.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sacred Torii - oil on canvas 8 x 10

I have been fortunate to do some traveling to Japan with my husband over the years. This is from an old photo I took when we were enjoying our honeymoon almost 12 years ago! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Autumn at Kubota Gardens - acrylic on board 8 x 10

Had time to get two paintings in today! This one is inspired by a photo I took yesterday of a tree that was backlit along a dark path.

This is a painting of a wonderful garden just south of Seattle. The garden was started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota. He devoted most of his life to creating this wondrous garden that includes a lovely waterfall, bridges, lakes and meandering trails. It's an open park now that is maintained by volunteers. A must see! There is a carved stone commemorating him in the park too.

Here is a website on the gardens:

Late evening on the Salish Sea. oil on board 8 x 10

This is one of the views from our sailing. I love the evenings when the winds pick up a little and the skies are full of color.

Taking a break from the 250 piece stained glass I'm working on. Discovered a few tools needed an upgrade and am waiting for the parts. After a hiatus from painting due to a trip and this other project, I thought I'd bond with the paint again this week.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Vigil & Rose

This is an old piece I did for a fundraising book to help support a local homeless women's day shelter. We did portraits and told the stories of a few of the women there. This painting above is of some of the staff and others who stand in silence in downtown Seattle to pay respect to those homeless who die on the streets. It's a very sobering and sad situation which has only gotten worse these past few years. But in our discussions with the amazing women, we learned that no matter what difficult situations they encountered, they still had hope, a big sense of community and great deal of joy and light within them. I am posting this as I heard this week that one of the special ladies we painted has died this week due to cancer. Her name is Rose and she was special. Here is the painting that artist Connie Nelson did of her in 2006. We will miss you Rose.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jigsaw - acrylic on canvas

This is an older commissioned painting I did. I tried to capture the energy of this beautiful dog named Jigsaw. I thought I'd post at least a something, as I haven't had a chance to hit the painting (life events happening!) I plan on getting back into it in a week when all simmers down. I have also been busy designing a large stained glass piece that a friend has commissioned me to do for their old Victorian house. Stay tuned and thanks for following...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ramen - update

I think this is one of the most challenging scenes I've painted. I like the warm feel and as my husband said, he can almost smell the warm ramen soup.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lopez Island - oil on board 8 x 10

This is one of the scenes from our sailing trips to the San Juan Islands. This is off Spencer spit on Lopez Island. 

Ramen Shop - oil on canvas 8 x 10

This is what I'm working on today. People are a challenge for me! Stay tuned on how this one evolves...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oregon Coast - oil on board 8 x 10

This is a painting I started yesterday from a photo I think I took 3 years ago. I love the coast, especially on stormy moody days.

Anna at Kubota Gardens - oil on board 8 x 10 - update

I've worked a bit more on this, but I'm still not happy with the railing or the right corner of foliage. I'm taking a break from this and am working on a couple of new paintings. Just sharing my slow but forward moving progress.

Foggy morning - oil on board 8 x 10

Woke up a couple of mornings ago to fog. I love this time of year. Our crow friend was also content, so I thought I'd attempt trying to paint the moment.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

View at Kubota Gardens - oil on board 8 x 10

This is a painting of a wonderful garden just south of Seattle. The garden was started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota. He devoted most of his life to creating this wondrous garden that includes a lovely waterfall, bridges, lakes and meandering trails. It's an open park now that is maintained by volunteers. A must see!

Anna at Kubota Gardens - oil on board 8 x 10

Work in progress. I'm going to try to keep this one more simple compared to the last two paintings. 

Madrone Trees - 8 x 10 oil on board

These trees caught my eye while we were sailing in the San Juan Islands. They are located in a little cove within the Sucia Islands. It is one of our most favorite places to visit in the summer. 

Neighbor's garden - oil on board 8 x 10

I took a break from the trees and have been working on a few other paintings, which are still in progress, but thought I'd share. This one is from a picture of my neighbor's amazing garden.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Madrone trees update

Well, I worked on this quite a bit more. I'm not sure how much of that is noticeable. I feel I have kind of overworked parts of it and still have some undeveloped areas. I don't seem to know when to stop. With the wet paint it is challenging to do more at the moment, so I need to put it away. I'm used to using acrylics that dry quickly and even the water based oils do dry quickly as well. 

On the next painting I will have to work more on my value of colors - something I have a great deal to learn about. The whole color thing really boggles my mind. The other issue I have is trying to remember to squint and see larger shapes and values instead of getting caught in the details. Anyway, I gave this a shot. On to the next experimental lesson...and I can always come back to this one. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Madronas - oil on board 8 x 10

I have spent the past couple of years working in water based oils and just recently acrylics. I am now trying to teach myself how to paint in traditional oils. I have to admit, it's kind of overwhelming and a bit scary. But I'm up for the challenge and I'm excited to see how I can grow as an artist. Here is my first attempt at a real landscape painting and in traditional oils. I laid down the initial background yesterday and worked a couple hours this afternoon and refining it a bit. I'm pretty happy with how far I've gotten. I plan on doing more work on this one tomorrow, my trees need a bit more life in them. I'm trying to gain an understanding of value and natural colors. 

George - acrylic on canvas 6 x 6

Fleur - acrylic 6 x 6