Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
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
Monday, December 5, 2011
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
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
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
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
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:
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
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
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
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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!
Friday, September 23, 2011
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
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.