Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Cape Flattery

In October, my daughter and I surprised my husband with a road trip for his birthday. We took him to the most northwest tip of Washington State where the Makah live. It is one of the most beautiful areas, surrounded by lush rain forests and edged right up to some of the most wild Pacfic ocean waters and the Straight of San Juan de Fuca. The tribe has done a lot of work over the years putting in a boardwalk that allows for easier access to walk the trail at the cape. The views are stunning and magical.



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shiraz and Beaujoulais

Two paintings of two siblings. Acrylic on canvas. These were done as a fundraiser for MEOW Cat Rescue, a local non-profit that finds homes for countless numbers of felines. We adopted one of our little cuties, Crystal, from there and I have family and friends who volunteer there too. I am grateful for all the folks who give their time and compassions for helping our animal friends.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Looking for a special gift for someone?

How about a portrait of a beloved animal companion? There is still time before Christmas to commission a pet portrait from me. I can work from 5-6 good photos and 10% of the proceeds go to an animal rescue organization of your choice. If you are interested, let me know. Happy holidays!




Saturday, November 17, 2012

Terrier cuteness

Two new miniature portraits in acrylic. My iPad camera adds more saturation and blue tones, so the paintings are actually more toned down. But you get the idea. I need to figure out how to correct that color correcting issue. Anyone else have that challenge?


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hello again

I'm glad to say my art studio is now back in place after a couple of months hiatus with installing new floors. Life is starting to slow down a bit after all the demolition work, birthday celebrations, trips, school stuff, and whatnot. It feels good to have paint brush in hand again and I have four pet portraits to do over the next couple of weeks! So off I go to get my painting butt in gear!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer fun & Autumn retreat

My postings will be on a hiatus for a few months. I'm going to enjoy the rest of summer with my daughter (the rock climber) and with my husband. We have some sailing adventures coming our way. After summer, I plan to hunker down and work on some new ideas and maybe a series. I look forward to sharing my progress in the future. Ciao!


All material and images copyright of the artist - Tina Marohn.


Friday, July 20, 2012

ARTSplash artist reception

We enjoyed the reception this evening with family and friends. Participating in this show has been a great way to meet other local artists and I have enjoyed seeing the many different styles of work. The show continues through this weekend.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Works in progress

I have been waiting to post anything, hoping I would have something finished by now. But I thought I would go ahead and share some small works I have been working on. The first three are plein air paintings. I was hoping to finish these on site, but had limited time for each when out in the field (we had lots of torrential rain in June here). So I feel they need more work. I'm trying to loosen up and am experimenting with color and application. I'm heading out to paint outdoors again this Friday and am hoping to have a decent piece to submit to the plein air Edmonds show for August. I may not though. I will continue this year to improve my landscape paintings.

The above scene was on location at Kubota gardens south of Seattle
The one above is a local tidal wetland marsh here in Edmonds.
I worked on this one in the rain at one of our local parks. Sorry for the glare.
The next three are very small pieces. The one of Ezzie the chicken is done, but the other two still need work.






Friday, June 29, 2012

Snohomish River - plein air, acrylic 9 x 14 on canvas

We have finally gotten a taste of summer the last couple of days here in western Washington. I was able to get outside to paint yesterday with a new friend. It was lovely and perfect. The sky was overcast, but nice and warm. This was such a lovely area to paint. I could hear lots of bird conversations and the buzzing sounds of insects. We planted ourselves right on the wobbly dock at the boat ramp. Luckily, there wasn't too much activity since it was a weekday. But we did get a few fun wakes and held on dearly to our easels. I am falling in love with painting outdoors. It is freeing and all my senses are awakened to the beauty around me.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Keep breathing Tina...

Between my daughter's end of year school activities and dance recitals, I am squeezing in my time to get my ducks in order for submitting work to four shows this summer! Today and Monday I submit work to my first juried shows and I am preparing work for two other local shows for July and August. I'm excited and nerve racked at the same time. Here is some of my latest work I'm doing in preparation. Thank goodness I have a supportive and sweet hubby to deal with me!

Plein-air piece I had a short time in the field to work on (had to get the girl from school). I brought it home to continue the work. Still more to go. But working outside at this local marsh was so lovely. I am enjoying outdoor painting so much. I love listening to the birds and wind while I'm absorbed I painting.

This is also another work in progress. This cutie kitty is one of our local shop kitties. I couldn't resist doing another cat painting.

This is one of my obstacles I have to face while painting. Her name is Crystal. Yes, you have seen her in some of my work. I have two other obstacles, Mr. Hobbes and Tink. Of course, it is their subtle way of telling me I need to make time for them as well. Plus I'm lucky they model for love and food and not for money! Really, I am a lucky woman.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

July show at ARTSplash in Edmonds

I will have some paintings along side other wonderful local artists here in Edmonds. Attached is a poster designed by artist Kathleen A. Johnson. This group showing includes all artists that are part of the Artists Connect group here in Edmonds. This is my first time doing the show and I am new to the group. I am excited to see all the varied work. If any of you just happen to be in the neighborhood during this event, stop by and check it out and say hi!



Sunday, June 3, 2012

From Edmonds to Tokyo

I'm sharing two pieces I'm working on. Feedback welcome. One is of one of our local water parks here in Edmonds. Yes, I'm spoiled living in such a beautiful area! I have been experimenting with my new Golden Open acrylics on this piece. Verdict: I love them! I feel this piece needs more interesting contrast and texture. There are parts I'm happy with, but it needs more something. I feel these paints will be perfect for my plein air work.

The next piece is from a photo when I was in Japan. I like the loose painting in this one better. What do you think? I had more fun with this one. I could work more on the water. I'm not sure yet. I used traditional acrylics on this piece.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Recent Happenings

It has been awhile since I have done the bloggy thing. Here I am with an update. Happily I had two commissioned pet portraits to do and I'm including them here. I have been continuing my figure drawing nights for the most part and managed to slip in some plein air painting while we had some gorgeous early summer weather! I have also been tying up loose ends getting ready for some gallery shows this summer. One is a juried show and my first one for that matter. I'm pushing myself to do this and my ego is resisting me all the way. But I'm trying to work through my fears to just DO IT. If I get accepted I will certainly let you all know. If will hear crickets...

Overall, I find it hard to find that balance between my creative life and my daily life as mom, wife and the various other hats I wear. My creative life has not been taking the forefront for some time. I know that with summer fun and with school being out, I will have to work extra hard to make time to paint. My inner judge and critic is having a heyday right now with me. That not only affects me emotionally, but causes my auto-immune disease to kick in and give me a wallop! I know I am not alone. All of us artists wake up to the daily challenges of walking in this world. We seem to manage though, don't we...

I follow many of your blogs every morning as I have my coffee. You all inspire me to keep going. I may not share on your blogs how wonderful your work is or how I relate to your stories of joy and struggle. But I do watch and absorb in my silent way. Thank you all for being courageous and for sharing your artistic journeys!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Morning sketches

I am still working on my morning sketches using iPad Paper app. The first image shows the tools I am working with. So much fun and allows for quick sketching!


Monday, April 30, 2012

"Reconnecting" - oil on canvas

Inspired by figure drawing sessions I am attending and by the arrival of Spring and time spent outdoors hanging out with Mother Nature.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sketch breaks

Tink sitting on my lap.
Our cherry tree losing the rest of its blossoms.
I did these two quick sketches today. One while enjoying my morning coffee and the other one during my afternoon green tea break. It is so easy to just pop open my iPad and doodle. Over the years I have tried off and on to write in a journal in the mornings. I think I enjoy this much more. It helps me feel centered and gets my creative juices flowing more than writing does. I hope I can make this a daily habit. What is nice, is it can be quick, readily available and doesn't require lots of cleanup or prep. These were made using the Paper app for iPad.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Quick sketch using Paper app

It is a rainy and quiet morning. While having my coffee, I did this using my finger and an app called Paper for iPad. I'm looking forward to the new version when they add a zoom function and a few more colors. This sketch was from head and not an actual still life.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mi Chan Battles the Bag - oil on canvas 20" x 20"

I think I'm done with this one. This is Mi Chan. She was my mother-n-laws dearly beloved cat. She had quite a large and spunky personality! She even brought me a bird one time as a gift while visiting her in Tokyo. Sorry to the bird, but I totally understood the offering of friendship. One of her favorite activities was sleeping on the heated toilet seat in her home. I was glad to know her. 

Figure using iPad Paper app

My husband gave me an iPad for my birthday. I have been trying to get used to using it and that includes having to learn new tools for uploading to this blog! Finally, I think I have it figured out. He also encouraged me to try using an app, called Paper, to experiment with during my figure drawing sessions. Here is the outcome of that. I enjoy the freedom of using such a simple app and the painting is cool. But I tend to draw bigger and I find the size of the screen is a bit small to work with. Perhaps if the stylus had more of a finer point it would be a bit easier for me to use. I like using the real paints, brushes and papers. This is perfect for making quick sketches while being out in places where it may be harder to take the real gear. Plus I think this is a great tool for sketching ideas while exploring the concept for new work. I am so blown away by technology.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Great book

I have had this book for a few years and recently pulled it out again. I think I needed to revisit this issue. I highly recommend it to all creatives as a reference for gaining perspective when we get critical of ourselves and of our art. It is Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.




Friday, March 30, 2012

Figure Drawing Practice

I am really enjoying my weekly figure drawing sessions with a group of delightful artists. Here are some of the outcomes. Most of the artists are sculptors, so we have 20 minute poses. I'm including a quick painting I did today inspired by one of the drawings. I am happy with my progress, as drawing people is a challenge. Hopefully I will gain the courage to do more with hands, feet and faces at some point.

oil painting


 Conte and soft pastel

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Respite on the Sound - oil on canvas 40" x 30"

This is the oil painting I've been working on for awhile now.  Cormorants are one of my all time favorite birds here around the Puget Sound. I love seeing them spread their wings to dry them off. It is such a majestic site and one I look forward to soon when we get back to our sailing ways. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A plug for my talented friend who creates artful cakes

My friend, Sue Wilson-Schmitz, just put up a blog today with photos of her amazing cakes. Please stop by and see her incredible work. This picture is a winning cake she made for an edible books contest last year.