Friday, September 28, 2012

A Break in the Action

After a third year boarding the Conception for 5 days sailing and painting the Channel Islands, I'm finding myself painting in beautiful Southern California. Leo Carrillo is an amazing point on the Malibu coastline. It's become a weekly event and there are thousands of paintings awaiting their turn. This 12 x 12 is a painting that shares the drama of the location. As I stood out on the rocky point, looking left in awe and looking right in awe, my painting faced me head on. Wind and force gave way to salt water sprays and sea foam tangling ankles and tripod legs while painting on site. I am loving plein air on the southern coast of California. Beautiful scenery and friendships abound.

My first IPAD blog! I hope it all goes well :)

Friday, August 10, 2012


Yes, it has been a while since I have posted.  That means I have been very busy and lucky for me, I have been very busy painting, sharing and showing art in Alaska.

18x24 Original Oil

While standing in a field, looking off into the distance, a flock of Snow Geese are settled on the ground of this Palmer, Alaska hayfield.  They are stopping for a quick layover on their way further north for the summer season.   It is an amazing experience to be there, focused only on their prescence, and then suddenly... one is startled... the whole flock lifts one at a time.   It's as though they are connected by an invisible string.  There is a roar of gaggles as they follow suit lifting their bodies to take to the air.   They circle around and overhead with sounds not to go unoticed, twice around until one at a time they lower themselves like a beautiful ballet, back to the ground.   They have been Awakened.

Thanks for visiting, hope you are well.
Love to hear from you.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rugosas by the Sea

A wonderful day with my friend,
Kelley MacDonald!

After catching up with a cup of coffee, we were off to Horseneck Beach in Westport, Ma. Before I could settle in to a view of crashing waves and people dancing in the sand, the dunes and the morning fog entranced both me and my brushes. Between reminisces and art talk "Rugosas by the Sea" was born.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Painting Alaska Wild

April 20th proved to be a beautiful day in Alaska.  And a Friday at that!  Fridays are the day the Plein Air Painters of Alaska get together and fling some paint.  Indoors through the winter but this was the 2nd week that outdoor painting was at it's best. 

So this was my start. Then it was off to lunch with an old friend and a new one!  Great visiting with you Marianne and Diane :)

So, Sat April 21st rolls around and it's time to take that painting back outdoors and continue on while the whole feeling of being there was still fresh in my mind.   Note, that the scene in my backyard is not quite the same as this painting site but there was enough on my canvas and in my memory to get it to a place of completion. 

"The Happy Dance"

 Except curious eyes made it difficult to decide where the next brushstroke will go!

I do believe this little on~looker thought there should be a moose in this painting one way or another :)

Then realized it just wouldn't work, so he continued to satisfy his large appetite and let me paint.

Painting is almost done but cold hands and nearing moose caused me to pack it in for the day.
Be watching my website, for posting of completed painting.

Thanks for visiting :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012



Picasso's co-painted partner!

8x8 Original Oil
Gallery Wrapped.  
No Frame Needed!


Why the name?
Well, how about beautiful color, wildly arrange to create 
beautiful work of art!
That's how I feel about these gorgeous birds that rarely get the 
kudos they deserve :)

8x8 Original Oil on Gallery Wrap
No Framing Needed!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nepali Mule Train

Nepali Mule Train

For the second year in a row, Blaines Art Supply in Anchorage, Alaska is supporting the needs of those less fortunate in Nepal. Each day in the month of March, 1 or 2 artists paint on site. Each artist donates their daily painting for auction. All proceeds go to the needs through the actions of some very caring people. Helping Hands for Nepal.

This artwork depicts a lifestyle unlike one that I am used to. It is a painting where mules are used for hauling goods. The leader carries no burden other than the burden of leading itself. A man follows and behind him a long following of mules carrying loads to make it through this forested destination. Wearing a tall and majestic head dress comes the second mule, but he too carries his load. As a work to stay warm in Alaska, moving from my studio to my heated vehicle, daring icy roads or white out conditions, I wonder what the daily concerns of this man might be.

Nepali Mule Train

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Inside Looking Out

Inside Looking Out

6x8 Original Oil

First kayak painting!! 
(yes! painting in the ocean in a kayak!)

This little beauty has a special meaning to me, even more than my other Channel Island pieces.  Notice the kelp in the foreground?  There was enough of it floating up to the surface of the water to hold a kayak in place long enough to capture this little scene.   You can see our ship, The Conception, in the distance through the hole in the rock wall.  
As the waves started picking up my painting quickly ended.  Tidy up the box on my lap and tuck it neatly under my half bent knees.  That was the position rowing zealously back to the boat.  On the way back, I slipped my kayak through a tunnel in the wall of rock to be sent off with a wonderful sea lion farewell.  He zigged and zagged along side my little yellow boat until I was safely through the tunnel.

What a day!!!
The tunnel home.
Good friend, Cindy Compert, kayak painting.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Light in the Dark

A Light in the Dark

9x12 Original Oil

The Channel Islands endless caves cry out for endless paintings.   Feel the warmth of the sun and coolness of the rock.  Visit and explore a little deeper and watch them come to light.   For the seagulls, the waters are a great resting place and the caves are wonderful playground.   
Enjoy the light and life in this 9x12 Original Oil.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kelp Waters

12x12 Original Oil

The gentle sway.  The deep organic colors. 
 A world unlike the one we live each day.  

Sitting in a kayak within a bed of kelp,
 a paint box in my lap, 
and the security of being held in place
 in the wide open ocean,
 as though in a bowl of jello.

Kelp forests of the Channel Islands are fed by both warm and cool water currents.  They may grow 100' and provide food and shelter for over 1,000 species of plants and animals.   Hold fasts, which are root like structures, anchor them to the bottom.   The kelp forests slow the water movement allowing a life giving dwelling. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Resting in the Palm

A rock wall is a palette for the Master's hand
and Providence for the night.

As the day was ending and the sun cast it's luminous glow,
these sailors found the perfect spot to rest for the night.
Another wonderful moment on the Channel Island art trip.

Resting in the Palm

Friday, February 3, 2012

Beholding Glory

"Beholding Glory"

Sitting on a dive boat in the Channel Islands National Park,
watching the sun set and the sky and water glow,
As I gazed into the distance this sailboat came into view.
It too, was "Beholding Glory"

It's my hope that you are taken away in time, looking to the future with new hope, when you are beholding glory.

11 x 14 Original Oil

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Warm Caves

A new twist in paintings.   

This is the beginning of a series painted from the Channel Islands.   They are located off the coast of California near Santa Barbara.  Artist, David Gallup, led two trips for artists exploring the island for five days on a dive boat.  I was extremely fortunate to be on both.  The boat "The Conception" is owned by Truth Aquatics  and in Sept of 2010 and 2011 was filled with artists and adventurists. 

"Warm Caves" was painted on deck while anchored by one of the enchanting islands.  Organic in nature, these rock walls house many caves.  Some of these caves were kayaked into while others were navigated by close proximity by our experienced and talented Captain Jerry.

9 x 12 Original Oil

A little abstract in feeling, my hope is that you can sense the cold wet of the rock surface juxtaposed with the warmth of the light and minerals.  The subtle roll of the tide gave the golden living kelp bed new life.   

Life aboard the Conception

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Criss Cross Applesauce

Pink and Orange!  Who would have thunk it?
But I love it.  It's always a great party combining 
fun, spring colors and grey.

The flowers in this painting were done with a palette knife, 
a fun and loose way to get an impressionistic look.  The heavy texture of the knife also brings things forward.

I had fun putting these colors that wouldn't normally be put together with a favorite pair of shoes. 

Criss Cross Applesauce
6 x 6 Original Oil

Criss Cross Applesauce

Saturday, January 28, 2012

When you can smell the color green and feel the moist dew of the grass, 
laying low, looking up through the petals and sunlight,
I can only imagine these beautiful poppies gathering together to enjoy a favorite
"Spring Dance".

15 x 30 Original Oil

As the sun begins to shine a little longer each day and a little brighter each day, 
I am more and more drawn to the bright of spring.

Plus actual shipping charges
to be determined

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Daffodil Doc

Nothing like a good pair of Doc's and some yellow daffodils.

A few years back Ken and I visited 
Skagit Valley, Washington in the spring.  
It was tulip time and when I saw these boots on the 
shelf I knew they were a perfect fit, 
both for the feet and the event!

8x8 Oil on Panel

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Also available is
 Skagit Valley

9x12 Oil on Canvas

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Walk on By

"Walk on By"  
That's best advice I could give to those cute little shoes!

6x6 Original Oil

Once again, I revert to my past.  This special little bar lamp was always a part of the annual Christmas party that was held at mom and dad's house.  Christmas Eve the little house was packed.  People lining both sides of the hallway, chairs along every wall space filled, and a table packed with unbelievable Italian and Portuguese cooking, all done by mom.    But... I have a feeling that's not what this painting conjures up!   And so... not being a person to promote drunkenness to a point of hanging onto lamp posts or other such objects, the name became "Walk on By"  It did however lead the imagination to many other appropriate titles.   Love to hear your ideas!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Gold Mint Trail

Just up the road from home lies Hatcher Pass.  
In Alaska, it's a wonderful place all seasons.  
One of the many trails readily available to a vigorous or leisurely hike is the Gold Mint Trail.  
It was a place that I visited with dear friends last summer.  Photos, laughter, warm summer temps and
abundant beauty summed up the day.  

Gold Mint Trail
16 x 20" Original Oil Painting

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Friday, January 13, 2012

The Process...A Moose's Tale.

Today's blog is a little different...
Time to work a larger piece.
I thought I would share a little
bit of the process.

First I must drive home...

Why did the moose cross the road?

Even after 30 years in Alaska, 
it's still exciting when you run into a moose...  Actually better if you don't!

Back in the studio


And so the beginning of a 

new painting.

It is most important to step back    and look at a distance.  It's really the only way to see the big picture. 

And, although this is just a beginning with plenty of work ahead, I still must take my steps...
back... back... back...

Surprise!!!  I certainly was!

I'm not the only
one wanting 
good look!!

Perhaps a better look in the window?

"Not getting in the house, 
Maybe I can warm up in here?"

Once he found out that nobody was at home in the shed, this little guy wandered over to the neighbors to take a peek in their windows. 
Well, it's late while I write this and dark.  But what was that thunk? That bump? Those sounds in the night?

Under the deep, dark starry sky,
In the deep, cold and cushioned snow.
He sets for the night,
outside my living room window.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Puttin' on the Ritz

Well ladies... we just can't have all the fun.  
Besides we don't want to be out in our stilettos and be graced by a guy in a pair of tennis shoes, do we?!

Not only is "Puttin on the Ritz" retro and energetic,  it is also a very special piece to me.  It's a generational thing.  This very cool martini shaker and glass set belonged to my dad a long time ago.  My mom gave it to my oldest son as a fun and fond memory of him.   I am thrilled he let me borrow it because using it, along with my youngest sons's amazing sense of fashion I found a favorite set up.

Hope you like it too!

6 x 6 Oil Painting

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Cozy Places

A little birdie told me to take a short break
from shoes on the run.

I found little fella stuck inside the bird feeder this morning.  After a gallant  rescue, 
I quickly set up my easel for another indoor plein air.  Plein Window might be a better name for my below 0 outdoor paintings, but it would sound so much better if I knew how to say it in french!  
Plein Window en france', anyone?

For my friends who are missing winter...
Just outside my living room window, winter wrapped itself around this little spruce tree.  All day long the chickadees are fleeting in and out, through the little holes in the snow, back and forth to the feeder.  What looks so cold from the outside is a sheltered home of warmth on the inside.

The sun was out but only for a short time and wind was in the forecast.  I knew I had better capture this 
little 8x8 and quick.
(Can you find all four chickadees?)

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