Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Night Shift

The was derived from a reference photo taken at Toulouse Petit Restaurant on the south slope of Queen Anne Avenue North.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Light a Candle

I have started a new series featuring Seattle restaurants and bars. This was based on a photo I took at "The Whale Wins" on Stone Way. It was late afternoon and the waitress was lighting the table candles for the dinner crowd to come. I like the ambience of the restaurant; an appealing mix of cottage, contemporary and industrial in mostly wood and white.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Young Wine


This was painted in response to the DPW Challenge- to paint a vineyard. I opted to stop the vineyard at the foreground, which I can see now make s it rather ambiguous. It could be an orchard as easily as a vineyard. Hmmm...the easiest way to solve that would be with a name change.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

White Camisole


I was so drawn to this young woman's stance. I will probably use her somewhere in a larger painting, but I felt compelled to do a little painting featuring her alone.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


This is the painting I created last year  from the same reference photo that I used for "Me Time". It was much smaller- I think 12x9. I have to say,  I like the vertical format. I bet I could paint this same figure many more times and come up with different versions. Maybe I'll do one every year. That could be interesting (to me, anyway).

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Me Time


I have used this photo reference before for a small painting, and I really like the contemplative mood. My previous painting was pretty neutral. This time I had fun with color. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

As Anybody Can See



Here's another bocci painting. These guys are so expressive. I just love that! So fun to paint....

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Close Call

Just started painting on oil primed linen panels. Boy, do I like them! They're a bit on the expensive side, but I decided to give it a go anyway. I'm thinking they're worth it. I like he fine texture combined with the firm surface.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Dining in Style

Dining in Style 24x24
Still on the theme of waiters and restaurants. I love the gesture; that's my favorite thing to paint. I now have an idea that I will visit Seattle restaurants soon after they open- before they're too busy, and ask if I can photograph wait staff and bartenders for a series I want to paint. I think it could be a fun project- and, what the heck, may as well stay for happy hour...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Order Up

                                                                      18x14 oil

This is not a (very) little painting, and neither will be the next few I post. I have been painting almost daily, though. This painting and 2 others will be shipped to Edward Montgomery Fine Arts in Carmel, CA as soon as I get them framed.

I have made it my summer project to work hard on strengthening my compositions. To that end I'm spending a lot more time in the planning stages thinking "link values", "create just a few interesting shapes" think in terms of "most", "some" and a "little"(shapes, colors, values), decide whether the painting is to be mostly warm or cool...I try to work all that out before I begin.  It's kind of like a puzzle to make the "picture" work well literally as well as abstractly.

If I were to describe my desired goal in my paintings it would be to express the gesture of the human form loosely and correctly, with the rest of the painting dissolving into abstraction that supports the figure(s). Within all that I want the brushstrokes to be varied and loose, and the rightness of the paint itself to shine. Is that asking too much?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Step it Up

6x6 oil on gesso board
This was painted in response to Daily Paintworks weekly challenge, which was to center a painting around Pantone's color of the year "Radiant Orchid". It's not a color I often use, so I really enjoyed giving it a try. I love how it sets off the lime green.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Basking in the Glow

6x6 oil on gesso board
I had a commission for a painting similar to one I did a year or so ago, so I painted 3 versions of this still life setup. It was an interesting exercise, as I considered possible ways to crop and light the picture.  Below is the painting the client selected. And below that is the third view (with a different bowl).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

At Your Service

6x6 oil on Gessoboard
I'm preparing to paint some larger canvases, and this is a study for one of them. My goal is to create lively scenes with lots of movement, and plenty of abstraction to accompany the least amount of realism required to suggest the scene. Can she pull it off? We'll see....

Friday, March 14, 2014


6x6 oil on Gessoboard
This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge was to use a photo reference, but to quickly isolate the basic shapes from memory. I was intrigued with the heavy lady and wanted to capture her essence, using the other figure only as a supporting element.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I'm Back with "Splat"!

"Splat" 6x6

I'm finally back in my studio and happy to be painting again! I've been in Arizona since mid October, where I have access to a fabulous clay studio. Since I don't have that opportunity when I'm here in Seattle, I take advantage of it down there- and I don't paint. I love both ceramics and painting, so it's a win/win.  I look forward to re-establishing communication with my Daily Paintworks friends!

Below is one example of my ceramics. I will post some more of these in the next few days. I haven't yet figured out how to properly photograph them; they're trickier than paintings! This one is entitled "Just say Om"