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...