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Monday, October 22, 2012

Spirit Bears

Every year in the fall I get to join my fellow "Painters of Bumping Lake" on a retreat to the location of our namesake. This year I decided to paint a series of small acrylic guache on watercolor paper pictures of Spirit Bears, inspired by the creature from British Columbia:




Here's an animation of the series:

Read more about Spirit Bears here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermode_bear

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Landscape Paintings at ANT Gallery in August

Last spring when I agreed to participate in a group Landscape Show at Art/Not Terminal Gallery in August, I thought that I would just show some older work.  But then in June, when I was invited to join a plein air painting/camping expedition, I was inspired to purchase a portable easel and create some new work, the plein air sketches from my last post. Back in my studio in July I used a few of them as reference material to create these 2 large canvases.
"On Land" 48" x 36", oil on canvas, $500 unframed

"At Sea" 48" x 36", oil on canvas, $500 unframed

Please visit them until August 29th, 2012 at the "Landscape Unlimited" group show in the Subterranean Room at Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, Seattle WA 98121.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Painting at Deception Pass

      I had a great vacation in late June, first driving down to Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. We got to visit my brother Casey in Portland, our cousin Mike and family near Medford and buddy Lu in Ashland, as well as see a few plays and swoop up to Crater Lake. 
   The day after our return I'd be leaving for a plein air painting/camping trip with some lady painter friends at Deception Pass on North Whidbey Island, Washington. On our drive back up from Ashland, we took a stop in Eugene and I decided to buy a portable easel, something I'd never had before. What a treat- and what fun it is to paint outdoors!
I hadn't done it in years, so it took a little while to get back in the swing. Here's my first quickie done on the beach below the bridge at Deception Pass. All these are oil on canvas pad, 16" x 20".

Another oil sketch from the beach. I found a tube of aqua paint in my box, who knows where it came from, but it's my new favorite color!

The next day we set out for the farmlands of Skagit County. Very pretty, but I have to say I prefer the drama of the coast! One magical thing about this setting was that a Great Horned Owl sat on the fence (lower right) and then in the trees near me the whole time I was here.

Most of the ladies stayed on to paint the fields, but I headed back to the water, where I painted this Madrona tree next to Cranberry Lake near our camp.

The scene at Deception Pass again, this time from the dunes.

Portrait of an Ancient Cedar Tree in the North Beach Dunes at Deception Pass. The twisting limbs that have been trying to stretch against the ocean wind for hundreds of years.