I love to paint outdoors. I lead a plein air group for Peninsula Art League, and belong to Plein Air Washington. There is something so immediate and compelling when you are racing with the sun to capture the essence of a scene. It makes me faster, & more intuitive with color choices to enhanse the mood of a place.
My next door neighbor thought she planted a zuchini untill the pumpkin showed it's true colors!
We had a "sunset painting event" at local waterfront home. This is color study of "pre- sunset" in yellows and violet as we waited for the imfamous red Puget Sound sunset.
5"H x 7"W
Plein Air Painting of kiosk to borrow life vests for kids at the dock by Eddon Boat Shop. It was a gray day- and I loved the colors.
14"H x 11"W
At Northwest Pastel Society paint out on Whidbey Island, I revisited Admiralty Light. From the South side- it is much more ornate and delicate- unlike the west imposing side I had painted before. Pastel on textures board
11"H x 14"W
I wanted to make this little lighthouse look more monolithic, so I painted from a low perspective. The light and shadows were great fun. Pastels on Colorfix.
9"H x 12"W
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Netshed #10 by Arabella's Landing done in pastel. This Image was used for the postcard for the big Netshed Show at Harbor History Museum.
I got to go to Hawaii with my sisters- so nice to get the 4 of us together on a vacation. I painted this at Panalu'u State Park.
Plein Air Washington had a myriad paint outs to celebrate Centennial of Wa. State Parks. I painted at Cape Disappointment St Park in far SW corner- Louis and Clark were here!Pastel with watercolor underpainting on textured paper
An unusual view at the end of Gig Harbor bay, who knew mud flats could be so scenic! Pastel on colourfix.
This PenMet Park is a jewel! The spit curves out and the beach and old shell midden makes the water glow turquoise. Great views of the Olympics to the west and Mount rainier and the Fox Island Bridge to the east.Pastel on Wallis paper with watercolor under painting.
At the home of a famous quilter- a lovely apple tree available to paint en palein air. It was a challenge to paint with the limited palette of pastels that I had along that day!
12"H x 9"W
The day after the gale at Whidbey Island, came a mellow sun filled glorious noon. All seemed steamy, warm, and sun-touched and I worked quickly to capture the warmth!This piece was chosen to be part of the US Open Exhibit at Pacific NW Art School.
Pastel of one of my favorite trees, up on Lopez Island. It won an award and sold!
Right by the end of Fox Island Bridge is this lovely cluster of Madronas. I thought the deep color in the lagoon was the perfect contrast. Painted with Pastels over water color underpainting on textured paper.
Crack of dawn, on the first day I attended Plein Air Painters US Open on Whidbey Island, and a gale is on it's way. I huddle painting this beautiful dawn view across Admiralty Inlet from my car- it was too cold and windy to set up!
Painted en pein air along the trail behind the Paradise Ranger station. It was an extra hot August, and we could hear blocks of ice breaking off the glaciers and tumbling down the slopes!
Just a quick pastel of the corner of a little flower bed palnted at the Community Center on Fox Island.
On PAWa paint out at Cape Disappointment, we saw lots of fog and drizzle- I risked using pastels on highly textured piece of gator board. I had to be fast as the weather turned wet. It is the "precursor" to "Foggy View to North Head Light' in the Experimental section. This piece goes in the PAWa Show and Book
8"H x 10"W
This was the distant view to the Duomo and Florence from the estate in Tuscany where we stayed.One morning was a little clearer, and I painted this quickly.
A plein air done in Eastern Oregon under threatening thunderclouds in Leslie Gulch, named for the settler killed by lightning.
12"H x 16"W
Painted in Seattle, this view of Alki point took 3 trips of the passing ferries to capture- the last one was the 10:35 ferry to Bainbridge island!
A very fast pastel en plein air with limited palette, no easel- and SOLD!
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