Plein Air Pastels

A collection of images painted as close to home as the South Puget Sound area, and as far away as Tuscany. There is nothing better to me than the intensity of capturing that moment of light and the mood of a place. See if you don't agree!

Lagoonside Madrona
Admiralty Light South Side
Peach Preserve
Paradise
Happy Day at Crocket Lake
DeMolay Spit
Eddon Boat Works
Gig Harbor History Museum
(Spooky) Fog at Long Lake
Sign of Things to Come
Shining Island
Passiflora
St Francis in the W
Black Sand Beach
View from the Lanai
Morning Fog
10:35 to Bainbridge
Cape Disappointment Cliffs
North Head Fog
Shining Island
Admiralty Lighthouse
Crescent Creek Estuary
Sunset Study
View to Florence
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Lagoonside Madrona

Lagoonside Madrona

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.

12"H x 9"W

Admiralty Light South Side

Admiralty Light South Side

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

Peach Preserve

Peach Preserve

Painted on Guemes Island as part of benefit for San Juan Island preservation land trust event. It won a prize for best capturing the sense of place.

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Paradise

Paradise

I painted this view of Rainier on a side trail above the Paradise visitor center. It was a hot day and I could hear the ice cracking off the Glaciers and tumbling down the mountain. Amazing! Pastel on Colourfix on gator board.

11"H x 14"W

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Happy Day at Crocket Lake

Happy Day at Crocket Lake

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.

11"H x 14"W

DeMolay Spit

DeMolay Spit

This new 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.

9"H x 12"W

Eddon Boat Works

Eddon Boat Works

What a fun little treasure this is- great Boat Shop at the end of the Harbor. The place is full of boat projects. I loved the eccentric facade to the south. Pastel on Colourfix

9"H x 12"W

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Gig Harbor History Museum

Gig Harbor History Museum

The building wasn't finished yet, but the vintage fishing boat was moved in under cover. It was a drizzly morning,& I was wondering why I wanted to paint all that perspective! The result was worth the time. A good exercise under my umbrella. Pastel on colourfix.

9"H x 12"W

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(Spooky) Fog at Long Lake

(Spooky) Fog at Long Lake

Plein air painting foggy scene at Long Lake in Pt Orchard. Just as the fog was going to clear- a dark oval shape descended- then vanished. We almost fell off the dock- what the heck was that? Pastel on Colourfix

9"H x 12"W

Sign of Things to Come

Sign of Things to Come

Kopechuck State Park is stricken with a root fungus disease that is making huge old Douglas Firs suddenly fall- without warning. We artists came out to paint and honor them. It culminated in a show that traveled to 2 museums and a small book.

24"H x 12"W

Shining Island

Shining Island

This is the view of Cutts Island from Kopechuck State Park. At a very low tide, I think you might be able to wade to it! It caught the morning light so beautifully it's hard to think the native tribes buried their dead there... Pastel on Colourfix

9"H x 12"W

Passiflora

Passiflora

Squall line passed through- ripping passionflowers off the vine. I liked how they laid on the wet patio in afternoon light. Pastels on colorfix paper- with a few rain drips!

8"H x 10"W

St Francis in the W

St Francis in the W

Gig Harbor Garden Tour 2013- as artist in the garden on a hot day, I managed to find a cool shady spot and a lovely piece of statuary to paint. Pastel on textured ground

12"H x 9"W

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach

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.

9"H x 12"W

View from the Lanai

View from the Lanai

On our "sisters trip" to the big Island we stayed in great condo- and this was the "breakfast view"... sigh! Pastel on LaCarte

9"H x 6"W

Morning Fog

Morning Fog

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!

11"H x 14"W

10:35 to Bainbridge

10:35 to Bainbridge

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!

8"H x 10"W

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Cape Disappointment Cliffs

Cape Disappointment Cliffs

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

9"H x 12"W

North Head Fog

North Head Fog

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

Shining Island

Shining Island

A morning view of Cutts Island off Kopechuck State Park, sparkling like a gem in Puget Sound!
Pastel on Colourfix.

9"H x 12"W

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Admiralty Lighthouse

Admiralty Lighthouse

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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Crescent Creek Estuary

Crescent Creek Estuary

An unusual view at the end of Gig Harbor bay, who knew mud flats could be so scenic! Pastel on colourfix.

9"H x 12"W

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Sunset Study

Sunset Study

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

View to Florence

View to Florence

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.

9"H x 12"W

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