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!
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
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
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.
Photo by artist
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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!
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
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
A morning view of Cutts Island off Kopechuck State Park, sparkling like a gem in Puget Sound!
Pastel on Colourfix.
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.
An unusual view at the end of Gig Harbor bay, who knew mud flats could be so scenic! Pastel on colourfix.
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
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.
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