Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hen Party

Skagit County Farm that looked like it was a small farm on a relatively small plot of land to provide for the family.  Available at

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Country Road

This is a scene from Lummi Nation, a Native American tribe of the Coast Salish group located in western Washington.  They are the third largest tribe in Washington State with over 5000 members on 13,000 acres of tidelands,  Coleville and Yakama tribes are larger.  My mother worked on the Coleville reservation in the late 70's for a couple of years as a Registered Nurse, an admirable way to give back, something she embraced her whole life but was able to act upon once she became an empty nester.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sitting On Top of the World

I painted this from a reference photo taken by the fisherman in the boat in the foreground.  He and my brother were fishing in Trout Lake, NW Ontario.  When I saw the composition I knew I wanted to paint it so permission was granted and away I went.  I did a draft and had to tweak my drawing and values a bit but I am happy about the result.  What fun because the photographer knew what he was doing!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mount Baker

The weather was good so I headed east about twenty minutes and pulled over to the side of the road next to a field.  I got my gear set up and this car stopped across the street and asked if I minded if she let her birds out in the same spot where I was painting.  This woman had about 43 homing pigeons that she was training for the upcoming parade.  There were three boxes which she let out in 5 minute intervals over the field (which they like), they flew around in about a 300 foot radius and then the next bunch would join in with them, until they were all together.  There was one out of 43 that was not flying in line, she said it was because the bird was left handed.  I'm not kidding.  They were to fly back to her farm which was about a 1 or 2 miles from where we were.
You just never know who you are going to meet or what you are going to learn when you are painting in plein air.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Old Highway 99

I drive by this farm on my way south and I just love the red barns - like waving a cape at a bull.  I had to stop, drive down highway 99 and because of the looming clouds, I took a photo and painted this in my studio.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Every Leaf, Every Flower

Derby pond, a small pond is fed by Whatcom Creek, which then in turn, feeds Whatcom Falls. It's all only a 15 minute walk from my house - a walk I take with my dog almost every morning, a dog who is eager and quick to get there and slow and reluctant to return.  On the way back he stops along the trail to smell every leaf, every flower.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The "Ham"

My first plein air painting after I moved here in April.  It was a beautiful 70 degree day after a week of cold, rainy days and nights.  This was painted from the marina looking south across the bay to downtown and Western (Wash) University.  
Now that I live in the "Ham", I guess that makes me a Hamster...who paints.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bay Beauty

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! I am now living and painting in Northern Washington, and finding vistas and inspiration at every turn. It is so lucky and right that my daughter gave me Mary Oliver's "Upstream" for my birthday, my first birthday in my new location.  Essays about nature and much more.
Painted on Lummi Island (rhymes with Tummy), a five minute ferry ride from the mainland on a small but serious sixteen car ferry.  This is looking east to Bellingham and Mount Baker beyond.  This past weekend was the annual Ski-to-Sea seven leg race that starts with skiing at Mt Baker and ends at the Bay with Sea Kayaking, and 5 other sports in between.  The whole town turns out for it.
Watercolor, 12 x 16

Monday, February 20, 2017


From my trip to Norway last summer.  It was such a beautiful, balanced and grounded image.  Yet, fragile.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Old Field Point

Old Field Point on a rainy, winter day.  It was a lot of fun driving around the Three Village area, Old Field, Stony Brook and Setauket.  Even with the storm, Strong's Neck, West Meadow, Crane Neck are beautiful.  Lots of high tides and flooding, even on the north shore.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Day 24. 
Stony Brook Village.  I spend many, many hours playing and hanging around this village. It was a joy to paint.  It was raining out so I painted in my car across from the creek.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Montauk Point Light House

Day 23.  
I was back east last week and had trouble posting using the Blogger app so there was a posting gap but not a painting gap.  I kept painting every day and so I will catch you up day by day.

It was a stormy day out east last week!  This is the Montauk Point Lighthouse, a beautiful beacon surrounded by beautiful grounds all of which were closed when I was there due to the flood and wind warnings.  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Winter Thaw

Day 22. Painted out east, just past Eastport LI.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Day 20 of 31.
Rain on Kettner. The nocturne feels appropriate today.  (I see much more meditation in my routine over the next 4 years).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Morning Stroll at Liberty Station

Another break in the storms that have been coming at us every week this month, I'm not complaining because it's a good thing overall.  However, I did enjoy getting out yesterday morning to paint at Liberty Station.  This is the channel off the bay runs along the back of the galleries and restaurants, etc.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lunch in Little Italy, San Diego

Day 17 of 31.
Painting of one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Out for a Paddle

Day 16 of 31.
Out for a paddle on Sammamish Slough in Bothell, WA where my cousin lives. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Stables

Day 15 of 31.
We had a break in the rain on Saturday where the San Diego Watercolor Society at Leo Carillo Ranch, which is a state park in Carlsbad. Keiko Tanabe, international artist did the demo and critique - what a wonderful treat.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Rainy Road to San Diego

Day 13 of 31.
Happy Friday the 13th!  A little Pen and Ink sketch today. 

Rainy days, took a photo while driving home.  I leave the camera on the dash and just click away while driving.  Sometimes I don't get anything because I can't look away from the road, but sometimes I get a useful reference photo.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Adrift on Seatuck

Day 9 of 31
It's raining again in San Diego (and I love it), so I decided to try my hand at a snow scene.  This is from the east end of Long Island, using a photo sent by good friend that she took from her front yard.  The street is in there somewhere.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rosecrans and Talbot

Day 8 of 31.
Fun neighborhood in Pt Loma. This is one of the many restaurants in town.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wexford Town

Day 7 of 31.
Wexford Town, County Wexford. 
I painted this from a reference photo that I took on my recent trip to Wexford.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sunrise Sail

Day 6 of 31.
Sun Rise over both North Island and downtown San Diego.  It was a beautiful morning, calm waters when I caught this sailboat motoring into the bay from one of the marinas.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Santa Fe Classic

Day 5 of 31. (Daily painting Challenge)
Santa Fe Station in San Diego, on one of the rare sunny days we've had recently.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sunrise over Seaport

Day 4 of 31. 
Sunrise over Seaport Cafe! Painted from the Tuna Boat Pier where the Seafood Market is staged on Saturday mornings.  
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

California Tower

Day  3 if 31.
California Tower

This is the view from the dog park at Balboa Park.  There was a break in the storm, the sun broke through and for a couple of hours sunglasses and t-shirts were in order.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Big Bay, Tall Ships

Day 2 of 31. (January painting challenge)
Beautiful Sunset over San Diego 'Big Bay'.  These are a few of the ships in the Maritime Museum which I tried to capture as the sun was setting, I had about an hour left of the day, sometimes the less time one has, the less fussing one can do. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hotel Del Coronado

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2017 and all of it's possibilities.  I started the year off at the beach, painting this historic and beautiful hotel.  It was a brisk morning, around 55 degrees but the skies were so bright with the sun bursting through after the storm, it was a delicious morning to paint.

I'm doing a 31/31 painting challenge for the month of January,  I'll be painting everyday and making them available at discount prices: the daily painting will be available and can be found at  The prices plus tax and shipping are as follows: $200 (large), $150 (Medium) and $100 (Small), all paintings include a gallery quality double mat.  I hope you check out my online gallery to see the entire selection.

Hotel Del Coronado - 12x16, Watercolor

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Floral Splash!

I grabbed a bunch of flowers yesterday and tried to do a painting today that was loose and expressive.  Hoping I got near the mark!  Watercolor on Arches Paper, 14x20. 
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Fleet Week!

It was Fleet Week in San Diego so there were quite a few big ships in the harbor.  This was at the B St Pier.  I caught it when the sun was setting and the marine layer was coming in.  
9 x 12, available.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Adobe! Adobe!

I painted at Balboa Park this weekend with the San Diego Watercolor Society.  I never painted in this part of the park, there are a few old adobe buildings - this one is the Balboa Park Club building, they have puppet shows here.  
10 x 14, on arches. Available. 

Friday, September 9, 2016


I got a block of Saunders watercolor paper yesterday,  picked up a bunch of daisies and this is my first experiment with the paper.  I think I like it. 
Palette: Colbalt blue, aureolin yellow, viridian green, ochre, colbalt teal.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Queen of Balboa Park - The Arboretum

I painted at the Park on Labor Day, it was a beautiful morning and I was able to finish up just before the buskers and crowds got into full swing.  There is so much to paint there, I look forward to doing a series in the near future.
Watercolor, 14x20
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Little Red Trolley

The little red trolley of San Diego - this is a painting of the trolley at the Santa Fe station, downtown San Diego.  The train station itself is just beautiful, and it's just wonderful how the sun bounces off the buildings.  The big bay is just two blocks to the right.
14x20, Arches Paper
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Morning Along the Cliffs

Painted along the Sunset Cliffs this morning with the San Diego Plein Air Painters.   What a beautiful morning to paint next to the Pacific.  The sun started to break out just as I was finishing up.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sunset on the Bay

San Diego Bay at Sunset.  
We've been getting some beautiful evening colors in these dog days of summer.  (7x10)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Among the Shadows

Painted in Stavenger, Norway with the Indigo Watercolor Group.  I very much enjoyed painting with them, it was a wonderful experience with a wonderful group of people.

Sweet Irish Summer

Ahhh - Ireland.  When it's a fine day, it's a very fine day.  This was the 2nd painting I did of the Donovan's farm, a working farm in the north of Wexford County.  The first painting was rained on, and then the sun broke for a bit.  After lunch I went into another field where the cows joined me in chorus, a group of about twenty on the other side of a gate but only 20 inches from my easel,  cheering me on with their mooing and chewing and snorting.  

Misty Hook

When I got to Ireland I met up with my friends at Hook Head in south Wexford County.  It was cloudy when I started, and it turned to mist very quickly.  (And of course after I finished the sun broke out and it turned into a beautiful evening by the Irish Sea).  Hook Head is the oldest functioning, active lighthouse - in all of Ireland and maybe the world.

Old Town Stavenger - II

Old Town Stavenger - Late evening sun hitting the old town. One of the oldest wooden structure towns still serving as a community.   Watercolor (10x14)

From my sketchbook.  I had taken the ferry around the Oslo Fjord and did a little island hopping.  I got off at Hovedoya where there is a ruins of a monastery and a small marina.  On the dock, waiting for the next ferry to pick me up to take me back to Oslo, I was able to get a very good view of the fortress. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Old Town, Stavenger, Norway

Stavenger is the oil 'Capitol' of Norway.  This is the restored area in center city called Old Town, small cottages from the 18th and 19th century overlooking the harbor. While I was there I took a watercolor workshop with the local watercolor group, many of whom had worked on oil rigs in the North Sea in administrative jobs.  Very interesting history in this city, the 4th largest in Norway. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Land of the Midnight Sun


One from my recent travels through Norway. This is from the Oslo Fjord, from a photo I took from one of the many ferries I would take while in Norway. A beautiful country, a wonderful blend of the ancient and the modern - all set in a majestic background.  

Here I am at a waterfall in Flam which was halfway up the mountain. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into until I was well into the hike.  A few feet closer to the falls and the mist and spray from the powerful falls was very refreshing.  I'm just smiling because I made it!