Monday, June 26, 2017

Hovander Homestead

Hovander Homestead is a working farm/park with cows, goats, ducks, geese and many out building. It's in between the Nooksack and Tenet Lake with some great views of Mount Baker.  It was a splendid day for plein air painting, once I called it done, I took a bike ride around the park, through the lake and down by the river.  

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.