The 15 barn images below represent about 50% of the paintings I've made so far this year. I'm currently working on the 16th barn, with no end in sight. I just love doing them.
In between, I've done a number of commissions, and several old-truck paintings. Those are fun, too! Also working on a series of foggy waterviews for a show in October. (I will post about the other paintings separately.)
I have enough barns to be able to choose 12 for a 2019 calendar.…Continue
Kosh wants to know, so here's my story.
In 2006 or 7 or so, I met "La Sirenita" online through a different website. (We knew her on Open and here as Sirenita Lake/Cris Guitierrez)
The site had a pretty specific audience, not mainstream at all, really, but the participants were smart and funny and there was some great story telling. No art stuff. As in any social media site, there was also a lot of arguing and nonsense, but as here, participants could certainly choose not to…Continue
That's the title of this newest painting, finished on Monday.
Living in the shadow of Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, WA, has provided me with some insights into my community. Many of my art students come from military families stationed here. I don't discuss politics with any of them, though I suspect a number of ideological differences based on some of the things the kids say.
What I can't ever fault is the dedication and love these families have for our country, and…
As many of you know, I've been painting barns. I've posted some of them here.
The first three were painted during February of this year.
This particular one was finished on February 26. Here is the post: Olalla Barn 3
Here is the painting…
Apparently I am on a mission to paint barns. I did three more. I have a file of photographs I've taken of another six or so. They may well become paintings at some point. And I have folks from FB sending me photos of barns they see on the road, all over Washington. I don't really want to work from other people's photographs but now I also have a list of places to go do some more picture-taking if I want to. (The exception is for commissions. Then it's not really considered a "derivative…Continue
The three barns I've painted recently are all situated, albeit precariously, along the same stretch of Olalla Valley Road in Olalla, Washington. I've been posting these images on our local community FB pages, and it's been fun to hear some of the comments. Lots of folks volunteered information about families that used to own the structures, or how they used to work in one of the barns during different seasons. It seemed to kindle some reminiscences for folks, and that makes me…Continue
It's been snowing here in Washington. That's not unusual for points East of the Cascades, maybe, but here by the Puget Sound we are in a little bit of shock. Usually we are well into spring by now.
This was the view from my kitchen window early this morning...pretty, huh?
About 12 days ago, I started feeling like I was coming down with something, and I did. What began as me feeling uncharacteristically cranky, out-of-sorts and inordinately tired blew up into the worst chest cold I can remember. I think now that it might have been the flu (again) even though I had it last year and got a flu shot this past October.
From what I've been reading on it, this season's flu shot is only about 25% effective, but can mitigate the worst of it.
Here are the last two paintings to be finished. I've got a third in the works but so far I'm really not happy with it and will probably abandon it. I don't love doing that but I'm pragmatic enough to realize that not everything I do needs to be finished. Some of them are really good learning experiences. Or simply just mistakes. It's fine any way it goes. The surface will get rubbed back to smooth, and off I will go again.
Port Townsend to Coupeville Oils on canvas,…Continue
I want you to know that you've been on my mind. I haven't stopped coming around, just stopped being part of the ongoing conversation. I've had a few interactions in PM with some of you. I have been seeing that I've become very easily stressed and overwhelmed. Simplifying my life is not easy, but giving up some things has helped relieve the pressure. A recent convo with Monkey made me realize that I miss this place.
I've been working- teaching at the college…
That's the title of my latest painting, finished (I think) today.
Once again a view of Sinclair Inlet, which is a part of the Puget Sound.
My town, Port Orchard, runs along the south side of Sinclair Inlet. The US Navy Base in Bremerton is across the way.
On sunny days the aircraft carriers are huge and looming. In the fog, they take on a different character.
I took several reference shots a about a week ago on a densely foggy morning.
We were actually on…
A few weeks ago, the BLP and I took a short trip to the Washington Coast. You may have seen my mention of it in my last post, called September At the Beach. If you don't want to go see the post here is what I said:
(In October we went to Long Beach and Cape Disappointment (Southwest corner of Washington State) for a second Fall beach trip. I took over a hundred photographs.…Continue
Lots of folks like to visit the beach during the summer. I grew up on Long Island, where access to the beach was easy, and that's what we did as soon as school was over in June- we went to the beach all summer long. Eventually I discovered that the beach was even nicer in the fall. There were less people around, and I could enjoy the sun and the air and the surf from the comfort of a blanket on the shore. No need to go swimming. I would go whenever I could until it was just too cold to be…Continue
Even with college and home studio classes in full swing and the band working almost every weekend lately, I've been squeezing in time to paint almost every day. It really feels good to go away from the world and into the one of my own making.
This one is another Cannon Beach painting. Ecola Creek (in the foreground) begins many miles inland, and ends with a narrow stream at the Pacific Ocean in Cannon Beach, Oregon. A little ways South past this point, it levels off completely…
I’ve been painting every spare hour I can find. In reality, I need at least three or four hours at a time; more if I can get it. I have been able to accomplish that fairly often these past few weeks, because I took a month off from my home classes after the summer classes were finished. It’s become more important than ever to keep my mind occupied with constructive, positive work. There is too much going in…Continue
It seems to get harder every passing day, to watch the blatant and irrefutable insanity emanating from within our government, and see it exacerbated by every elected or appointed government official who allows it to continue.
I simply don’t understand why they do.
I feel helpless against the tide of humanity pushing us toward chaos. Society seems more broken than ever. The troglodytes get braver and ever more righteous. Nature herself seems to be responding as well, with…Continue
Last weekend, I met my daughter in San Francisco. She was moving there from Long Island to start an MFA program in animation at a wonderful school.. It's a grand adventure, and I have to give her props for moving across the country to a place where she knows no one, to start a life anew. She did bring her pet rabbit with her on the plane.
Our planes arrived at the same time, same moment, to gates across the way from each other. We walked off and there we were! We collected her two…Continue
In Port Orchard, Washington, the neighborhood known as Manchester sits right on the Puget Sound. Manchester has a great state park (we walk there a couple of times a week), and a sweet little rural waterfront that includes a public boat ramp and a floating dock. (With 15-foot tides, docks that can move are a necessity.) Manchester also boasts the smallest library I’ve ever seen. Across the way from the library is a nice neighborhood restaurant and pub, and a new…Continue
Anxiety is at a new high for me. I am experiencing many of the same physical symptoms I had when I was pre- and post- divorce. During those years, pharma helped, but I'm not going down that road again.
I have to make some changes in my life, like staying away from the news except for headlines these days. I get the gist, don't worry, but discussion seems fruitless and has become very upsetting.
About a week or so ago, I wrote to every single sitting US Senator.…
Painting is the one thing that keeps me from sinking into an abyss of anxiety caused by the current political/cultural/social/etc chaos. So, I paint as often as I can. That immersion has become more important than ever.
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The smoke from BC has changed the Puget Sound summer air, made it somehow thick. It's not humid here, exactly, but the air clings to the skin and the body reacts as though it were damp. The haze…Continue