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
One of my favorite subjects for painting is Sinclair Inlet, a body of water that is part of the Puget Sound in Western Washington State. Our little town has a great downtown on the waterfront. There are shops, restaurants, a tiny public market, and a park with a gazebo where a farmer’s market holds court every Saturday from May through September. During that same period, local bands perform on Thursday evenings. We’ve played there with every incarnation of our…Continue
Summer in Western Washington on the Puget Sound arrived right on time- a bit after the 4th of July. It's been sunny and not too hot for weeks now. I understand we are heading for record high temps (maybe 100+) over the rest of this week for the Seattle area, and probably high 90s here in Port Orchard. It won't last very long, but it will be enough to remind us of one of the reasons why we left Long Island, which regularly gets blistering heat waves.
One of my favorite parts of our…Continue
Before I start, I would like to say that I don't know if this is Art, but it was certainly a fascinating experience.
The Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama currently has a show called Infinity Mirrors installed at the Seattle Art Museum. She plays with light and color, shape and…
Every painting has a story, and this one is no exception.
One day a couple of weeks ago, an ad from The Reader’s Digest arrived in the mail. Usually I just toss every piece of unsolicited “junk” mail right into the recycle bin without reading it, but the gorgeous landscape photo on the cover of this one caught my eye, and I opened the folded ad to see what else was inside. I’m glad I did- I saw some beautiful contest-…Continue
I'm on hiatus from teaching for a couple of weeks and have been doing some painting. As in every spare minute!
It feels good.
This is the latest finished piece and the story that goes with it.
The BLP and I were both born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. We spent our summers as children going to the beach, first with parents, and then once old enough to drive, with friends.
Both the North…