Hello.

I spent the last month of 2018 in a frenzy of painting.
"The holidays" (December 1 through January 6) are a trial for me, family dynamics being what they are, and I do my best to get through them with as little angst as possible. The political climate of the past two years sure hasn't helped. 

As of the end of November, I closed my home art studio classes for kids. I just don't have the patience anymore. I am still teaching at the college and that is enough. The last quarter was rough- I taught two sections of Art Appreciation, and the registrars loaded both classes past the maximum. I had a student in one class who sucked all the joy out of the room. The other class was much more lively but a challenge to get them to actually do the work. 

After that I decided that I will stick with one course a quarter. I started the new quarter last week at my favorite campus with a small and enthusiastic group, so all is well.

Notice the theme, here? Not exactly retired but moving in that direction. 

December did have some nice moments. I sold a couple of paintings, which is always appreciated, and I got into two juried shows that will take place this year. One is a little gallery in a community up North from me in Sequim, Washington. Most of the other artists are very local to that community, but I enjoy the drive up there and figured I had nothing to lose by entering a piece or two. 
The other show is a much bigger deal. While it is held close to home in Bremerton, artists from all over the country apply to this annual competition. Just getting in is an accomplishment.  I will do a post about it when it opens at the end of January.

The BLP took me to my favorite spot on the Oregon Coast for a short getaway mid-month and we had an adventure involving a fast-moving incoming tide and knee boots filled with icy December seawater. Once safe on drier land, we laughed and squished back to the hotel. It was scary but fun.

I finished 11 paintings in December and 2 more so far this year. 

Here are a few representational pieces. Mostly, I did water views. A few of them have birds in them. Usually I don't put any living creatures in my paintings but they were integral to these images. 

You will probably have to tilt your screen back a little bit to see the colors closer to what they actually are. 

All are oils on stretched canvas.

"Under the Bridge at Blackjack Creek"

The green structure beyond this little foot bridge is the Hammerhead Crane at the Navy Yard in Bremerton. It was built in 1939 and is a local landmark. 

"Monolith"

This is the view from the deck of the ferry we were on when it stopped at Vashon Island on the way to Seattle. 

"Fall Sunset, Port Orchard"
My most recent painting, just finished today. No birds. But the Hammerhead Crane is waaaaaay in the distance, on the horizon, just to the right of the sun. 


All good wishes for 2019, my friends. See you again soon. 

~ Rosi

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Comment by Ron Powell on January 7, 2019 at 9:53pm

Marvelous!

Comment by Rosigami on January 7, 2019 at 10:37pm

Thank you, Ron. 

Comment by koshersalaami on January 7, 2019 at 10:53pm

Enjoying these

Comment by alsoknownas on January 8, 2019 at 8:20am

Tilting the screen back is a great tip. You've truly captured the sunset colors.

Oh...and next time, you'll know to be more careful near our picturesque lapping tide edge. Yikes !!

Comment by Rosigami on January 8, 2019 at 9:21am

Kosh, I'm glad. Lots more where those came from!

Comment by Rosigami on January 8, 2019 at 9:21am

Hello alsoknownas, thanks! and yes indeed about that tide edge. It's not something to fool around with.

Comment by Anna Herrington on January 8, 2019 at 11:16am

I always enjoy seeing your paintings, Rosi ~ and it sounds like reducing the teaching time is a good idea for you. More time for painting and walks and enjoying life, hopefully (as the world allows). 

I once was almost snagged by an Oregon rogue wave years ago, the Pacific is a mighty thing, no? No daydreaming allowed by the edge.

Does the coast up your way have some of the new-ish signs we have down here now about Fukushima debris and DO NOT TOUCH ?

Comment by Tom Cordle on January 8, 2019 at 5:33pm

Proving that as the pen is mightier than the sword, so the brush is mightier than the pen.

Comment by Rosigami on January 8, 2019 at 5:40pm

What a lovely compliment, Tom. Now, if only I could brush away some of the things I'd like to...

Comment by Anna Herrington on January 8, 2019 at 7:13pm

Rosi, do you sketch while viewing these spots? Take photos and go from there when you have time? Or...what? What I always wonder about painters, how they keep the image until....

I know there are various ways, just curious about yours.

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