Omnipresent, trees are so often taken for granted; they suffer from over exposure. We see them just as background, and except for perhaps a few days in spring or autumn, fail to notice their individual beauty. Forests provide shade, water conservation, soil enrichment, wood products for our shelter and oxygen for us to breathe. And still we don't notice or appreciate them! Ok, there is Arbor Day, but how often have you celebrated that? Framed in a black beaded wood frame, this little (3.5 x 5 inches) painting, 'Alder Grove' is my quiet homage to the common 'weed tree' of the Northwest, the Red Alder. There is always beauty if we are willing to look for it. It is available at Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley, Washington
A hand-thrown vase I have loved and that was a special gift over 40 years ago is now recorded in fine art. Taking art from three dimensions and re-creating it to two only enhances the pleasure. As I was looking for a companion object I lighted on one of my own little miniatures displayed on an easel. Aha. Then came the thought of repeating the one I was doing! What fun. And what a challenge. This miniature acrylic is 3 1/2 x 5 inches and the miniature 'echoed' in the piece is less than 1 x 3/4 inches. The next echo is only 1/8th inch by 3/16th! 'Echo' was SOLD at the Artists of South Whidbey show in Langley, Washington.
Warm colors in winter are especially welcome and are enhanced by their rareness and subtlety. Sunsets come early and cannot warm the day, but never lose their beauty; their glowing golden light contrasting with the cold, grey bleakness makes them a special treat. This painting is in acrylic and is a miniature only 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. 'Winter Sunset' is charming in a simple and classic gold frame and has been SOLD.
Today has been one of those glorious northwest spring days: sunshine, flowers, more flowers and balmy breezes. So fitting that this daffodil farm was the subject of my latest miniature. I love the shades of yellow; what joy Mother Nature gives our lives. In acrylic and framed in a proportional gold frame, it is just 3.5 x 5 inches and was SOLD at the Artists of South Whidbey show in Langley, Washington.