"Let the beauty we love be what we do." Rumi

Monday, November 29, 2010


What an amazing spice! Noticing the huge assortment of bottled pepper sauces in a well know store led me to wondering how many I had. Assembled bottles, dry and fresh peppers, grinders... I saw the lively colors and decided to paint some (but not all) of them. The old movie title seemed right. "Some Like it Hot" is a 6"x 6" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.  It is SOLD to a dear friend.  I hope she enjoys it as much as I did painting it.


Hot latte, fresh cookies...ah...you can just 'see' the fragrant scents. Buoyed by holiday energy, I wanted to express the colors, the tastes, aromas and comforts of the season. The pleasures of painting are visual, kinetic and tactile. All the more fun to evoke the other wonderful senses of taste and smell. Christmas Latte' is a 6"x 6" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Fresh Snow

The first snow of the season is always exciting; it came the week before Thanksgiving this year. Many leaves were still on the trees and the slow steady fall transformed my woodland garden into a wonderland. This little picture is the view from the warmth of my living room. 'Fresh Snow' is just 7" x 5" and done in acrylic.

Light on Light

The ferry was delayed on a fall day in Mukilteo, Washington, so I grabbed my camera and found that the late day sun added glory to an already interesting scene. The old rose bushes were full of hips exactly the color of the roofs, and of course the cream colors of the walls glowed golden. The ferry finally came and I rushed home to put my brush to work. This painting, Mukilteo Light, is done in acrylic on a small 6 x 6 gallery wrapped canvas.  This painting was SOLD at  Timbuktu Java in Freeland Washington to a Whidbey resident.  Thanks, Lauren, for showing my work. 

Monday, November 22, 2010


Once again, the beauty of the ordinary captured my attention. After placing a luscious eggplant into my shopping cart, followed by a bright tomato, my focus changed and I knew that dinner plans were supplanted by the need to use these beautiful veggies as models rather than ingredients in ratatouille. By adding a head of fragrant garlic, I completed a compostion that was great fun to paint. 'Ratatouille' is 3.5" x 5" in acrylic. Of course with a few more ingredients, they all did double duty at dinner.
This small work is available at the Whidbey Art Gallery, Langley, Washington.

Another Red Barn

The rich red color of barns is a natural complement to the beautiful greens and golds of the fields surrounding them. They are irresistable as subjects to paint. I found this one on a painting expedition near Winthrop, in eastern Washington. This small painting is only 7 x 5 and painted in acrylic. and SOLD at the Artists of South Whidbey Galleria show in Langley in December of 2010.

Mist and Moss

Rivers carry a mystique all their own. Add the colors of autumn and the moodiness of a misty day and you have a recipe for a visual delight. Driving along the Skykomish River in Western Washington during the first week of October, I spotted this moss covered rocky outcrop which led me to this charming scene. It is a 6" x 4" miniature painted in acrylic on canvas and called 'Autumn on the Skykomish' and is vailable at the Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley, Washington