Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the Hood

We decided to beat the heat today and headed off to Mt. Hood with some friends.  It's unbelievable that people are still skiing, snowboarding and snowball fighting
up there in mid-summer; that some of the 21 feet of winter snow still exists.

Tim was wondering what I did with my sketchbook.

This is Tim.

We were about 8,000 feet up the side of the 11,000 foot summit of Mt. Hood when this photo of Mt. Jefferson was taken. 

Finally stopped here at Timberline Lodge, built in the 1930s, for lunch & then headed back to Portland with full stomachs and great memories.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 10X8 - Sold

Painting becomes pretty sporadic in the summer, so I've gone ahead and signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30-30 Challenge - 30 paintings in 30 days beginning September 1.   Leslie has suggested we choose a theme for the month.   I'm clueless at the moment.
Think I'll meditate on it.

Friday, July 18, 2014


 Watercolor - 8 X 10s

Goofing off with watercolor paint is one of my favorite things to do.

Here are a few of the latest pieces.  Some are finished and some are not.  And some are destined for the "mixed media" pile where I will later scribble on some pastel or repaint areas with gouache or acrylic.

Watercolors are fast, fun and clean (they're easier to wash out of your hair than oil paint). They can be used as dress rehearsals for bigger pieces or wind up as finished paintings.

I think I'll stick with them a little while longer.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

You've Got a Friend in Me (Number 2)

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper

Like an outfit repeater, I am a painting repeater.  These are the usual suspects, but they were done in a different medium.  

I still love their sweet faces.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


We've had some loose pieces of canvas laying around for a while, so I decided to section off a piece measuring 14 X 18 into four parts and paint a landscape from my imagination on each part.

I'll stand back and take a look at them in a day or two with fresh eyes.  I can already see the need to tweak this one.  I wasn't paying attention to my color palette, was I?  Or to what I wanted to say in the lower right quadrant.  

For me, the point of these exercises is to help identify my strengths and weaknesses and steadily improve.   Ain't no way around it...gotta practice.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Monet - Manet

Watercolor - 7X5 - Sold

Watercolor - 7X5 - Sold

Without a doubt, my favorite movie about 19th Century painters is "The Impressionists," a 2006 BBC miniseries.  In it, an elderly Claude Monet takes a nostalgic journey back to Paris where he, as a young man, forms enduring friendships with Renoir, Degas and Manet.

What a thrill it would be to travel back in time to the 1860s and meet this group.  Of course, I can't speak French...  But wouldn't it be amazing to witness them set the world on fire!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lazy Days

Lazy Days
Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper 
8 X 10

"Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer; those days of soda, and pretzels, and beer.  Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.  I wish that summer would always be here."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

At the Beach

Beach Bum
Watercolor Batik - 8 X 10

Sea gull - belonging to the genus Larus, originating from the Greek word larcos, meaning   
"sea bird."   I know this because I am married to a person of Greek descent.   And, of course, he is fluent in the Greek language.

If you've ever seen the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," you know the Greek language has had a substantial influence on the English speaking civilization of the Western world. 

Oh, and now I hear they're making a movie sequel.  There will be no living with him...