It is hard to know where to begin with describing Notre Dame de Paris. For me, she is a monument that sings of Paris. When I first learned of the fire as the news was breaking, I immediately thought of the artwork that filled the church. Paintings, statuary, stained glass. These works, produced from the hands and minds of artisans hundreds of years ago, are simply irreplaceable.Read More
Gardens are an amazing sanctuary. Cultivated, wild, colorful, magical. Gardens have a way of helping one feel lighter in a world that can be heavy at times. Mostly, I find gardens to be magical because I believe nature is magical.Read More
I enjoy the rigor of a daily art practice.
Much of my artistic output is created through the practice of making daily paintings. While I can't always paint on a sustained schedule that a long-term daily painting practice requires, I can easily make a drawing.
So, on January 1, 2018, I began to make a drawing a day. I post them on Instagram.Read More
The Snoqualmie People are made up of two parts of the same family: The Upper Snoqualmie, who lived on the plains above the falls, and the Lower Snoqualmie who lived along the Snoqualmie River below the falls. Ancient stewards of the land, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe continuously strives to preserve sacred ground for all people, including Snoqualmie Falls.Read More
Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite painters because of his fervent devotion to painting, which he took up professionally when he was 27 years of age, and for his sensitivity to his subjects.Read More
I spent the past few months trying to complete this painting focusing on the original composition. Something was not working though.Read More
I am honored to announce that my painting, "Columbia River, Mount Hood" painted from the vantage point looking west near Maryhill Stonehenge is now part of the permanent collection of Maryhill Museum of Art!Read More
Arriving at the summit, I found myself in what could be the most beautiful nature hike I have ever been on. The views were beyond stunning. It was exhilarating for me to experience Mother Nature in this alpine setting! It was a truly "Sound of Music" view. The North Cascades are the only mountain range in the United States that most resemble the European Alps, in terms of character, although they are not as high as the Alps.
Growing up in Washington State, Mount Rainier is omnipresent. Mount Rainier is the boss of mountains out here. Mount Rainier is bred into the culture of the Pacific Northwest -- revered by the Native American tribes that lived in the region for thousands of years. Mount Rainier is symbolic of the Pacific Northwest for its majesty. Mount Rainier is the grand dame of the six major mountains in Washington State. Mount Rainier is also an active volcano (remember Mt. St. Helens, May 1980?)Read More
Riding my bike on the Burke-Gilman trail on the way to an art opening in Ballard recently, I stopped at "the Locks." Officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.
I have visited the locks on a few occasions since I was a kid to watch how boats transition from Puget Sound, (salt water) to Lake Union (fresh water.) This particular evening, illuminated by the light of dusk, offered an excellent opportunity to watch the boats arrive after a day at sea.Read More
Seattle is surrounded by water. The glorious skyline glistens across Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. Fresh water lakes, flowing streams and rivers abound. Water is life to indigenous peoples that have lived in the region for thousands of years, providing sustenance, such as in the plethora of sacred salmon that comes from waters of the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, the region's rivers and lakes served as transportation routes for the Native Americans.
May is the month when boating season officially begins in Seattle. The celebration is called Opening Day.
This year's festivities were kicked off on a beautiful, sunny Saturday on May 7 with the Windermere Cup Regatta through the Montlake Cut. The spectacular weather was a perfect for opening day.
Opening Day for boating is a Seattle thing.Read More
Opening Day 2016. The pomp and circumstance begins at 8:35 am sharp as the 1st Corps Army Band Brass Quintet begins to play. Marching to the tune of the band, Past Admirals and Amiralettes form an honor guard. Commodores from all visiting yacht clubs, parade judges, and visiting VIPs fill the neatly coiffed grounds. The flags of the United States and Canada are raised while their respective National Anthems are played. In addition to the country flags, the burgees of the visiting yacht clubs are raised. A colorful array of cloth.Read More
A few Saturdays ago, I decided to go on a 22-mile bike ride on the Burke Gilman trail that runs along a portion of the west side of Lake Washington. I didn't set out to ride 22 miles round trip, that is just what it turned out to be. I ride a vintage 1970s French-made Motobecane. Being an older bike, the ride was not one of speed, but rather of leisure. A great way to enjoy the Burke-Gilman.
My ride took place the same day as Opening Day, the official kick off of boating season in the Pacific Northwest. The weather that Saturday was perfect. The sun was out, the sky was clear blue, the temperature in the 80s. It was a classic Seattle kind of day.Read More
"Tulipmania," as it is known, occurred during the Dutch Golden Age, when a rare tulip bulb went for the cost of 12 acres of land.Read More
Upon wrapping up my visit, I am touched by the simple elegance of the tulip harvest, filled with so much honor and meaning. These people are earning their living by picking tulips. It is my privilege to witness the dignity of which they are earning their livelihood.
I will remember this experience for a long time. The next time I stop in the grocery store to purchase my $4 bundle of tulips, I will say a silent "Thanks" to those who picked them for me.Read More
The word "anthology" derives from ancient Greek, anthologos, (antho + logos, adj. derivative of légein to pick up, collect) literally means "flower-gathering."
So, how does flower gathering have anything to do with literature and anthologies?
Well, an anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts. In genre fiction anthology is used to categorize collections of shorter works such as short stories and short novels, usually collected into a single volume for publication.
Thus, an anthology preserves the best of a kind, the "flowers" of the art.Read More
One man is designated as the tulip gatherer (seen on the right.) He goes into the fields where the group of pickers are located. One by one, the tulip pickers lay bunches of bound tulips in his outstretched arms. The tulip gatherer remains in the field until he has all the bundles he can manage to hold.Read More
Walking along the edge of the field towards the back where the tulip pickers are, I join them.
They are working in a quiet manner, silently picking the spring flowers. In unison, they advance, slowly, rhythmically. Reaching over, gently snipping the bottoms of the tulip stems.Read More
Upon seeing the tulips in the Skagit Valley for the first time, I fell in love with the setting.
Morning light, dew laden earth.
The rows of tulips are long.
The colors are lush.
In the distance, I see groups of people on the perimeters of the fields. I think to myself, they must be on a guided tour or a field trip of some sort. As I continue to walk about the fields, I see similar small groups of people huddled in the rows of tulips.Read More