Being a life long resident of Washington State, I have always wanted to see the tulips in bloom in Skagit Valley.
However, my first and only tulip "experience" to date was in 1985 on my very first trip to Europe, in Lisse, the Netherlands a little more than 20 miles away from Amsterdam to visit the world-renowned Keukenhof Garden. Read More
Snow Geese feed almost exclusively on plant material on the flood plains. In winter, waste grain from flood plains like the one above are a primary food source, using cover crops such as winter wheat, rye grass, and potatoes. Read More
A mist covers the ground from the rain laden skies. A stream flows through the marsh grasses, sloping hills in the distance. For a moment, I feel like I could be in Ireland, with the lush emerald green around me. Read More
One of the things that is very clear when you are in this area is the regional focus on conservation--for the land, for the wetlands, for the wildlife. The Nature Conservancy is working in partnership with Skagit County to restore 60 acres of freshwater tidal marsh, aiding salmon recovery, supporting agriculture, improving flood protection for the local community and creating new jobs. Read More
On February 28, I set out for a road trip to Skagit Valley.
Destination: Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival, Stanwood, WA. I wanted to see the amazing snow goose migration, where an estimated 60,000-100,000 Snow Geese migrate south for the winter.
Before I describe this trip, I want to go back in time a few years.
The last time I saw the snow geese was about this time of year in 2009. I drove up to Fox Island Nature Center with a friend. We planned our trip to arrive early morning sunrise. That is when the birds are waking up and flying in from their water nests in the surrounding inland marshes. Read More
For all of my life, I have had a love for the outdoors. When I was a kid, you would find me building tree forts with scrap wood rounded up from the neighborhood. I used some of that wood to build go-carts, using 2x4s for axels and nailing old wagon wheels to the ends. When I wasn't building something, I was exploring dirt trails in the backyard woods, flying kites and paper airplanes, riding bikes. Being outdoors was about a sense of exploration and adventure. Read More
Over the years, I continue to enjoy being outdoors for the same reasons--to explore and for the sense of adventure. I am now setting out to capture the natural beauty of our spectacular environment through painted landscape. I am titling my project "Washington Americana."
My first memory of Valentine's Day was when I was six years old. I remember writing out Valentine's Day cards for my first grade classmates. I remember spelling the day as "Valentime" with an "m." Eventually, I learned to spell the holiday correctly.
Interestingly, if you break up the non-word "Valentime," you will find the Latin root "Valen" which means "Strong." It is also a Latin baby name, which I like very much.
So, "Valentime" can be construed to mean "strong time." That make sense to me if we are talking about "Love."
Let's explore this analogy of "Love as Strong" a bit. Read More
Gosh, what an action-packed week it has been!
Speaking of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, it is NEXT WEEK! Egads! What did I get myself into? Everything is still sinking in. It is all a bit surreal. Where is the panic button? I am still feeling calm and under control. This is a huge undertaking on my part, something I have never done before. Beginner's Mind? Read More
In just a few short weeks, I will be participating in the Northwest Flower and Garden show, February 17-21, at the Washington Convention and Trade Center.
I made a short 41-second video featuring a few of my new paintings I am preparing for the show. I really enjoy making these little videos. I like setting the images to music as a way to express myself through my art. Read More
The calla lily originated thousands of years ago in southern Africa, particularly from the range of South Africa to Malawi and the island of Madagascar. The most common tropical calla comes from the banks of the Nile River in Egypt it is called calla lily, Ethiopian lily, or common calla.
For this painting, I chose to use yellow as the predominant hue in the painting. Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color. It’s the color of happiness, and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring.
I also made a short little 60-second video showing various stages of creating this painting. I hope that you will enjoy it! Read More
When I lived in New York City in 1990-91, I spent many many hours on the weekends walking from Greenwich Village to Central Park. I also took the subway trains on occasion, but walking is my thing. Walking you see more...you get a feel for the urban landscape, the people, and the amazing architecture of the city. So much history! More often or not, while walking you will see the sites and an occasional celebrity or two.
One of those celebrities was David Bowie! Read More
I notice as I begin my first blog post of 2016 that I am remembering the pressure to produce a daily painting. Then, I relax and say to myself "this isn't the daily painting. I don't have to finish anything before the dawn of the next day. All I have to do is to write and to share a little of what is going on in my world."
So, here it goes! Read More
I am on foot scouting the scene for today's daily painting. My treks take me through the Pike Place Market and First Avenue. I settle on this scene. There is one particular reason why. The clue is in this painting. Look around the center of this painting. What do you see? Read More
In the 19th century, an artistic movement actively took painting outdoors--from within the walls of the academic studios outside into the elements. "En plein air" , in the open air, is the French term that is used to describe this manner of painting. This method of painting was used primarily by a group of 19th century Paris-based painters that fostered the style of artwork known as "Impressionism." Read More
On September 1, 2014, I embarked on a journey of 100 days of painting. The goal was to make one oil painting a day for 100 days. I considered this task to be an easy one. My canvases were 4”x4”. How difficult could it be to paint a canvas of these dimensions in one sitting? I was soon to find out, it was a little more challenging than I had imagined. Read More