Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pears! Pears! Pears!

Several years ago I painted hundreds of pears and other fruit.  It was a lot of fun until it wasn't anymore.  The other day I was looking at these paintings I had started and never finished.  They were interesting backgrounds so I painted a pear on one, and it was fun, so I painted more.  Now I have a dozen new pear paintings and I enjoyed it!  So, here are a few of them.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Encaustics

I am back into painting with encaustic lately.  It seems that I go in streaks painting with acrylic, mixed media and then encaustic.  It is currently encaustic.  I will post some below.  I do not usually paint with such bright colors when using encaustic, but I did a couple last week.

I also did a few in the more muted colors that I usually use.  I don't really know why I paint with bright colors when using acrylics and muted colors when I use encaustics.  It just seems like the right thing to do. As an intuitive painter, I often cannot explain why I do what I do, which is why I do not teach.

Friday, April 17, 2015

25 5x5 Challenge at ARTspot

I cannot believe that this is my first entry in 2015.  It is the middle of April!  I have no idea why it has been so long, except for the month of March I was in Palm Springs.  There are still two other months unaccounted for and I could have done an entry while in Palm Springs for that matter.

I participated in a 5x5 challenge at ARTspot this month.  Art Walk was this past Thursday evening, and it was a great show.  Twenty five artists participated and each did 25 5x5 paintings.  It was a very busy evening and a lot of paintings were sold.  I forgot to mention that each one was $25.  Anything of mine that does not sell will end up at the Artist's Garage Sale at the Schack Center in June.  If you don't know about that, check it out at  It is a great sale.  Some of my 5x5 paintings are shown below.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Last Post for 2014

I feel I need to do a last post for 2014 even though I do not have anything particular to say.  The only news is that the 30 Day Art Challenge was very interesting, even though I did not sell as many pieces as I had hoped.  There were 3200 8x10 paintings in one room.  The room was so crowded with visitors that it was very hard to see the paintings, but it was a lot of fun.  I sold seven of my thirty paintings, so there are going to be a lot of 8x10 paintings in the Artist's Garage Sale in June.  That is my favorite event of the year.

The next show I have coming up will be Local Color in February and March.  Local Color is located across the street from the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  I will be showing figurative pieces this time.

I am posting a couple of new paintings below.  This first one is encaustic mixed media and the second one is acrylic.

Monday, November 17, 2014

30 Day Art Challenge

I have finished all 30 paintings for the 30 Day Art Challenge, and what I lot of fun I had.  I used several different mediums, styles and subjects, which I would not do in my normal painting day.  In other words, I played even more than usual.  I also discovered a new series that I am working on now as a result of this exercise.  I highly recommend this sort of activity to any artist.  Below are a few of the paintings that I did.  If you want to attend art walk in Pioneer Square for this event on Dec. 4, check out  There will be thousands of 8x10 paintings all priced at $50.

Burridge Workshop Paintings

These are the promised images from the Burridge workshop mentioned in my last post.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bob Burridge Mentor Workshop

I just returned from a three and a half day Bob Burridge Mentor Workshop.  Those of you who know me, know that I have taken a workshop from Bob once a year for 18 years now.  I will never tire of being around him and his work.  He is an inspiration to me and the first workshop I attended changed my life.  Since I have been attending these mentor workshops at his home, I have not attended any of his larger group workshops.  The mentor workshops only have seven artists in them.  As usual this year we had a great group of people and I hope to stay in touch with them and see them at future workshops.  This year was also different in that my friend Donna Wallace attended.  This was her first Burridge workshop and she loved it as much as I do.  I feel as though I created some really interesting figurative work, and I am anxious for the work to arrive home so that I can continue to work on it, mount it on boards, varnish, etc.  I have to ship my work and supplies home because Bobs' studio is located in Arroyo Grande, CA.  My supplies have arrived, but not my paintings.  So, I will post the paintings once they arrive and I get them photographed.