269 - Merry MsMaggie, $650 (Watercolor, 15.5" x 20")
The model for this composition is my Aunt Mary's cat Maggie. In their honor, I've title this version "Merry MsMaggie". The title refers to the symbolism of the colors too. Merry MsMaggie is drawn with a double face. Often cats have this type of look: looking at you and not quite at you. They're most polite! It's bad manners to stare too directly.
268 - Seriously KittyKitty, $650 (Watercolor, 21" x 14")
In this particular design, KittyKitty is being polite; she is aware of your presence but doesn't look at you directly. That would be staring. She been caught in a serious mood; kitties can be most mysterious! Or perhaps she just woke up from a nap. A yawn, a stretch, and she’s off to insist on dinner!
266 - Still Life with Toy Pony in Pink and Blue, D23a, $450 (Mixed Watermedia, 10" x 14")
Still life compositions let me express something about the artifacts, ideas and experiences I collect throughout my life. Even though I chose the items based on shape, they all have personal meaning. The candlestick was a wedding gift; a friend gave me the espresso cup; the pony is a souvenir from a visit to my Aunt when she lived in San Francisco; the clay pot was something I bought in Germany and decorated with acrylic paint. Each item calls up personal experiences.
265 - Still Life with Toy Pony in Orange, D23b, $450 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
After the first version of design 23 was done, I wanted to try it again and re-work the color scheme. I seem to prefer an alternating scheme where color dominance is not quite so obvious. I wondered what it would feel like if I used just a little bit of blue to contrast with orange. I like both versions. I find it fascinating to see how the variations work. In person, these colors scintillate!
263 - KittyKitty on Red Pillow, $450 (Watercolor, 14" x 10")
KittyKitty is a bundle full of feline emotion! Have you ever noticed kitties when they’re sitting on their paws in a state between sitting and lying down? They look like hens sitting on eggs. There is a tension; the cat is not relaxed and could spring into action. Or, take a nap. This is the state I was thinking about when I designed this version of KittyKitty. And, that’s why she’s red!
262 - Still Life with Toy Pony Linked In, D38, $450 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
My intention was to alternate the colors, values and shapes to weave an interesting pattern. Blue-ness should dominate. I like the bold, flat, angular strength; it gives the otherwise still life energy. In this particular version of the still life, all of the elements are given similar emphasis. It is the tight inter-relationship of the group that matters.
261 - Odds & Ends with Blue Scarf II, $175 (Watercolor, 6.5" x 10")
In this second version of “Odds & Ends with Silk Scarf” I simplified the color scheme. I wanted to emphasize that it is the blue scarf that ties the odds and ends together.
260 - Odds & Ends with Blue Scarf II, $175 (Watercolor, 6.5" x 10")
“Odds & Ends with Silk Scarf” was done as a challenge. The idea was to create a painting using a scarf, candle, pen, feather and key. I chose items that were personal. I arranged and tied them together with a knot.
258 - KittyKitty Red Alert, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14")
Every once in awhile, kitties go to “full red alert”. They stare intently; fur erect, muscles taut. They maintain this position for a few moments, and then it’s either action or false alarm. I find it particularly amusing when I can’t figure out what caused the alert.
257 - Golden Kitty, $450 (Watercolor, 10.4" x 14.5")
Sometimes cats remind me of their regal heritage; of ancient Egypt and mythology. So it is with “Golden Kitty”. She has what I call a “sphinx-ette” attitude. She is above us mere mortals but honors us with her presence. We give good pets and food as gifts.
255 - Still Life with Toy Pony On a Gray Day, D11a, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14.5")
In this version of “Still Life with Toy Pony”, the light is soft and subdued. The objects are dark and muted too. The feeling reminds me of a gray day in late afternoon. All are in quiet contemplation.
254 - Still Life with Rose Toy Pony D4, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14.5")
In “Still Life with Pink Toy Pony D4”, I chose the two colors that were my favorite as a child: pink and green. This particular still life has me thinking about childhood relationships, thus the choice. To me, the pony is running in towards it’s guardians (the other objects), much as an excited child to it’s older siblings. Certainly, they will discuss the day’s adventures.
251 - Cool Kitty, $450 (Watercolor, 11.5" x 15.5")
“Cool Kitty” is so named because of color and expression. This kitty is the silent, strong type. It pretends not to look at you directly; that would be bad manners. But it knows you’re there and it sees you. I painted him blue to emphasize the cool, in control expression.
250 - Cat Under a Lavender Moon, $650 (Watercolor, 14" 18.5")
My intention was for this to be a festive kitty — a different sort of kitty; not your everyday variety. She is lounging in front of a window. Outside shines a lavender moon. Like all cats, this cat is in tune with the cosmos and knows a thing or two about the nature of things.
249 - Groovy Kitty, $650 (Watercolor, 15" x 21")
“Groovy Kitty” is cool, groovin' on whatever kitty's groove to. The color alternations and stripes allude to syncopated rhythm in music. Kitty is relaxed, but you never know! Kitty might just yawn and take a nap. Or spring into full tilt action at a moments notice.
246- Seven Sea Shells Abstracted, $650 (Watercolor, 13.5" x 21.5")
This painting is another composition in my series of seven sea shells. I let me spirit free, so to speak, when I was drawing this design. The shells were a point of departure. I allowed myself to find shapes and lines based on how I responded to the shells. Some shapes I link; others I break up. I extend lines and shorten others. Perhaps, Iím thinking of fun summer days at the beach, full of sun and play.
245 - Regal Kitty, $450 (Watercolor, 11.5" x 15.5")
This is another painting of my most recent muse, Ms. Maggie the Cat. In this version, I depict the cat after a particularly satisfying stretch. The stretch is the prelude to this regal position. The spine is aligned and life is good. Again, I present multiple views of Ms. Maggie. Cats are mysterious. They can be aware of your presence even when they are not looking at you.
241 - KittyKitty in Blue and Orange, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14")
Another in my "Ms Maggie" series, this painting offers a simplified cat design. I enjoy exploring the possibilities of simplified form and color. The colors chosen in this version allude to a dignified Ms. Maggie.
240 - Ms Maggie on the Rug, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14")
"Ms Maggie on the Rug" is the first in a series of studies and paintings inspired by my Auntís cat Maggie. The composition is based on a photo I took of Maggie on a rug at my Aunt Mary's house. The rug was on a tile floor and gave me the idea of introducing a grid. I introduced one of my favorite Cubist devices: Maggie from a frontal and portrait point of view.
239 - Group of Seven Shells in Blue and Orange, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14")
This painting is another in my group of seven shells series. In this version, I simplified the color plan to include only two colors: blue and orange. I layered the paints to create various tones of gray. The grays allow the blue and orange areas to glow. The tone reminds me of a foggy day at the beach.
238 - Alternations in Violet, Green and Orange, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14")
This painting is about the interplay of color, shape and line. I like building alternations into a composition. One of the fun alternations I did was to start by filling shapes (positive space); to painting the outline of the shapes; to painting outside and around the shapes (negative space). The composition reminds me of a tapestry.
237 - Group of Seven Shells, $250 (Watercolor, 8" x 12")
This painting is one of a series of paintings based on a theme of seven shells. I took several of my favorite local broken shells and arranged them into a still life. In this version, I wanted to contrast the curves of the shells with a modified grid background. The grid reminds me of the surface of the beach. The colors I chose are a study in muted tones and grays such as one might find on the coast in late winter.
236 - Three Broken Shells in Violet and Orange, $250 (Watercolor, 8" x12")
This painting is based on a drawing I did of shells I collected from the local beach. I collect shells on morning visits to the beach based on their interesting shapes. Broken shells are fun to look at and draw because I get to see a little of the inside twists and turns of the shell. The orange and violet colors make me think of summer sunsets on the sand.
234 - Torsten on Bass, $650 (Watercolor, 13.3" x 21.25")
"Torsten on Bass" is inspired by a photograph by my husband, Robert, of a friend of ours. Torsten is from Germany and was a bass player in a local band from the Heidelberg Swetzingen area. At one time, Torsten was voted the best rock and roll bass player in Germany by a jury of his peers. This painting is a response to the music of the bass.
231 - Two Broken Spiral Shells, $175 (Watercolor, 7.5" x 10")
This composition features two of my favorite sea shells. I collected these broken shells that I found on the beach because of the interesting coils and shapes. I enjoyed painting this pair in a loose, watery style.
228 - Royal Pear with Lavender Moon VS, $175 (Watercolor, 7" x 9")
One day I wondered what kind of wild, crazy pear I could draw. What if the pear were sitting on a table at night, under a pale lavender moon? And, what if it were a festive pear? This piece is the result of my wondering. Itís about the joy of the fruit!
225 - Fractured Espresso Cups VS, $175 (Watercolor, 6" x10")
Another in the espresso cup series, this composition is about two eight sided cups we have. I have drawn them several times. Then, I did a "what if" drawing - what if I were viewing these cups through a prism or kaleidoscope? I like the energy of the composition, sort of like a good, caffeinated cup of espresso.
222 - Kaffe with Awning in Orange VS, $175 (Watercolor, 6" x 10")
Another in the espresso cup series, in this composition, the idea here is to depict heat! The day is as hot as the fresh cup of espresso. And, we take our espresso neat, no cream and sugar.
221 - Shell Nouveau VS, $175 (Watercolor, 5" x 7.5")
The "Shell Nouveau" drawings were based on the wonderful spirals of broken sea shells. I framed the shell with varied and overlapping rectangles. It was fun and allowed me to weave together the different parts of the composition.
220 - Multicolored Shell Nouveau VS, $175 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
In this variation on the "Shell Nouveau" theme, I worked a double complimentary scheme. Though orange and blue dominate, I added yellow and purple for variety. I had fun orchestrating the colors and weaving the shapes.
216 - Royal Pear, $850 (Watercolor, 21" x 29")
One day, after seeing many paintings about pears, I decided to paint a different kind of pear; a festive, royal pear. Perhaps the dots and other decorations allude to jewels that adorn the pear. Befitting its regal state, I crowned the pear with a lavender moon.
215 - Three Shells Abstracted, $450 (Watercolor, 15" x 9.5")
"Three Shells Abstracted" is inspired by the wonderful small shells my husband and I find on our beach. In drawing these shells, I pretended I was sculpting the shells. I thought about the rhythms created by the beautiful ridges, curves and spirals.
211 - Dragonfly Square Dance, $650 (Watercolor, 16" x 20")
"Dragonfly Square Dance" is a variation on a theme of dragonflies. I was interested in the overlapping of shapes. I purposely added drips and spatters for fun and contrast to the carefully controlled layers of paint.
210 - RV Park Afternoon, $650 (Watercolor, 22" x 15")
"RV Park Afternoon" is based on a drawing I did while my husband and I were on a trip in our travel trailer. I was thinking about drawing subjects in interesting light. I looked around the RV park and saw the interesting patterns of light around me. This particular RV park was in Albuquerque, NM.
209 - Shell Nouveau, $650 (Watercolor, 14" x 22")
A broken shell I found on the local beach was the inspiration for "Shell Nouveau". I love the spiraling twist along the main stem of the shell. After drawing the shell from life, I wanted to do a composition without looking at the shell. Working in this manner allows me to express my delight in the subject.
207 - Bryce Canyon: Great Dame Hoodoos at Noon, $450 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"The Great Dames" is my personal name for a hoodoo, or rock formation in Bryce Canyon, Utah. The formation reminds me of great matriarchs standing guard along the trail. The color scheme in this particular version of the Great Dames depicts the light and color at the middle of the day or noon.
206 - Bryce Canyon: Great Dame Hoodoos at Dawn, $450 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
One of my favorite places to visit and explore is Bryce Canyon in Utah. I found this wonderful formation along the Rim Trail toward Fairyland. I call it the Great Dames. In this version, I am using a color scheme that I saw one morning. The sky was golden at dawn and the formations in shadow were cool blues and purples. It was a spectacular site.
205 - Mint Tea, $450 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Mint Tea" is a second version of a still life featuring my favorite tea cup. It includes a small tea box that came in a tea sample gift that my Mother gave me. I enjoy arranging still life setups that include personal items with meaning to me.
204 - Chai Tea, $450 (Watercolor, 11" x 15"
Chai Tea is one of my favorite teas. I love the blend of tea and spice. In this painting, the colors look like the taste of cardamom and chai tea. I included my favorite tea cup given to me by my Mother.
202 - November Chapel, $450 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
I started working on this painting on Veteranís Day or Armistice Day. As usual for the Pacific Northwest, the day was cold, windy and rainy. I was remembering my grandparents who served in World War I. The somber tones reflect my thoughts and remembrances. The shapes remind me of a lonely chapel on a gray day.
201 - Plant Shoots in March, $450 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
This painting is a second painting exploring the theme of young, newly sprouted plant shoots. In the dark days of March, the new sprouts are yet to turn green. The ghostly shapes anticipate the sun and green of spring.
200 - Early Spring Plant Shoots, $450 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
This painting appeared in my mindís eye late in February. I started imagining the young shoots of plants emerging in early spring. Late winter and early spring are often dark and windy where I live. These tender shoots are struggling to gain a footing early in spring.
199 - Ghost Tulip, $650 (Watercolor, 16" x 20")
One of my favorite mental exercises is to ask myself ìwhat are the visual clues that tell you a _____ is a _____. In this case the blank is filled in with tulip. I this painting, I explore the graceful shape of the tulip, overlapping the shape as if it were in a field. I made one white just for fun and for contrast.
198 - Tropical Sea Dragon, $650 (Watercolor, 16" x 20")
Usually when I see pictures or photos of sea dragons, I see them in portrait. I decided to try to imagine what they would look like in three quarter view, looking straight at me. This fanciful sea dragon looks a bit surprised. I set it in a colorful sea since sea dragons are southern hemisphere animals. I enjoyed playing with the form of delicate and beautiful sea dragon.
197 - Rocket Flowers, $650 (Watercolor, 22.6" x 14")
"Rocket Flowers" is the second, and larger, painting using a design I did with the flower Scarlet Gilia as subject. I found out that Scarlet Gilia is sometimes called a Rocket Flower. I find it intriguing that this flower can be hard to see in the southwestern landscape. But, when I do see them, I find them delightful.
196 - Sapphire Arabesque, $650 (Watercolor, 16.5" x 22")
I drew the design for "Sapphire Arabesque" when I was in New Mexico. When I was a teenager studying ballet, I thought the arabesque was one of my favorite movements. As a painter, I find the arabesque shape interesting. In this work, I chose to highlight its beauty by making the shape the subject.
195 - Pile of Leaves, $200 (Watercolor, 8" x 11")
"Pile of Leaves" is an exploration of leave forms. In the fall, I enjoy looking at the over-lapping leaves on the ground. My favorite places to look are along paths were the leaves are contrasted with their after-images printed on the concrete.
193 - Red Pears, $185 (Watercolor, 8" x 10")
"Red Pears" is a study of light on form. I set up the still life to catch the bright afternoon light on the pears. When painting, I built up the red to emphasize the luscious forms.
192 - Double Tree at Neal Creek, $175 (Watercolor, 7" x 10")
"Double Tree at Neal Creek" was based on a drawing of trees along Neal Creek, south of Ashland, Oregon. The intertwined trunks of the trees along the right caught my eye.
191 - View Across the Valley, $175 (Watercolor, 7" x 10")
"View Across the Valley" was based on a drawing I did of a valley near Medford, Oregon. I liked the spatial tension between the nearby tree and the small buildings across the valley.
190 - Pears in Moonlight, $185 (Watercolor, 8" x 10")
"Pears in Moonlight" is a study of color, light and mood. I did a drawing of a still life set up of pears then began experimenting with how color and light influence mood. I like how the violet and blue colors say something different about a common subject.
188 - Eggs and Rooster, $185 (Watercolor, 8" x 10")
The painting "Eggs and Rooster" is inspired by a set of Swedish egg cups and a Norwegian rooster wall hanging that I have. I thought it was fun to put the Swedish and Norwegian souvenirs together.
187 - Beach Trailmarker with Five Floats, $175 (Watercolor, 7" x 10")
My Dad used to say "the subject is an excuse to paint". I believe that statement. I also believe painting gives me an excuse to revisit favorite themes. Here is another study of my favorite beach trailmarker. I am especially fond of the simple, linked shapes in this small painting.
186 - Spotted Seahorse, $175 (Watercolor, 7" x 10")
Seahorses have always fascinated me. I saw some small spotted seahorses in an aquarium once and I was intrigued. By painting the seahorse, I get to hold on to that special encounter.
185 - Bouquet in Moonlight, $175 (Watercolor, 7" x 10")
I enjoyed painting this small study. It began with a simple question: what would a bouquet of flowers look like in the moonlight? I studied the question in my mind's eye and began painting. To me, the flowers still declare their life in the silent stillness of the night.
184 - Pulse, $350 (Watercolor, 16" x 20")
At one level, "Pulse" is about the heart: heart as symbol and heart as organ. Another way to look at it, it's about fluid lines and checked shapes. And yet, it's also about the contrast of red and green. Mostly, I did it because I love to paint; isn't that what it's all about?
183 - Cats in Mask, $350 (Watercolor, 16" x 20")
This painting is second in a series of "Cats in Mask". It is about the weaving together of shapes and colors. I was thinking about how some cats' markings are shaped liked masks. I arranged the cats so one mask would lead to another.
182 - Beach Trail Marker With Eight Floats, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
This is another study of one of my favorite beach trail markers. This particular trailer marker had a beautiful shape, with its crossed wood and numerous floats hanging down in the breeze. It no longer exists except in memory and in these paintings.
178 - Blue Fish, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Blue Fish" celebrates the free spirit in each of us. Sometimes, we just have to go against the crowd. In further celebration of the free spirit, I decided to depict the water in my own way, as a sort of mosaic of various blue shapes.
177 - Dancing Daisies, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Dancing Daisies" is a study of wash and calligraphy. I thought using line and calligraphy would be a fun way of expressing the joy and life in a simple spring bouquet of daisies.
176 - Wreck of the Catala, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
This painting is based on a shipwreck in Ocean Shores, WA. The ship was named the "Catala". At the time I did the study, only bits and pieces of rusted metal were revealed by the sand. I painted the wreck in a loose, rough manner as if to emphasize the rust and deterioration of the metal remains.
174 - Tulips in Violet and Purple, $235 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
Spring brings out a desire to paint floral shapes. I see the flowers defying gravity in their urgent quest to get to the point of blooming. The act of flowering is a triumphant bursting of color, shape and movement. Put another way, painting simple tulip shapes is an uplifting experience.
173 - Tulip Time, $235 (Watercolor, 10" x 15")
"Tulip Time" is about exploring shapes and color intensity. The semi-mosaic approach to the painting enriches the tulip shapes. I like creating then collapsing depth by painting flat, overlapping shapes. Tulips are just fun to paint.
172 - Pink Tulip Festival, $235 (Watercolor, 10" x 15")
I remember having tulips in our yard when I was growing up. They were my favorite type of flower as a child. When spring comes, it seems natural to explore the shapes of tulips in bloom.
170 - Toy Rocking Horse, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Toy Rocking Horse" is a study of light, shadows and reflections. I was looking for places where light alternates to dark along a line. I like the rhythm of alternating lights and dark. I purposely set up the still life in such a manner that I would have to deal with both the shadow and reflection of the toy horse. Mainly, this painting is about one of my favorite souvenirs brought back from trips in Europe.
169 - Abstract and Lace, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Abstract and Lace" is another in a series of intuitive painting studies. I drizzled and dropped in paint, then started "leap frogging" values - jumping darks over lights. What is it? The painting might depict a jumping shrimp, Kokopelli dancing, or a happy mind's eye. Meaning? Life is good.
166 - Indigo Lace, $225 (Watercolor, 10" x 11")
"Indigo Lace" started out as another exercise in abstract design. I drizzled some pigment on the paper. Then, inspiration struck; I started "leap frogging" shape values. For example, if a shape #1 was lighter than the shape #2 next to it, I made it darker than shape #2. Shape #2 was now the lighter shape. One shape led to another and soon I was connected shapes with a lace pattern. The process was fun and stimulating. The result is another statement from my inner eye.
165 - Flower Market in Gold and Red, $225 (Watercolor, 10" x 11")
"Flower Market in Gold and Red" started out as an intuitive painting in warm colors. I started with a layer of paint wet-into-wet, and then started painting around the lights. Soon, floral or leaf shapes emerged. They felt crammed together, merging one shape into another, like at a flower market.
164 - Stepping Out on a Cloudy Day, $225 (10" x 11')
The gulls on the beach are a source of endless delight and wonder to me. Each encounter gives me a brief window into a different world. This particular painting is a study on the form of the bird. I painted wet-into-wet to give the feel of a soft, cloudy day.
160 - Red Hen and Eggs, $185
I had been thinking about the essence of a bird's form and decided that the egg was it. I figured I ought to do a still life study of eggs. In my cupboard, I have a set of egg cups given to me by a friend from Sweden. The hen sitting on her clutch of eggs seemed humorous to me; plus it repeated the form of the eggs. Why green and red? Why not?
154 - Sun Scape, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
I based "Sun Scape" on a color study I did while visiting New Mexico. Maybe it reflects my reaction to being back in the southwest environment. Or, maybe it reflects my memories of going to the "City of Rocks" as a child growing up in New Mexico. To me, it has the surreal quality of a desert not too long ago.
153 - Pebbles, Shells and Crab in Golden Light, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
This painting is another in a series of shell and pebble paintings. I was experimenting with painting the motif using different color schemes. I added the multi-faceted shapes for fun and to emphasize that these small pebbles and shells are true beach treasures.
149 - Flowers in Red, $185 (Watercolor, 8" x 10")
In the painting "Flowers in Red", I emphasized the warm, light and the bright, bursting shapes of a summer floral bouquet. I felt like the bouquet wanted to burst out of the confines of the vase. The casual arrangement of the floral shapes adds to the feeling of exuberance.
148 - Mask, $185 (Watercolor, 8" x 10")
The painting "Mask" was inspired by the mask-like shapes characteristic of some cats. I chose to alternate darks and lights to add to the rhythm and movement created by the lines of the mask. The watching, seeing, silent eyes add to the sense of mystery and play.
147 - Southwest Sun, $150 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
"Southwest Sun" is based on a color study I did while we were visiting southwestern New Mexico. Inspired by big skies and colorful sunsets, the landscape emerged on the paper. The big forms might be trees, rocks or sisters gazing at the horizon.
146 - Hoodoos at Dusk, $150 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
"Hoodoos at Dusk" is part of a series I did on the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Utah. In this version, I imagined the hoodoos illuminated by a moody southwestern sunset. The big hoodoo shapes take on the look of ancient figures staring out along the landscape.
145 - Afternoon Hoodoos, $150 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
"Afternoon Hoodoos" is part of a series I did on the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Utah. In this version, I emphasized the patterns of light and dark as might be seen on a late summer afternoon.
144 - Hoodoos, $150 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
"Hoodoos" is part of a series I did on the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Utah. In this version, I included a pine tree to help show the scale of the hoodoos. The trees at Bryce Canyon provide a natural contrast to these huge stone figures.
143 - Hoodoo Vista, $150 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
"Hoodoo Vista" is part of a series I did on the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Utah. In this version, the hoodoos are shown facing distant mountains. I wanted to show the vastness of the landscape at Bryce Canyon.
142 - Valley of the Hoodoos, $150 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
"Valley of the Hoodoos" is part of a series I did on the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Utah. In this version, the hoodoo landscape becomes surreal. The hoodoos started reminding me of pieces on a game board or giants of an ancient and mystical land.
141 - Hoodoo Kings at Dawn, $150 (Watercolor, 5" x 7")
"Hoodoo Kings at Dawn" is part of a series I did on the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Utah. In painting the Hoodoo King formation, I thought about how water and frost and ice had helped to carve and form the rock. I liked this formation in particular because of its name and the angle of the connected hoodoos.
132 - Medford Oaks, $175 (Watercolor, 7" x 9.5")
"Medford Oaks" is based on a drawing done of an oak grove outside of Medford, OR. I liked the way the young oaks intertwined with each other. The story is the shape and mass of the oaks so I kept the colors simple.
129 - Visions of Mt. Shasta, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
On our 2004 trip through Northern California, I made a quick sketch of Mt. Shasta. As we continued to drive across the mountains, I was intrigued by the waves of low hills and how they contrasted with the towering height of Mt. Shasta.
128 - Still Life With Potted Plant and Candelabra, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Still Life with Potted Plant and Candelabra" is another painting based on my work with the local Wednesday drawing group. I loved the curly-cues of the candelabra. In this painting, I reached that point where I let myself go and had fun.
127 - She Read Science Fiction, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"She Read Science Fiction" is a painting about one of my sisters. I thought of some of our memorable experiences together and two ideas popped in my head: she took a science fiction class in high school and liked Daisies.
125 - Bucket of Flowers, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
I had fun painting Bucket of Flowers. The bucket of flowers exists in my head. It is a compilation of many kind and thoughtful bouquets I've received in the past from family and friends. I just had an urge to paint the flowers and it wouldn't let up until the flowers were on paper.
121 - Staircase to the Boat Dock, $275 (Watercolor, 12" x 16")
"Staircase to the Boat Dock" is inspired by drawings of a nearby boat dock. I purposely abstracted, twisted, tilted and turned the steps to show the rhythms of the staircase.
119 - Middle Earth, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
"Middle Earth" is an imaginary landscape. It does remind my of a trip I took by train through the "Gudbrandallen" in Norway. The hills and valley's of Gudbrandallen looked like they could be inhabited by fairies and trolls. In this painting, I wanted to invoke a feeling of a magical, mystical place.
111 - Medley in Blue and Orange, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Medley in Blue" is an exploration in color and design. I like exploring geometric shapes by overlapping them then using line to collapse the depth created by the overlapping shape. Using line enhances the feeling of vibration caused by the contrasting, opposite color scheme. To me, it's a pleasing and intriguing abstraction.
110 - Pelican Quartet, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
I delight in watching the flocks of pelicans as they soar barely above the surf. They often fly in close formation in what looks like synchronized flight. At such times, these otherwise ungainly birds are the epitome of grace and beauty.
109 - Coming in for a Landing, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
This painting is another variation on one of my favorite themes: flocks of birds along the coast. There seems to be lots of activity among the birds and I enjoy my peek into another world.
108 - Bobbles, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
In this painting, I explore painting a variety of colors in varying intensities. I wanted to allude to bobbles, or circular forms. I keep the bobble shapes open to allow the shapes to overlap and weave a unified whole.
107 - Golden Disc, $230 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
I painted "Golden Disc" using primary colors: red, blue and yellow. I wanted a feeling of bursting, expanding geometric shapes. Color and shape overlap as they expand out from the golden disc. I like achieving unity through a simplified pallet, while at the same time building as many variations in the colors as possible.
106 - Red Sails on a Golden Sea, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Red Sails on a Golden Sea" is a second painting inspired by a trip to Port Townsend, Washington. Boats with different colors and shapes of sails were out on the water. I used reds and golds to create the warm feeling of watching boats on a summer evening.
105 - Butterflies in Spring, $350 (Watercolor, 15" x 22")
In this paintings, I wanted to revisit one of my favorite subjects, butterflies, and imagine them emerging en masse in spring. I used color to refer to the vibrant, new growth of springtime. I purposely kept the size and shape of the butterflies the same to recreate the feeling of a coming upon a group of butterflies flitting along the foliage.
104 - Jigsaw Landscape, $250 (Watercolor, 11" x 15")
"Jigsaw Landscape" is a study in dividing, subdividing and then dividing some more. To create unity, I glazed passages of shapes together. In the end, there is a feeling of an old village, without actually painting one.
102 - Red Sails at Sunset, $180 (Watercolor, 7" x 10")
"Red Sails at Sunset" was inspired by an afternoon of watching sail boats at Port Townsend, WA. I wanted to explore the shapes of the big sails as they moved along the water. I imagined the boats sailing on a red, midsummer evening at sunset.
91 - Sanderling Along the Surf, $230 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
"Sanderling Along the Surf" was painted primarily wet into wet. I think this method is a fun way to capture the movement of the surf and sanderling. The softness of wet into wet creates an interesting contrast with the movement of the waves and bird.
90 - Sandpipers in Afternoon Light, $230 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
In "Sandpipers in Afternoon Light", I wanted to capture the long reflections caused by the sunlight fading over the horizon. I like the contrast of the movement suggested by the sandpipers and waves opposed to the long, soft reflections.
89 - Still Life with Poppies and Apple, $275 (Watercolor, 12" x 16")
I painted "Still Life with Poppies and Apples" in an expressive, exuberant manner. To me, the red poppies are fragile, joyful flowers. I wanted to capture their ephemeral beauty.
88 - Evening Pelicans and Sandpipers, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
One of my favorite views along the beach is the apparently effortless flight of the brown pelicans. The pelicans fly just above the crest of the waves, often in close formation. Rarely are the pelicans the only birds in view. I purposely contrasted the moving grace of the pelicans with a stand of sandpipers. While the birds are the main story, I used lines and squares along with the movement of waves to weave the different parts of the painting together.
87 - Four Cats, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
"Four Cats" depicts the various moods of a cat throughout any given day. Cats can seem to be contemplative one minute then playful the next. I used line and shape to frame and link the cats, separating and joining at the same time.
86 - Fallen Leaves, $450 (Watercolor, 22" x 30")
While running along the bike path in Medford, OR, during a fall visit, I became intrigued by the colors and patterns of the fallen leaves. There was a variety of colors and shapes of leaves all haphazardly strewn along the dark blue of the bike path. In this painting, I focused on the rhythm of the leaves on the sidewalk.
84 - Zonker, $230 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
"Zonker" is another painting based on remembering fiestas I went to as a child in New Mexico. However, this painting took on a life of its own. Along the way, I did not include any green. Oddly, I feel it contributes most by being absent. The title comes from my husband who saw the silhouette of Zonker Harris from the Garry Trudeau's cartoon strip. So, take a look yourself and see what you see.
77 - Butterflies, $275 (Watercolor, 12" x 16")
"Butterflies" is simply a play of color and form, using the butterfly shape as subject. But, I did keep having thoughts of scores of butterflies emerging from metamorphosis at the same time, an image that might be both beautiful and surreal.
76 - Fiesta, $275 (Watercolor, 12" x 16")
When I was doing the initial drawing for this painting, I was remembering back to childhood in New Mexico. I loved it when the community had a fiesta, especially with Mariachi bands. Much like word association, I drew the forms as I remembered the feeling of being at a fiesta.
74 - Harbor Seals, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
I frequently see harbor seals around my home town. I see them either in the surf popping their heads up to check out the beach, or basking as a group on a sand bar. In this painting, I wanted to catch the grace of intertwined line and form as I imagine them in a group.
73 - Beach Trailmarker, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
There are many trail markers along our beach that people have erected to highlight their trail. This painting was inspired by one such trail marker in Ocean Shores.
64 - Duck Pond, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
On trips to Ashland, OR, my husband and I like to visit Lithia Park's duck ponds. After one of the trips, I did a drawing based on my impression of the activity of the ducks on the ponds. The drawing became the inspiration for this painting.
63 - Sea Gulls, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
One of the advantages of living by the ocean is walking or running on the beach. On my frequent runs on the beach at Ocean Shores, I like to watch the groups of sea gulls and other birds along the shore line. I am inspired by the interesting shapes and movements among the birds.
60 - Kalanchoe II, $275 (Watercolor, 12" x 16")
Another variation of the blooming kalanchoe. I thought the subject presented an excellent opportunity to explore lights and darks, reds and greens.
59 - Kalanchoe, $230 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
I was attracted to the nicely shaped leaves and brightly colored flower heads of our Kalanchoe in bloom.
57 - Florence's Glassware, $275 (Watercolor, 12" x 16")
"Florence's Glassware" was inspired by a still life set up by Florence of the Wednesday Drawing Group. I was especially attracted to the interesting shapes of the wine decanters.
56 - Shells on the Beach, $300 (Watercolor, 14" x 20")
I often paint shells, much as other paint flowers. I can free my imagination when thinking of the shapes and colors. They are a great subject to experiment on and enjoy the experience of painting.
55 - Kite Festival, $275 (Watercolor, 12" x 16")
I like the bright colors and shapes of kites. In this painting, I imagined I was above the kites, looking down on the beach, and wove together a pattern of kites dancing in the breeze.
53 - Morning Coffee Break, $230 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
One morning as I was heading down the beach for my daily run, I noticed a woman sitting on a log having a cup of coffee. To me, that is the epitome of a great coffee break.
51 - Stomping for Clams, $210 (Watercolor, 9" x 12")
The Washington coast has great razor clams. One evening, I went with my husband and a friend to the beach to hunt for clams. My husband and friend did the clam hunting and I did drawings of the scenery, as long as the cold wind would allow. Stomping for the clams is an important part of a successful clam dig.
50 - Canyonlands, $210 (Watercolor, 9" x 12")
I used two different sources of inspiration for this painting, a trip through the canyon lands of Arizona and Utah, and the memory of the mountains of southwestern New Mexico. One of my favorite memories is the brilliant reds reflected on the rocky mountain cliffs at sunset in southwestern New Mexico. I used these reds against a dark, blue sky to capture the colors of the southwest.
49 - Refracted Reflections, $210 (Watercolor, 9" x 12")
I painted "Refracted Reflections" shortly after attending a workshop by Ms. Barbara Nechis. I drew a shape and repeated it through out the painting. The shape reminded me of mountains or flowers, depending on orientation. I offset the shapes to add interest and create new shapes.
48 - Ms. Kitty, $210 (Watercolor, 9" x 12")
"Ms Kitty" is a watercolor painted "wet-on-wet" with the opaque, granulating pigments. The resulting painting has the softness associated with pastels. I chose the cat form to develop my ideas, since cats are one of my favorite subjects.