Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Geraniums

Original Watercolor

Winter gives us new appreciation for the subject of windows: Inside, looking out, outside looking in, used as a frame for a subject in front of the window, using reflections to complete the composition, etc. The choices are limitless.

What inspiration for a painting does your window provide?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Window

Original Watercolor 14"x10"

Looking out or looking in? It's not just about the light outside the window but the reflected light under the eaves and in the panes.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Birches in our Snowy Driveway

Here's a photo of our driveway the last time it snowed.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

HaleIwa shore

Original Plein Air Watercolor

Once the rain stops pouring down, it's a great day trip to the north shore to watch the winter waves.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Makapu sky

Original Plein Air Watercolor

Oahu has its share of dramatic skies, too.

Sitting on the hard lava creates a strong incentive to paint it quickly.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NW Rainy Season

Original Watercolor

It's definitely the rainy season in the Pacific NW now.

Not so fun for driving but lots of dramatic skies to paint.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Connemarra Coast

Original Plein Air Watercolor
From the sketchbook

We had a drenching downpour in Hawaii today, which reminds me of summer in Ireland.

This is one of the first few plein air paintings I did while spending a month there.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gloria's Blue Tea Kettle

Original Watercolor

This charming blue tea kettle sat on Gloria's wood stove. I thought it was as charming, warm and welcoming as Gloria herself. She invited my whole class to come over and paint in her home.

So I set up my portable easel in the family room to demonstrate for my students and this is the result.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snow Laden Pines

Original Watercolor
From the Sketchbook

I came across this one in my sketchbook from a few years ago.

It brings back memories of childhood visits to our grandparents in Eastern Washington and my parents' property in Cashmere.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Grace Cornwall's old homestead

Original Plein Air Watercolor

Here's another one from the pile of sketchbooks.

A local author and educator, Grace Cornwall invited us to paint on her property at Elger Bay (she made sure we knew it had originally been called Algiers Bay).

Although she passed away a few years ago, I still think of her. She had a great intellect, engaging personality and amazing history. Thanks again, Grace, for your inspiration.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Birches in Snow

Original Watercolor

When it snows here, all along the back roads you can see the birches with a few remaining leaves.
In the shady areas, the snow lasts longer and gives a beautiful early winter contrast to the edge of the forest.