Sunday, December 27, 2009


a fairly recent acrylic sketch on canvas, 8 x 8. Three stages of its creation are viewable on my flickr site!

Friday, November 27, 2009

abstract life

Here's my latest large abstract, Fish Term -- I know, another jazz painting, another fishermen's terminal painting, ho hum!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Veterans' Day

Here is a relatively new painting, 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas. It started out as this drawing in white ink on black gesso:

then became this painting:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

city music

another dancing jazz cityscape! this one is 30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, alla prima.

Friday, October 16, 2009

4th night jazz

still revisiting jazz painting days (and nights) -- here's the latest, 24 x 36 acrylic on canvas.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

who is with me in these woods?

Newest painting, acrylic alla prima on canvas, 12 x 12.
References an older (1998) small pastel viewable here:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

stone way

Here is an acrylic done in the studio, referencing a photo I took with one hand at a stoplight on my daily commute. 24 x 36, acrylic on canvas. My friends seems to like it, especially the local ones who recognize the weather! Was going for a watercolor effect, but wanted the permanence of acrylic.

Friday, September 18, 2009

visiting the floodplain

Ah, Skagit Valley rain! This is 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

jazz night

Trying to figure out how to get luminous color jazz going in a permanent medium that doesn't need protection from the elements. Love the way gouache sits up on gessoed board; want to get acrylic to do the same so I don't have to spray-varnish. Meanwhile, here is my latest such experiment with gouache. 9 x 12. Still in the first glow with this one, I admit I love it!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

the gas works revisited

Here is a small sketch from our Urban Sketchers - Seattle crawl last month. Love painting in this park, 300 degrees of city/water/industrial view! It's about 4 x 6, inks-and-gouache on black paper.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

flowerpot experiment

So I got a little crazy and started painting with gouache on a little piece of black-gessoed hardboard; liked the way the paint beaded up and waited to dry... then I varnished it with acrylic spray varnish and, voila! it's rich and shiny (can't see that here) and no need to put glass over this medium anymore; no need to frame it if it's painted on a hangable board. Makes me too happy altogether! This was my little 4x4 experimental thingy.

Monday, August 17, 2009

experimental jazz

everything old is new again. here's a 4 x 6 sketch in gouache and ink. tulips may be coming back at last.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

blue house

Would love to just set up somewhere on the lake each day and paint whichever house is nearby. Here is one where I had that pleasure, albeit quickly!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

secret gardens of lake forest park

Here is a little 8 x 6 plein air oil sketch from the garden of Carolyn and Chuff Barden of Lake Forest Park.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

the gas works

today's 8 x 16 oil sketch -- think this would make an interesting larger painting! (like 30 x 60 or so)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

fishermen's terminal

A beautiful day at Seattle's working docks. Don't know why this place is not crawling with painters. Here is my afternoon's 8x8 oil sketch.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

pike place park

gouache, 3.5 x 11. This couple left just before a gaggle of religious pamphleteers descended upon us at Victor Steinbrueck Park. They all gave their names as "Jay," and oblivious to one another's failures to engage us in substantive discussion, each in turn attempted to save us. I guess painting in the park makes us fair game!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

teresa in the studio

10-year-old portrait of my friend-the-longest, oil, 18 x 12

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

ballard locks

here's my first sketch of the day from Seattle Plein Air's meetup at the locks on Saturday. Ink and gouache, 3.5 x 11

Sunday, April 19, 2009

lake forest park

5 x 7 oil sketch: looking south across Bothell Way from the Commons at Third Place Books

Saturday, April 18, 2009

in the commons

yesterday's sketch from the bookstore at Lake Forest Park, oil on panel, 8 x 10

Friday, April 17, 2009

fencepost study

yesterday's color study sketch, oil on hardboard, 8 x 8

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

mossy roof

oil sketch from the deck of a boat on the Point Ruston waterway (Dock Street, Tacoma) last week! 12 x 16

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

the gate

Yesterday's sketchcrawl effort. Here is the Gate to Seattle's International District as seen from Yummy Bakery. 3.5 x 5.5, ink and gouache.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

pink lamp incident

jazz, 24 X 36, 1998; private collection.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

be careful what you wish for (detail)

oil on canvas, about 30 x 36. All about family....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

industrial tower

today's 8 x 6 plein air oil sketch of a view from under a dramatic Tacoma bridge. This tower was tiny on the horizon but glowing in the sun!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


a gouache conversion of ink drawing from sketchcrawl. 9 x 8, 2008

Monday, April 6, 2009

dan, protected by bog flowers

watercolor, 18 x 27. private collection.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


ink and watercolor, 4 x 6 inches -- a little doodle of our duckling.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

higher and lighter

pastel in wet on paper. About 18 x 13 (has been on loan for awhile, I'd have to look up the measurements).

Friday, April 3, 2009

do you want to dance?

Finally, a figurative piece. I wasn't going to put these up! But here is one. Oil, 29 x 40.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

ton plaisir

pastel in wet on paper. Collection of Terry and John Walsh.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

haunting heaven

pastel in wet on paper, 30 x 40. My beloved old Wallingford neighborhood...

Monday, March 30, 2009

pink rat

jazz acrylic on paper, 24 x 36

Sunday, March 29, 2009

thanksgiving day

Here is a little oil sketch from last fall, 6 x 8 on canvas/hardboard panel. I painted it in the parking lot of the hospital where I had spent so much time previously with my dad, and even more previously with my mom. Since it was a holiday parking was free.

Friday, March 27, 2009


oil on linen, 22 x 28.

zebra coat

This is a fractured image painting referencing one of my more elaborate fiber pieces. Heavy-weave patterned silk was first dyed in the shibori tradition, and then fashioned into the Zebra Coat. For this image I laid it out somewhat flat and placed objects of personal meaning to me across it; then crossed this pattern with garden swaths in the painted image. Watercolor, 36 x 54.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

someone's heaven

The view from the dock accessing my studio in 1998; watercolor and pastel; commissioned, in private collection.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

ballard sunday market

plein air oil sketch on gessoed masonite with acrylic underpainting, 9 x 12; August 2008.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

glowing impalas

acrylic on paper, jazz animals series, 24 x 36. Collection of Pamela McDonald.