Monday, November 20, 2017

Backyard Trees


"Backyard Trees", 10 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
I painted this during full summer, when the Northwest is the greenest place I know. These apple trees have been here for over 35 years! We lost one last winter--it got too wet and the tree just keeled over. Behind the apple trees are the cedars and the fir on the bank above the Cove. They are significantly taller and when the wind blows, I just have to trust the tree gods.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Wallowa Clouds


"Wallowa Clouds", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This was painted in the farmland south of Joseph, Oregon at the Wallowa Arts Festival Plein Air Competition in September. I was experimenting during this trip with palette knife. My paintings in the show won the En Plein Air Artist's Choice award. Thank you to everyone! We had so much fun painting out on that road with the mountains, the fields, the clouds and the cows!


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Clouds over Utah


"Clouds over Utah", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board

This fall I've been experimenting with palette knife and as I go into my winter still life paintings, I'll probably continue.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Olympics from Hurricane Ridge


"Olympics from Hurricane Ridge", 10 x 12, Oil on Museum Board

This is a painting from Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics. There is a road from Port Angeles to this magnificent vista. We've been there many times--in the snow, in the rain, in the sun and on a beautiful day as this one with the clouds over the peaks. I've been organizing my paintings from the last nearly 30 years, and I found this one in a pile, forgotten.


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Freighter Port Angeles


"Freighter Port Angeles", 10 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
The view is from a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, just east of Port Angeles. In the distance is Vancouver Island.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Strait


"The Strait", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board

We are blessed here in the Pacific Northwest with the sky, the mountains and the inland waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. I'm thinking a great deal these days about the tragedies of the recent horrific escape of the Atlantic salmon, many diseased from being penned together in close quarters, from the industrial net pen aquaculture in Puget Sound (banned in California and Alaska) (see http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article174002181.html) and the equally horrific expansion of geoduck aquaculture on the beautiful tidelands of Puget Sound, using 43,560 PVC pipes (7 miles/16 tons) per acre. (See http://protectzanglecove.org).

Our Department of Ecology is ringing its hands like a 5-year old because it is caught between some inkling of the right thing to do and the apparent fear of the aquaculture industry. The Department buys the industry's interpretation of our Shoreline Management Act without blinking an eye or apparently even reading the Act. I may be wrong about this--regarding the 5-year oldness, because I'm guessing many 5-year olds have more brains and guts than the adults in charge of environmental decisions regarding Puget Sound in our state. The pretense of "protecting and restoring Puget Sound" and at the same time allowing these industrial operations is completely hypocritical and without conscience.


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Hood River Farm


Hood River Farm, 8 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

This was painted during a Plein Air Washington paint-out a couple of months ago at the Columbia River Gorge.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Mt. Baker Sunrise


"Mt. Baker Sunrise", 10 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This view of Mt. Baker is from a high bank over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, looking east to Mt. Baker and the sunrise.

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