Monday, November 29, 2010

Coastal Erosion

This little oil painting is based on a photo I took at Ocean Shores, Washington. The beach near the North Jetty is eroding. This particular area used to be one where a person could walk directly from the main rode to the beach on a smooth, flat path. After a couple of years of wild storms, there is now a big cliff where a smooth walk to the beach used to exist. Recently I read an article that stated it is more likely coastal communities will fall into the ocean as a result of erosion instead of being drowned by the rising sea level caused by global warming. I wonder which theory will prove to be reality. In my dream world, neither will happen and we will all live happily ever after. If only dreams came true.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Crunch, Crunch, Winter Apples

A trip to the farmer's market today resulted in some wonderful winter apples and a painting, too! The apples were so fresh and crunchy, I had to hold back so I would still have one to paint. The result is this 6x8 inch oil painting, a fun project for a Saturday afternoon. Click here to view it in the Small Impressions Gallery at Etsy where it can be purchased for $75.00 plus shipping.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Winter Pond Landscape Oil Painting

The weather has been horrible lately, so I've been drawn to painting sunny landscapes. Today I gave up and embraced the gray of the Northwest. I actually enjoyed painting this 9x12 inch landscape of a pond near my house. The scrapings from my sunny pallette created a wonderful array of grays that worked well for a winter landscape. With no break in the weather in sight, a few more of these winter landscapes could find their way onto canvas in the next few weeks.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunshine and Shadows

Looking out my window at weather that is well below freezing, I am anxious for sunshine to return. Tired of gray weather, I reviewed some old photos looking for some inspiration. The photo this 9x12 inch oil painting is based on was taken in September several years ago. A bright autumn afternoon with the long shadows beginning to drape across the landscape of a nearby golf course brought the inspiration I was looking for.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Evergreen Light

When I painted this little 6x8 inch landscape, I was thinking about the evergreen trees of Washington State. We have miles and miles of them, especially in the mountainous areas of the state. They are the darkest of trees to paint, but when the sunlight hits them, they are bright and wonderful. It is no wonder that these are the trees we look to for our Christmas Trees. This painting which is on a gallery-wrapped canvas can be purchased online for $75.00 plus shipping at the Small Impressions Gallery.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lilac Bundle

With the gray, cold skies outside, my inspiration today came from photos I took last summer when the lilacs in my backyard were blooming. It helped me recall days of sunshine and the delicate scent of lilacs. This painting is 6x8 inches on a gallery-wrapped canvas. It has joined some of my other floral paintings for sale at Etsy and can be purchased online here for $75.00 plus shipping.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas Tangerine Painting

It is during the winter holidays that these sweet little tangerines come into season. This oil painting is 11x14 inches on a 3/4 inch gallery-wrapped canvas and represents the custom in our house of enjoying these little oranges during the holiday season. I stretched and prepared the canvas, a process I used to enjoy. Beginning with raw canvas, stretching it, applying gesso, and then creating a painting is quite a time-consuming process. I find myself more and more just wanting to paint and skip the preparation process. Asking for a few dozen commercially prepared canvases for Christmas sounds like a wonderful idea. This painting is now for sale at the Small Impressions Gallery along with some of my other fruit, tropical fruit, and still life oil paintings. It can be purchased here for $145.00 plus shipping by clicking on this link.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Winter Nocturne

The cool colors of winter seems to be eminating from my palette these days. A frozen lake, a dark night, and the yellow lights from a distant home inspired this little 5x7 inch landscape oil painting. It is now for sale at my gallery, Small Impressions Paintings, at It was created on a hand prepared gessoed hardboard panel that will insure the painting lasts a lifetime. Visit the gallery if you'd like to purchase this painting for $50.00 plus shipping, or you might like to see some of my other original landscape oil paintings.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Puget Sound Sunset

With the time change, winter sunsets come early. It has been cold and wet and now nature's lights are turning off early, too. This little 4x6 inch painting was inspired by the view from my living room window. I love to watch the storms move across the sky and view Fox Island and the Key Peninsula across the sound.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The End of the Golden Trees

The poplar trees were golden for several weeks, but that is coming to an end as we enter the wet and wild month of November. The trees that carried such beautiful color just a few weeks ago are bare now. The reflection of their color in a pond near my house was my inspiration and I wish the spark of color were not quite so brief. I'm glad to have this little 5x7 inch painting to remind me of the beauty of an shiny autumn afternoon. It can be purchased online at Etsy for $50.00 plus shipping. Click here to view it.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Evening Sunlight

A favorite painting from today's efforts is this little 5x7 inch landscape oil painting. I liked the way the light glanced across the top of this trio of trees. The contrast between the warmth of the sunshine and the coolness of the foreground is what caught my attention. I've enjoyed taking this little vacation from still life work back to painting nature. This painting can be purchased for $50.00 plus shipping at the Small Impressions Gallery on Etsy. Click here to view it in the gallery.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

River Light

Another sunny day in the Northwest provided inspiration for this 5x7 inch oil painting. It seems we have a day of sunshine followed by several days of rain. I'm hoping the current sunshine holds on for more than just a day. This painting is for sale online at the Small Impressions Gallery at Etsy for $50.00 plus shipping. Click here to view in the gallery.

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