Chickadee in Winter

I’ve been home sick all week, but today I finally felt like I could do some work on this.  It’s the second in my series of the chickadees in motion – needs a bit more work, but I wanted to see it here.  Helps me to see the issues!  Enjoy!




I thought it would be good for me to post more of what I’m working on, to keep myself inspired.  Again, if you want to be removed from this list, just let me know.  Here is something I’ve been working on for a while – it’s 12×12″.  Fits with my theme of “movement”.

I’d love to hear from you – suggestions for things you might like to see from me, your thoughts, or just your kind words to keep me going!


December 21, 2016

The year is coming to a close and I haven’t posted very much lately.  But I have been painting, so I thought I’d share some recent work.  I am looking for a theme that I would like to do a series of paintings about and these represent both: “movement” and
“looking outside.”  Nothing is clear in my mind about these, but I’m moving along and I hope to share more in the new year.  Happy holidays and a happy new year to all.


Peruvian Weavers

I’ve been wanting to do a painting of this ever since I went to Peru, so I thought I’d start with a sketch in the sketchbook to learn where the issues are, what I like about the scene, etc. The painting does not do the original photo any justice at all, but I learned a lot and I’m thinking of doing something much more abstract with this next.  I’ll share if I do!


Day 30

This is the last day of my 30 day challenge.  I didn’t quite make 30 paintings, but I came close and I sure pushed myself to paint every day, which was the goal.  Thanks for following along.  I will occasionally post going forward.  Here’s a view from Lake Crescent.  I was trying to use the palette of colors I’m taking next week when I go plein aire painting  next week in the Methow Valley with Tom Hoffman, a local watercolor artist. I slipped a little pastel in there too!



Day 29

Another sketchbook entry.  I’m not sure I like doing the text very much, but it’s a learning experience. I feel like I should have put a kitty on the blanket.  Maybe next time:


Day 26

This self-imposed challenge is nearing an end and I’m feeling pretty good about it.  I’m inching closer to a sense of what I like and want to do more of.  Thanks all for looking.  Here’s another from my sketch book; hollyhocks in Mt. Vernon:


Day 25

My sketchbook class teacher suggested we look through some old photographs for inspiration.  This is from a photo of Doug’s mom, Jan, back when she was young.  I don’t know what year, but I loved the light and shadows in the original photo, so I simplified it down to this:


Day 23

I’ve been working on this for a few days and even though I think it needs more work, I want to move on!!  It’s a similar set up to the watercolor I did a few days ago – this is pastel: