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Fountainhead Gallery’s Holiday Group Show, “Winter”

Please join me at  the annual holiday show, “Winter”, at Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA, this  Saturday, Dec 2nd, 5-7pm!   The show runs through January 22, 2018.  These paintings are created from life study and memory.  I do not use photographs.  Shop early!  Collect often.  Payment plans upon request.


snow, winter, landscape, oil painting, representational art, snow, shed, evergreen tree, contemporary realism,

Snow Day, 12 x 12


winter, landscape, trees, mountains, oil painting, landscape painting, field, stream

A Winter Morning, 12 x 16


Evergreen trees, fog, landscape, mountain

Two Trees, 16 x 16



Winter Solstice Open Studio – December 21, 2014

Please join me on Sunday, December 21st, 11am – 4pm, on the shortest day of the year to celebrate art and the days getting longer!    I have recently moved studio locations from the treehouse to our barn – more room and warmer!  Lots of small works – great for gifts!  My address is 32014 SE 48th St., Fall City, WA 98024.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Tree trunk with leaves, grass in backgound

Leaf Litter, 10 x 16

Mt. Si, field of grass, sunny day, landscape

Last Warm Rays, 8 x 10


Field drawings from the Kokanee Glacier

I have returned from a trip to the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park located north of Nelson, B.C, Canada where I spent a week backcountry ski touring.  Our days were spent climbing up the glaciers with our skis and skins and skiing down long, long runs of untracked snow.  The conditions were excellent with varied weather and relatively safe avalanche conditions.  In the evenings I enjoyed the beautiful views outside from the warmth and comfort of the cabin.  Here are a few graphite drawings from my sketchbook:

Kokanee 1, graphite

Kokanee 1, graphite

drawing of trees, hills, snow, lake, hills

Kokanee 2, graphite

drawing, trees, hills, snow

Kokanee 3, graphite





Painting Best Practices workshop

I recently attended the “Painting Best Practices” workshop in Portland, OR, taught by George O’Hanlon of Natural Pigments. The buzzword for the course was “longevity.”  Build your painting to last!  George is on a mission to help artists learn more about painting materials and their preparation so that the life of their picture is long and it lasts through the centuries.

Many paintings today are failing after only one, five and ten years.  Pictures are cracking and flaking off from a number of causes, including chemical, biological and mechanical failures.  We learned how to build a painting system that works:  how to choose a sound support – one that handles transport, has low response to changes in humidity and temperature and is chemically stable and visually acceptable.  Topics included: Laying the ground (adhesives, grounds, best practices for preparing wood panels, metal panels, copper panels, canvas, etc), Paint film and how it degrades from different painting techniques, Painting mediums and reasons for using different types of mediums…solvents, varnishes.  He even spoke about Studio Safety.  There is no such thing as Nontoxic.  Protect yourself every day and take precaution against exposure.

Since the workshop I have resolved to radically reduce my use of odorless mineral spirits.  For the past two weeks I have been washing my brushes in vegetable oil.  What? you say?  Yes, it works.  It takes a little longer, and I wash them afterwards with a bit of artist soap and water, but my brushes have never been happier.  They spring into action without any little hairs splaying about.  Safer for me and better for the brushes.

The workshop covered so much more than I have mentioned here.  If you get a chance to take it I would highly recommend it.  You can find out more information on some of the technical issues discussed in this course on Mathew Inness’ blog post,

Here’s a (graisille) master copy of an Isaac Levitan painting, “In the Woods in Winter”.  My squeaky clean brushes did all the work!

winter, snow wolf, trees, landscape

Copy After Isaac Levitan by Lolly Shera

Master copy of George Inness

This is a master copy of George Inness.  I really liked the orange sky.

Colored Pencil on Prepared Paper

Crystal Mountain Trees  9″x7″  sepia pencil on prepared paper
Merry Christmas, everyone!   There is nothing more beautiful in the Pacific Northwest than the mighty evergreens laden with snow.  For this piece I chose a prepared paper and sepia colored pencil combination – always a good idea to match the drawing medium to the type of paper used.  This is hot pressed watercolor paper toned with raw sienna watercolor and then painted with amber colored shellac.  The paper becomes very hard and receptive to Veri-thin colored pencils and white chalk.  It’s fun to sit inside all cozy and warm and draw the snow piled branches and limbs.  There is a stillness in wintertime that fills my soul.