Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tiny Treasure #34

"Gala Harvest" is a fun,
dynamic piece that will
liven up your dining room or kitchen.
What about
putting it in a wide black
stand-up frame and put
on your end table!

"Gala Harvest"
8x10 pastel SOLD
Thanks Cindy G.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Large Oil Paintings

My abstract leanings beckon. Large canvases sit waiting. Tempting me. Laughing at me as the paint dances onto small canvases called "Tiny Treasures." Yes. My passion encompasses not only these tiny treasures, but large canvases that will knock your socks off.

Take a minute and visit my website,, click on "oil paintings" to view a few large oils that are available. These are perfect finishing touches for a living room or bedroom. They are wonderful in an office or reception area. If you see one that you'd like, email me and we'll figure out how to ship it to you, or deliver it in the Wenatchee area.

This piece is called ORG#1 30x36" Oil on Canvas $1200.00

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Tiny Treasure #31

What a difference the time of day.

Light is everything. Light is magic. My favorite sky. Butter yellow. Not really yellow. Beyond description as so many colors are. You have to feel this yellow. You have to breathe it into your soul to know it.

A wonderful landscape of North Central Washington
on the Columbia River. More and more vineyards
are being planted . . .
the romance of Italy right here in our own back yard.

"Morning Vineyards on the Columbia"
Pastel 10x8" $75.00

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Tiny Treasure #30

This scene is reminiscent of landscapes you will find in Italy or France, but is found in North Central Washington state, USA near Pateros on the mighty Columbia River. We never take the Columbia for granted, those of us born and raised here in the Wenatchee Valley. It is one of our natural treasures and is used to irrigate thousands of acres of farmland, and provide all kinds of recreational opportunities. The Columbia is a wide gentle river, flowing from Canada through Washington into the Pacific Ocean near Portland, Oregon.

I wanted to portray the calmness I saw that day by how smooth I layed on the pastel in the lower part of the painting. Those of us who really know the Columbia, know that it isn't always that gentle. Those of us who jet ski on her. Or kayak. Or waterski.

Once you're in the water, you can feel the mighty tug of the current, pulling you ever south, towards the ocean. Of course you'd have to go over several huge hydroelectric dams before getting there!

The challenge I gave myself with this small study was to see if I could create the distance from one shore to the other. The shrubbery on this side of the river is crisp and clear, with good contrast. The vineyards and trees on the other side are less clear and have less contrast. Standing back from the painting about 10 feet is a good test . . . looks like it works!

Vineyards on the Columbia
10x8" Pastel $75.00

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Tiny Treasure #29

OK, I have to confess
Yes, I did it.
Just because I already have hundreds, maybe thousands of pastels . . . does that mean I cannot indulge my obsession for just a few more creamy colors? Of course not!! That's one of the perks of being an artist - just one more excuse to shop! Not that I love to shop - like for clothes, shoes - that's way too boring. But when it comes to paint or pastels - look out!

The other night I logged onto Dakota Pastel Art (located in Mount Vernon, north of Seattle) and found a set of Holbein pastels that was a perfect mix to add to my collection. My collection of pastels includes Schminke (my favs), Rembrandt, Unison, Sennelier (all of which are round) and a few Holbein.

What I like best about Holbein, is that they are square. What a novel idea! And they aren't quite as soft as Schminke, but softer than Rembrandt . . . and the colors are deliciously sensual!

My latest "Tiny Treasure," Picker's Cabins Study 4 uses quite a few colors from my new set of Holbeins. My challenge for this piece was to paint the sun dappled buildings in such a way that they "glow."

Picker's Cabin Study 4
Pastel 12x9" $75.00