Saturday, December 13, 2014

I have a new website

Thanks to a recent workshop put on by local Seattle non-profit, Artist Trust, I have launched a new website.  The new site is an on-line gallery of my paintings and collages.  I will continue to maintain my blog here, perhaps posting more often again at some point in the future.  To see a comprehensive selection of my latest work, please come have a look at my new gallery.

'Hole in Daddy's Arm' acrylic on canvas, 19"x27"

Thursday, October 2, 2014

What I am doing these days

I have been falling down on my promise to post each week mostly because I have been reading books with the time I usually spend in Blogland.  (Highly recommended are 'Finn and Lady', ' In the Woods' and 'Sous Chef').  
acrylic on canvas, 24"x36" - no title yet
 Work at the studio is going great as the autumn progresses.  

acrylic on canvas, 18"x24", no title yet
 Acrylic on canvas, paper and plywood panels with paper collage has been the focus.  
Also continuing with etching at Pratt, which is playing into my images in interesting ways.
 I am enjoying the wide range of botanicals that call Seattle home.

 After work I have a choice of dozens of enchanting venues for our walks.  This is along the ship canal near Fremont.
Wishing you a glorious fall (or spring, if that is your hemisphere's season).

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DC - Second-Hand

I have been a fan of shopping at second-hand stores since I a was a kid - always seems like a treasure hunt! 
My Mom and I bought my first real piece of furniture - an antique roll-top desk missing the roll-part - at a junk store in Englewood, Colorado when I was about 13, and I learned from her how to refinish furniture using that desk.

Just this afternoon my Mom and I set out again to find treasure at the thrift store. 
We were not disappointed!   
I could never in a million years bring myself to spend the kind of coin this designer label demands, even if I had that kind of coin!
But now I own a dress I can swish off to the ballet in with style, thanks to the second-hand store!  
Thanks to Joke for this week's drawing challenge.  For a look at more treasure from talented artists around the globe, go visit her artistic blog.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Little Rhythm, A Little Faith

The summer goes on and on here in Seattle, with much to do every day. 

I find influences in the streets and waterways of this place.   
My life is finally taking on a rhythm as fall approaches.  
Storefront in Belltown

Graffiti wall in Belltown

Belltown graffiti

Work in the studio is going well...

acrylic on canvas, work in progress

acrylic on 24"x36" canvas, work in progress
 ...and there is a new project started for my church here.
(if you look closely, you can see my assistant Flossy hard at work under the table)
The wonderful 20-Print Challenge at Pratt is over, and I start a new etching class this week.  
My completed prints: 20 images from one 9x12 copper plate
 I miss my house and my friends in Alaska so much 
but know that I am in the right place
here and now, 
in this city.  
Sometimes you just have to have a little faith.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Open Studio Tonight

The building where my little workspace is located is having open studios this evening.  I am excited at this first chance to show my paintings to Seattle's art-lovers.  

'Yellow Tide' 8"x8" acrylic on paper
Daughter will be there to assist, but Flossy is staying home.  She does not want to be stepped on!  If you are out and about in the area this evening, please stop by!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

In Flossy's Opinion

Well, finally I am allowed to give my Views on Life again.  Much has changed since our relocation to The City.  We live in an Apartment but it really seems more like a house especially since we got furniture, and we have an actual yard.
I am constantly on the alert in my new yard.

I have made many friends here.  
Meeting Other Dogs is one of the best parts of living in The City.  I met this chap at a recent street market.
My Grandparents live with Pogo, who is my best friend.  I lived at their house in Denver for some time this spring, but we all live here now.  Pogo’s apartment has an elevator, and lots of Other Dogs live there.
Pogo and I get many treats but also get warned not to bark so much, even though we are well within our rights.

Some things never change.  Mother still goes to her studio and relies on me to do calculations for her all day long.   

We still take at least two walks every day in fascinating neighborhoods with beautiful gardens and many cats.   

Sometimes we walk down to the Ship Canal where I visit with the ducks and geese.
There is a good beach, and fine woods.   

The big problem is the squirrel population.  They do not respond to my barking at all.  Mother says I will get a sore throat.   


  In summary, so far a moving goes I find truth in the old adage ‘wherever you go, there you are’, which seems to mean that a Dog is about as happy as it has a mind to be.  
 I hope you are enjoying a fine summer (or winter) where ever you are! 


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