Saturday, July 15, 2017

48th National River Road Show — Baton Rouge

I have just learned Two New Ballerinas is one of 75 paintings selected by the juror, Lian Quan Zhen, for the 48th National River Road Show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The exhibition is open from Tuesday, September 5 through Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Louisiana State Archives Building.

Two New Ballerinas
14 x 14  |  oil on panel

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Threads: An Historical Perspective

This exhibition features early as well as current works by 21 women artists. Some works are on loan from private collections, however, most are available for purchase. Five of my paintings are in this exhibition, which opens July 5th in downtown Seattle.

The first two pieces are from a senior composition oil painting class at the University of Washington in 1960.
45 Minute Oil Sketch
oil on canvas  |  14 x 13.5

The assignment for the painting above was to create a balanced composition out of many objects the instructor had placed on a platform at the front of the room. We could walk around the platform to have a closer look at all the objects, but we were not touch any of them. 

After 45 minutes, I stepped back to look a my painting. It expressed a fresh, spontaneous feeling a found joyful, qualities that would be destroyed if I did any more. I decided to call it finished, and went downstairs to the coffee shop for the rest of the three hour class.

There were no restrictions in subject matter for Over Land, so I chose to do an abstract for this assignment. It remains my only abstract painting.

Over Land
 oil on canvas  |  20 x 33  

I put my oil paints away while my children were growing up and ink and watercolor became my mediums of choice, since they needed less space and dried quickly.

Gradually got into calligraphy. Hair was created during this time. The photo of either the composer of the music, or the author of the words, was in the musical score we had. This man had by far the wildest hairdo I had ever seen. As I gazed at his photo in total amazement, a thought suddenly arose — “Why not make his hair the words to the title song?”

This is what happened. Hair, became my exhibition piece for the 7th International Calligraphy Conference held in California in 1985.

transparent watercolor on Arche 140# HP  |  17 x 20
My current works in this exhibition are Book Club and
Spring Blossoms in Early Morning Light

Book Club was so much fun to paint! I loved stripped upholstery on the chair, the way Judith was sitting, and also the pose of her dog. I puled out my phone and took a photo. The next month I took the painting to our critique group. Watching Judith’s face was every bit as much fun as creating the painting. She had a thoughtful expressing for several moments, then exclaimed. “That’s my Chair!” soon followed by “That’s ME!”

Book Club
oil on canvas  |  12 x 9

Spring Blossoms in Early Morning Light was painted from sketches and reference photos from a magical place I once visited. 

Spring Blossoms in Early Morning Light
oil on panel  |  16 x 12 

Threads: An Historical Perspective

July 5 — September 30, 2017  

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday  |  11am - 4pm  
Public Reception: Thursday, July 6th  |  4 to 6pm

Women Painters of Washington Gallery
Columbia Center Building

701 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Atrium 
Seattle, WA 98104

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Visit to the Skagit Valley . . .

8 x 6  |  oil on panel

Every spring the Pacific Northwest's Skagit Valley bursts into bloom. As the brilliant yellow fields of daffodils begin to fade, the tulips open. Bands of purple, rose, pink, red, orange, yellow, and white blanket the valley.

Thousands of people come to the "tulip festival" during the weeks the flowers are in bloom. This little girl was totally transfixed with these orange-rose tulips. She gently touched several flowers and just kept looking into the brilliant color, creating a paintable moment. I will soon be posting several more paintable moments from my visit to the valley this spring.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Back form Tel Aviv, Israel . . .

In the fall of 2011, four of my paintings where chosen by the curators of the US State Department's Art in Embassies Program. They were selected for the Ambassador's residence in Tel Aviv, Israel, and were to remain on loan for two and a half years.

The paintings were installed in a room where the ambassador and his wife entertained dignitaries and other guests. When it came time for rotation of the art work, the ambassador's wife asked if these paintings might be able to stay through the ambassador's term of duty. I gladly agreed.

The AIEP celebrated its 50th anniversary year while my paintings were in Tel Aviv. You can see them on the celebration page here.

They were also posted on this blog September 20, 2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

AIS comes to Kirkland . . .

American Impressionist Society's 2016 National Exhibition opened in Kirkland's Howard/Mandville Gallery last weekend. It is a beautiful show and will be up until October 30th. The entire exhibition has been posted on the ais website.

 Opening reception with Michele Usibelli
and Jack and Obadinah Heavner

Calvin Liang's Friday evening demo . . .

Three days of membership events ended Saturday with paint out at Kirkland's Marina Park . . . complete with early morning coffee, box lunch, clouds, sun, clouds, wind and rain! Several hours later an evening reception in Howard/Mandville Gallery closed the opening week events.

I enjoyed the time with old friends and meeting artists from across the country, who came for the exhibition's opening week. 

Lyla Jacobsen, Kirkland artist 
and Texas artist Jean Zack

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pooh-Bah Himself

The Amazing William, Bill Darkow, visited the exhibition mentioned in my April posts. The gallery receptionist offered to take his photo beside "Pooh-Bah," himself, as seen in the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan production of The Mikado.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

47th National River Road Show — Baton Rouge 

Book Club, posted on July 5th, has been selected by the juror, Bill Farnsworth, to be one of 75 paintings accepted into the 47th National River Road Show. The exhibition opens Tuesday, September 6 and runs through Wednesday, September 28.


Louisiana State Archives Building,
home of the River Road Show.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Book Club

12 x 9  |  oil on panel

This was so much fun to paint! The models are Judith and Boris. I thought the way they were sitting, plus the striped upholstery on the chair, would be so fun to paint, I took out my phone and shot an image.

I took the painting to our next critique. Watching Judith's face was as much fun as mixing the colors and making the brush strokes. She had a thoughtful expression for several moments. Then with great excitement exclaimed, "That's my chair!" soon followed by, "That's ME!" 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Perfect Pitch

20 x 8"  | oil on panel

I went to a rehearsal several years ago to sketch ideas for paintings and found many paintable moments. Recently, while going through those notes, I rediscovered one of my favorites. Watching Erica was a joy. I loved the way she moved. Capturing her movement in paint was a total joy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Washin' the Blues Away

12 x 16  |  oil on panel

My intention for this painting: to create the feeling of joyful music-making—a delightful evening in May with family. When many of us get together, music often follows a great dinner and conversations with lots of laughter.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Pineapple Poll . . .

In the Wings  |  12 x 9

Pineapple Poll is a delightful arrangement of music from all 13 Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. The ballet tells the story of the same "bumboat woman" who appears later in life as "Little Buttercup" in Pinafore. 

 In 2004 the Seattle G&S society commissioned Spectrum Dance Theater, directed by Donald Byrd, to perform the ballet on a double bill with the society's production of HMS Pinafore in celebration of the society's 50 anniversary season. I was given permission to shoot reference photos backstage during one of the performances. Watching the long shadows the ballet lighting cast, was as exciting as watching the dancers themselves.

If you enjoy G&S and love dance, DVDs of this production are available through the Seattle G&S Society. Click here for more info. The image below is from the DVD.

Pineapple Poll 
Spectrum Dance Theater, Scenic Designer, Nathan Rodda

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mr. G. Waxing Eloquent

Mr. G. Waxing Eloquent  |  10.75 x 8

Gordon Gilbert Gutteridge as Mr. Bunthorne’s Solicitor, the only non-speaking, non-singing roll in Gilbert & Sullivan. Gordon was listed in the program as “Gilbert Grossmith Gordon” - his joke. George Grossmith was the original principal comedian with the D’Oily Carte Company from 1877 to 1889.

The painting is based on a reference photo shot during the society’s 1993 production of “Patience”.  "Mr. G." was Artistic Director of the Company for 35 years. He was also an accomplished artist, actor, designer, leader and an inspiration to generations of performers.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A moment from Act II . . .

Pooh-Bah Has a Word or Two  |  36 x 18

The actor on the left in this scene from The Mikado is the Seattle G&S Society's longtime scenic designer, Nathan Rodda. He truly makes manic happen. 
The painting is in the MUSICAL PIECES exhibition through July 1sr 2016.
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm

Women Painters of Washington Gallery 
Columbia Center Building
701 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Atrium
Seattle, WA 98104

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Amazing William as Pooh-Bah . . .

The Amazing Pooh-Bah  |  24 x 12

Another painting in Musical Pieces, William J. Darkow as Pooh-Bah in Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s 2001 production of “The Mikado”. Everything this actor did was paintable. His presence was simply wonderful! The sets were designed by the society's longtime scenic designer, Nathan Rodda. 

There will be a PROGRAM AND LIVE JAZZ starting at 4 pm.

Women Painters of Washington Gallery
Columbia Center Building
701 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Atrium
Seattle, WA 98104 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Musical Pieces

—  an exhibition inspired by music 

 Yeo Man  |  24 x 12

I have chosen moments from the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s productions at the Bagley Wright Theater in Seattle for my Musical Pieces. They include paintings from: The Mikado, Patience, Pineapple Poll and The Yeomen of the Guard, the latter being a moment from the first rehearsal in theater with props but no costumes. I just couldn’t resist the look of a yeoman in red tennis shoes.

 I will be posting images of the other four paintings later this week.

Musical Pieces exhibition dates:
April 5th - July 1st
Reception April 7th from 4pm - 6pm

Women Painters of Washington Gallery
Columbia Center Building
701 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Atrium
Seattle, WA 98104 

The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be presenting The Yeomen of the Guard in July. Click here to see their website for more information.