Sunday, June 29, 2008

"Catch You Later"

8 x 6 inch
oil on wooden panel

The sun is out again and so are lots of us! This is on the corner of Lake Street in downtown Kirkland, very popular in good weather. Coffee shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and Lake Washington are just steps away.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Crane Vase almost finished

Tomorrow this will be "antiqued" and made to look like porcelain when on stage.

Act I in progress "Crane Vase"

Yesterday I was back at the shop painting the last vase for the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s Mikado - two cranes and Mt. Fuji. I will finish it today. The lower edge of this image shows part of  a “tree” - part of  Act II.
The second image has the vase from my posting on June 15th in the background. I will be adding decoration to the neck of this one later today. The set moves into the theater this weekend.
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Monday, June 23, 2008

"Lake Street Crossing"

8 x 6 inches
oil on wooden panel

Sunshine is back and lots of us are out enjoying the bright light. These people are waiting for the light on the corner of Central Way and Lake Street in downtown Kirkland WA. 
Click on image to enlarge. This will also give color more like the actual painting.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

"Nice Socks"

8 x 6 inches
oil on wooden panel

This coffee/tea house is near the end of our favorite trail walk. We almost always stop for chai before heading home. There are always fun painting possibilities here. This person must have been reading a good book because she never took her eyes off the pages. Somehow her right hand always knew just where the dish and mug were. Amazing. The color in painting is much richer than it appears here.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Deruta Erbe"

8 x 6 inches
oil on gessoed museum board

I find Deruta pottery so delightful that every now and then I buy a piece just to paint. This jar is one such item. It was so much fun I am sure a will paint it again!
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Act I in progress

This is also in the shop. More for the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s July production of “The Mikado”. The decoration is not finished - more later. Behind the vase is more construction for the set.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Act II in progress

I have been at the shop again helping Nathan paint the backdrop for Act II in the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s 2008 production of “The Mikado”. The panels shown in the first image are on the shop floor, shot from a high ladder. It is almost 18’ from the lower edge to the top of the mountain.

The second image shows some of the lower section of the backdrop. These 4x8' panels are being mounted on wooden framing. When they arrive at the theater, the sections will all be bolted together forming a drop 32’ wide and just under 18’ high.
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Friday, June 6, 2008

"Beach Roamers"

6 x 8 inches
oil on wooden panel

This was part of the view from my lunch stop at Mo’s along the Oregon coast. It was windy and cool on the beach but several blocks away it was warm enough to take off your jacket and enjoy the outside tables at the cafes and coffee shops, popular spots on this day. 
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Mirror Image"

7  7/8 x 7  7/8 inches
oil on panel

I decided to use a square panel today. The inspiration for this little painting comes from an afternoon with friends. All the colors seemed to be rich and buttery today and I totally enjoyed pushing the paint around.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"Lunch at Mo's"

6 x 8 inches
oil on wooden panel

I drove along the Oregon coast last weekend and stopped at the south end of Cannon Beach for lunch. Mo’s sits on the ridge overlooking the sandy beach and the Pacific ocean. I had never been on the south side of Haystack Rock and enjoyed the “new” view. Colors are much richer in painting than shown here.
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