June 30, 2011

Romancing the Rock

Fakkema Road (18 x 30 framed pastel)
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Whidbey Island is in the Pacific Northwest, a beautiful island in the great State of Washington and a place I love to call home. Locals call it "The Rock" because it was formed from glacial rock during the ice age.

When I was younger I never thought I would stay any place more than a year or so. That's how I grew up (military) and I didn't see that changing in my forseeable future. I had not met Whidbey yet.  But, when I did, I fell in love with land like I never had before. Yep, I'm pretty well planted here now.

June 29, 2011

Opposing but Loving You

Opposing but Loving You (10 x 8 pastel on pastelmat)
Opposing but Loving You
I am always happy
living in the same vase with you,
even though we face
opposite directions sometimes.

you are beautiful
from every direction.

June 27, 2011

One in a Crowd

One in a Crowd (8 x 10 pastel)

I didn't pick flowers - they picked me. I was innocently working away on a landscape and this is what appeared on my easel; this along with a few of its friends. I have to wonder if it's because this is the first year I actually planted flowers (my own self). Strange. It came with this little poem, too...

there is one in a crowd and
You are it.
my day would not
be as bright
without the presence of you.

June 22, 2011

Fiber Art

Fiber Art (pastel 16 x 20)
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Sometimes it is difficult to think of suitable names for paintings. This one seemed to have so many that were appropriate and one that kept spinning round in my head was "Yesser, yesser, three bags full" but that seemed too long. Since I am also a fiber artist, I was thrilled when the title "Fiber Art" came to mind. It stuck and I think all four of us are happy with it.

I met these sheep during an open studio tour on Whidbey Island. They live at The Black Sheep Studio which is home to artist Kent Lovelace (he was kind enough to allow me to photograph his little buddies). Kent's oils on copper are beautiful as is his studio.

These kids are showbound. I'm putting the final touches on some other pieces for my show at Scott Milo that runs July 2- August 1st. If any of you are in my part of the world, I hope you get a chance to stop by the show. I have plans to be at the opening reception but that will depend on my little Miss Biscuit. She has been ill lately so if she needs me at home, that's where I'll be. Otherwise, I'll be at the opening and hope to see you there.

I'll be around to catch up with everyone once I get my act together (yes, that will be this year). Baaa for now.