Monthly Archives: September 2017

21 September, 2017

Spots of rain and cooler weather as we head into Autumn, tomorrow.  I completed two more water colors shown here.  The first is a beautiful old Locust tree on the corner of St. Huberts parking lot in Langley.  The second is a view through the trees along the path to the beach in Fort Ebey State Park.  I have to confess this second piece is not quite finished: I have yet to paint the remaining 4722 branches that stick out of 7 or 8 Douglas Fir trees.  Well maybe I exaggerate but it seems not by much.


There are so many beautiful spots here on Whidbey Island, that I will never come close to capturing nor even finding them all.  With the passing of Summer my excursions will change some but even the Winter weather here is full of mystery and beauty and I will continue to be out and about looking for the next painting.

I wanted, lest you have forgotten, that these paintings are for sale on my web-site.  The prices listed there include framing and shipping within the continental United States.

May the Autumnal Equinox be kind to you.

16 September, 2017

While out this evening I caught two photos which I have to share: The first one is the boats at the Langley Marina catching the late afternoon sun. The season’s parade of storms is approaching so we may not see this again until next May.

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Langley Marina

The second photo is the sun going down over Freeland park.


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Sunset at Freeland Park

11 September, 2017

This is 9/11 day.  When the world changed for Americans.  People died that day because of hate and fear.  Some died simply as victims; other died to kill, and yet others because they were heroes doing their jobs and going the extra mile so others might survive.  Today it seems that hate and fear has a new lease on life.  Let’s pray than we are a better people than some of the voices among us seem to say.

God bless you who died on that day.  We will not forget you…..any of you.

9 September, 2017

A drizzly morning here on Whidbey Island.  They say the Sun will be back tomorrow but we know we are seeing the last of the Summer weather until next year.  So I’ve been busy drinking in the sites and the sensations of the world around me for the long winter’s indoor efforts.  Our Plein Air group has worked in some pretty hostile weather in the past but such efforts are daunting and the call of a latte at the Langley Commons coffee shop is hard to resist.  We will meet in the Commons back room starting in October.

I am currently working out a design for our Christmas card and will post my progress as it happens.

This piece was done plein air last weekend at the Langley marina.  This is the view looking East along the shore line.

2570-001 Shoreline looking East from the Marina

This is an 8 x 10 inch watercolor.

7 September, 2017

Painted with the Whidbey Plein Air painters today at Fort Casey here on Whidbey Island today.   Graceful old Cypress trees located near the lighthouse.

Cypress Trees at Fort Casey, whidbey Island, WA

After months long warm dry weather a cool damp front swept in from the Pacific dropping the temperature some 10 degrees in twenty minutes.  Had just time to finish this before the cold air drove me away.  Of course I didn’t bring a jacket.

4 September, 2017

It has been very warm this past week with more on the way.  Of course our 80-90 degree weather is cold to our friends in California, Arizona, Nevada, and other hot spots which are “enjoying temperatures in the 110+ range.  Yet for us it is edging up past the comfortable zone but…….. but the evenings are splendid.  I have not ever spent as much time out on our deck after sun down than I have this summer.  Light a few candles, a margarita and you are close to paradise.

Haven’t posted for a while, but I have been working.  Spent yesterday late afternoon and early evening at the Langley Marina sketching and taking reference photos.  Just beautiful as you can see by this photo:


Langley Marina 3 September 2017 7:00 p.m.

I also completed a number of water colors (One shown here of the Olympic Mountains as seen from our deck)  This one will be available for sale on my website.

I am still withholding judgement on water color.  Although I am rapidly gaining knowledge of it’s characteristics, I still feel somewhat limited as compared to acrylic pigments.  Water color is easier to deal with in the field for plein air stuff, though.  I am going back to the marina this evening to paint some water color pieces directly.

Olympic Mountains – 2 September, 2017