Back from the coast.

I am back from my trip to the Washington coast where I spent fours days painting and sketching.  I arrived there in a weather window which offered me a lot of sun-breaks and no rain.  I spent 5 hours each day at the beaches around La Push, Washington and then spent another hour or so back in my motel room organizing and painting some of my sketches.  I am working through the remaining pencil sketches (I completed about 40 on site) and am adding color to those that still need it.  I sketched out six 8 x 10 canvas panels, also.

A lot of work. I will start posting these in the next few days.

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Freeland Park

Just finished a color sketch I started at our  Plein Air session this past Thursday.  This was done from the deck of Freeland Hall, a 100+ year old building which is used continuously for weddings and other large celebratory gatherings.  Our group, “Plein Air Painters of Whidbey Island,” have been graciously given the privilege of using the space in inclement weather, of which we have a lot of this time of year.

This piece is 8 x 10 inches done in acrylic on 140 pound Canson water color paper.  It will be on my web site should any one wish to hang it their office or home.

The group is hoping to finally paint outside, “en plein air” if you will, starting in May.  If you are a painter, consider joining us.  If you are an art lover, come out and talk to us: we love to talk.  Bring coffee and we’ll be your friends forever!  I will post the time and place in this blog and on my facebook page


Sun flowers

Competed a color sketch of sun flowers.  The look is more end of season than spring but I got going with the colors and l like the result.  I’m ready to live Summer but there is a special feel about autumn and approaching winter which I look forward to.  House warming fires in the wood stove, hot tea, and the holidays.

This is an 8 x 10 inch acrylic painted on 140 pound water color paper.

Christmas 2014

25 December, 2014

A quiet day around the house this Christmas day. The kids weren’t able to visit this year. Even the dogs are subdued but we are all warm and safe.

A lot of work in progress in the studio. I will post some preliminary images in the next few days.  To see my work go to my web site:

Plein Air painting put on hold until the weather dries up some. Whidbey Island in Winter is a cold damp place and not friendly to long periods sitting or standing in one place. Although I have to admit, the Friday Artists (a local group of artists I frequently work with) have toughed out some heavy weather sessions.

I wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases and pray all is well with you and that you too are warm and safe.


Started 2477 Penn Cove Barn

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.  Having undergone a total ankle replacement at the end of October and a subsequent bout of pneumonia which re-hospitalized me, I have taken much longer to regain my energy and ability to spend the necessary studio time.  I am back now and plan to make up for lost time.  The family dogs are as happy as I about this since they love nothing better than to lie about in the studio while I am there.  This one is Leo, a German Shepherd mix.

 Penn Cove Barn as of 1/4/14

Actually this is a re-start of Penn Cove Barn.  I originally started last autumn but painted over two failed attempts.  For some reason I have, at least until now, been unable to make the composition work. I think, this time, I am on the right track.  I will keep you posted with progress.  This is what it looks like at the moment.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas has always held a special and mysterious attraction for me.  Although there is a religous component to Christmas and I do love the ritual and ceremony found in the religous celebrations, I find that the mystery involves more than the belief in a particular biblical character.  I believe that the extending of the care and compassion that Jesus urged on us to each of our fellow creatures regardless of religion, sex, species, or orientation is the meaning of Christmas.

So whether you believe as I do or not, I am wishing each of you a safe, warm, and contented holiday this year and as properous a new year as you need.


First Day of Autumn

Autumn was welcomed today by the season’s first significant storm.  With 35-40 mph winds and two inches of rain, it was mild compared to many parts of the world.  I’m sure people in Colorado would call our storm “Light Showers” but this is only the first of many interesting storms that will roll up and down the Pacific Coast over the next five months.

The rain and wind encouraged me to go search out some surf along Whidbey Island’s shoreline. So, with wife and two of our four dogs, we set off to look at our favorite spots.  Unfortunately the surf wasn’t “Up” but the day turned very pleasant with only a little rain and gentle winds.  We ended up at Deception Pass located at the very Northern tip of Whidbey Island where I did make some sketches of some great rock formations.  Two of them are shown here.  These will be the starting point of my next two or three paintings.


Although I am sad to see Summer go, the Autumn and Winter months, here in the Pacific Northwest offer opportunities of more studio time (Can’t use the excuse of too nice a day to stay in the studio) and to see a new set of colors and compositions.

I hope you like the sketches and I hope this finds you healthy, safe, and warm with a furry companion and a sweet significant other to keep you company.


Coupeville celebrates the “Art of the Boat”

On Saturday, 14 September, 2013, I will be participating in the Coupeville, WA celebration of “The Art of the Boat” event.  You can read the event information on the blog site

If you are in the area, stop by.  I will be in the Coupeville Recreation Hall but there will be many other artists in various shops and public locations in Coupeville.

I hope to see you there.

P.S.  This is my latest and I will have it on display on Saturday.

Red Channel Buoy in heavy swells

From Deception Pass State Park on a warm, sunny day in May.


Due to the surprisingly good May weather here in the Pacific Northwest, I have spent several days on the beach at Deception Pass State Park.  This is one of my favorite places here on Whidbey Island and to be able to spend time their painting in warm sunny weather is a real treat.  This piece is a from a view directly across the channel leading to the Deception Pass bridge.  It is a small island that has narrowly been eroded away from Fidalgo Island and its virtually vertical sides are painted with a variety of subtle colors.  The piece is 9 x 12 inches.

Painting from Deception Pass, Washington