Monday, September 17, 2018

Hard Freeze

 We woke up yesterday morning to see the sunflowers drooping from the first heavy frost this fall.  We had watched it grow all summer as it had reached the top of the over 10' stake and develop and begin to lose petals.  It is drooping even more today.  I'm glad I painted it yesterday.

And this I painted from a photo I took of it soon after it opened.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Flight Seeing

Last Sunday,  September 9,  I had a spur of the minute invitation to go flight seeing over Glacier Bay.  It was amazingly beautiful.  We left at about 5, flew out to Icy Strait then up the bay to the Brady ice field and along the Fairweather Range and over the west arm and back to Gustavus., an hour in all.

The above are from photos I took as we flew along Mount Bertha and  Crillion, part of the Fairweather Range. We were   amazed by how little snow pack there was compared to previous years.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Flowers in the Sunroom


 This was one of the last begonia blooms in the sun room.

The petunias are still going strong.

Monday, September 10, 2018

This I painted quickly along the road to Chris and Dave's house,

 and this from a photo yesterday.   I like the trees in the first one but the forground in the second one best.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Playing with Salt

 This was cropped from a larger piece.  I love what the salt did.  I'm out of my  comfort zone working wet on wet, but like the way this one turned out. 

This one, not so much.  I was going to be about the sky, then I started on the trees...

Most of the fireweed are turning brownish, but this one alone the shaded road to our house really caught my eye.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

More from the Beach

 This is a group of trees towards the river from the road from a photo when the fireweed were still pink.

I only had a red pen  to draw with when I painted this from my car, looking towards Pleasant Island.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Back to the Beach

Yesterday afternoon at the beach, sitting on the bench looking towards Ancon.

 And this painted from a photo taken at the beach on August 4.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mammoth Sunflower

 A friend gave this sunflower to me in a little pot in April.  It has been fun watching it grow.  The stake is 12' with about a foot in the ground.  We're hoping the bloom opens before a freeze kills it.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Caught up

 I think I've caught up with scanning and now I have nine postcards to post.  This of peppers I grew in my studio window and a couple of garlic scapes from the garden.

At the beach last week.  The fireweed aren't pink anymore.  So I used Quinochrodine rose instead of Opera pink to paint these.

This is part of the Bear Track  mountains. seen from the beach on the same day.

And this on the same day, waiting for the others to dry.

Both of these from  photos taken from the kitchen window on the morning of the 21 as fog was lifting.  The color was off in the photo..... trees are still definitely green---- and I probably was feeling fall in the air, as it had been in the hight 30s earlier that morning.

These two I painted on rainy days, from photos taken up bay.  I'm not sure which glacier this is.

I painted the sky with half moon on July 22 and finished last week, a view from my kitchen window. There was smoke from wild fires which made for the unusual sky.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Catching Up Again

This is a suspension bridge over Rink Creek going to my friend Susan's cabin.  Before it was built, one had to cross the creek with boots or barefoot.  She now has a road to the place.

 I can't remember the name of this flower. I grew it from seeds and its in a pot in the sunroom.  Its a very unusual, don't you agree?

And these are clarkia, another flower I started from seed.

 These two are from another painting session at Chris's house a week ago.  The fireweed were losing their bright pink color.

And it looks like I forgot to scan some more, so there will be more catching up tomorrow, I hope.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Black Bear

A black bear has been hanging around the neighborhood for much of the last couple of weeks.  He/she has wiped out our strawberries and is now working on the  nagoonberries. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Problem With Comments

A reader just informed me that her comments weren't showing up.  Thank you Dory.  Blogger  stopped sending emails in June to let me know about them. They made a lot of changes and haven't fixed this problem.  I can check on my settings and find them though.

The above are two little rosemary plant that I started from seed in April.  I hope to keep them and another one growing over the winter.  I painted it without the ink lines a week or so ago and later added the lines.

Friday, August 10, 2018


The fireweed have been profuse this summer and I got out and painted and took a lot of photos of them in the last week.  This was at the beach on Saturday,

Sunday from a photo I took on Saturday.

sketched on Sunday and painted on monday from a photo,

and this one, painted on Tuesday from the window of Chris and Dave's house towards the mouth of the Salmon River.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

More Wave Petunias

The seed package said these are white.  They are blooming like crazy on my sun porch.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Another Trip to Juneau

I  took the ferry to Juneau again on Monday and returned on Wednesday.  We stopped in Hoonah both ways, where I did these two while docked on Monday

 I drew in a troller on this one and see I didn't  paint it.  Will do so later.

This was on Wednesday, from the other side of the ferry.

As is obvious, I'm behind on posting.  I'm at the library as internet too slow at home.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

More Flowers in the Sunroom

One of 4 tuberous begonias on my sun porch that have been spectacular this summer.

Blue Wave Petunias and lobelia.  I was trying to get the color right on these.  Missed on both, but the petunia is closer.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Trip to Juneau

 I went to Juneau on Monday and spent that night at the Greuning Cabin with a friend who is doing a residency there.... I did a two week residency there last year.  I started this from the cabin around 6:30 pm.   I only  did the drawing.  Later, about 8:30 we went to the creek to watch for bears and I painted the sky and water.  There was a haze from from forest fires, making for the pink sky.  The next morning I painted the land mass as I remembered from earlier, which was more interesting than the almost one dark value later.

This was from my perch on the rocks where we watched two different bears come down to fish for chum salmon.  I saw another bear (or maybe one of the same) the next morning at about 6.

I sketch this while  coming home on the ferry Wednesday, looking towards Lena Point.  The drawing is way off as we were moving and each line was from a different view point or memory.  I painted it after I got home.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The fireweed are blooming,  here they are seen from near my neighbor Aimee's house looking across the Salmon River towards the beach and Pleasant Island.  Hot and sunshine today, though the sky is hazy.

Yesterday, I set my tent up at the Saturday Market at Sunnyside and tried to sell some paintings.  Not a great success, but fun to talk to people and sketch and paint.  I left out a lot.... like people, vehicles and more chairs.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Our sun porch is a mass of color with wave petunias, tuberous begonias, nasturtiums, lobelia, clarkia and some plants I don't know the name of.  I painted this yesterday of some of the petunias using Daniel Smith brand Opera.

This was done on Wednesday..... Cottonwood and fireweed that haven't bloomed yet.  I drew it with a pen on Niddigen paper.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Unable to post my yesterday's postcard  at home, and again today.  My ATT internet is always slow, but I couldn't even get my email today.  So now I'm at the library.

Yesterday morning, this was the view from my studio window... I didn't move much on this one.

 I painted with Kathy yesterday and did an oil of this same scene.  It was not a keeper.  I went back this morning.  This is looking up the river from Kathy and Cheryl's house.