Monday, December 5, 2011


Another painting of the view from my studio window.  I started this one on Monday at about noon, and a little bit of sun was peeking through the clouds just above the trees.  When I painted in the trees a couple of days later, I covered up the sun.  Today, our 1 and a half feet of snow is just about gone after lots of rain and wind.

                                         watercolor, about 5"x7"

I'm suppose to go to Juneau for a few days on the ferry.  It couldn't land at the dock because of the SW wind.  Hopefully they wait out the storm which already is waning.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


gouache 4"x4"
This old cottonwood has been seen on this blog before.  It's outside my studio window.  There are some large spruce behind it that I left out.

I am giving away a small painting on my other blog to celebrate my 100th post there, so if you are interested, go over there by clicking here.

Sunday, November 6, 2011



This is most likely my last plein air painting for the year, done on one of our rare nice days in October ( the 12th).   It was quite cold.

 On the 28th, I did this and the next one from the car.  It was raining off and on, the sky changing faster than I could paint it...

and the sun coming out for a while.   I took a walk to the river and there was a gorgeous rainbow over town.  I'm glad I took advantage of a rare day with some sun.

Friday, October 14, 2011


 I went to Juneau on the ferry on the 3rd and drove a friends truck on for him.  It was a long wait and I sketched this..... with watersoluble ink which I did some watercolor washes over when I got home.

I cleaned up my desk-top and found this little watercolor and some other scans.  This was painted in August when Van, Judy and I went up bay for a few days on our last trip on the Apex.... Van is retiring after fishing on her for over 30 years.  Judy and I paddled the kayak through a passage between the two islands (the darker trees) that opened up on the high tide.

Monday, October 3, 2011


JOHN'S BATH HOUSE 4" X 5 1/2" watercolor
  John, a dear friend passed away last week in California and about 20 friends gather at his cabin  to remember him on Sunday.  I set on his deck and painted this, remembering enjoying his company while we painted together.

It was a gloriously beautiful  fall day.  A blue heron landed in a tree next to the cabin and watched over us for most of the gathering.

Monday, September 26, 2011


watercolor  4" x 14"

Yesterday at the mouth of the Salmon River.  This is the first time I've gotten outside to paint in ages and it felt great.  The mountains were brilliant.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Good grief!  I've sure haven't kept my resolve to keep posting here everyday.  Well, time to try again, and here are a few little gouaches that I've done this month.  These are using some under-painting technique I learned in a workshop in Ireland this summer with a wonderful artist and teacher, Nina Weiss.

They are all pretty small, 4 x 6 inches or so.   All were done from my studio window


  They are in the order that I did them,  I like this last one best, after I started using a larger brush.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

FEBRUARY 6, 2011

Did I say I was going to put a little painting here every day this year?  Well, if I did, I must have been kidding. Time for the post New Years modification of resolve.

 In addition to my painting in the studio, I painted these shells that I picked up on a walk at Bartlett Cove a couple of weeks ago.  I intended to do one shell a day, but only got these 5 done this week.  And that is the way it is.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday JANUARY 30, 2011

I took a pot of bulbs out of my cold room on the 13th and painted them then.  These are some of them today.
JANUARY 29, 2011

I used a small flat oil brush for most of this and did the trees quite quickly... I usually labor over them.  It was painted with gouache. 
JANUARY 28, 2011

Today, a study for a painting I hope to do.... I also did some drawings with a rowboat in the foreground.
JANUARY 27, 2011

I was so into starting a large watercolor painting as well as an oil painting that I completely forgot about painting anything else.  So here is another page from the journal of my trip to Italy in 2005.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Another page of studies today from a a couple of photo.. taken from an airplane... just as we lift up from the Juneau airport on our way home. I started an oil painting and will start a watercolor from these.

 It was actually warm and dry enough for a while to stand outside for a few minutes and sketch.  I brought the kinickinick inside to paint.

A page of studies for a larger painting.... I still don't have a composition I'm satisfied with.  This is from an old slide of Muir Glacier, probably taken in the 80's.  I doubt that it can even be seen from this spot now as it has been receding.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I did this one yesterday along with 2 others.  It is from an old slide. 
Saturday, January 22, 2011

Two little studies for today.  These are from an old slide that I took from a boat trip in Glacier Bay in the 80's.  I'm pretty sure I did a larger painting from the slide years ago.  I was thinking to try one using oils.

JANUARY 21, 2011

This is done from a photo I took in October last year, the late afternoon sun shining on the trees. I painted with gouache and I am considering doing it in oil

Thursday, January 20, 2011

JANUARY 20, 2011

  Another little painting from my studio windowIt was good to see some color in the sky after a few days of snow. 

JANUARY 19, 2011

These have been sitting in my window in a bottle for years.  I wanted something to fill up a page in a sketch book that I'd painted with black gesso.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

JANUARY 18, 2011

On Tuesdays this winter, I have been sitting the desk at the library in the afternoon.  This is my view from the desk.  The trees outside the window confused the drawing so I made it dark outside.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

JANUARY 17, 2011

One of the bulbs in the pot I took out of the cold room last week.  Its grown a bit and gotten a lot greener.  I don't know whether it is a narcissus or a daffodil.

JANUARY 16, 2011

Sunday and another postcard from the past... this from a journal I kept on a trip to Italy in 2006. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

JANUARY 15, 2011

I put together a new palette of gouache paints yesterday and played around with them today, testing some mixes and painted this from a photo taken in the high pass between Haines and Whitehorse.

Friday, January 14, 2011

JANUARY 14, 2011

Outside my window again, today about 3 pm.  As you see, the snow is gone. It has been clear and bitterly cold outside.  I'm lucky to have such a beautiful site out my studio window.This one is done on a cream colored watercolor paper.  I used  a little gouache on the spruce. 


JANUARY 13, 2011

I brought these out of the cold room this morning. They seemed to be getting greener as I painted them.

JANUARY 12, 2011

This is the other woodcut I've been working on for over a week and finished today. I'll write more about it on my other blog.

JANUARY 11,2011

About 3 pm these days the light in the trees out my window is fascinating. I've painted the view many times, never very satisfactorily. Here's another attempt, this time with gouache on a brown paper.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

JANUARY 10, 2011

I've spent the last 2 days printing about 75 Year of the Rabbit woodblock prints. They are done with watercolor, so I'm going to let this be my posting for today. These are for a Baren Forum exchange. This is the 10th year I've participated in the exchange. This year I've done them on time and have enough to send to friends as well as the other participants.

JANUARY 9, 2011

Yahoo! I"m off to a good start here as I've succeeded in painting a little something every day for 9 days. As I've got lots and lots of little paintings from years before I started this blog I'm going to take a day off once a week and put one of these old ones. This one's from 1996.

JANUARY 8, 2011

JANUARY 7, 2011

JANUARY 6, 2011

JANUARY 5, 2011

The nuts along with oranges and lemons came in the mail... a nice surprise from out neighbors visiting California.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

JANUARY 4, 2011

Working at the library this afternoon. I did the sketch with my fountain pen with water soluble ink and painted with water to make the ink run.

Monday, January 3, 2011

JANUARY 3, 2011

I painted this very quickly, couldn't find my hair dryer so things flowed together. I am planning a woodcut after it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

JANUARY 2, 2011

This is one of several watercolor palettes I use. I have way too many colors on this one.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy New Year! I'm starting 2011 off with a resolve to put a little painting here everyday. So here's the first one.