Saturday, March 31, 2018

Full Moon Rising Last Night

4x6 inches

Last night, Van and I joined friends at their home on the Salmon River to watch the full moon come up over the Chilkats.  I was working on this expecting the moon to come up in this area, but it came up further south.  I did capture the color and value of the spruce just before the sun went below the horizon.


This was of the moon after it was up a ways.  I painted it on a piece of mat board which is another paper that is too absorbent.  Both of these were painted pretty fast.  I left the houses out along the tree line.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Golden Willow

4x6 inches

Hard to believe that just a few days ago we had several inches of snow.  I painted this this afternoon from friend's tower room  along the Salmon River.  I was going to paint the river, but the golden willow (not native here) drew my eyes in their direction.  I left a house and other structures out of the painting.

A Gouache Painting

about 5x4

There is a watercolor underneath this now gouache painting.  I worked on it for a day and a half and didn't like it, then got out the gouache and played with them for another day..... looked better as a watercolor, but not one to frame.  This is only a small section of the painting. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Snow Again

So much for spring.  "Significant snowfall" predicted for tonight.  It started this afternoon.
This was a test to watercolor on Stonehenge paper from my old collection of printing paper...... not good.  I'll give the rest to a printmaker. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spruce Behind the House

 I just had to get out and paint in the sunshine this afternoon.  I did this very quickly as it was really cold, less than 40 degrees and some wind.  These trees are behind the house near the kinnickinnick that I painted yesterday.

Saturday, March 24, 2018



 The kinnickinnick behind the house is now free of snow.... another sign of winters end.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Looks Like Spring

It looked like spring yesterday, with much of the snow gone.  But it didn't feel like it with a strong north wind blowing.  I did this from my window yesterday afternoon..  The willow look different every time I paint them, and the paint affect is different on different papers.  This was on Arches Cover

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sunset at the Shrine


I painted this today of the sunset from Saturday night at the shrine.  I was going to paint from the painting I'd started earlier on Saturday and posted yesterday, but realized I had taken photos.  Upon looking at the photos, I remembered that I had worked on that painting after going inside when the sun was going down, viewing from the window.  Obviously I couldn't see too well, because I painted an extra tree on the right. I was at a different vantage point and couldn't see the foreground.  I did it on some mystery paper that I like a lot in my Sketchbook Project book.

Here is the Saturday painting which I finish today.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Juneau Trip

 I got to Juneau Wednesday night and on Thursday and Friday I shopped, went to the dentist, visited friends, got the taxes done and  finally visited the new Alaska State Museum. 

On Friday afternoon, I drove to Greuning State Park where I'd spent 2 weeks in August.   It looked quite different in the woods with the bushes bare.  There was little snow left, so it was easy walking; snow and ice covered the lake.

Later in the afternoon, I joined the Juneau Plein Rein Painters for a retreat at the Shrine of St. Therese Lodge which lasted into Sunday.  There were about a dozen artists there much of the time and much plein air painting was done.  I love getting together with this group.  They are dedicated to plein air painting and always an inspiration. 

With lots of layers and  foot warmers in my boots, I was able to sit outside and paint for the first time this year.

5.5x5 inches
I worked on this with watercolor on Friday afternoon as the sun was shining on the trees.  I should have left it alone, but added gouache the next day in different light.


This was Saturday morning as fog was coming and going.


And this late Saturday.  I got too cold to finish it.  I might just crop the bottom.

2.5x3 inches

 I painted this small one in my Sketchbook Project book from the lodge window on Sunday morning.

 I was pretty much exhausted when I got home yesterday... getting up at 4:30 to get on the 7 AM ferry always does me in.  I"m still trying to catch up.  I missed a couple of days painting everyday, but will get back to it tomorrow. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018


 On my way to Juneau on the ferry, LeConte.  I painted this while stopped in Hoonah.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


about 3x4 inches
 My two favorite trees at the beach, and several smaller ones that are becoming more noticeable.  There is much concern that we will lose the open upper beach meadows if the new  little spruce aren't eliminated.   The land here is rising due to post-glacial rebound (also called either isostatic rebound or crustal rebound)   which is the rise of land masses that were depressed by the huge weight of ice sheets during the last glaciel period, through a process known as isostatic depression.  What use to be beach and tidelands is now high and dry.  Here is an interesting article about the phenomenon in our area.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Dreary rainy day.  The snow is melting.  A little bit of color in my window..... spider plant, hoya and jade plant.  Drawn with Micron and painted with watercolor and gouache on NIdeggen paper

Sunday, March 11, 2018


6x4 inches

Looking  out the window again. The spruce in the middle had an eagles next in it which we watched for years.  Then one year the pair didn't come back in the spring.  But there was a new nest in another part of town and I hope it was them.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


4x6 inches

Heavy snow again today.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sketchbook Project


I recently read about the Sketchbook Project which you can read about here.  I immediately ordered a blank sketchbook to fill  and this is my second page.... a little spruce and hemlock with snow.  The paper is quite light weight and not really suitable for watercolor.  I drew with a .01 black Micron, painted the snow with watercolor, and added the yellow background with a colored pencil.

It is OK to rebind with different paper which I have decided to do.  I will have to fill the book and put it in the mail by April 30 and will do most of my daily postcards in it until it is full.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


I pulled out an assortment of paper from when I did intaglio printing to see how they will do with watercolor.  This was done of Arches Cover.  It is more absorbent than watercolor paper; I could work longer wet in wet.  I'll keep working with it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


 More willow and spruce, these on a frosty day, which wasn't today.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


This time I painted on a smooth paper

Monday, March 5, 2018


4x4 inches
This is pretty much the same section of the view from the kitchen that I painted yesterday.  This was from a photo that I took yesterday at about 4 PM.  I really struggle with the willow trees.  I was about to toss this one then got my gouache paints out and made some improvement.  I might try the same view again tomorrow.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


6x4 inches

I painted this at about 9 this morning from the kitchen window.   Another gorgeous day.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

March 3 2018

4x6 inches
  Beach trees again.  I parked on the driveway to the tanks and painted these in the distance with Excursion Ridge behind them, about 12:30.  It was 8 degrees this morning, but I was so warm in the car this afternoon sitting in the sun that I had to open the window.

Friday, March 2, 2018


6x3.5 inches

My view from the kitchen window about 5.  A month ago it was getting dark by this time. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018


6x6 inches

This is another attempt to capture the sunset from Sunday evening