Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26,2018

Willows again, ever changing. I just picked up my grand daughter who is visiting from Florida.  Surprised to see new snow on the Chilkats.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Jack's View and Daffodils

4x5 inches

I forgot to publish this yesterday. I visited with Jack in his home on the Salmon River  and painted the beautiful view from his kitchen window .  The green above the bank are spruce boughs which will be used to help stabilize the eroding banks.

 And another rainy day today.  I'm so enjoying the flowers blooming in the garden.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

First Poppy of the Year

This one popped out yesterday.  I sat down and painted it after a day of mostly working on the garden.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Three New Postcards

I've been having a hard time getting on the internet lately, so behind on getting things posted.

The first postcard is was from the upstairs window yesterday.  Here is from the  same window in February.  we planted the golden willow a long time ago and they've been slow to get much size because the moose trim them every year.

I painted this from my studio window this morning.  The lavender flowers are primroses that are past their prime and the tulips are just coming into color.  I really should have thought more about my composition before I started. I went out in the wind and rain and cut some to bring in the house.  Maybe I'll paint the tomorrow.

This was painted last Wednesday except for the bridge, which I finished yesterday.   The cottonwoods are greener today.  Here is a view I painted last month from a little farther up the river.

Friday, May 18, 2018


I went to the beach yesterday, set in the sun, and painted.  This is Mount Bertha, part of Crillion on the left.  I started with water soluble crayons on Nidiggen paper then used gouache.

This is Mt. Fairweather, sort of.  I had a hard time seeing the contour with the haze around, or maybe I just need new glasses.  And as I was in the sun (the only way to stay warm enough)  the paint dried too fast and unevenly in the sky.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

City Hall

Most of this got painted on Monday before a little rain shower stopped my progress.  I went back Tuesday and the same thing happened and I finished it at home. 
 It is our city hall.  The building was once part of a church camp and was moved to this site where it served as our library and later the center for the community association.  It became our city hall after our town became incorporated in 2004.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Little Violets

I dug this little clump up from the yard which is full of little violets.  There are usually dandelions as well but there hasn't been enough sun.  Maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Willow are Turning Green

 The willow are changing colors overnight.  This I did on Friday from my kitchen window.

This I did yesterday from the studio window.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Three new Paintings

 It is so easy to get behind on things.  I painted this from my car from south of the airport, yesterday.  It  is part of Excursion Ridge, unofficially called "the knob" or Rink's knob.  The cottonwood in the foreground are budding  out.

It was such a beautiful day, I drove down to the dock and again painted from the car looking across Icy Passage to Pleasant Island and Icy Strait. 

 And this I did last week from my window  on one of the rainy days.  The willow were starting to show some yellow-green on top. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bartlett Cove

 I drove out to Bartlett Cove this morning with local artist, Kathy Hocker.  We walked on the forest trail and ended up at the beach.  This is looking across Glacier Bay to the west side.   Kathy went back into the woods and sketched devils club.  I hope she  puts her drawing on her blog

Monday, May 7, 2018

 The temperature was almost up to 60 yesterday afternoon and I went into the woods north of our house where I painted this.  It really felt good to be there.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Reid Glacier


I've had some problem getting on the internet last couple of days, so behind posting. I had to come to my neighbor's house this morning.

I really want to just paint from direct observation on this blog, but I've been lacking enthusiasm for  the same old colors outside and the rain keeping me inside.  So, I've been painting from photos.  This is of Reid Glacier.

Friday, May 4, 2018


 It was a dry cold overcast morning yesterday and I stayed busy with my garden starts and framing until  about 2:30 when I left to find a place to paint from the car.  It immediately started raining and I  ended up at Kim and Wayne's where I painted their gazebo from the window.  Kim use to sell her pottery there, but now its a garden shed.  Good to see some green in the grasses.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cloud Studies


So glad to see some blue sky this morning,   The clouds were moving rapidly with a west wind and hard to capture.  I added a little gouache on the top one


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Leaf and Twig

7x5 inches

I added a leaf to the Barclay willow twig that I painted on April 21.
It is another rainy day.  I'm anxious for the willow and grasses to turn green.