It sure is! High school starts for my son this week. A BIG change and one which is met with excitement and I’m sure, a little trepidation. Going from a school of 250 to one of 1,200 is going to take some getting used to. We wish him every success and the best of luck in the adjustments which will come along.
It’s a busy month for art too! On September 17th my new show “Afterglow” opens at Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. The reception is from 5-8 pm and everyone is welcome. The show will feature 10 new pieces based loosely on a study of lighting effects in nature, from brilliant contrasts to misty sea vistas. Several of these pieces are VERY LARGE! Later in this post I’ll show 9 of the 10 paintings which will be on display, the 10th is not yet finished.
Then on the weekend of September 19th and 20th it’s the 10th annual Edmonds Art Studio Tour. We’ll be open for visitors in our new location on 6th Avenue S in Edmonds. All the details can be found by visiting the tour website www.edmondsartstudiotour.com We’ll have the walls full of art, some paintings on the go and coffee and treats for all. Please stop by, rain or shine and say hello.
It’s been a glorious summer and as the days start to cool off just a bit it presents a whole new series of artistic possibilities. Long shadows, golden colors, a crispness to the light. Every season is filled with paintings yet to be painted. Here’s to a fabulous fall!
“Brewing over Lowell” 30×30 oil on canvas.
Returning to one of my favorite local areas east of Lowell, this cloud towering over the fields was magnificent.
“Niarada” 36 x 72 oil on canvas
This is the name of a “town” in Montana, just west of Flathead lake. There is really nothing there but a farm or two. The massiveness of the hillside in the back dwarfing the farmhouse in the foreground was irresistible. The lighting was perfect too, casting the hillside in shadow and the farm and field in brilliant sunlight so that though tiny by comparison, its presence was a perfect balance to the huge blue/red/green mass behind it.
“Heavy Cloud No Rain” oil on canvas 48 x 30
Back into the Skagit valley for this piece. I love the way the sky seems to hug the ground in this part of the region. The clouds often feel close enough to touch. This reminds me very much of the UK and the area I grew up in. I think this is why I’m drawn back over and over. It’s a new painting every day in the valley.
“Change in the Weather-Hood Canal” 24 x 72 oil on canvas.
Watching from the edge of Hood Canal in Dosewallips, WA this fabulous weather front combined with the flat landscape of the estuary lent itself perfectly to a panoramic composition. The long canvas accentuates the feeling of openness and exposure to the approaching rainstorm.
“Leave the light on” 30 x 30 oil on canvas.
This little house in Roslyn WA was mesmerizing for it’s simplicity. Basic, worn and welcoming. The light on the porch is an invitation to come inside and kick off your boots. Maybe there’s soup on the stove or a glass of lemonade on the back deck to watch the last light of day. I love the light in the sky at this time of the evening. This is what the show “Afterglow” is named for. After sunset there is a magical transition of color in the sky and the landscape is lit by an ambient light.
“Salt Creek Mist” 48 x 72 oil on canvas.
A fascinating location, Salt Creek County Park is on the north coast of the Kitsap Peninsular just west of Port Angeles. An earlier painting of this location (Salt Creek Vista) used heavy contrasts of light and dark to capture the drama of the landscape. In this painting the scene is cast in a very different way. Barely visible through the mist, the distant landscape and the water disappear into the mist filled air. The unusual warmth of the early morning light reduces the pallet of the background almost to monochrome. I love these experiences. I am far more intrigued by a landscape which is barely visible and full of mood than one where everything is clear and obvious. It leaves so much more to the imagination and the possibilities of the things you can’t see are endless.
“Skagit Silver” 48 x 30 oil on canvas.
The Skagit Valley in deep winter at the end of the day. The snow is light but the sky is full.
“While the Sun Shines” 30 x 40
Our long hot summer left our fields golden brown. This beautiful barn on Fox Island stands proud and brilliant against an endless blue sky. While the clouds gather, we all know it’s not going to rain. Not this year.
“Friday Morning Light” 18 x 24 oil on canvas.
Viewed on my way up Pine St early one Friday morning, just as the traffic guy on the radio stated that the commute was “Friday morning lite”