Jan 13, 2018

"Let It Be" - in progress photos

Let It Be, 25.5 x 38 inches, soft pastel on paper
I love to see the creative process of paintings and I can spend an inordinate amount of time studying the in-progress shots from other painters.  I thought it would be fun to show the progress of this painting, even though I'm still very much experimenting with my own process. This painting was done with Unison Colour soft pastels which I have so far been thrilled with, and on Lenox 100 by Legion paper.  It takes a surprising amount of layers despite its smooth surface. 
Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

Feeling things out...

Underlayer of main wave

Careful blending for movement...no going back!

Photo reference - I prefer to print things out but I started this one in a hurry :-)

Testing things out...

Resolving the water/foam edge with some blurring and an additional
barely-applied layer to suggest stones still under water

Jan 12, 2018

Dec 23, 2017

Dec 16, 2017

Nov 19, 2017


Honu, 15.5 x 27", watercolor on Fabriano 300lb Cold Press

Oct 20, 2017

Pulling For You

Pulling For You, 6x7", watercolor on Arches 140lb cold press

This painting was inspired by The Nature Conservancy's beautiful 2017 calendar (and great mission). 

Oct 15, 2017

Contemplating Change

Contemplating Change, 7x9", watercolor on 140lb Arches CP

*detail* Contemplating Change, 7x9", watercolor on paper

Sep 13, 2017

The Mirror

The Mirror, 36x48", oil on canvas

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Aug 18, 2017

Ground Yourself

Ground Yourself, 12x36", oil on canvas

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Ground Yourself (detail)

Jul 24, 2017

In-between Storms

In-between Storms, 9 x 28", watercolor/acrylic on heavyweight paper

*detail*  In-between Storms, 9x28", watercolor on heavyweight paper

Just another waves-for-days painting inspired by those Washington Coast storms I've been lucky enough to witness in person.  There is simply nothing like that organized chaos and energy...it is awesome and a reminder of a much bigger world than my own.  

Thank you for visiting! 


Jul 9, 2017

The Healing Time

The Healing Time, 7x21", watercolor on paper

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I seem to have settled on using Fabriano cold press 300lb paper, although I still have a sheet of their soft press that I want to try.  Fabriano, unlike Arches, does not use animal gelatin in their paper production ("sizing")...and the vegetarian in me likes that very much.

Jul 3, 2017


Ocean Shores study, 6x6", watercolor on 140lb soft press paper

I've been experimenting with watercolor lately.  There is so much to learn...but I'm enjoying re-programming myself to paint light to dark (instead of dark to light in acrylic and oil), the immediacy of the paint being grabbed by the paper and water, and the rolling of the dice as I let a section dry.  Stay tuned...

Apr 28, 2017

Tipping Point

Tipping Point, 12x36", oil on canvas

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