Nov 19, 2017

Honu

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! 

R

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

watercolor

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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Apr 27, 2017

like a particular phrase in a paragraph

detail approx 6x6", Tipping Point, 12x36", oil on canvas


Every once in awhile, if I'm lucky, there's a small section in a painting that just sort of does it for me. Floats my boat, so to speak, even though I often don't even know why.  I tend to go back to it for encouragement and focus on it when I need to ignore or let go of something elsewhere in the piece.  I'm not sure if other artists do this too or if it's just a quirk of mine...though I suspect I'm not alone.

Jul 25, 2016

The Season of Unrest (No. 1)

The Season of Unrest (No. 1), 22x28", oil on canvas


Been working on this piece with another to follow, as well as some commissions, so my smaller paintings remain on the to-do list for the time being...

Jul 6, 2016

Knows all our Secrets and Never Tells

Knows all our Secrets and Never Tells, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel


The deeper one gets into organic food and organic gardening, the more an entire previously unknown arena opens up about the oneness of the earth and all her systems.  Concepts that used to sound "woo woo" start to make more and more sense, as well as the shedding of preconceived assumptions and especially a humbling of spirit.  Biodynamic farmers and most who use the word Permaculture have been working with these concepts for decades, even centuries (and reaping the benefit), but in our modern times most of us lost touch with ideas such as the lunar calendar and its effect on crops...heck, we barely acknowledge its effect on tides let alone plants or ourselves.  What if we take a moment to remember/consider the moon as part of our ecosystem, our living breathing planet, our living breathing selves, the living moving ocean, the living breathing winds and trees, the seasons?

Biodynamic farmers recognize the fact that when the moon is full, the sap in the plants comes up, they are more receptive to receiving water, tendency for mold is higher, and seedlings germinate faster.  The gravitational force of the full moon literally pulls the life up out of the earth and into the plant, and when it wanes the earth starts to inhale again and the energy goes back into root systems, strengthening the plant and grounding it quite literally.  This beautiful rhythm is just one more sound in the chorus of Creation that has been drowned out by industry, but I think the tide is turning.

Have a beautiful day,

-R