Archive for March, 2014

Tom Hoffmann workshop in Oaxaca – day 1

March 31st, 2014 3 comments


In 2009, I wanted to go to Tom Hoffmann‘s Oaxaca workshop. Donald and I discussed it, and I was ready to make a commitment, but alas, that year, we had a huge income tax payment to make, so I just couldn’t justify going. I started thinking about it in 2013, but I had already made other plans, so this year, I finally got to go. I had run out of excuses.
Tom started us right off in a lovely shady square across the street from a church and told us to paint shapes. We were all nervous, but put paint to the paper. As it got warmer out, we moved to Manual Alvarez Bravo Institute where Tom suggested we paint flowers abstractly and to learn about values by painting in just one color. And yes, I did learn.

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What I did on Saturday morning

March 17th, 2014 3 comments


Just for fun, I went to a seminar taught by my nephew Chris Crew, on how to get a license for growing or selling marijuana in the state of Washington. As many of you know, it’s legal in our state now, so one imagines that we are in the same position as the country was in many years ago when prohibition was overturned.
Those of you that know me would be most surprised to see me attending such a workshop, I don’t smoke pot, I don’t even drink alcohol. But I was curious to see my nephew in action. And he did not disappoint. His talk was clear, concise, factual. He was very helpful and honest, telling some people that they would never get through the licensing process because of their funding sources or the police record of their spouse.
Ah, but those of you that know me also know that it is impossible for me to sit in a meeting without drawing… so I did. A good time was had by all.. except maybe the guy whose wife had too many DUI’s!

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Three’s not a crowd.. with crows

March 17th, 2014 2 comments

Seattle is greenest this time of year. Whether the skies are grey or blue or mixed, the grass glistens with green vitality that becomes even more vivid when crows in their sparkling black suits do their funny dance in it. This painting is not for sale.

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Daffodils in the window

March 16th, 2014 2 comments

Yesterday in yoga class, I couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful daffodils that were sitting in the window alcove above me. Now, in yoga, you are supposed to focus on your breathing and not think of anything except what you are doing. But there were those flowers, glowing into the room. I did my best to ignore them. Ok, I couldn’t ignore them. At the end of class, I did a quick sketch to fix the details in my mind. I painted this on handmade paper from India, I love this stuff because of the way it acts when you do multiple washes (the outside wall). This is just a postcard sized painting. I might do it again, only larger.

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Chillin’ at Folklife

March 15th, 2014 45 comments


As I sit here today, cringing every time the wind throws more rain on my window, I think back to the warm weekend of the Folklife festival It was such a glorious day, my dear husband and I took many photos because it seemed that everyone had come out to enjoy the music and the sunshine.

I have a weakness for handsome young men, and this guy showed so much verve that I had to make a portrait of him. I took his photo to save for a time that I could sit down and paint him. And here he is, showing his sartorial splendor and his wonderful attitude. This is republished from 2012.

This painting measures 14″ x 20″ and is for sale $350.00. All proceeds go to endangered animal conservation programs. YOU can really help by buying a painting.

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