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Chilly Hilly – foggy ferry ride

July 23rd, 2008 2 comments

Once a year the Cascade bike club stages a ride. It’s called the Chilly Hilly. Over 30 miles of damp, cold hills. Officially the first ride of the season, people come out in droves for it. Bainbridge Island is a beautiful place, and the ride is lovely… In June, not February. But The Chilly Hilly ride is in February. I painted this cyclist as she muses about how hard this ride is going to be. She’s all ready; she’s trained for this, has a great new bike; but can she do it? Will she hold up to the weather and those hills? This rider did, and remembers facing that bleak dawn hoping that the temperature would go above 40 degrees fahrenheit. This is painted on a 7 x 12 inch piece of 300 pound arches. And an aside; the day I finished this painting, July 7th, would have been my grandmother’s 98th birthday. Happy Birthday Nonnie. This painting is for sale.

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workshop with Mareth

July 15th, 2008 3 comments




Here are some paintings I did for a recent workshop put on by Mareth Warren. The emphasis was on color values and use of color. It was in her pleasant brand new studio and there were only 4 students. None of these are what I would consider a “finished” painting, but they all represent some small victories.

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First Art Show

July 13th, 2008 3 comments

People like my whimsy kitties! Yesterday at the Blowing Sands art gallery in Ballard, WA as part of a fundraiser for the Feral cat Spay/Neuter project, I donated 4 paintings including Aggie in Red and two of these whimsy kitties. Both whimsy kitties sold! There was a big art walk that evening in Ballard, but unfortunately, Blowing Sands is a bit off the beaten path. I do think their fundraiser was a success, but the larger and more important pieces did not get sold.

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Aggie in Red

June 28th, 2008 4 comments



Aggie was born wild. When I got her she was a shy little kitten with ringworm. Needless to say, she is now in charge of the entire house (except when we have guests, then she becomes a bit more retiring). Here she is catching a sunbeam on a red leather chair. This is an 8″x10″ painting that will be donated to the Colors of Compassion art show and festival which will be at the Blowing Sands Gallery in Ballard and is being done to raise money for the feral cat spay/neuter project. The top painting is my second try. I like it better (and it will fit a standard mat which is important when you don’t have time to get a custom frame)

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Fun at Folklife

June 23rd, 2008 4 comments


This is a 1/4 sheet painting of a couple who were part of the crowd at the 2008 NW Folklife festival. I found her face intriguing and his a little unsettling. Her outfit begged to be painted.

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