The actual color of the Black Sea

My trip to Bulgaria included a lot of firsts. I did a lot of things I thought I’d never do. I told everyone I’d never go to a country where I couldn’t speak the language. I’d especially never go to a place where they wrote in Cyrillic, which of course I couldn’t read. And I’d certainly never fly to Eastern Europe 2 weeks after I was invited. Oh wrong, wrong wrong! And so, I got to see the Black Sea.
Which isn’t black. Apparently the origin of the name has something to do with the fact that it was very hard to navigate. That is no longer true.
So here I was on the beach of this beautiful body of water. It was glorious (I was in the shade, enjoying that fact) and I really tried to paint what I saw. Turquoise. Dark blue. Green. Gold. This painting is for sale, all proceeds go to endangered species conservation…

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Horse studies


I haven’t been blogging much lately, but be assured, I am painting and sketching. I have been working on horses, trotting, walking, galloping, jumping. Since I live in a big city, far, far away from horses, I have been relying on a book full of horse photographs taken in the 1800’s in a government funded study on animal locomotion by Eadweard Muybridge. The horses are all named. My favorites are the draft horses, and Hansel is one of them.

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Phil and Vivian Williams portrait

Phil Williams, recently deceased, was, with his wife and partner, Vivian, one of the most important people in the folk music community in the northwest.
I first learned about them in the early 1980s, because my young husband at the time had seen them at Weiser. I enjoyed going to jams at their house, and even took my little boy there for a violin lesson a few times. My kids were in the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, and whenever Phil was there, he’d back up any kid fiddler that asked. I saw this snapshot at Phil’s Memorial on the slide show and thought it might make a nice painting. Hope you like it. Not for Sale.

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Il sogno di Ernesto – Ernesto’s dream


Ernesto is a little cat that was born in Aleppo, Syria. He was one of the very few cats that was able to survive and evacuated the town in those very last moments last winter. I think Ernesto, who is usually contented just to have a good meal, also dreams of a world where there is peace everywhere. This is an orginal painting with watercolor and gouache and is for sale for $100 USD, plus postage, it measures 9″ x 12″ ships anywhere. All proceeds (except postage) will go to Il Gattaro di Aleppo, which is the sanctuary in Syria where Ernesto lives.

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horse doodles


I was given an assignment; to try and reproduce the millions of doodles I did as a young person, of horses. I started out a little intimidated by doodling with a paint brush, but by the 8th one, I was having fun, and this one was #9. This little horse is doing what they call a Piaffe in the Spanish riding school.
He is for sale for $100.00, and all proceeds go to wild animal conservation.

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