Katrina in Blue

It’s still early in the day, no one else is about; so you leave your bike up against the brick wall across from the bistro where you just want to run in and get an espresso. I have been having fun painting Katrina with various backgrounds; I love bricks, bikes, flowers, and cats. Hopefully you do too. Katrina was actually black with red accents, but I was curious if I could pull off an all blue and red painting. This is the result. It’s 11″ x 15″ and this scanned image is the major part (but not all) of the actual painting. Asking $175.00 for this one. All proceeds go to help keep some fragile endangered species alive.

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RAMROD – 2009

RAMROD stands for Ride Around Mount Rainier in one day. It is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere one-day hardcore cycling event. It combines the incomparable scenery of Mount Rainier National Park with a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 152 miles. It is THE ride to finish, it gives you bragging rights forever. My husband Donald loved that ride. He did it several times; but one of the most memorable years was 2009, when the ride was scheduled the day after the hottest day ever in Seattle. While temperatures all over the Pacific Northwest soared over 100 degrees (and we think 75 degrees is hot), they got ready to do their ride. The next day was a little cooler, it was just in the 90’s. Donald was riding tandem that year with a friend, (no, not me) and was so psyched at the opportunity to finally ride RAMROD tandem, and just because it was so hot, I mean, for him, that was an opportunity!
This portrait is a commission for one of his best ever buddies of the two of them at a rest stop on the ride. While Donald is gobbling a banana, Chris is trying to cool down with a sock full of ice on his head. They had a wonderful day. I had no idea I was going to love painting this as much as I did, I am really thrilled with how well this commission turned out.

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Lookout point

Occasionally I paint a real place. This is a lookout near the highest point in Jefferson Park, on Beacon Hill in Seattle. This is the perfect place to park your bike so that you can look out behind it and see the skyline or the sunset, whichever is more illuminated at the moment. This is a place my husband and I stopped at often, on our bikes. It’s a fun park to be in.

THis is an 11″ x 15″ original watercolor and it’s for sale, $300.00.

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Bike Date #2

Our cycling couple has made it to yet another old bistro, time for a little break and maybe a snack. This is the 3rd of a series of bike paintings. I’ve wanted to capture the grace of a bicycle for quite some time and I feel like I’ve finally done it. This 11 x 15″ watercolor is sold, but prints are available here

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Bike Date

What could be more fun than  a nice bike ride with your sweetie to a nice restaurant and then back? Nothing makes your appetite keener than a good ride and with no better company. I am having fun with these bike paintings.  Prints of this painting are available here.

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