Old House near San Francisco

Old White HouseThis a painting from a photo my Daughter-in-law took when she and my older sons went on a hike outside San Francisco. I loved the forlorn look of this old world house and wanted to make it sad, but with hope of a future.

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I don’t want to be interesting.

IMG_0680I don't want to be interesting.

I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Love this quote, but if we are good then are we not indeed interesting?

Andy Warhol is quoted saying “I’m afraid if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all its interest.” Interesting comment, but not sure I do agree with this one.

I would agree that staring at a soup can would not be interesting to me, but staring at a beautiful sunrise would never lose interest to me.
What are your thoughts?

Malcolm Gladwell wrote that it takes at least 10,000 hours to be good at anything.

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Cinque Terre on the Italian coast

Cinque Terre on the Italian coast

After hiking up about 500 steps to the top of the hill I captured this photo view of the the beautiful town where we stayed for three days last summer.

Ah for the long and warm summer days. Fall is just cooling our evenings and crisping our mornings and I already long for the warmth of the summer sun.

Cinque Terre on the Italian coast

Quiet

Quiet

This photo looked so peaceful to me. I wanted to capture the feeling of quiet seclusion. Perhaps we all want a little quiet seclusion once in a while. When I work in my studio that peacefulness takes over my life. Sometimes the music is loud and sometimes not, but the power of aloneness with my art is powerful to me.

Quiet

The Bloedel Reserve

The Bloedel Reserve

The Bloedel Reserve is an 175 acre parklike setting. i previously did a pastel of another beautiful area in the reserve, but love the view of the Beach Cottage built in 1928 for Collins family in the style of 18th century French Country style. She named it Collinswood, and the family vacationed there when Bainbridge had very few roads and most people arrived by boat.

It has a rich history that can be viewed at http://www.bloedelreserve.org

The Bloedel Reserve

Bring your red umbrella and visit the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

Bring your red umbrella and visit the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

I used to live right next door to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. It is 175 acres of lush gardens. My three sons used to slip under the fence and go exploring. They once shared their secret place with me and we all climbed the bank by the water to go see their favorite meadow. It was magically beautiful and a memory I shall always cherish. This is not that meadow, but it is a beautiful one just as you enter the reserve.

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Love Hay Bales

Love Hay Bales

8 x 10 Small study with my Friday painting group. The actual photo had so many bales I thought it might be confusing. I moved the barn off center as it was in the photograph. We were studying composition, which can make or break a painting.

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Lakeside

Lakeside

Can’t you just imagine relaxing in a boat, looking back at the shore? I see a scene from “On Golden Pond” where they do not fun into the rocks, if you remember the movie. The days of Fall are very beautiful in the Pacific Northwest.

Using a Palette knife is very freeing, scraping on paint and then scraping it, moving it and just having fun with it can give you a very natural painting.

Lakeside