Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995)

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995)

Butter fingers… When Ai Weiwei smashed this Han dynasty urn on camera, the photographs became more valuable than the urn was in the first place. It was a defiant act of cultural recycling – out with the old and in with the new. Weiwei’s provocative works got him placed under house arrest by the Chinese government in 2011. 140,000 people petitioned for his release, Tate Modern painted “Release Ai Weiwei” on its exterior and Anish Kapoor cancelled his Beijing exhibition in a gesture of solidarity.

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995)

Living the Good Life in Kingston

Living the Good Life in Kingston

Walking into Kingston today with best friends from San Diego we passed the trailer that inspired this painting. The photo was taken at 11 PM in December. I was mazed how many people were out and about at that time of night in Kingston in December.

My friend mentioned that she had never visited Seattle when it did not rain. It was warm and sunny until about 30 minutes later, when after a Latte we started our walk home, where we witnessed lightning, heard thunder and were drenched on the way home.

Be careful what you say in Washington….

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Barn on the way to Port Townsend

Barn on the way to Port Townsend

Wish I could say I sat there and painted this, but someone in my painting group shared the photo and I thought it was lovely. Four of us painted the scene, each with a different result. It is 14 x 16 and available today for $450

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Photos from my son’s hike

Photos from my son's hike

Raising three sons by myself was always an adventure. Now they are grown and they sometimes share their adventures with me. My oldest son Chadwyck Wirtz has taken to photography and recently sent me several photos that will translate beautifully into paintings. Look to find paintings from these in the future.

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Not a painting yet, but might be

Not a painting yet, but might be

This time of year having friends to share the garden is such a joy! Last we enjoyed the beautiful evening with good friends.

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The Road

The Road

The painting is just 5 x 7 and done in about 30 minutes. Not my favorite, but learning to work in different harmonies is important to grow your art.

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Apple

Apple

The other day for a class I painted a bell pepper. It looked so lonely in the studio, I painted this 5 x 7 abstract apple to keep it company. Just like people, sometimes a piece of art looks all alone.

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Lilies

Lilies

Sometimes nature is more beautiful than a painting

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Bugs

Bugs

This photo from Facebook gives you a very different view of color.

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High Key Painting versus Low Key Painting

High Key Painting versus Low Key Pinting

Low-key painting is usually of reduced intensity; restrained; understated having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast

High-key painting is a style of lighting that is bright, even, and produces little contrast between light and dark areas of the scene.-, usually with little tonal contrast.

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