I painted this over a hot pink background. It was hard to look at that pink while painting, but I think it gives it a glow it wouldn't otherwise have.
I wanted to see what would happen if I pushed the idea of "tangle" as far as I dared.
Bouquet and Tea
A dear Iranian friend gave me tea, a little rug, candies, and things in tins after a trip to Esfahan.
I made this for a class on scientific illustration. Your technique depends on who your audience is, and on your intentions. This is a still life, but it is not scientific. For one thing, I did not use calipers. For another, there are no little arrows with copperplate labels.
This is one of the fish we lavaged to see whether it competes with juvenile salmon for its food. It doesn't - the stomach contents were shrimp, which are bottom creatures, while the stomach contents of the chinook were sand lance or midges, which are surface creatures. All the fish recovered from their anesthesia and were returned, safe but hungry, to the water. I liked the contrast of fish and stones, and was moved by the rockfish's need to get back home. Something about the commonality of our interests, maybe.
Bird Mandala Drum
I painted this drum for a show that I mistakenly thought (don't ask!) was entitled "The Way Things Were." The birds are Black Scoters and Eared Grebes. Both scoters and grebes were far more abundant in the Puget Sound only 10 years ago.
Harbor Seal Skeleton
48 x 60" Oil on Canvas, © 2009
Yucca in Snow
48 x 36" Acrylic on Canvas, © 2008.
At the Grand Canyon, I photographed 360º, but the thing I was most moved to paint was the scene pointing straight towards the cliff wall - the snow and the yucca against it. Crows had been following us hopefully and I included suggestions of birds into the vegetation.
60 x 48" Oil on Canvas, © 2009.
I listened to John Berendt's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" on CD during the execution of this painting. I like to think some of that book's respect for the dark side came through.
No penguins were harmed in the execution of this painting. I was visiting the zoo in Portland, where they have a long-time penguin exhibit that's smelly, funny, and touching.
Gravensteins and Hops
24 x 18" Oil on Canvas, © 2009.
(Available at Island Wools, Friday Harbor.)
60 x 48" Oil on Canvas, © 2009
36 x 48" Acrylic on Canvas, © 2007.