Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Paintings in their new home! (in-situ photos)

Thinking II   oil on canvas   24 x 36 inches

My blog post about Thinking II.           And a post about the painting that inspired it.

Lost Horizon II    Coarse pumice gel, oil on panel   30 x 36 inches

This big painting above was inspired by this teeny one (below). 
I posted about the process of painting the big one here
It is kind of fun to see that ... even for me.
Lost Horizon    ~ 4 x 6   oil on wood

I am so happy to post that these two large paintings
now have a new home!

The painting Thinking II, the first one my collector bought from me, 
was her first ever purchase of an original painting. 
She has bought prints (who hasn't?), so she was super excited. 

She was decorating her new office 
and when I delivered the second painting Lost Horizon II
I was able to see the first one
and the new one hanging in-situ

She snapped a few photos when the light was better.

Let me introduce you to Margie. 
She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) 
with her office in Juneau, and here is her card.


Huge thank you's to Margie for purchasing these paintings. 
I am honored she has them hanging on her office walls.

And thank you to everyone who takes the time to click on my blog.
I really appreciate it!

Happy painting to my fellow artists. 
AND happy collecting to all those who appreciate art.


In the Midst ...

... of 

the 71st Annual Golden North Salmon Derby (Aug 11-13)

the misty cool rainforest

and the Plein Rein painters
The Gruening Cabin in Juneau, Alaska.

Distant Fog Bank - Lynn Canal      9 x 12 inches     oil on canvas panel

Yesterday we again trundled out 
to Amalga Harbor and the Gruening Cabin.

A small but serious group of painters visiting 
and painting with Carole.

Here are photos of the day:

Carole Baker with her 24 x 24 oil painting of the trail and woods behind the cabin.

Gorgeous painting - and "it isn't even finished" she said!

Carole has 2 blogs; one for her watercolors:


and her other blog


The first thing I did when we got there was look for a place to paint.
I sat on a stump there in front of the cabin to gaze out at the water ...
when I stood up I realized I sat in pitch!
Jane saved the day with some OMS
which got the pitch off very well.

My set up

My scene


Canvas panel toned with orangish underpainting

My start

Patrick is painting with palette knife from the porch

 It was raining so since I had an umbrella, I joined Patrick outside. 
The others painted inside the cozy cabin.

Jay brought a photo to work on in acrylics

Those colors are beautiful for his ice berg and its reflection. (Love those camo pants!)
Michelle, Jay and Carole working in the cabin.

Jane painted the little table bouquet.

I wanted to try to use just one brush and one palette knife for this painting.
I did it.
But it was hard not pulling out another brush!

Thank you to everyone who takes a peek at this blog. 
I appreciate it!
Happy Painting!


Cool Dark Forest

I think that will be my title ...
Titles are sometimes hard to "discover", 
but I was thinking about how hot the rest of the country is
and even though the sun has been out here in SE AK
for a couple of days,
it is not as warm as "down south".

Cool Dark Forest      6 x 8 inches      oil on Arches Huile paper

 On Saturday (8/5/2017) Plein Rein, 
our local plein air group, 8 or 9 of us this time,
traveled out to the

CAROLE BAKER of Gustavus, AK.

(Be sure to click on that link to see Carole's fabulous works
 on her dailypaintworks site 
and if interested, 
the ADNR link to find out about the Artist-In-Residence program!)

The cabin's windows look out onto Lynn Canal 
and the Chilkat Mountains, 
a gorgeous location for an artist's cabin!

We had a perfect morning of painting and then a delicious lunch.
I must share some of the photos of the day.

Cristine Crooks' hat says "Got Art?" Love it!

Cristine at work with her pastels

Cristine's finished (or nearly finished) painting!
Beautiful! Not sure the size ... 12 x 18?

Jay painting with acrylics

Arnie is painting Cristine painting

Carole capturing the scene on a tiny support
Pua Maunu practicing painting with a palette knife!

Pano of the bay and my set up

Chilkat Mts and Lynn Canal

This scene attracted me because of the dark forest shadow
and the reflections in the tannin-colored water.

I painted the rest of the painting with palette knife after this shot.

Spawned out chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta)
right there next to where I was painting.
Not a wonderful smell ...

pencil sketch beginning
(I changed a few things as the paint covered the paper.)

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