Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wooden Boat - "Dorium"

I'm really into painting boats again. I was especially inspired during our visit to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in September. I took lots of photos there and drew a few sketches. I worked on the painting at my fall painting camp on Samish Island. It seemed daunting when I first began and most of the way through. I almost gave up several times. I powered through and when it was finished, I was satisfied and anxious to start another one.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sketching with Urban Sketchers

The barn at Hovander Homestead Park is so big and impressive! The house, the barn, the animals and the grounds have held many memories for me and my family over the years. This was the first time that I challenged myself to sketch the entire barn, managing to get it all on a double page spread in my sketchbook. My sketch makes it look like it's on a big hill, when actually the grounds are quite flat. I was with our Bellingham Urban Sketching group that Saturday morning. We enjoyed fleeting moments of sunshine and an occasional raindrop, which created interesting and unexpected ink lines on our sketches. This park is such fun and one of my favorite Whatcom County parks!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Camping at Lake Pend O'reille, Idaho

I sketched the big rigs pulling in and setting up while we sat relaxed with our cups of coffee. We camped at Lake Pend O'reille in northern Idaho with Dana and Adam and their two dogs, Bentley and Bueller. I love trying to sketch these scenes from real life, even though each time I start out, I'm quite overwhelmed. To me, this is more special than taking a photograph, although I take many of those too. Lake Pend O'reille is absolutely beautiful. I sketched that scene on a different day. The trees and mountains around the whole area are amazing! We hiked, played games, went on walks, ate good food, built a camp fire, and spent most of five days outdoors in the beautiful sunny weather. Can't wait to go back someday soon!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Colophon Café

This is the view of the Colophon Café from the Village Green in Fairhaven. This painting was done as a pen and ink sketch and painted with watercolor on watercolor paper. I especially enjoyed trying to achieve the textures of the old stone and the reflections in the windows. This watercolor painting 
is 8" x 10".

Monday, July 11, 2016

Home Port

I painted this as a result of being inspired by many walks at the marina and noticing how the bows of the commercial fishing vessels created interesting shapes. I created a watercolor sketch of this idea in my sketchbook a couple of years before actually painting this piece in acrylic on a 24" x 36" canvas.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Travel Inspiration


My inspiration for this new painting was our trip to the Netherlands this summer. We stayed in the lovely village of Enkhuizen in North Holland for five days at a lovely B&B. This was the view from our roof top terrace. Enkhuizen is the home of Zuiderzee museum, a port for many large sailing vessels, interesting dutch scenes, boats and canals. 

Field Workers

A friend of mine traveled to Bali last year and shared her beautiful photos with me. This particular painting was inspired 
by a portion of her photo of field workers in the rice paddies there. I am fascinated with the challenge of capturing workers from various cultures on canvas.


We biked across the Netherlands this summer. We began the bike trip in Bergen in North Holland by the North Sea, and biked southeast through, Alkmaar, Edam, Volendam, to Markem, then to Amsterdam, where I took the photo that inspired this painting while on a canal tour, going under a bridge. 

Lunch Break

This painting was also inspired by our 
bike trip through the Netherlands. We had to take a small ferry, only large enough for eight bikes at a time, across a small canal to the small village where we stopped for lunchThis small boat was tied along the bank next to the dock.The scene was so peaceful!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Light in the Darkness

The words in this verse of Scripture are profound! They help to show a light of understanding of who God is, just as the lighthouse shines light into the darkness.

East Coast Lighthouse Painting 2012