Since the Covid-19 shutdown it seems I've been concentrating on work on our property and garden and less time on painting I miss painting with my painting groups in person here in Sequim but thanks to ZOOM, I'm enjoying weekly meetings with a small group here, and also with my former painting group back in California. They are prolific and talented painters and always have great paintings to show each week. I get inspired to paint daily as they do.
I've had some of my work hanging in a show at the Bishop Hotel in Port Townsend in August and my painting "Patience" sold recently! I'm always thrilled to see one of my paintings go to a new home. Starting in late August, I will be showing along with the NOW group at the Spice & Tea Exchange in Port Townsend. They have a great upstairs space with lots of wall space.
Meanwhile, I'm busy working on framing some new work, and finishing a few in progress pieces.
Happy New Year! We are in our first snowfall of the season - hopefully this will be last but I expect we'll get one or two more before spring :) We don't get much but when we do it causes some havoc.
This holiday season Nov & Dec, I participated with the NOW group (North Olympic Watercolorists) in a show hanging at Harbor Audiology in Sequim. Some of the group will be showing at the Sequim Library Feb - May end. First of May will be the OPAA membership show at the Civic Center in Sequim. I'm working on paintings for that show now.
I've been watching alot of YouTube painting videos as I ride my exercise bike to rehab meniscus knee surgery. You can always learn something watching other painters, now matter what or how they paint!
Each year I like to focus on something new - a subject, a painting style, skills improvements etc. And this year it's about values and strong value changes. I'll be focusing on boats, cityscapes with figures for some stronger value changes, and working on portraits with more of their subtle changes.
It was a beautiful summer here in Sequim and we are definitely now in fall weather!
In June two of my paintings were accepted into the Sequim Civic Center rotating art exhibit "The Beach" July 1 through Sept 30! One is a watercolor of my granddaughter "Marianne " playing on the beach and the other a new acrylic ocean scene of several images called "Windows to the Sea"
I attended a Kim Johnson watercolor workshop focused on pets and portraits and I had a BLAST! Kim is an awesome instructor and truly nice person..not to mention a very talented artist. I've been enjoying a renewed love of watercolor painting ever since!
I'll be new member chair for OPAA (Olympic Peninsula Artists Association) this coming year - that will really help me continue to meet new friends and fellow artists and I'm really looking forward to this and to helping out.
OPAA will be hosting a fundraiser 'Small Wonders Art show & Sale' - an open to the public show Nov 1-3 in Sequim Civic Center. Entries no larger than 12x12 including frames... I happen to have a couple gallery wrapped canvases that size I'm starting to work out what I'm going to paint :)
I have joined a wonderful watercolor painting group here in Sequim- Northwest Olympic Watercolorists (NOW). They have regular weekly paint outs as well as participate in Art in Public Places and smaller shows together. I'm really looking forward to learning and sharing as we paint together with the focus on Watercolor!
Hello Spring 2019!
Still working on the unpacking but I've started connecting and painting with local artists through the Olympic Peninsula Artists Association. The association has lots of good energy and nice people and so I'm looking forward to fun participation with the group.
In January my pastel "Tabacon - Costa Rica" was accepted into the juried non-member show at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim. I'm excited to continue to submit entries for my now local venues and competitions.
Still in Sutter Creek Gallery, I'm happy to report I'm still selling my work there. I just entered a recently finished acrylic painting of an egret in the water titled "Patience" in our April Member show "things with wings".
Biggest news update is my husband and I have moved from Fiddletown, CA up to Sequim, WA in June. Through all the unpacking, I haven't had time to paint, but will soon:) In meantime, I'm hoping to meet some of the wonderful people and artists in Sequim and surrounding towns of Port Angeles and Port Townsend. There is a vibrant art community on the Olympic Peninsula and I'm looking forward to becoming part of it.
More exciting news for 2018! Google maps has a virtual walk through of the Sutter Creek Gallery. Take a look at the link below and walk through. My artwork is on the left wall - you'll recognize my cat paintings and a few others that I show on my website. Exciting stuff!!!
News in 2018!
Jan 3 - Jan 29 - Better late than ever to post this. My little Iguana acrylic painting "Just Hanging Out" is currently in the juried Sacramento Fine Arts Center Show - Animal House. It's a fun show to look at so if you're in the Sacramento area, stop in and take a look.
Jan through February at Sutter Creek Gallery - A new Valentines card series is available for purchase.
March at Sutter Creek Gallery - A smaller group showing in the Sutter Creek Gallery will be all about CATS. I'm excited since I love to paint them!
April - Sutter Creek Gallery's member show - theme is Opposites Attract. Be sure to stop in to see some great new art.
News in 2017!
September 16 & 17 (2017)- Amador Artists Open Studios Tour. Don't miss this one! ACAA is doing it a bit different this year - 25 participating artists (including me) will be at the Sutter Creek Auditorium both days starting at 10am.
July 2017 - Amador County Fair - Although the fair is over for this year, it was a great show and a tough competition of wonderful artists, many who are good friends. I received a 3rd place for 'Ginny's Chickens' in the Ag Art category, and an Honorable mention for "Before the Harvest" in the Scenes from Amador County category.
May 6th (2017) - I'm featured artist for the month of May at Sutter Creek Gallery in Sutter Creek, CA. As part of the Amador County Art Trek, there will be a reception in the afternoon on the 6th where I'll be there to say hi and share some wine and munchies as you look at my art and the rest of the great art in the gallery! Hope you can join the trek!
News from 2016!
3 big happenings in my art world !! whew!!
9/17 & 9/18: The FREE Amador County Artists Open Studios Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 43 artists will be showing their work at 20 locations around the county. I will be showing my work at the new Creekside Studio, downstairs from the Sutter Creek Gallery for this event along with artists Wendy Rogers and Cynthia Dunn-Selph !! Come visit us for some demos, fun conversations and the great artwork.
A September preview show will feature artwork for sale from each participant from Open Studios tour. This show will be hosted by AmadorArts Gallery at 11A Randolph Street in Sutter Creek. A reception, where you can meet some of the artists, will be held September 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. I’ll be on a cruise so won’t be at this particular reception but don’t let that stop you from visiting. Visit for additional information.
The month of October I will be the GUEST ARTIST at the Amador Arts Council Gallery at 11A Randolph Street in Sutter Creek! There will be an artist reception event on Saturday 10/1 from 3 to 6pm to coincide with the Amador 1st Saturday Art Trek. I hope to see you at my reception and if not – please try to get to this gallery during October to see my show. I have several new pieces in this show! This one is new, showcasing the beauty of Amador County and the Sierra Foothills. This is from the Mokelumne River at the Hwy 49 bridge. I received a 1st place ribbon at the Amador County fair for it.