Two friends have recently published books that have included some of my paintings. In Judith Aftergut's memoir, Everything They Wanted, she writes of her discovering Glacier Bay, Gustavus, and the surrounding area in the 70's which was the same time I moved here, and it brings to mind my own introduction to this amazing place I call home. Above is one of the paintings included in the book, painted in 1996.
Above is the cover of the book. The photo on the cover was taken by local photographer, Fritz Koschman. You can click here for more information on Judith and her book.
Fran Kelso built a cabin where she lived on Spruce Island, near Kodiak, and wrote about building it and her life and neighbors in her book, Alaskan Attitudes. I had the pleasure of visiting the cabin in 2014 and painted the cabin and the view from the beach which she used for the back and front cover of the book.
Above is the cover of Fran's book and below the cabin which is on the back of the book.
You can read more about her book here. Fran also wrote a very
informative book on foraging wild plants which you can read about here.
I might as well add two other books by local friends that I've done illustrations for.
I did several pen and ink illustrations in this one as well as the cover which wraps around to the back cover. It was published in 2096 and is out of print.
And I did the pen and ink drawing on the cover of this one. It was published in 1988.
Both of these are out of print but available used on Amazon.
I finished this painting this week. I'd started it in late summer, just painting the flowers and drew in the vases and bottle. This is the way I do most of my larger still life paintings with flowers. Sometimes I've just plopped flowers into a jar and painted them and weeks or months later decided what I would put around them. The design in the background is done with gouache (opaque watercolor).
This was probably the last plain air oil painting I did last year, down at the beach near the dock. It is definitely the last one I didn't wipe out.
I've been hoping to put something new here for the last week, but I haven't been able to finish anything. I am beginning to walk pretty well and there is less pain. Instead of painting much, I've been catching up on paperwork and working on my gallery at Daily Paintwork. And this morning I thought it time to do a little editing on my blogs and found several comments from last year that were never moderated. And there was one this month that never arrived in my email, and I checked my trash. I guess I'd better check more often and apologize if I didn't respond sooner.
This is a watercolor I painted last year of the Dude Creek Critical Habitat in Gustavus. Sandhill cranes stop here on their spring and fall migration
I had hoped to start blogging regularly and do Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge this month, but after a two month hassle getting scheduled I went into Juneau on the ferry Monday and had arthroscopic miniscus repair surgery on Wednesday. I came home yesterday. I had started 3 paintings before I went to Juneau, but its going to be a while before I'm going to easily go down the stairs to the studio too finish them. Tomorrow, I hope to set up and paint in the living room.
I have been working on getting my gallery set up in Daily Paintworks. I've yet to get a paypal button, but I do have prices and an email button. It's one thing at a time when the internet decides to let me in.
I'm finally getting around to do the one thing I resolved to do this year.... begin trying to sell my work on line. I am starting with Daily Paintworks. So far I've only put two paintings that I did this past week on the challenge link. I have a bit more to do to set up my gallery and auctions, but there is a link to my email and a price if you are interested in buying one of these.
Rose Again Challenge, watercolor
This was painted on a small piece of Whatman's watercolor paper that I'd been hoarding. It hasn't been made in years and I'd love to get a hold of some more. The Daily Paintworks link for this can be found here.
Another Rose, watercolor
This was painted on a hot press illustration board and more of a challenge. The blue background is painted with gouache. The Daily Paintworks link for this one is here.
I started posting paintings on my other blog, Watercolor Postcards, recently and hope you will go there and take a look. The painting here is one I posted there along with others done on a trip to England and France.
It has been an eventful few weeks with some health issues, a trip to
Juneau and back home then to Seattle for a few days and now in Lake
Wales, Florida. Van and I had been planning a trip to Arizona for a
week and then a few weeks in Florida. The trip to AZ got dropped and
we came to FL a few days ago and are staying with my brother. We will
be going to Bradenton Beach next week. I haven't had time to paint any
since being here and very little since I last posted.
This is a sketchbook painting from a visit here in 2010... the pond behind my brother's house where I've been enjoying watching birds and the warm weather.
This is a woodblock print that I cut and printed in December. I did it for a Baren exchange with 17 other printmakers. I was the coordinator for the exchange and the other 17 sent their prints to me and I was in charge of divvying them up and sending each participant one of each of the other's prints. I had coordinated another exchange a few years ago with 30 participants, so it went pretty smoothly. I took them to the PO today.
The print is from a photo that I took while staying in a US Forest Service cabin several years ago.