Sunday, March 28, 2010

Issaquah 2

Just like now, titles did not come easy. I`d get out an atlas and look for names that sounded interesting. Often the words were of a Native American language, such as this one. After I moved to the Northwest I realized Issaquah was a suburb of Seattle.

Friday, March 26, 2010


As I pack and do all the other countless tasks involved with moving, I thought I`d post examples of abstract work I did 20 years ago. Very few were exhibited yet it was an intensive period of experimentation.
The kind poet Maureen Doallas has posted an interview with me on her website Writing Without Paper.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Across a Winter Field

Finally something new.
Inspections, negotiations, and addendums proceed with the house. This will all be worth it I think.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Near the Santa Cruz

Painted after a visit to New Mexico in 2004.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Oaks Bottom 3

Another older piece, 2005. I think I can do some work tonight. I had forgotten how time consuming selling and buying houses is.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Home /Older Painting

This is the place where we`re waiting to hear if our offer was accepted. Lake Oswego!?! The huge basement will be a great studio, nature and trails everywhere, and a solid vintage Craftsman house! Now I just need to learn about the community.

Steigerwald Study 5

We may be putting in an offer on a house today! This is exciting and terrifying. I`ve managed to eek this out. I want to paint so I remember who I am in all of this.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Untitled Trees

We sold our house and need to find a new one by late April. I`m excited. Too much to do new work, so I`m tinkering with pieces I didn`t get right earlier. No imagination whatsoever for a title here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fast Stream Down a Cold Mountain

We had a showing this morning of our home and our realtor says we will get an offer soon. Small paintings like this will probably be all I`ll be able to focus on. I sure hope this is simple. We looked at a new home yesterday built in the Craftsman style that was amazing. It had everything imaginable including a big basement [studio] with three huge windows! House lust is strange. As a painter I`ve had to keep material ambitions squelched in order to do it. To think a real studio is within reach is making me dizzy.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


The painting went south this week so I revised this one from 08. I changed the angle of the dead tree, which came to seem wrong in the last year. An advantage and drawback to having images of all my work on a hard drive is it allows for endless reconsideration and revision. I`ve killed more than one painting by 'fixing' it, but here I think it`s better.
This is the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Arboretum Study

I began this before I left for Sitka.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Winter Thicket

From 2008.
I`m happy to return to my life and I can`t wait to paint. The gesso is drying, soon I will begin. There are more alder rainforests still in my mind that I want to realize while my experience is fresh.