Friday, January 29, 2010


Have spent the last month-six weeks working on four paintings to be published in a magazine later this spring along with entries to the Coast Guard Art Program. Part of that time was dealing with laser surgery on both eyes (to correct a problem) and taking part in the chorus gigs for the Christmas season. Now that the paintings are finished, I am tackling the other projects that went unattended- finishing up paintings to submit to the American Society of Aviation Artists exhibition, updating the blog, cleaning the studio, updating the blog, answering Christmas correspondence- oh, and did I mention updating the blog? Hopefully I can keep this up a little better. Meantime, I came across a wonderful comment in the Seattle times this morning by staff writer Nicole Brodeur in which she says, " matter now much time you get in life, you may not finish all you started. But if this happens, leave what you've done in a picture window. In the sun." I can't think of a better musing. Thank you, Ms. Brodeur, for this insight!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

A new year, a clean slate! I always think on January 1st, "What can I do to make this year better than last?" Do more for others and live my faith better come to mind. In terms of purpose, the answer may be a little more evasive. It has been a little over three years since we left Alaska for Washington state, and I've been floundering around trying to figure out what to do with my art. Bottom line, what do I love? Answer, illustrating stories. I have a cool commission from a magazine to create four paintings to illustrate a story which will be published in the spring. As a result, I have left the Blue Whole Gallery, a co op, to focus more on creating better art in more of the areas that mean the most to me. I love painting airplanes, I love painting Alaska! I'll comment as the paintings progress but the illustrations will have to wait until they are published in the magazine before I can show them here. Still, there will be others to share. Keep watching!