Today is the last day of March, end of the first quarter of 2010. It seems like so much has happened, yet I haven't done enough. Last weekend was spent at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle in a fabulous composition workshop presented by Suzanne Brooker. I have heard all the words, read the books, and even taught it in my classes in Kodiak. But now that I've done the little exercises that emphasize line, shape, color, texture, balance, it makes a lot more sense. I am off to start a new painting of an Air Force F15 and have some additional insight in planning the composition. Onward!
Time has been rushing by- sounds like the beginning of a Christmas letter! I finished the paintings for Alaska Magazine and they expect the publish date to be for the June issue. Meantime, I am giving myself a sabbatical from painting to draw every day. Went to the cow pasture to see the newborn calves. Managed to do a couple of sketches there and then a couple of days ago saw newborn lambs at the small farm about a mile from here. Planning to start a silverpoint drawing this week. I led a beginning drawing workshop yesterday sponsored by Sequim Arts and the Museum and Arts Center. Everyone did great! I am grateful for the opportunity and hope to do it again.
Thanks to my good friend, Susan Martin Spar (check out her blog, The Daily Muse by Susan Martin Spar), I have now entered the world of blogging. Here are some images of paintings that are still available. As time goes by, I will add new images. Enjoy!
My husband and I live in the Pacific Northwest. Before moving here in 2006, we lived on Kodiak Island in Alaska for 23 years. There, I worked in an art gallery, commercial fished (only for a summer), and taught art at Kodiak College for nearly 18 years. My specialty is aviation art, and I am a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the Canadian Aviation Artists Association, NorthWest Air Force Artists and the Coast Guard and Air Force art programs. I have won some cool awards from places like ASAA, Simuflite/Flying Magazine and Aviation Week and Space Technology and have done some work for Alaska Magazine, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Alaska Airmen's Association. I love painting airplanes, but find doing occasional still life and landscapes a fun diversion. Additional diversions are singing with a Sweet Adelines chorus and tap dancing. Boredom is not in my vocabulary.