Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Painting Spokane

I think this year might be one of the most beautiful Octobers I have ever experienced in Spokane, and I just wanted to share a few of my Spokane paintings. Some of these were done from photographs, and some are plein air from this summer. 

My acrylics class out in the valley all painted the Spokane Clock Tower together. This one is mine. Acrylic on canvas. I took out the ugly overpass behind the walking bridge. 

This is the Manito duck pond from the northwest corner, done mid July. I used a palette knife and acrylic paints. Also, I took out all the pine trees behind the willows. 
It's very difficult to paint that pea-green water. Kind of looks like grass.

 This is the marsh at the Slavin Conservation area heading out from Spokane towards Pullman. A great place to hike and ride horses if you've never been there!

And the Clocktower again, this time with a palette knife.

This is the waterfall behind the Discovery Center, Mirabeau Point Park in the Spokane Valley. Watercolors.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Moon Gallery Opening

You are invited!

Join me, Pete Canfield and other New Moon artist for an evening of art, refreshments, and good conversation! Here's a sneak peak of some of my new pieces that will be on display:
"Layers in Blue"
"Shades of Summer"

My big baby"Molten Sunrise" will make her debut at the New Moon Gallery this Friday. I've been working on this painting for months, and am excited to show her off! Hope to see you there.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Art In Bloom 2018

These three painting will be on display:

12 x 12
Mixed Media

"Tree on Hill"
11 x 14
Mixed Media

"Fire on the Palouse"
15 x 24
Mixed Media

As well as this raffle item:
"Desert Sunrise"
5 x 5
Mixed Media

Sept. 21 & 22 at Corbin Art Center.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Where I'll be in September!

Upcoming Events. Come and see me!

Art on the Market Sept. 14 & 15
Liberty Lake Farmer's Market 
Location: Town Square Park! 1421 N. Meadowood Lane, Liberty Lake WA

Friday 5 - 8 pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm

New Moon Gallery - Opening Sept. 21 
1236 East Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA
(509) 413-9101

Artist Reception Friday Sept. 21 5pm - 9pm  You are invited!
Intuitive Painting Class, Sept 23 12 - 5pm (sign up through the moon) 
Early Bird First Friday Oct. 5th

Art on the Ave. Saturday Sept. 29
12 - 6 pm 

Art on the Ave is an Annual Event started in 2011. It supports local artists and provides visibility to small businesses within the East Sprague Business Corridor inside the Sprague Union District in Spokane, Washington. Artists are hosted by businesses between Napa and Madelia Streets each year on the last Saturday each September from noon to 6 pm. You will see a variety of art mediums, a kid zone with emerging artist show, interactive art, and live music to name a few.
Don't miss it!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Impressionist Art For Kids: Sailboat Silouettes

Supplies: canvas or heavy tag board to paint on, watercolor paper, watercolor paints (liquid works best), tempera paints, black construction paper, pencil, scissors, something round to trace (for the sun), glue, salt.

Key Art Terms: tints, analogous colors, horizon line, silhouette, perspective, warm colors, cool colors.

Artist to discuss: Claude Monet

I did this project with 1st – 3rd graders over two days, as the watercolor paper takes awhile to dry. It is important to make sure your watercolor paper is either the same size, or wide enough to cover your canvas edge to edge. I used 8 x 11 canvas and paper.

1.     First, I handed out watercolor paper and had students sign their names (they will look very similar a day later!) I gave each set of partners liquid watercolor paints in three colors: blue, green, and purple (cool colors) plus a small container of salt. We turned the paper vertical and I encouraged them to use horizontal brush strokes and to avoid blending all the colors together. Encourage students to paint all the way to the edge. 

2.     TIPS FOR ADDING SALT. Students should sprinkle the salt as they paint, not at the end! For the salt effect to work, the paint must be nice and juicy. Also, if they use too much salt, it won’t brush off later. When done, set aside to dry.

3.     Next, I handed each student a 8 x 11 canvas, which we turned vertical. They traced a circle with a yellow colored pencil (no ugly graphite lines to try and hide later), and painted the center of it with light yellow paint. Instead of giving them another color, I just added a little more yellow for the next step and they painted around the sun with dabs, dots, or swirls. Then I added a little pink (making light orange), and they did it again, getting further out from the sun.  I switched to adding a little red, and a little more, and a little more until they painted the last color all the way to edge of the canvas and below the middle where the waterline will be. This is a good way to learn about mixing tints and analogous colors!
4.     We set the canvas sunset aside, and I handed out small squares of black construction paper. We looked at Claude Monet’s seaside paintings and talked about what a silhouette is. I showed them how to draw a simple sailboat, but let them choose their own design. We cut our sailboats out and set them aside. Make sure there are pencil lines on only one side! As the “clean” side will face out on the painting.

5.     The next day, students brushed the salt off their watercolor paper, and we gathered up all three pieces. We talked about the horizon line and perspective (waves look smaller far away, and bigger close up) before tearing our paper into strips. I encouraged them to have a flat horizon line (waves are too far away to see in the distance) and to make wider rips for the paper up close. Make sure they have the paper facing the right direction before they start ripping.
6.     Once the paper was ripped, I handed out glue. They must glue working from the horizon line down! The ripped edges should face up, to look like whitecaps. It is important to remind them to glue their boat in before they reach the bottom of the canvas, as the boat should be tucked between two waves so it looks like it is actually in the water, not hovering above it.
7.     Lastly, we trimmed a few edges and signed our masterpieces! I was amazed. This was a zero-failure project. Every single painting looked great and had individual style!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Art for Kids: Indian Elephants

Supplies: watercolor paper, pencils, erasers, black sharpies, colored pencils (you could also use colored sharpies, crayons or pastels), watercolor paints, salt (optional)

1.     First, I led the class through a how to draw an elephant on watercolor paper. We used pencils to start and drew light, erasing as needed. DRAW LIGHT UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT is the mantra for my art room.
2.     We looked at pictures of Indian elephants (some are grey and some are brown) and talked about the designs and patterns painted on them for celebrations in India. You can go as culturally deep with this as you like, there is a lot of great information. Students drew their own patterns and designs on the elephants.
3.     When everything was drawn, I gave them a black sharpie to go over their designs. We erased any pencil marks that did not line up with our sharpie lines.
4.     Next, we colored in the patterns - ONLY THE PATTERNS - on the elephants with colored pencils, but in the past I’ve used colored sharpies, crayons, and oil pastels.
5.     Lastly, we used watercolor paints to paint the elephant’s skin, the ground, and the sky. Some students chose to sprinkle salt on their sky or grass. I thought it looked great for the elephants skin. For the salt effect to work, you must sprinkle the salt while the watercolor is nice and juicy on the paper, and brush it off only after it has dried completely. If it goes on too thick, it will not brush off. But this is just a “happy accident” as now their art has texture.

This project takes about 45min to an hour. Have fun!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Plein Air Paint Class Spokane


Painting: Plein Air  
Whether you work in watercolors, acrylics, or oils there are some great advantages to painting on site. Learn simple techniques for success such as how to simplify a landscape and interpret color relationships and value. Our first meeting will be indoors where you will get a list of class locations, learn about the necessary supplies, and create a few useful tools. The next four classes will be on location at various parks in and around Spokane.

Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Corbin Art Center & Spokane Parks

#2361   July 11 - Aug.8 (5 weeks) $46

To sign up for this Act2 class please call: 
(509) 279-6030. 

For more information go to:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer 2018 Art Classes at Shine


JUNE 25-28: GRADES 1-3
JULY 9-12: GRADE 4-6
To register go to

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Art for Kids: Seahorse Crayon & Watercolor Resist

watercolor paper
white oil pastels
blue watercolor paint (we used liquid).

1. Using a step-by-step I had the students draw a seahorse (in pencil) with me. Then they added their own original details, erased the mistakes, and sharpied over the lines. They added seaweed, coral, sand, and any other “under the sea” details to their picture before moving on.

2. Before handing out the crayons, I had students erase any pencil lines that did not line up with the Sharpie. Then they colored in their details. I asked that they use warm colors on the seahorse to make it “pop”. I reminded them that it is important to press hard, and color carefully, because anything left white will turn blue during the last step. Also, anything they want to keep white, must be colored in with a white crayon!

3. We talked about what it looks like when you open you eyes underwater. And then used white pastel (you could also use crayon) to draw sweeping horizontal lines, crisscrossing each other across the page. This is to look like light from waves under the water.

4. Lastly, we used blue (or blue-green) liquid watercolor paint to go over the entire picture. I had paper towels on hand to wipe up the paint puddles before setting them aside to dry. 

This is a great project for 1-3rd graders. Simple and fun. It takes about an hour.

Seahorse drawing, fill with crayons and cover with watercolor paint.

I used this example and the how to draw, but showed them how to curl the tail forward as well. Have fun!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fresh off the Easel

I will be dropping these new paintings off at 
39 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane WA
Show runs through month of June. Don't miss it!
"Creek at Potholes State Park"
11 x 14

"Golden Splendor"
Mixed Media
11 x 14

12 x 12 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

First Friday Bridge Press Cellars

I'll be at Bridge Press Cellars
from 6-9 pm Friday, June 1, 2018
Come on down!
Bridge Press Cellars is wine bar located at 39 W. Pacific Ave. downtown Spokane.

My traditional and textured landscapes will be on display as well as my mixed media and palette knife florals.  

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fresh off the Easel

Getting ready for my show at Bridge Press Cellars 
39 W. Pacific Ave. Spokane, WA
First Friday reception on June, 7!

"Sherbet Dahlias"
mixed media
12 x 12

"Desert Sunrise"
mixed media
8 x 8

"Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment"
16 x 20

"Spring Runoff"
12 x 12

Hope to see you there!