The Mountain in the Morning

The Mountain in the Morning

Pulling out a photo from a few weeks ago when skies were clear, I determined to paint Rainier again. The mountain can look so different depending on the lighting effects, and this time the rising sun cast shadows on the west side. Using a 2-inch flat brush I washed in...
The Lost Edge

The Lost Edge

A couple weeks ago I was in the San Juan Islands where there are many places like the headland in this painting. What made this spot a little special for me was the light shining through the trees, essentially blurring the edges and drawing the eye. But achieving this...
Underdone

Underdone

This morning I pulled up a photo of boats at anchor in the San Juan Islands, put on a music CD, and prepared to paint. Using a large flat brush, I quickly brushed in a dark background around the shapes, then pulled down reflections. Next came the horizontal lines,...
A Sense of Peace

A Sense of Peace

After a visit to the San Juan Islands, I began painting from my sketches. Feeling refreshed, I started a watercolor depicting the view across the bay, trying to express the feeling I had experienced during the trip. Then, after completing “Northwest...
Lighting Effects

Lighting Effects

A few mornings ago I witnessed the purple Cascade Mountains back-lit by the rising sun, while in the foreground, the city lights of Bothell shone brightly against the near-black foothills. Lake Washington waters reflected color from both natural and artificial lights....