Wednesday, September 26, 2012

From sea to shining sea

  ("Lone Boat" 9x12 oil on gessoboard)
   As a traveling artist, I painted this scene in an area of the Puget Sound known as Cromwell... quiet, peacefull, private and serene. As the light was moving quickly this was one of those frenzied "fast paint" sessions but a nice balance of representation. This painting can be viewed at the Mallards Landing Plein Air exhibition during the month of October -G.A. scouring the shores and braving the tides for ideal places to paint.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Show and Share

2nd Annual En Plein Air Art Exhibition & Wine Tasting

Saturday, October 6th, 2–4 p.m.

Art Exhibit • Wine Tasting • Appetizers

Featured Artists: Sheila Anderson • Mimi Van Ballenberghe • Myrna Binion, Marilyn Bower • Feather Hilger • Cathy Johnson, Anne Moore Knapp • Lynn Lewis • Mary McInnis • Pat Meras, Carlene Salazar • Donna Trent

For more information or to RSVP by October 3rd call (253) 858-4990 or email

Come back Saturday, October 13th at 3:00 p.m. for the presentation of the "Peoples Choice" and "Kids Spot the Art" awards.
7083 Wagner Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Just off Wollochet Drive, behind Mallard’s Landing Business Park

Monday, September 10, 2012

The one that got away.

   Wow, what an incredible morning for painting on the dock last week. The weather was warm, the light perfect, the water gentle and a most intriguing composition of boats, dock, line... it was too good to be true for about 20 minutes! Then 4 seamen came onto the small floating dock and spent the next hour rocking my world as they unwrapped, loaded and sailed off with my model. I've heard those ole salty dawgs tell their stories about "the one that got away"; now I got one to add to the collection. G.A.- never thinking seasickness could come from painting on a dock. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

I'll have an order of alla prima please

                ("Three stages of life" 15"x15" )
   After spending the summer painting en plein air  in other people's gardens, I decided it was time to paint something from my own so I cut some stargazer lilies and brought them indoors to test drive a new north light facing space. The lighting was so different and the pallette still the colors I use for outdoor landscape painting that I found the results facinating and educational. Not a show stopping study in oil but an effort of worth all the same. -G.A. exchanging my current supply for a "new box of crayons" for studio work... and maybe nixing the north light idea.