Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Often I wonder what happens to my paintings after I send them off to customers, especially the ones that feature people. Occasionally I use photos I’ve taken of unsuspecting individuals for reference and then hesitate to put any kind of likeness to a figure without permission.

Such was the case for the baby spontaneously dancing to banjo music at a farmers market in Bellingham, Washington.

I’m pretty sure the baby’s family would’ve at least liked to have seen this painting but I have no idea how I could find them. This work went to a customer in Kansas. They wrote they just enjoyed the happiness of the moment I captured.

The same goes for this painting of street musicians in Coos Bay, Oregon. It went to buyers in San Antonio, Texas who didn’t indicate they knew any of the performers.

Another picture or two I’d like to match up with the subject is this catching of a big salmon.

I took these shots with a zoom lens from the Deception Pass Bridge near Seattle in 2012. I’m guessing the fisherman would like to have a record of his catch unless he told his boss he was in bed with the flu that day.

One evening this summer on the Oregon coast I took my camera to the beach. 

There were a few others there enjoying the end of the day but I was charmed by the lady with the little girl and boy watching the sun set.

I don’t know their story but I couldn’t help but take a few photos which led to this painting:

Out of respect I didn’t work too hard on creating a likeness of the children. Although the lady’s friends might be able to identify her. Just a fine way to end an August day on the beach at Manzanita, Oregon.

Friday, October 10, 2014


With the coming of frosty mornings it takes a little extra resolve to leave a warm bed for an early morning walk.

 Still, I was up and on my way long before the sun decided to climb over the Grand Teton Mountains along the Wyoming-Idaho border.

 When I walked along the path by the golf course near the airport my shadow was wonderfully tall and long legged.

 The trees are putting on their fall foliage but haven’t dropped many leaves yet.

Black billed magpies are a common sight around here.  Usually they are spooked of cameras and are a challenge to photograph.

 However, I caught these two working on a duet of sorts.  Mostly magpies aren’t much for singing.  They give warning calls and the young ones create quite a racket when they want to be fed.

 I think this may be a couple of parents celebrating their empty nest and a bit of free time now that the kids have left home.

 I got in a few more photos before they spotted me and took off with a flash of white wings and flit of long tail feathers.

When I was a kid we had a jump rope rhyme about magpies.

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told,
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird
You must not miss.

O-U-T jump out!

Do kids even jump rope on the playground anymore?