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The Drone & Kansas
Nothing quite beats working with another artist, drone photographer,  Jaime Quick …

Nothing quite beats working with another artist, drone photographer, Jaime Quick

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Jaime & I were in Kansas collecting reference photos for my new series. At this abandoned farm house and barn, the hawks were circling the drone. Yikes!


Here is a drone shot of water towers my easel currently. The nature of this series of work is evolving into an almost “abstract art” quality.

Here is a drone shot of water towers my easel currently. The nature of this series of work is evolving into an almost “abstract art” quality.


Here is another painting inspired by Jaime’s drone shot…

Here is another painting inspired by Jaime’s drone shot…

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Getting Close

Getting close to finishing two more pieces…both have been an engaging challenge with perspective.

Working title is “Descending Into The Maze”….

Working title is “Descending Into The Maze”….

And, this one: “Post Alley Glory”….

And, this one: “Post Alley Glory”….


Lastly, Gilman Village has asked us to leave our studio, so the grand old building can be remodeled for a retail store. We have months (until Nov or Dec) to find a new place. It’s has been a great run for six years to be part of the Village. A new chapter opens up, though, is our attitude.

Good-bye to Studio 26…..

Good-bye to Studio 26…..

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Recent Gigs

Just was not brave enough to buy this fur coat in Sun Valley, ID…..
my friends kept urging me on so I could wear it to art openings.
But, it is real fur from real animals. Can’t do it.

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At the office or at home…choose to let a painting enhance the space.


One collector, two commissions. Both were gifts to others. Sweetness.

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Heartfelt to the Core

Nothing better for me than the feeling of heartfelt joy when a client sends me a photo of my painting in their home…and tells me how much they LOVE it. This is “Taking Cues From Everything”, now custom framed. Wow!

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And, here’s another painting in a different clients home…I think I wrote in my ThankYou Card to these friends that a purchase is an affirmation for the artist of the many quiet hours spent alone in the studio. Yes!

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Something Important Is Missing....

A wonderfully written article, a Member Profile, in our Athletic Club’s magazine….what’s missing, and was part of the sit-down interview, is the gratitude I have to my Tennis Tribe, who have been spectacularly supportive of my work. Our tennis community is the sum of relationships with men & women of all ages and professions, that have been forged on the courts as competitors, team-mates, and friends. We take care of each other, through thick and thin.

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My Mentor, The Master: Wayne Thiebaud
That’s me at UC Davis in 1970 as an art student working toward my BA in Studio Art. I was inspired by Wayne Thiebaud the moment I met him, and he mentored me until my degree was complete. We also played tennis together!

That’s me at UC Davis in 1970 as an art student working toward my BA in Studio Art. I was inspired by Wayne Thiebaud the moment I met him, and he mentored me until my degree was complete. We also played tennis together!

 
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One Show Follows Another...

My show at the Virginia Inn is in its last weeks (through August).  It's been a great run, with family and friends joining us at the two Artist Receptions.  A batch of sales, too, which offers an affirmation of the hours I spend in my studio creating.  The six paintings below found new homes!


Next show is October/November 2018 at Vetiver, in Issaquah....stay tuned!  


Recent work to be previewed at the Vetiver Show:   'PLACES for PEOPLE'. 
After my video "Here is a moment" launched, people have been sending me photos of a place that holds a moment for them.  Here are some of the images that will become oil paintings.  

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Preparing For A Big Solo Show

Place:  Virginia Inn, historic Seattle restaurant & bar, 1937 First Ave
Dates:  July/August 2018
Opening Receptions w the Artist:  Thursday July 12 and Thursday July 26, 4:30--7:00pm

Tulips, Daffodils, and Hot Spiced Cider , oil on canvas & hardwood board, 16"x20"

Tulips, Daffodils, and Hot Spiced Cider, oil on canvas & hardwood board, 16"x20"

Finding very iconic Seattle scenes with my trusty iPhone and choosing which ones paint...that's how I've spent the last three months.  

The Market , oil on hardwood board, 24"x24"

The Market, oil on hardwood board, 24"x24"

I Collect Moments

My solo show this July & August has a working title: 
                               I Collect Moments.  
The place:  the brick walls inside Seattle's historic Virginia Inn.

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And, yes, there will be an Opening Reception...date coming soon!  


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So, I am hard at work getting 15-20 paintings ready for this show.  To accomplish that quantity,  I am full-time in the studio (except for tennis); this immersive experience has evolved into an "accidental sabbatical", which I am so grateful for.  Lots of time to try new techniques and just keep improving my skill-set.  


Here are some examples for the VI show...

                         Stars & Stripes  , oil on canvas, 20"x36"

                         Stars & Stripes, oil on canvas, 20"x36"


A "Reveal" Party!
Heather & Mike commissioned an oil painting of the place in Amsterdam where 'He proposed to Her'  (...five years ago, so she had obviously said YES).  They hosted a Reveal Party (who knew?) and invited lots of our tennis friends from the Bellevue Club.  Here we are, moments before they got their first look!  

Heather & Mike commissioned an oil painting of the place in Amsterdam where 'He proposed to Her'  (...five years ago, so she had obviously said YES).  They hosted a Reveal Party (who knew?) and invited lots of our tennis friends from the Bellevue Club.  Here we are, moments before they got their first look!  

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't Smalle Bar/Cafe in Amsterdam.  Title of painting:  "The Proposal", oil on canvas, 36"x48"  

't Smalle Bar/Cafe in Amsterdam.  Title of painting:  "The Proposal", oil on canvas, 36"x48"  

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Summer, Summer, Summer
This is historic Meydenbauer Bay...painted 18"x36"...and such a joy to create.  I have been working on five commissions over the summer and loving it! 

This is historic Meydenbauer Bay...painted 18"x36"...and such a joy to create.  I have been working on five commissions over the summer and loving it! 


 
Walk around Gilman Village and hang out in the participating stores for a fantastic night of beer, wine, spirits, food, shopping, and entertainment.  Participating stores include: Susan Walker Studio, Studio Den, Pinto Portraits, Nifty Knitters, White Horse Toys, and more...  Participating breweries and wineries include Cedar River Cellars, DRU BRU, Four Generals Brewing, Lumber House Brewing, Mac & Jacks, and more!

Walk around Gilman Village and hang out in the participating stores for a fantastic night of beer, wine, spirits, food, shopping, and entertainment.

Participating stores include: Susan Walker Studio, Studio Den, Pinto Portraits, Nifty Knitters, White Horse Toys, and more...

Participating breweries and wineries include Cedar River Cellars, DRU BRU, Four Generals Brewing, Lumber House Brewing, Mac & Jacks, and more!

 

Fellow artist and friend of artEAST, Carol Ross, joined me at the Grand Opening of Issaquah's new Marriott Hotel.  Very fun event...!

 

And, lastly, the Harbor Public House on Bainbridge Island bought my painting "Bike Conversations" to hang in their restaurant...makes me deliciously happy!

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A Visual Transformation

Attended a workshop in Ross, California (Marin County) with Stanka Kordic and eight other artists last month.  What I learned will begin to transform my practice.  I am so excited by techniques of wedges, brayers, brushes, and thought patterns of a master artist.  

Self-portrait BEFORE Stanka....

Self-portrait BEFORE Stanka....

Self portrait:  AFTER Stanka  Much more mystery and less literal interpretation of the content...I am not aiming to become a portrait painter, but to incorporate the learnings into my visual world.  

Self portrait:  AFTER Stanka

Much more mystery and less literal interpretation of the content...I am not aiming to become a portrait painter, but to incorporate the learnings into my visual world.  

Marin County, Northern California, is a perfect setting.  Here we are outside at the studio of  Elizabeth Gorek , our host.

Marin County, Northern California, is a perfect setting.  Here we are outside at the studio of Elizabeth Gorek, our host.

At work...for seven hours a day for 5 days...bliss!

At work...for seven hours a day for 5 days...bliss!

Stanka's finished piece.....iPhone photo, so compromised color (apologies). 

Stanka's finished piece.....iPhone photo, so compromised color (apologies). 

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The Healing Power of Original Art
The veteran curator of art for the UW Physicians Network, Peggy Weiss, believes in the curative power of original art in hospital settings.  I am so thankful to have a wonderful relationship with her.

The veteran curator of art for the UW Physicians Network, Peggy Weiss, believes in the curative power of original art in hospital settings.  I am so thankful to have a wonderful relationship with her.

Five of my oil paintings are in UW Neighborhood Clinic in Issaquah.  

Five of my oil paintings are in UW Neighborhood Clinic in Issaquah.  

Goofin' around with my studio-mate, photographer Toni Pinto.  So fun!

Goofin' around with my studio-mate, photographer Toni Pinto.  So fun!

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Framing: A Dramatic Difference

In a collector's home last night....my painting "Stretching Moments Into Minutes" in a glorious custom frame (linen mat and wood frame).  

Here is the same room and painting BEFORE the custom framing...what a difference!   

Here is the same room and painting BEFORE the custom framing...what a difference!

 

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To the Delight of An Audience
Such an affirmation to see people delighted with my work...here  the architecture of "The Faceting Process" is being admired at a recent Exhibition Opening.

Such an affirmation to see people delighted with my work...here  the architecture of "The Faceting Process" is being admired at a recent Exhibition Opening.

And, another source of delight is seeing my work custom-framed and in a home...this is " Stretching Minutes Into Moments " on a red wall.  Stunning!

And, another source of delight is seeing my work custom-framed and in a home...this is "Stretching Minutes Into Moments" on a red wall.  Stunning!

Here is " Framing A Breeze " in a kitchen....perfect!

Here is "Framing A Breeze" in a kitchen....perfect!

And. lastly, the gorgeous " Framing A Long Afternoon " is wonderfully placed in a dining room.

And. lastly, the gorgeous "Framing A Long Afternoon" is wonderfully placed in a dining room.

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And, The Beat Goes On....
Always a huge compliment when one of my paintings is selected for the Exhibition postcard!             This is "The Fragile Balance of Everyday Life", oil on canvas, 18"x24", 2016

Always a huge compliment when one of my paintings is selected for the Exhibition postcard!  

        This is "The Fragile Balance of Everyday Life", oil on canvas, 18"x24", 2016

And, this...the beat goes on....is my 'diploma' from  Patrick LoCicero .  Met him as my UW instructor in 2008, and he has continued as a mentor.  When I took my newest oil paintings to his studio for a Crit, he exclaimed, "I don't have anything else to teach you!  These are A++++ works."                                                               "You've graduated!"                                                            Of course, I'll still go back.... 

And, this...the beat goes on....is my 'diploma' from Patrick LoCicero.  Met him as my UW instructor in 2008, and he has continued as a mentor.  When I took my newest oil paintings to his studio for a Crit, he exclaimed, "I don't have anything else to teach you!  These are A++++ works." 
                                                             "You've graduated!"   

                                                       Of course, I'll still go back.... 

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On The Easel This Summer....
Two painting in process and both close to being done.  

Two painting in process and both close to being done.  

No title yet...it's a bar in London...and this painting is huge at 36"x48".

No title yet...it's a bar in London...and this painting is huge at 36"x48".

Those green umbrellas just grabbed me....this is a scene on Bainbridge Island near the bakery.

Those green umbrellas just grabbed me....this is a scene on Bainbridge Island near the bakery.

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