Thursday, July 11, 2019

Boston Harbor Reflections

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
We try to spend every 3rd of July on our boat at Boston Harbor in Olympia.  They put on a fantastic fireworks show out on the water.  It's always fun to see what new boats are around.  This little beauty caught my eye right away!  I absolutely love the reflections on calm waters!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Salty Swimmer

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is another painting of our sweet Salty enjoying his summer swim time.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cooling Off Corgi

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
"Life is short, and so are my legs"!  I saw that on a Corgi poster in a store last summer.  It just cracked me up!  These dogs are awesome!  I grew up with Corgis, as well as Beagles.  I loved all of them!  My mom still has a couple Corgis, so I can get my fix whenever I visit her.
     I used a photo from Pixabay as a reference for this.  The dogs I grew up with were never beach/water dogs, so this pic really caught my interest.  It was really fun painting this guys ears...I love the glow!


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fetching Swimmer




6x8
acrylic on gessobord



This is our sweet Salty doing what he loves most!


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summer Swimmer

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
The weather here has been amazing lately!  I can't wait to start taking our Salty dog down to the beach to swim.  I used a photo from Pixabay as a reference for this painting.  Thank you Pixabay!  I love how the sparkles on the water came out!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Great Dane


12x6
acrylic on hardboard
I kinda have a thing for big dogs.  Especially Great Danes!  I love these gentle giants so much.  I had planned to work on a different painting today, but I was so excited to start this one, I couldn't help myself.  I really enjoy painting on these oblong sized surfaces; probably because it's out of the norm for me.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mine

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
This is another scene from my morning walks on Kailua Beach while I was visiting Oahu.  I wish that I could have our dog, Salty, there. He would absolutely love playing in the ocean!

Monday, June 10, 2019

I Could Do This All Day 2

12x16
acrylic on canvas
If this one looks familiar it's because I painted a smaller version of this swimmer a ways back.  I liked it so much I decided it should be on a larger canvas!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tuckered Tucker

12x12
acrylic on canvas
SOLD
Just finished this one for a friend.  Thank you Heather for asking me to paint this adorable pup!  Snuggle time is the best!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Splashing Dogs

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
These two dogs were so happy when they got to the beach!  As soon as their owner let them off leash, they went romping through the water, splashing and playing. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Makapu'u

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
This is one of my very favorite views on Oahu.  Driving home from Sandy's Beach, this is the gorgeous scene that hits you as you follow the road towards Waimanalo.  It's a gorgeous beach with great body surfing and boogie boarding.

Before I started painting this one, I did a rough sketch on my pad using the artrage app.  I am loving using this app to try out colors and composition.


Monday, May 20, 2019

View From Kaneohe Yacht Club

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
This is one of the beautiful views from the Kaneohe Yacht Club.  My focus here was on painting the perception of depth.

Views from Kaneohe Bay

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
While visiting my family last week, my brother took me out sailing on Kaneohe Bay.  It was utterly amazing!  The Ko'olau Range was as majestic as ever!  I can't believe how blessed I was to grow up here.  I never tire of the views!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Makapu'u Paddlers

10x8
acrylic on gessobord
I recently finished this painting for my high school friend, Leighton.  There's nothing quite like the water in Hawaii.  The rich blues make me want to dive right in.  Here's the really great part;  I get to deliver it in person!!!  Wooohooo!  I'm flying out tomorrow morning to Oahu!  My mom turns 88 tomorrow and I get to celebrate with her!  I'm so excited!  I'm really looking forward to morning walks on the beach (with my camera in hand, of course!!), afternoon swims at Kailua Beach, and hanging with my friends and family.  Yay for me!!!

Spin and Sparkle

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
Shadowed figures are something that I struggle with on a regular basis, so I decided to face my "fears" and see what I could do.  All in all, I'm pretty happy with the outcome. 

Sweet Josephine

8x8
acrylic on gessobord
Isn't her face just the sweetest?  I've been busy working on a few commissions lately, as well as bringing our daughter home from college!!!  Yay for summer break!!!  This beautiful bearded girl is for a client's sister.  I actually get to deliver it to her in person!  I'm so excited!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Pete

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is another commissioned piece I just finished for a friend.  She's giving it to her mom for Mother's Day.  What a sweet daughter!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hog Kiss

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is a commissioned painting I recently finished for a friend.  It's a gift for her step daughter, who's really got a way with hogs!  I just love the way her sweet face wrinkles up to receive a kiss from this pig.  I hope she likes her gift!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Happy Lab

8x8
acrylic on gessobord

And here is #3 in my "dog and ball" series.  Check out my Instagram page for more pictures of this series; #sharibueltart

Nice Catch

8x8
acrylic on gessobord
This is painting #2 of the three "Dog and ball" series that I've been working on this week.


I remembered to capture one shot before I finished!  I like starting with a sketch, then laying down some basic colors.  After that it's all fine tuning and shading.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Incoming


8x6
acrylic on gessobord
I had the pleasure of playing with this sweet, ball-obsessed pup at one of our daughter's regattas.  I went crazy taking pictures, and am working on two more of her and her favorite playmate (the ball!).

a glimpse at part of my process
I meant to take a photo earlier in my process, but I got caught up in the fun of this piece.  Luckily, I got this one pic in before I finished it!  To get proportions correct I make a grid on my panel and draw a simple sketch before beginning painting.  I use my Samsung tablet to crop and orient my photos, and also have an app to grid my reference photo.  This makes the whole process so much easier!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Girls' Beach Weekend

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
Just messing around with warm and cool colors.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Reflections of the Adventuress

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
If you are from the Puget Sound area, then you know about the beautiful tall ship, Adventuress.  She is a 1913 schooner with a fascinating past that now sails the Salish Sea, educating and inspiring youth while helping to protect our marine environment.  We always enjoy seeing her and her crew while cruising the San Juan Islands, or when visiting Olympia for one of our awesome waterfront celebrations.  We've even had the "opportunity" to unintentionally see her up close while on our boat, Pearl, but that's a story for another day.

So, my favorite thing about this painting is the deep blues.  It's so indicative of the Puget Sound.  Our waters are this deep, luscious, bluish-green color (when the sun is out). I'm getting excited for summer sailing and cruising season!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Leaving a Trail of Light

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
I used a photo I took a couple of years ago as a reference for this painting.  I was at Shilshole marina in Seattle for our daughter's regatta and came upon a man with his chocolate lab playing fetch off the docks.  In this piece I decided to make the dog more of a golden color, to help contrast the water.  It was late in the afternoon and the sun shining off the water was beautiful.  That's what I really wanted to capture in this one.  I love the patterns water makes when reflecting the sun and sky.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Kailua Beach Cutie

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
My friend and I were walking along Kailua beach when this little sweetheart came to greet us.  I love seeing the dogs playing and walking on the beach, and I make every attempt to meet them all!  If only I could have my pups with me when I'm visiting my family.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Up To My Elbows In Snow

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
I haven't posted in a while due to preparing a couple of paintings for our local juried art show.  Hopefully one will be accepted into the show!  Also, our oldest daughter was home for spring break!!  It's always so nice to have the whole family together!

This painting is from a photo I took during "Snowmaggedon 2019".  We had soooooo much snow.  It was crazy!  This is one of our sweet shelter dogs, Duke, playing in the snow.  He's one of my favorite pups at the shelter right now.  I'm hoping he's found his forever home this week.  He is so special.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Class Clown

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This cutie was another of our shelter dogs, but was adopted some time ago.  I've been digging through photos I've taken in the last year or two at our dog shelter.  This goofball wouldn't sit still unless he was on his back!  I'm so glad, because it made for a fun painting!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Cooling Off

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
This one just flew off my brush!  It was so fun to paint!  I just love the warm colors set against the cooler ones.  Thank you Karen for the reference photo!

I've Got My Eye On the Ball

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
Meet Lana.  She is one of the dogs at our shelter.  She is so goofy and playful!  What makes her super special is that she is mostly deaf.  We've been using hand signals and gestures to communicate with her.  Super cool, huh!  It's not super obvious in this painting, but she has the cutest ears. When she is sitting up, her ears rest, flopped over, directly on top of her head...so stinkin' cute!  Just so you know, she is available for adoption at Adopt-a-Pet in Shelton, WA.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Big Fishtrap Cove

6x12
acrylic on hardboard
Big Fishtrap Cove is in Olympia and it can get pretty shallow at low tide so you have to watch  your depths.  Needless to say, we didn't take our sailboat in here!  It's this beautiful watery oasis that not a lot of people know about.  I was excited to paint this.  The water was like glass that day, so the reflections were amazing. I wanted to create more excitement in the foreground so I used a number of darker hues to create that.  I also wanted to create more visual depth so I used blues and little violet to paint the distant trees.  I'm really happy with the way it came out.  I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Eagle Harbor

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
Nice view, huh?!  Eagle Harbor is at Bainbridge Island in Washington.  It's across the water from Seattle.  This is one anchorage we enjoy stopping at on our way North or South.  This particular afternoon the Sound was as still as a pond.  I enjoyed paddling around the harbor with our dogs (they think the sup is theirs and won't let me go out without them!)  I am so excited for summer days like this!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Watchers

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
I had a hard time figuring out what to title this painting.  My first idea was, "I'm more interested in what's behind you", but that was just too long.  Then I thought of, "I've got your back", and "Rest Stop" but neither seemed right.  So I settled with "Watchers".
 The photo I used for this piece is from one of our daughter's regattas.  This guy was walking around with his sweet pup.  I got my camera out and started snapping photos as inconspicuously as possible (I wish I had one of those 007 secret spy cameras so nobody would think I was a crazy stalker!).  Luckily, when I took this photo, everyone was turned in the same direction (except for this curious dog- he almost blew my cover!)  
Regatta season is about to start up again for spring and I'm hoping I'll have many more opportunities to  capture the fun.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Matia Island Evening

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
Matia Island is a beautiful place north of Orcas Island (in the San Juan Islands).  It has a couple of coves that boats can anchor in as well as a dock in one of the coves.  I think my favorite thing about this place is the little islands that are hanging around the coves as well as it being a park with great hiking.  We haven't been there in numerous years due to the fact that dogs aren't allowed on the island (and what fun is that?!).  
My initial plan for this painting was more of a daylight scene, but as I got going with it I decided to use warmer colors for the sky and reflected water.  It was the sky and water that attracted me to this.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

White Pass

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
I had soooo much fun painting this!  I didn't think I was going to be able to finish this one today, but I couldn't put my brush down!  With this piece I really wanted to bring out the trees in the forefront, but still find a flow throughout the painting, as well as give a warm snow day kind of feeling.  I like working on a 3-value thumbnail before starting my paintings, and that seems to give me a really good idea of what I want to end up with.  I'm still learning to be more comfortable with vibrant colors, and the more I practice with them, the easier it gets. The weather people are calling for lots of snow here this weekend, so I hope I can get out with my camera to capture some cool photos.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blue Skies At White Pass

6x8
acrylic on gessobord


Oh these colors!  They are so fun to paint with!  I am really enjoying working with more vibrant colors, especially violets and oranges, thanks to artist Mike Svob.

My husband, daughter and I went skiing the other weekend and it was breath taking beautiful!  It was actually really warm too!  I hadn't skied in 15 years, so I was a bit nervous to hit the slopes again.  Luckily, no injuries were sustained! 


This is the photo I used for my painting.  The figure in red is my sweet hubby waiting for me as I took pictures.  Thankfully, he stayed with me all day.  I probably would have ended up skiing off a cliff or something without him!   I'm looking forward to heading to the mountain again before this winter is over.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Resting Laser 2

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I decided to do another laser painting;  this time with colors I'm a little more used to. This painting is from a photo I took over a year ago in the fall. 
 I'm really looking forward to sailing season (for me that means warm weather!).  My husband and daughter are much heartier than me.  They love going out in all kinds of weather.   My husband bought an old Laser sailboat so he could go out on the water when our daughter was out on her boat.  It is so fun watching them out there having a blast. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Resting Laser

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
Just having a little fun with color...and dreaming of warmer days!  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kady

6"x 6"
acrylic on gessobord
This is a painting of our neighbor's sweet lab.  Sadly, she passed away recently.  She loved roaming the neighborhood.  She was one of the most determined dogs I've ever met.  Her back legs barely worked, but that didn't stop her from going places.  I will miss seeing her sweet face laying in the front lawn as I drive by.  RIP,  sweet Kady.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Chocolate Splashes

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
On my visits home to Oahu, I love walking Kailua Beach and watching the dogs play in the surf. This sweet chocolate lab really caught my eye!  His rich, brown fur against the white wash of the shore is what really attracted me to do this painting.  I hope you all enjoy it!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Keep Your Eyes On the Ball

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

I feel like I haven't posted a new painting in some time.  It's been a busy couple of weeks and I have a painting or two that I've been struggling with.  I really need to learn to put the paintings aside that are just not working.  I end up spinning my wheels, and getting nowhere!  Arghhhh!

On a more positive note...isn't this guy cute?!  Painting dogs in water makes me happy!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fishing Dog

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
Why is it that Golden Retrievers have no problem sticking their heads all the way underwater to grab a rock, toy, or any other treasure?  Every Golden I know does this!  It's so funny!  Our dogs certainly aren't part Golden Retriever.  If their noses go even slightly underwater, they end up sneezing and coughing like crazy.

Twist and Shake





6x6
acrylic on gessobord


This past summer I took so many photos of our dog, Salty, swimming, splashing, and shaking off the water.  He cracks me up when he shakes because his tail gets all bent up and his jowls end up flying to the other side of his face.  Dogs always have a way of making me smile!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kaneohe

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I've really been missing my Hawaii home lately, so I thought I'd do a painting of it.  This is the view from the Pali Lookout.  Isn't it gorgeous!  In all the years I lived there, I never tired of this view.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Surf's Up

8x16
acrylic on canvas
And this is the final painting of the 3 commissioned works I did for my friend.  Doesn't this setting look heavenly right now?  This is a painting of their kids at one of the best anchorages along the mainland Mexico coast.   Often times there was great surfing, along with a wonderful palapa bar.  I have a few very fond memories from this place;  Once while anchored here, we all swam to shore from the boat.  Another time a mother and calf Humpback whale duo came swimming and playing just outside of the anchorage area (what a show it was!).  Our oldest daughter turned 13 while we were here.  For her birthday we rented horses from the nearby resort and enjoyed a leisurely prance along the beach.  Oh, I miss you Mexico!!!

Abuela

8x10
acrylic on gessobord
This is the second painting I did for my friend.  While cruising in Mexico, she snapped a photo of this sweet woman sitting on the steps.  I really loved working on this piece.  It brought me back in time to Mexico.  The people we encountered while cruising were wonderful.

Sailing JC Spirit

12x12
acrylic on canvas
I had a busy December painting three pieces for a friend.  This is the first.  We had the wonderful pleasure of being dock neighbors years ago and then cruising buddies in Mexico.