What I Love Most About Winthrop

My husband and I have been coming to Winthrop, WA (East of Seattle–four hour drive) for the past 9 years to go cross country skiing. It’s a small community where there are no stop lights and and most of the locals know just about everyone.

We decided to build a home and spend most of our days here. Although I live mostly in California right now, I come to Winthrop about every two months for about two weeks. During this visit we had a lot of house projects to do. We’re in the final stages of completing the home, however, it has been livable for some time.

We stained our trim and windows. Then we moved on to painting all the non-wood doors. These are not hollow doors, oh no! They are solid and extremely heavy. I got my workout.

But, we did find time to play. On our way to town on our bikes, these beautiful horses approached us while riding the trail.

There was also time to paint.

And, even time to stop and take pictures of the wild flowers.

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My bags are now packed and I’m heading to California again while my handsome husband continues to work on our new home and work his day job, too. I will miss him so much!

June 22, 2017

So, what is it that I love most about Winthrop? All of the above!

Hugs,

Betty

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What I Love Most About Winthrop

Never Thought It Would Happen

I’ve been following Jane Davies for years. She has a “what if” approach to creating. She’s not afraid to try something new knowing full well it may not work. How can we learn if we don’t try…and make mistakes along the way.

Her YouTube videos always pull me in. I want to see how one color will work over another. How one line will work with a variety of different sized lines. Watching Jane add layer after layer always mesmerizes me.

I’ve taken her in-person workshop in Portland, OR a couple of years ago and really enjoyed learning and getting first hand advice on creating. She runs a tight ship in her workshops (so that she covers everything), but she knows how to let loose and have some fun, too.

Me, Jane, and my artsy friends, Rina and Lory

So, you can just imagine how ecstatic I was when she asked me if I would submit a few of my pieces for consideration for her new book, ABSTRACT PAINTING, The Elements of Visual Language.

I just received my copy of her new book and was super delighted to find “Meet Me At 10” on page 70!

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Yes, made my day!

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“Meet Me At 10” is part of my City Blocks series. You can find close up pictures and purchase information here.

Check out all that Jane has to offer:  Jane Davies Studios

Purchase your copy of her new book on Amazon.

Wishing you a wonderful, creative week!

Hugs,

Betty

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Never Thought It Would Happen

I’m Back…for a Couple of Weeks

I’m back in Washington…at least for a couple of weeks. I spent almost 20 years in the Seattle area before moving back to where I grew up and where my brother, sister, their families and my friends are:  San Jose, CA.

My husband and I love Winthrop, WA (Northeastern Washington). We’ve been coming here for years with friends to go cross-country skiing. We decided we would spend more of our semi-retirement years here, so we built a home. Well, I should say, we’re still building, but we’re very near the end.

My first day was spent sanding the wood window frames and trim so that they can get another coat of clear varnish. That was a workout.

My second day was also spent sanding, but only had a few more windows to do and then it was my time = painting.

It was great to get my hands into the paints again and to get familiar with my (limited) supplies and wonderful space. I had left a canvas on the wall with only a couple of layers on it at the end of my last visit. I decided to tackle it first and start a new one on the side.

Getting close to done in this pic and I added a few more layers on the new canvas to the left using left over paint.

My work table with paints.

Pretty much done. I’ll take a look at it again in a day or so to see if I want to add anything more. It is 36×24″ and it still needs a name.

Thank you for following my art journey. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Betty

I’m Back…for a Couple of Weeks

The Roar of the Ocean

I grew up in San Jose, California. When I was young our family would go to Santa Cruz often and spend the day at the beach. As I got older and could drive, I loved going to the ocean early on Saturday mornings in the fall when no one was there.  I would sit and listen to the roar of the ocean, smell the salty air and pull my sweatshirt a little tighter around me. It was a good place to think. Or not think at all.

When I create abstract seascapes I often remember those mornings on the beach when, despite the loud ocean, all felt calm, quiet and peaceful.

 

Wishing you a peaceful day.

Hugs,

Betty

 

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The Roar of the Ocean

Beaches, Water & Coast Line

Happy Sunday!

It’s a day of relaxation, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Yesterday I worked on several pieces on paper and on canvas. I’m getting ready for another art festival in Morro Bay, CA at the beginning of July. I’m creating art on paper to replenish my stock from the last art festival.

I took a break from those pieces to create this cute little one. These are not colors that I usually put together (I was using up what was on my palette). They remind me of beaches, water, and coast line. Wish I was a bird soaring above it all, taking it all in.

“Flying High” is 8×5 inches on paper with acrylics and pencils.

Flying High

Wishing you a great day and a wonderful, creative week!

Hugs,

Betty

 

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Beaches, Water & Coast Line

What if This is All You Need?

The Struggle

I really struggled with this one. When I work on two at the same time, I go back and forth, but at some point I usually end up spending more time on one than the other. Well, that’s what happened here. This poor guy was left on the side because I didn’t know where to go next.

Here’s a progress pic after many layers:

Getting Bold

It was looking okay, but just not where I wanted it to be yet. So, that meant being a little bold and adding shapes and colors and marks to give it more interest, more oomph.  I think I did it. It took some time and telling myself to just go for it. Definitely good advice!

Here are some detail pics:


Here’s the final piece:

It’s All I Need

I named it “it’s all I need” when I finished. Truly, if I can paint like this every day and feel happy…even giddy, then it’s all I need.  I used 12×9 inch watercolor paper with acrylics and pencils. Like my offer yesterday and to thank you for following my art journey, I’m reducing this one to $85 (regularly $115). And, I’m offering free shipping anywhere in the world. Just reply to this email if you’re interested.

I grew up in a home where every Saturday (after morning cartoons) was housecleaning day. Vacuum, change bed sheets, clean bathrooms, wash floors. I still do all those things….just not on Saturday!  I hope that your Saturday is spent doing something creative!

Hugs,

Betty

 

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What if This is All You Need?

Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Romance?

Thank  You

I want to start by saying that I appreciate you following my art journey. If you just recently found me, then you probably have a love for abstract art. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I’ve had several different styles of work in the past 5 years.  I continue to evolve and learn and follow my passion.

New Series

I’m starting a new series on paper that will keep me creative on a regular basis. They will be abstract pieces that explore my favorite processes for creating and I’ll be trying out new ones. Most will have a build up of layers with mark making and scratching into the surface, which adds lots of texture. They’ll be different color combinations on different sizes of paper.

I will say that the one thing they will all have in common is that I will only offer these through my newsletter. It’s my way of thanking you for signing up with me! And, I have always believed that art should be accessible and affordable.

I worked on two of these at the same time. They are 12×9” on watercolor paper and I was able to complete one of them. Here are a few work in progress pics (detail).

First layer:

Another layer:

Here’s the final piece! I’m in love with these colors all playing nice together.
The orange next to the pink next to the blue just makes my heart sing!

Just for You

“Summer Romance” is 12×9 inches on watercolor paper with acrylics and pencils for a special price of $85 (normally $115). I’m offering free shipping worldwide. My signature will be on the bottom left in pencil (it wasn’t dry enough for me to sign it when I took the picture). Let me know if you’re interested by responding to this email.

Look for more of these types of newsletters with my latest work. Thank you again for following my art adventures!

Hugs,

Betty

 

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Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Romance?