Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bramble House

This was a lovely commission for a lovely new restaurant. Bramble House is situated in a historic home on Vashon Island near Seattle.

When I visited the site Lia and I discussed a painting of brambles, of course, and her childhood memories of exploring tangles and tunnels of the creeping vines that grow in their native version on the island. She also showed me a small crabapple tree growing in the restaurant garden and expressed how drawn she was to it and its many and varied lichens. She loved how the tree changed with the seasons.

So we decided to paint this little tree as a centerpiece with a tangle of native blackberry vines forming a sort of protective tunnel around it. On the left is spring with white blossom falling through the air. On the right is early winter with snow falling onto the crab apples.

The painting hangs above the mantle piece in the restaurant dining room where the copper leaf reflects the warmth of the historic wood.

Three Amazing Dogs

Copper leaf, a woodland setting and three amazing dogs. This four foot painting is a commissioned portrait of beloved pets and an equally amazing back yard of old growth trees. 

I took inspiration from this dog's wonderful spots to splash some paint around. 

I struggled to capture the expression and liveliness of this little guy. 

Huckelberry doesn't approve of me painting dogs. It doesn't stop him from spending every possible minute with me in the studio though. He loves it up there.

Wonderful Spots

In preparation for a larger painting of three family dogs I couldn't resist painting Madison on her own with her wonderful black and white spots.