Thursday, January 22, 2015

Capt. Matt Peasley

"Capt. Matt Peasley", 7.5" x 11"

A few years ago when was in Coupeville on Whidbey Island for the day, I was excited to see the tallship "Hawaiian Chieftain", sister ship of the "Lady Washington", docked on the wharf. Bobbing in the water close-by was the longboat, "Capt. Matt Peasley".  Capt. Matt is a full-scale museum quality 18th-century reproduction vessel built by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.

I snapped a photo and had been eagerly waiting to paint it. From my childhood in California growing up on sailboats and perhaps too some DNA from a New England naval sea captain on my family tree, I have a real love of boats and all things nautical. And this boat just needed to be painted!

"Capt. Matt Peasley" got it's name from a fictional character from the "Cappy Ricks" books first published 100 years ago. The fictional character had a real life counterpart - Captain Ralph Peasely who apparently was quite a famous and popular man in his day! Click here to read an entertaining 1930 newspaper article about Captain Ralph Peasley, and if you are interested in learning more about "Capt. Matt Peasley" the longboat, go to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority website. It's worth a visit!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

I'm excited to share with you the opening of my online gallery through Daily Paintworks.com! I'm in the process of loading artwork onto my gallery page, so check back every so often for more artwork. Pieces that are for sale will be available for purchase through PayPal with just a click.

Here is a new piece that I created for the Daily Paintworks "Furry Friends Challenge". It is a 6 x 6 portrait of my favorite resident model, Lulu. It is painted on 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper, first with watercolor, then with Pan pastels. Pan pastels are not in stick form like most pastels, but are finer, creamier pastels that comes in small pots that are applied with make-up type of sponges.

"Lulu Belle", 6 x 6, Pan pastel and watercolor
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working in a looser, more painterly style and I am eager to try painting more pieces in this method! You may not be a fan of fat cats, so I promise I will try to branch out into new subject matter. :)

Wishing you all the best in 2015!