Dreaming of Summer Magpies

I’ve been watching our resident magpies keeping themselves busy poking around in the snow for hidden treats, and am reminded once again how entertaining my dapper black-and-white friends can be. I think magpies are the most under-appreciated members of the corvid family, taking a backseat to their raven and crow cousins, and I’m not sure why. I think they are lovely with their long, glossy tails and bright white wing patches, and just as personable as any crow or raven I’ve encountered, though I love them all. For entertainment value you can’t beat a corvid.

Watching them now in the depth of winter has me dreaming of summer and a painting I did for my June show:

Summer Magpies: 18×24 acrylic on canvas, $600. Available for viewing or purchase at The Art Shop Gallery, Homer, AK.

The painting has a dream-like quality that seems especially appropriate now that the warm summer air seems like a lifetime ago and a world away. I’m just glad my magpie friends have stuck around to bring a little cheer on a winter’s day.

Stay cheerful, folks. Summer will be here eventually.

Merry Christmas from Twin Spruce Studios

Iliamna Volcano, across Cook Inlet, view from just down our road
(pic by Ed Gonzalez)

We had a little earthquake yesterday to shake things up a bit, it was a 6.0 centered just on the other side of Cook Inlet behind Iliamna volcano. No worries, all is well, though there was damage to one of my paintings when it was shaken from the wall at the gallery in Homer. Pretty sure I can fix it up good as new, though. #alaskalife, right?

Anyways, Merry Christmas, happy holidays, etc to all of you out there, celebrating whatever it is you celebrate in whatever way you can in this difficult year. Remember in the end, love is all that really matters.

Feeling crabby

Don’t get me started on why I am feeling crabby recently. Instead, let’s focus on the positive:

Dungeness 9 x12 mixed media on canvas, $375.

I had a lot of fun with this 3-dimensional mixed media piece that includes fabric, papier-mâché and acrylic paint elements. I have fond memories of the annual all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab feed picnic when we lived in Sitka. It was a wonderful community event that we all looked forward to all year long. I don’t know if they are still doing it there since I haven’t lived there in a few years, but I sure hope so. It was a great part of the beautiful community that is Sitka, AK. And soooooo tasty!

Morning Light

Morning Light, 11×14 acrylic on canvas, $300

Don’t you just love a sunrise over a peaceful pond? That early morning light breaking through the mist is so lovely. Makes me want to cozy up with a cup of Earl Grey and a volume of Thoreau. I’ve tried to capture that misty morning feeling in this painting, Morning Light. Available for viewing or purchase at Art Shop Gallery in beautiful Homer, AK.

First Friday show in June!

I’m so exited to announce that my first Friday show that was cancelled last year due to Covid has been rescheduled for June 2021!

So join me June 4 at the Art Shop Gallery in beautiful Homer, Alaska. I will be there and will debut some brand new never seen works as well as older pieces that never got their show last year.

Meanwhile, here is a little sneak peek at a couple of the new pieces:

I hope to see you there!