Flotsam Jetsam show at Tasty Gallery-opens August 9

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I’m presenting 3 of my sea worthy sumi paintings in this fun show at Tasty, a gallery in the Greenwood neighborhood opening on Street Party night!  They look great all matted and framed up. Summer’s in full swing and hot enough in Seattle to take a plunge into the waters to play with the sea creatures.

"Oo La La Octopus" © Sandy Haight. Sumi on Rice paper. Image-13.5" square

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Here’s what else I’m showing, in case you can’t get there:

"Bully Bull Trout" Sumi © Sandy Haight. Image 12.5" x 9"

"Koi Baby" Sumi. © Sandy Haight. Image 4.5" square


Spring Exhibit of New Paintings-Baas Gallery

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Watercolor, 25 “Ablaze” Watercolor © 2013 Sandy Haight

I’m so excited to introduce this new series of paintings that have kept me busy this past fall and winter, bringing lots of color into that somber time of year in the northwest.  I loved working on these and I hope it shows.  It’s a big exhibit for me featuring nine framed paintings all together.  I hope you can drop by the reception or during the following month to take a look and celebrate the blooming of spring.  Or see them online on my new gallery page.


Artists Explore Watercolor

May 22nd – June 30th, 2013

Baas Framing Studio & Madison Art Collective
2703 E. Madison
Seattle, WA 98112

Exhibit Opens Wednesday May 22
Reception from 5 – 8 p.m.
“Splash!” features the work of three Seattle area artists who have a distinct and exciting voice in the medium of watercolor.
Sandy Haight depicts flowers from a macro viewpoint, drawing us in with vibrant colors and seductive shapes. These vivid works bring spring’s bounty into the gallery.

Sandy O’Connor has a realistic eye for the beauty of the ocean & forest landscapes.  She describes an “emotional connection (to) natural light and deep shadows”, and her work conveys a sense of quiet serenity.
Watercolor, 16
“Back To The Sea” Watercolor © Sandy O’Connor
Claudia Schlosser’s abstract watercolor paintings are intentionally minimal explorations of line and shape.  The subtle layers are loosely influenced by geological strata found through out the western desert landscape.
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“Jawbone Canyon” Watercolor © Claudia Schlosser

Being Human exhibit opens at artEAST Gallery May 4

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Greetings, Two of my watercolor paintings were accepted into this “Being Human” show in Issaquah opening next weekend at artEAST Gallery. Come to the reception if you can on May 4th from 6-8:00pm to say hi, have some refreshments and see the various selected expressions of Being Human. Scroll down for the announcement.

These paintings come close to my own sense of being human… as a mother portraying my daughter’s engagement romp, and as a grandmother to Kali Love, and watching their new family grow (with healthy foods). I share this with you from San Francisco where I’m celebrating Kali’s 4th birthday! No more stroller shopping. She rides a bike now!
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We have a great new show coming up:

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Being Human: Perception, Interpretation, Reaction

Curator: Irena Jablonski

co-curator: Myrl Venter

artEAST invites you to our upcoming exhbition, “Being Human: Perception, Interpretation, Reaction”.   Not a literal figure show per se, this exhibition looks at humans in context, such as the figure in landscape, humans interacting, contemporary portraiture, all with the figure a primary part of the painting.


Exhibition dates: May 4 – June 16, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2013 6-8pm


Featured works are from the following artists:

Tracy Boyd     Brian Beausoleil     Enid Smith Becker
Cheryl Bowman Alisha  Dall’Osto Diana Grant
Ekta Gupta Sandy Haight Jennifer Kuhns
David Kurle            Pamela Durga Robinson
Janis Smith Jerome Steffen Ruthie V.
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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Reaching. Watercolor 19" x 14" © Sandy Haight

Celebrating the first sale from my new watercolor flower series, before it made it to the gallery in May.  Stay tuned for details of this show featuring my flowers as the dates firm up. Cheers to spring, as the earth flowers, reaching for the light and warmth!

Illustration for Web Site Header

Monday, March 4th, 2013

I Love Learning - Home Care Institute

Lu Post came to the right place when she contacted me to illustrate a header for her institute’s web site which trains home health caregivers. Its an e-learning/computer training course for the home health and hospice industries whose main icon is an apple. She was looking for something colorful and happy. ”I want to convey the following emotions from the image – engagement, happiness, enthusiasm. That’s why we love your illustrations. They all convey these emotions to us.” She referred to several images on my searchable stock page for color schemes that she liked.

With that encouragement, these required elements to fit into the long skinny banner proportions fell right into place:

  1. End-users are female nurses (30-40 years old).
  2. a warm, happy and colorful home setting.
  3. female working on a laptop at a dining room table (instead of a desk) that’s in front of a sunny window with flowers. Preferred flowers: star lilies.
  4. an engaged expression.
  5. a coffee cup that says “I (heart) Learning”.
  6. a hint of medical reference without the subject wearing scrubs or a lab coat.
  7. with an apple as their icon/theme, include one or more apples in the image.
  8. with an office is full of dog lovers (especially Yorkies), incorporate a dog.

Once a sketch was approved, I executed the final image that you see above as a vector drawing to read best on the web. I got all elements squeezed into the designated space and it was received with enthusiasm.  With great direction, such as Lu provided, its much easier to deliver great results. Here’s the link as seen on the web with the logo connected to the artwork.

Head to Toe: Art of the Human Figure

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Join me at this art reception on February 28, next Thursday. The venue has an amazing, delicious dinner buffet with wine and music! I had two watercolor life drawings selected for this big group show.

Artists include: Chloe Allred, Gail Baker, Sarah Banks, Sofya Belinskaya, Lee Berry, Dyan Bone, Ellen Borison, Louise Britton, Lance Carlton, Monique Catino, Tom Cogbill, Mel Curtis, Jini Dellaccio,Jennifer Frohwerk, Rob Garrison, Sandy Haight, Elizabeth Halfacre, Jennifer Hines, Irena Jablonski, Kiraya Kestin, Janice King, David Ko, Jim Kurihara, Larry Larsen, Donna Lough, Annette Lusher, Carol Milne, Naoko Morisawa, Karen Richter, Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger, Suze Woolf, Curtis Wright.

Here are shots of my entries. The show will be up until June 15.

Come celebrate the figure in art and say hi. To see more of my watercolor and sumi life drawings, visit my fine art web site and my Etsy store.

Valentine’s week

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Giving Heart Illustration by Sandy Haight

During this week of hearts and flowers, love and chocolate, romance and delight, I have a valentine image for you. This illustration was created for a book published by Peter Pauper Press and titled “Friends Make the Best Presents”. It’s a miniature hardbound book with a dangling red ribbon bookmark and charm attached. The book actually shows more Christmas present images than Valentine’s, but this picture has a heart so is fitting for this week. The text accompanying this full (tiny) page illustration is:  “Accept affection with open arms, and give it with an open heart” written by Holly Stevens.  I wish I could offer you chocolate affection with my open heart. I hope this eye candy will suffice.  Happy Valentine’s week!

Love, Sandy


New Montana License Plate

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Friends of the Wild Swan sponsored license plate

If you drive through Montana, you quickly notice a wide variety of license plates on the vehicles you follow or walk by in parking lots.  Any organization in the state can sponsor a license plate to promote and raise funds for their cause giving a new customer over 125 choices at the DMV. Look here at just the available wildlife plates. I was contacted by Steve Kelly, a board member of Friends of the Wild Swan, and Wild Rockies Alliance who, as a gallery owner and artist himself, was in charge of putting together the license plate. I was thrilled that he wanted the subtle elegance of a sumi painting of a bull trout to represent the wilderness and wildlife protections they advocate. After painting dozens of trout, this image was chosen then assigned a blue-grey color.

Bull Trout-1 © 2012 Sandy Haight

I enjoyed working on the design as well, following a template with drill holes, tab and alpha-numeric spaces, consulting with the graphic designers in the prison, then watching, by way of Steve, as they enlarged the state name, lightened the trout even more than the 50% requirement and added a borderline over the course of several months.  Now, I wish I lived in Montana to see the plate on the road.

Here are some of my other sumi trouts that we considered. All are available for purchase.

Bull Trout-2 © 2012 Sandy Haight

Bull Trout-3 © 2012 Sandy Haight

Bull Trout-4 © 2012 Sandy Haight

Bull Trout-5 © 2012 Sandy Haight

Student watercolors-Bellevue College fall 2012

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Enjoy these finished paintings from the students of my Watercolor For Illustration class at Bellevue College this past fall.  My recent enthusiasm for flower painting is evident in several of these, all working from their own photos.  As first time painters its a challenge to jump into painting large, but the scale and use of photo reference encourages the commitment needed to learn control of the medium and finish a painting on a deadline, as an illustration assignment would require.  A finished work of art is the happy result and readiness to tackle illustration or commission assignments. These are all half sheet paintings, about 14″ x 20″ in size.  My next class starts January 14 for 8 weeks.  It’s a great way to spend the dark days of winter immersed in color.  Here’s the work from the fall students and a couple of bonus paintings sent to me from earlier students!

Rimma Oks's Orchid - Watercolor © 2012

Yuko Miki's Water Lily - Watercolor © 2012

Bonnie Bruenderman's Calla Lily - Watercolor © 2012

Melissa repeated the class to do the sunset below after her earlier Methow Valley sky painting last winter.

Melissa Firuz's Ocean Sunset - Watercolor © 2012

Poorwa took my class in the spring then applied her skills in a Children’s Book illustration class creating this painting.  Scroll through my teaching posts to see her spring 2012 painting of the Coliseum.

Poorwa Sarkari's children's book illustration - Watercolor © 2012

Anthony was also a student from last winter who sent me his next beautiful mountain landscape.  You can see his previous landscape and Melissa’s by scrolling through the teaching posts to winter 2012.

Anthony Marquez's Big Jim Mountain - Watercolor © 2012

Thanks to all my students for an inspiring year. They are amazing!

Holiday greetings – 2012

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

© 2012 Sandy Haight

It’s that Retail time of year…Art for Macy’s

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Macy's Drum Majorette © Macy's

As December marches on and it gets harder to avoid the need to shop for gifts (or materials and ingredients to make gifts), I’m reflecting on some illustrations I did for one of the big retailers, Macy’s. These line art and color images were used for holiday ads. Ho ho ho…

Santa's Watch-Macy's © Macy's

Macy's Gift Box © Macy's

Macy's Sleigh © Macy's

I Heart Macy's Car © Macy's

Macy's Shopper © Macy's

Yellowstone Aspens in Autumn: exploring the background tones

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Yellowstone Aspens watercolor © Sandy Haight

A trip to Yellowstone in mid September brought me up close and personal with the turning of the Aspen leaves to all shades of yellows and oranges.  Their bright colors can’t help but make you feel sunny as they flicker in the breezes.  Getting close, the masses of color aren’t the only theme as the spaces in between the sprigs take on more importance.

I used this composition to teach a glazing process for creating colorful neutral backgrounds to my fall students at Bellevue College. I layered a thin flat glaze of Aureolin yellow, followed by thin glazes of Rose Madder, then Cobalt blue after each layer dried to create a luminous gray. This was too pale and flat alone for my interest, but made a foundation for adding more color wet on wet to blend and flow to enhance the neutral foundation.  After 6-10 layers of color here’s what the background looked like before I even started painting the main attraction….the leaves.

Luminous neutral background washes © Sandy Haight

Luminous neutral background washes-Yellowstone Aspens © Sandy Haight

In the beginning I masked out the leaves so I could brush the background colors freely over the whole surface.  This image shows the mask removed, the veins sketched in and ready for color with additional masking fluid added to the lightest areas preserving the white of the paper. Still, when the leaves were painted, the background needed to have more blues and greens to tie in the green leaf in the lower right to make it feel like it belonged to the painting, so more layers were carefully added to unify the painting. What do you think? I think it works and I’ll add it to my watercolor gallery on and enjoy the rest of the yellow Seattle autumn.

Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks Show

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Crocuses © Sandy Haight. Watercolor on Arches - 14" x 18"

Here’s the watercolor painting of crocuses popping up through an overgrowth of ivy that I’ll be exhibiting in the NWWS member show opening next week.  These flowers are a bit out of season now, but offer a cheery anticipation that spring will eventually come as we plunge into the dark northwest winter.  They are first to tease us out of the cold with their bright smiling colors.  Crocuses was one of the 55 paintings from 181 submissions that juror Stan Miller selected for this show, so its an honor to be part of this watercolor event.

Exhibition: October 23 – November 28, 2012
Reception: Thursday, October 25, 6:00—8:00 p.m.
Kaewyn Gallery 10101 Main St. / Bothell, WA 98011 /

Gallery hours: Tues – Thurs 10 – 6, Friday 10 – 5, Sat 10 – 4.

Unclad: The Fine Art of the Figure October 12-14, 2012

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Cross Knee 23" x 29" framed © Sandy Haight

I’ve been juried into the final Unclad art exhibit which will be on display only one weekend this year in Stanwood, WA, an hour north of Seattle.  Two of my sumi figures will be on display in the show, and many of my unframed sumi and watercolor figure paintings will be available in the gift shop that is associated with this event.  Unclad has been unique venue for me over the past 5 years and I’ll be sorry to see it stopping.  The address is:

Floyd Norgaard Building  27130 102nd St NW, Stanwood, WA 98292

If you can’t make it to the real show, the artwork can be viewed online at the Unclad Art web site. Here’s my other painting that will be presented at Unclad:

Thoughtful Woman 14" x 18" framed © Sandy Haight

More of my sumi paintings can be seen on my Fine Art web site along with galleries of watercolor figure paintings and other sumi-e and watercolor galleries.

Bellevue College summer watercolor student work

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Summer is over and I’m getting ready to start teaching a new group of watercolor artists tonight.  I had an enthusiastic group for my first offering of Watercolor for Illustration in summertime and it shows in these paintings.  It’s hard to believe that most are beginners with this challenging medium.  I really enjoy the variety of subjects they choose and range of watercolor techniques they use to gain control and get glowing results.  Aren’t they amazing? Kudos to these artists!

Elyse Kearney's Hot Air Balloons

Amy Weber's Songs About Rainbows

Kelsey McCornack's Castle

Candice Covey's Circus Horse

Lee Ready's Evening in Glasgow

Lee Ready's Cowboy Classmate




Illustrations for Happiness Strategy Teleseminar

Friday, September 7th, 2012

This Sunday, September 9 at 11:00, Ragini Michaels will present a FREE Teleseminar featuring 16 of the 26 illustrations I created to help her explain her strategy for achieving happiness and peace of mind as described in her recent book Unflappable. (I posted a blog about my sumi illustrations in that book on May 19, 2012). Here are some examples of my NEW stylized “stick figure” characters acting out their tensions both antagonistically and as a creative dynamic as they struggle to resolve their quite unresolvable dilemmas.  These illustrations are quite different from the book artwork as they are totally created as vector art for the web in Adobe Illustrator.



Each concept is formatted with a boxed heading labeling the issue category that we may be struggling with. We fluctuate between polar opposite feelings that are stated by the text that makes up the character’s torsos. Antagonistic expressions of the tensions have jagged bases labeled “dilemma”, while the Creative Dynamic Tension expressions have a rounded base with the “dilemma” label.  The polar pair characters are made of one rounded character and one angular character, also distinguished by tone. Here’s another simpler set:


You can see that I had fun with colors, fonts and vector art while creating these illustrations.  It was also fun working with Ragini to figure out what sort of actions the characters might be doing.  Here’s a set just in time for football season:


Tune into Ragini’s Free Teleseminar on Sunday to see the rest of these illustrations. It will be fun for me to see them in use and perhaps we can all find more enlightenment, happiness and insight for dealing with our inner tensions.


A Seduction of Lilies

Friday, August 24th, 2012

A Seduction of Lilies - Watercolor - 19" x 14.5" © Sandy Haight

It was a total joy to paint this close up of lilies that I saw in Vancouver’s Granville Island Market.  The sensuous shapes, vibrant colors, and minimal texture were fun to build up with my glazing techniques making them richer with every layer.  Dark color, such as the background and the deep wells of the flowers, are always difficult in watercolor because the paint dries many shades lighter than when applied. It can take 5-10 glazes to build up to the dark value that I envision. I wanted the background to be dark and neutral yet still glow with luminous color to compliment the oranges and reds in the flowers.  Certain colors lift and move around when re-wetted making it even more challenging to keep from streaking a large smooth area like the background or blending into a gradient area like the left two lilies.

Flowers are a constant seduction for me.  They can be beautiful, ephemeral and oh so fragrant in nature. It’s another pleasure to capture the colors and the mystical designs within them to enjoy as art, larger than life.

This painting was just added to my Watercolor Gallery on my fine art site at There are a few other flower paintings there and more to come!

Watercolor process. Young Elk painting step-by-step

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Young Elk, watercolor by Sandy Haight

I decided it was time for me to record my painting process from reference photo to finish when one of my students, Rodney Hill, documented the different stages of completing his class watercolor painting.  His printouts were of great value to future students explaining the steps they would use to paint realistically using photo references.  Watch how my watercolor painting of a young elk evolved. The reference photo is at the end of this post.

1. Once the paper is stretched by stapling soaked watercolor paper to gator board, dried, and outlines of the shapes transferred to the paper, a mask is applied to the foreground subject to preserve the white of the paper.  Some of the flowers and lighter grasses are also masked to allow a free and loose underpainting. The mask has a yellow tint in order to see where it has been applied.  (This 1st  photo is not lit correctly).

1. Mask and 1st Underpainting


2. More background is added including the mountains and the dark forested hillside.  More washes are layered onto the underpainting of the field.

2. Background added


3. Not being a landscape painter, I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle all the texture of the field but was eager to paint the subject. I procrastinated dealing with that dilemma and I removed the mask a bit early.  Usually I build up the background to a near finished state before removing the mask. Now all the whites are available for adding in pure color or lighter tints.

3. Masking is removed


4. At this point, the elk is painted (my favorite part) and the background herd, rocks and bushes are added as well as more foreground layers of washes and textures to make all the masked grasses blend better into the field.  Now that the animal is developed, though, I realize that the dark background hillside is demanding way too much attention, distracting the viewer from the beauty of the elk by advancing with its strong values.  Do you agree? I need to tone that down. My other concern was that having applied mask to details in the field I was stuck with the task of defining the grasses and wildflowers more clearly than I might have liked. Since this started out as a demo painting, it worked well for teaching purposes by showing various ways of using and applying masking fluid.

4. Elk & more grass textures painted in


5. Yes, it is possible to fix watercolor errors, to a point.  I scrubbed away at that dark hillside to force it to take its proper, more subtle place in the back of the picture.  I tried to straighten the horizon line a bit which was at an awkward downhill slant.  This was as light as I could get it, and it still has some room to create a sense of the trees by adding more glazes of color.

5. Background hill scrubbed lighter


6. I masked the yellow flowers again so that I could intensify the foreground with further washes and grass detail while preserving the color of the flowers. It’s hard to see the little blobs of mask over the flowers.

6. Flowers masked again


7. Here’s the finished painting again from top of the post, with trees suggested in the hillside, grasses more defined and yellows enhanced. Another layer of sky was added and more layers of washes in the mountains to finish it.

7. Young Elk, final watercolor by Sandy Haight


8. Below is the photo I used for reference.  Driving out of Rocky Mountain National Park we passed this brave young elk, grazing right by the roadside.  I’m not sure I’ll ever be a landscape painter…it’s hard to improve on Nature, but I loved painting this beautiful animal who let me get quite close for a photo.

8. Rocky Mountain Elk photo by Sandy Haight


AMAZING watercolors! Student paintings-Spring 2012 Bellevue College

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Once again my students impressed and inspired me with their watercolor paintings. We met one night a week for 10 weeks at the Bellevue College north campus. Most are beginners at using watercolor, some with other art experience.  Working from photos of their choice to practice matching colors and controlling the media they end up with a half sheet sized painting suitable for framing. Here’s a display of the finished paintings:

1. A returning student, Rodney Hill did 2 atmospheric seascape paintings this term, really capturing the surf.  At the end of the post are his paintings from winter term 2011.

"Beach Scene" by Rodney Hill

"Waves" by Rodney Hill

2. Margie Holzer completed her second painting on her own taking on 2 difficult subjects, babies and furry creatures.

"Magic Kisses" by Margie Holzer

"Sadie" by Margie Holzer

3. As a lover of Italian architecture, Purva Sarkari took on a very complex image of the Coliseum in Rome and made it beautiful and intricate spending time outside of class to accomplish this.

"The Coliseum" by Purva Sarkari

4. Ketheren Zanaqui honored her boyfriend’s Iron Man medal in this double portrait of him with his dad.  She persisted for many, many layers to get a rich, glowing dark background by mixing colors…no black paint allowed….and paid tight attention to detail in the faces and graphic details in the shirts and signs.

"Iron Man" by Ketheren Zanaqui

Congratulations all!

Rodney Hill, who painted the above seascapes, took my class last year and documented the steps of this painting from masking, developing the sky, figuring out how to paint the branches and finally the bird.  I use his documentation to introduce students to the process, from photo reference to painting.  Here’s his first painting from a photo he took from his deck.

“Jay in Tree” by Rodney Hill

And another small study of the Stellers Jay:

"Stellers Jay" by Rodney Hill, 5.5" x 9.5"

“Illumination – It’s all about the Light!” Watercolor Exhibit

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The Northwest Watercolor Society has a new show in its gallery at the Seattle Design Center celebrating light in watercolor painting through July 28, 2012.  As a member I have two paintings in the show that were done early in my watercolor practice.  Feeding the Ducks not only shows a companionable scene at Green Lake of 2 young friends, Shayla Miller and Molly Yoder-Williams, but a brilliant display of light across the water.

Feeding the Ducks by Sandy Haight

Light implies shadow and the painting of my deck was all about the pattern of the shadows cast by the railings.  My back yard wasn’t really a beach, but I wished for that so I substituted the ocean and sand for grass, fallen leaves and garage siding in Dream Deck.

Dream Deck by Sandy Haight

To see the work of many more watercolor artists, visit the exhibition:

Mondays through Fridays, 9:00am – 5:00pm, through July 28.

Seattle Design Center

5701 Sixth Ave S  Suite P262

Seattle, WA 98108

“Unflappable” sumi book illustrations

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Hot off the press from Conari Press is a long awaited book by Ragini Michaels titled “Unflappable:  Six Steps to Staying Happy, Centered , Peaceful – No Matter What.”

I contributed several sumi paintings to this book about navigating the paradoxes of life, represented by the infinity loop,  that has us continually cycling through the polarities of our emotions.  Ragini draws upon the wisdom of the mystics and contemporary psychology to give us a process to become truly unflappable in a “land of  unresolvable dilemmas.”

Ragini has been a pleasure to work with.  Her upcoming webinar will feature 26 of my illustrations in a whole new style.  Stay tuned.  Congratulations, Ragini, on realizing the dream of this book coming into being.

Ozzie painting in artEAST’s “Creature Comforts” show

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

My Ozzie the Cat painting was juried into an art exhibit at the artEAST Art Center in Issaquah, WA called Creature Comforts featuring art of pets.  She’s even represented on the announcement for the show linked HERE and shown below. I’ll be at the reception on Saturday May 26, 2012 in the 95 Front Street North gallery from 6pm -8pm.  The show will continue until July 17 with several pet related activities.  Cheers to pets of all kinds!

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Here comes a wonderful series of events celebrating the heartfelt connection between person & pet! 

Creature Comforts

The bond we feel with our animal companions is among the strongest of all our relationships. Deeply loved creatures make us rich beyond measure.

Join us for a series of art experiences centered on the theme of our upcoming exhibition.


Creature Comforts Exhibition:
curated by Pandy Savage McVay
May 26th-July 17th, 2012

Reception : Saturday, May 26th, 6 – 8pm

Presenting works from these artists:

Amy Weber Ann Elizabeth Scott

Audrey Knutsen Camille Vonnegut

Dorothy Bonneau                             Ed McCarthy

Gale Corkey Greg Bartol

Irena Jablonski Jessica Farren

Karen Abel Katalin Fazekas

Kim Doyle Leslie Moon

Lydia Sutton Mami Shimomura

Melissa Jander Michelle Ryan

Pamela Holderman Pandy Savage McVay

Patie Savage Sandy Haight

Tami Donnelly


Wait, there’s MORE!

“Reading with Rover” at artEAST

Reading with Rover
Boomer reading, courtesy Reading with Rover

Thursday May 31st 6:30 – 7:30

& Saturday June 16th 1:00 – 2:00

Families with school-aged children who are learning to read or developing greater confidence to read well are invited to come and read to established “Reading with Rover” trained dogs and their handlers. The dogs all promise to be calm and compassionate listeners, so please bring readers with the capacity to sit and read quietly with the dogs, library rules apply. To learn more about the “Reading with Rover” program, go to Reading With Rover.

Lucia a coucher by Dorothy Bonneau“Pup Walk” 

Wednesday June 6th 6:00 – 7:30

& Saturday June 16th 2:30 – 4:00

Visit the gallery and see the show with your own pup! Gallery guests may bring in well-behaved and leashed dogs during these posted times. Pups who have tails that break also have owner’s that buy. For pups with energetic tails, the back entrance will also be available for access to the show.

“Scout” by Rickie Wolfe

Canine Figure Drawing Demonstration:

Thursday, June 14th 5:00 – 7:00pm


Join artEAST’s own premier figure drawing group for a “Canine Figure Drawing” studio session. Guided by instructor Ellen Borison, members of the group will be drawing an established set of dog models. The  event is  open to the public.

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Ozzie the Cat, watercolor

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I just added a new painting to my fine art site in the watercolor gallery.  It’s a portrait of Ozzie, my cat for 15 years, whose grace and presence enhanced whatever space she chose to occupy. Ozzie The Cat is my first attempt at painting a furry creature in pure watercolor, and I found it extremely challenging to represent the texture yet softness of the fur and the complexity of the background patterns.  With a subject for painting that is close to my heart the magic of bringing it to life in a new (and permanent) way is very gratifying.  It goes beyond the representation of beauty in art to warming the spirit of love.

As a watercolor instructor at Bellevue College I get to start a new half sheet painting every quarter in order to explain the process of developing a painting from a drawing or photo.  I need to pick compositions that require some masking and texture to demonstrate, then, after that, its up to me to finish my paintings as my class time and attention is focused on coaching each student’s process.  Teaching has spurred me back into painting realistically from photo references, which I did early in my own training as a watercolor painter before stylizing my art for a career in the illustration market.  I’m trying varied subject matter that will help me coach my students through working on their own chosen images, which have included beloved pets. I’m starting to discover what subjects I enjoy spending lots of time with through painting.

Some of my student’s work from recent classes is posted on this blog.

Bellevue College Watercolor students-Winter ’12

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Once again the Watercolor for Illustration students in my class at Bellevue College came up with some very accomplished paintings, many for their first try at watercolor.  They worked on half sheets of Arches 140# cold press paper (15″ x 22″) enlarging compositions from a photo or photo collage and practiced a variety of watercolor techniques to create finished paintings. Many were not quite finished by the end of the course.  I’ll post those later if they are sent to me.  Here are the paintings that were finished, or close enough, to see the skill and challenges they brought to their chosen image using this difficult medium.  I’m so inspired by them!

Reflected Mountain watercolor by Antony Marquez

Fallen Leaf watercolor by Ashba Zulfiqar

Above the Methow watercolor by Melissa Firuz

Cottages watercolor by Chelsea Lasater-unfinished

South of the Border watercolor by Kalen Lily Wong-unfinished

Seeing Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 12th, 2012

With the higher demand for vector illustration these days I’ve been recreating some of my favorite traditionally drawn images as vector art.  This gives me a chance to update the line work to my current stroke styling, opening it up.  Below is the original art for a packaging design for Caravali Coffee’s Irish Creme flavor.   I credit that assignment with the birth of my current style.   With creative freedom, I had 13 flavors to illustrate, creating a new direction and a new portfolio to present to a wider market.  The strong line and vivid color has found many uses in print and web as seen on this web site.  My styling lends itself well to vector, don’t you think?   But, I still welcome any opportunity to paint!  Let’s paint the town GREEN!