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I came upon this pond early in the morning. Its surface was like a mirror, revealing another world within. Mists were rising in the valley, but wouldn’t be for long in this dry mountain air. I’m always struck by this landscape, it is always in flux, but grounds me in its calm serenity.

The original 40×60″ acrylic on canvas painting and prints can be found here:×60-original-painting/

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While I never get bored of painting landscapes, I do like to try doing something new every time. I’ll try a new paint product, or will attempt to develop a new way of applying it to the canvas, or something like that.

This is the first time I can think of that I tried a whole new kind of subject. I’ve done 179 paintings before this one, and they’ve all been landscapes, with a floral or two in there. This, as you might have guessed, is a typewriter.

It’s a beautiful object, and an elegant machine. It belonged to my grandmother, who went to school to learn to be a secretary at a time when career options were very limited for women. I don’t think she ever wound up working in that field. When this found it’s way to my hands after both of my grandparents had passed, it was still in great shape.

You could type a letter on it today. Sometimes I still do, just to feel the whack of the letter against the platen, and to engage in a way of putting thoughts down in type in a word processing technique I feel that I can understand completely from my brain through my fingers and on to the printed page.

The original 18×24″ painting is available here:
Underwood – 18×24″ Original Painting

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Wildflowers at Island View Beach

Reclining near the shore after a short walk along Island View beach, I noticed these little yellow flowers dancing in the warm, summer breeze. I’d have titled this painting after their name, but decided “Wildflowers” sounded better than “Oregon Gumweed”. Regardless, by any name, I’d still find them just as pretty.

The original 30×40″ acrylic on canvas painting and prints are available here:×40-original-painting/

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Waning Light at Elk Lake

I took it upon myself to go for a walk along the path that goes around Beaver and Elk Lake on this January evening. The path and the colours in the sky and trees beckoned me forward, but I turned around somewhere right around this point; the sun had gone below the horizon and I wanted to get back before it got too dark.

The original 18×24″ painting and prints are available for purchase here:×24-original-painting/