Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fantasy Garden Series

Disappointed because her own

garden didn't flourish this summer, Wanda Mawhinney decided to create a fantasy garden series of oil paintings, using bright floral colors.

For most of her career, she's painted in acrylics, but after taking a class with Diane Ainsworth she's become fascinated with the blending ability of oils.

Mawhinney is an intuitive painter. She chooses a color scheme, then allows the painting to create its own form and is often surprised at the end results. She loves bright, bold color. After living in Arizona for 30 years, she favors reds, oranges, and yellows, although residing the past six years in the Northwest has enticed her toward more blues and greens.

Wanda is president of the Port Ludlow Artists' League. Her work also appears in Showcase Gallery at Northwind, as well as Port Ludlow Gallery and The Inn at Port Ludlow.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Water Music 2 & Water Music 4

These two oil paintings are done on wood panels. WaterMusic 2 is 24x24 and Water Music 4 is 18x24. They were first inspired by a famous artist, Ron Erlich, whose work I viewed online. Then, while walking along the inland beach where I live and viewing the different layers created by the calm surf coming and going on the sand, it looked like music and I was inspired to try something new.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ocean 1

Another look at the beauty here in the Pacific Northwest..................... Ocean 1, 36x36 Oil

New Works

Water Music is a 24x48 Oil and Light Shimmer a 24x36 Oil

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Using Plaster

Wow! can't wait to start working with plaster as collage. This should be interesting!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Sunset Marsh

I now live in Port Ludlow, Washington. But I spent 35 years in the Southwest and still gravitate to a sun-soaked palette of warm reds, oranges and yellows. This mixed-media piece captures a memory of vibrant Arizona sunsets. Examples of my work are on display at

High Tide Reflections

I painted this after spending a week beachcombing on San Juan Island and watching sunsets from Mineral Point. I textured the canvas with rice paper before beginning.