Plein Air Paint Out in Mt Vernon

This is a first. We are having a plein air paint out in Mount Vernon. A paint out is just an invitation to a group of plien air artists to meet at a certain locale at the same time. I’ve been painting outdoors for years. For the most part I like to go into the mountains or along the rivers and streams of the Skagit valley and spend a lovely afternoon painting. This is a little bit of a stretch. Painting in front of passersby can be a little intimidating. But, my experience has been that people are just lovely and very interested to see what’s going on. Anyway, it’s going to be another terrific day in the valley. The farmers market is going on downtown. It would be a great day to visit and see how art is made. Look for artists in the downtown area of Mount Vernon and say hello.

Show: October 7, 6-10, The Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle St., Mt. Vernon, WA

New Works at the Edison Eye

I will be showing 7 of my latests paintings at a show titled, “Phantoms” at the Edison Eye in Edison, WA. Most of the paintings are from the spring and summer. The show includes paintings and sculpture by nine local artists: Ed Kamuda, David Blakesley, Barry Christensen, Ann Duffy, Troy Gilpatrick, Lynn Hays, Jim Lapp, Reis Niemi, and me, Tom Pickett. The show opens Saturday, September 11, 5-10pm and will continue through September 26.

11h x 24w, oil on wood panel

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Well, let’s start the year off right! I’m inviting you to a show of 7 of my new paintings at the Allied Arts gallery in Bellingham. This is a group show and includes some of my friends from the EDGE program, painters; Kristen Gilje, Joy S.Olney, Steve Satushek, Katherine Schneider. myself, and jeweler; Jane Penman. The opening reception is from 6-10pm Friday, January 8 and the show will hang through January 29. The Bellingham art walk is the night of the reception. Hope you can come.

Allied Arts Gallery
1418 Cornwall Avenue
Gallery hours are Noon – 5pm

Title: Landscape in Red and Green
Dimensions: 12h x 25w
Medium: oil on wood panel
Price: $525



End of the Year

Well it has been an astonishing year. Art-wise I have had a wonderful year. Making art throughout the year and having a great time at the shows and connecting with fellow artists and patrons in the area. I am ending the year busily preparing for the first show of the new year. My friends from the EDGE class are putting together another group show. This time at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave, in Bellingham. The opening will be Friday, January 8, 6-8pm. I’ve posted a new portfolio in the Gallery if you would like a little preview.

May the new year bring us all closer together.

Tide Field Nocturne
27h x 14w
oil on wood


New Works at Pacioni’s Restaurant

Friday, November 13, 6pm – 8pm at Pacioni’s Restaurant, 606 S 1st St., downtown Mount Vernon. I have been hanging some paintings there since June of this year and we’re going to exchange the existing works with some new ones. So, we decide to have a little opening celebration. There will be a wine tasting, for those wishing to imbibe and music from the excellent, La Rosa Trio. The restaurant will remain open so, orders from the kitchen are possible. It should be a grand evening and everyone’s welcome. Come and enjoy.

Title: The Shadow of Leaves
Artist: T.H.Pickett
Medium: oil on wood panel
Dimensions: 18h x 12w
Price: $525


Plein Aire Paint Out Show in Bellingham

The Plein Aire Paint Out that I was a participant of in August is having it’s show at the Blue Horse Gallery, off Bay Street in Bellingham, November 6-30 with the opening reception on Friday November 6, 6pm-8pm.

The Old Town
15h x 24w
oil on masonite panel


Plein Aire Weekend Over

I spent the weekend Plein Aire painting in Mount Vernon and Bellingham. It was good to be outside painting. I’m not used to having so many people around but, they were all very encouraging. The results of the Bellingham Plein Aire Paint Out will be on display at the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham in November. The opening will be on Friday November, 6, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.


The Creative Edge at the Blue Horse Gallery

Friday, August 7, 7-10pm; 9 artists including myself will display our latest works at the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham. The Blue Horse is located at 301 W. Holly St. This is a show of new works and I will have 14 new paintings in the show. My paintings will include two encaustic pieces. Encaustic is a wax process that I am very excited about. Also included will be some abstract works which seems to me a natural digression for any artist doing studio work. The show should be great and my colleagues are a fine collection of painters, sculptors, jewelry makers and just good people to hang out with so come to the show!

Paintings Above:

Title: Tree Dance
Dimensions: 18h x 24w
Medium: oil on wood panel
Price: $575

Title: Blue Branches in a Stream
Dimensions:18h x 12q
Medium: oil on wood panel
Price: $525


Ordinary Things at the Edison Eye

I have a couple of small pieces at the Edison Eye in Edison, WA. The opening is August 1, 5:00-10:00pm. Dana (the owner) likes to do theme shows and this one is called “Ordinary Things”. He invited a whole slough of valley artists to participate. An opening at the Edison Eye is always a great party, usually some oysters or salmon on the barbecue, sometimes music or poetry and a lot of artist milling around grousing about the deplorable state of the art world or the deplorable state of the world in general. My kind of people.

These pieces are done on dinnerware. What could be more ordinary? I use small plates as palettes when I’m working with encaustic. I noticed that the wax adheres nicely to the plates when it drys and so… a medium is born.

Title: A Plate Full of Hydrangea I & II
Dimensions: 11h X 11w
Medium: encaustic on dinnerware
Price: $400


Opening Saturday

Well, the Celebrate Skagit Art 14 show is hung at the La Conner Seaside Gallery and awaiting the opening reception on Saturday 6:30-8:30. This is the benefit show for the Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland that I have been curating for SPF. I have to say the show looks great. I think anyone who sees it will wonder at the diverse collection of very talented artists we have in this area.

Above, is my submission to the show it is titled, “When Trees Mess with Clouds”.