January 21, 2015

Chicago Shades of Grey

Leaving Chicago, outside the window, revealed a gradation of greys reaching for the sky. Misty grey. Shades of grey. Grey steel disappearing into the fog. 
No sun but for a spark of life in a window on Lake Shore Drive. 
"Chicago, Chicago that toddlin' town
Chicago, Chicago I will show you around
Bet your bottom dollar you will lose the blues in Chicago..."

Pastel, 10x8, $115.

December 16, 2014

First Snow

Painting commissioned as a gift for a woman who as a young girl had never seen snow before coming to our country from Malaysia. Her response is captured here in its purity.

"Suat's First Snow" pastel, 20x16, ©Johanna Bohoy, 2008  SOLD- Malaysia

November 24, 2014

Cranberry Bog

Seeing things? 
Red water? 
Yes, cranberries floating in a bog of blue. 
Native Americans named the red berries Sassamanash, and introduced them to the starving Pilgrims in Massachusetts, who then used them in their first Thanksgiving feast. 
Now they are ours. Little red pearls of tartness that add color and sweetness to our plates and palates. 
Thank you Mother Earth.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Pastel, 10 x 8, $150.

November 5, 2014

Good Swan

The good swan. As fragile as crystal. As pure as the white she wore. Lia Cirio of Boston Ballet, who performed last weekend, was the best swan I have ever seen dance the parts of Odette and Odile. 
As delicate as her white swan was- her black swan was fiery, 
look-you-in-the-eye passionate, athletic, and energetic. 
A standing ovation well deserved. 
Feathers aloft.

Pastel, 7 x 5 SOLD-Pennsylvania

October 20, 2014

Surprise Glacier, Alaska, watercolor, Bohoy

It's a glacier.
An ice sculpture framed by the mountains. Groaning, cracking, spouting, melting- calving into the sound. Baby blue reflected from the sky above.
Chunks of ice swim over to greet us. Little ships built by hundreds of years of compressed snow- now set sail.
A wonder of nature before our eyes.
[Surprise Glacier, Alaska].

Watercolor, 20 x 16, unframed  $500.

October 1, 2014

Alaska watch

Out come the cameras and phones. Almost tipping the boat into waves. Capturing mountains and glaciers ahead. And a humpback? an otter? an Orca? a seal?
Sights to see and send home.
Heading to Surprise Glacier, Alaska

Pastel, 10 x 8, $175. 

September 17, 2014

Hatcher Pass, Alaska, pastel Bohoy

"There's gold in them thar hills." 
Hatcher Pass, Alaska. Through the rolling hills and roiling mist a shrouded vestige of the past appears. Peaks of red that sheltered the miners of the Alaska Pacific Mining Company dot the velvety green pass. Ghostly mists and fog and clouds hover above, all secretly holding the stories of the men seeking their fortunes that came to a halt during WWII. Eerily beautiful.

Pastel board, 16 x 20, $400.

August 19, 2014

Lavender Fields, Sequim, Bohoy pastel

Lavender Fields forever.
A little bit of Provence on an island off of Seattle- a town called Sequim.
Mounds of purple, lavender, blues and violets line up on the farms like soldiers ready for battle to clean and permeate the air with its herbal, sweet scent. 
[The name comes from lavandus a Latin word that means to wash and its aromatherapy properties soothe one's head, body and soul.]
It did.

Pastel, 8x10, $150.

August 3, 2014

Peony Seller, Pike's Mkt Seattle, Bohoy

Peony Seller at Pike's Market in Seattle:
Pale pink balls of heavenly aroma arranged in buckets for sale.
Like puffy little petticoats.
How can nature create such petals of perfection?

8 x10, mixed media. SOLD- Pennsylvania

June 23, 2014

Flower "girl"

This pastel I painted a 
while ago reminds me of 
my two old college friends. 
"Earth Mother" Oksana,
and Janie the herb grower.
I can picture either of them
doing just this-gliding 
through fields of flowers
and herbs, bathed by the
sun, in solitude, picking up
gifts from the earth.

Pastel 8x10, framed 
SOLD New York