summer-fall journal 2019


What's not to love about summer in Western Washington?



county fair art show

As a kid, showing animals and art at the fair was a big summer highlight. I've always wanted to enter something as an adult and finally did this year. And boy was I surprised! Click here or on photo to see more...



summer activities

  • I'm assembling a collection of art and writing into something to share... more on that upcoming.
  • And I'm making headway on a very large oil painting with natural imagery of the Olympic Peninsula. This private commission will keep me in the studio for a while as it is three feet high by five feet wide. Canvas is stretched and I await final approval of compositional sketches and studies.
  • I'm gardening in during late evening daylight in our northern summer. The flowers are abundant, stunning, and fragrant.
  • Autumn will be here soon, so I'm considering themes and new work for a fall show. More to come...
  • I'm attempting to rest and enjoy the moments. It's easy to work and not receive the moments we're given along the way.


commission sketch

This rough compositional sketch will become a 3 x 5 foot oil painting in full color. Envision...


spring art show thank yous

special thanks to all who visited my lakeside studio in April and May...

In April, I hosted my private studio show.

In May I participated in Olympia's South Sound Studio Tour. Joining me were friends and guest artists Bonnie Belden-Doney and David Pierce. Thanks, Bonnie and Dave, for giving this a shot together. It turned out that this first year event was successful in drawing visitors to studios in Olympia proper, but not so much to the out-of-town studios like mine. Our day was full of beauty and grace, and a slowly trickling stream of visitors.







Bonnie Belden-Doney demonstrated watercolor painting and displayed her poetic, soulful paintings. Click on photo left or her name to visit her website -








David Pierce, a talented illustrator, featured a fresh series of spring paintings in oil on canvas. View his brilliant illustrations at (click on photo right or his name).




the show

spring gallery...

...and water themed gallery...

Notice both rooms' wall have new color - freshly painted in Sassy Green and Robin Egg Blue. The stone lithography room (not shown) is a warm gold. The kitchen hasn't changed yet. But new lighting illuminated my studio for spring shows and workshops. And the notice on the walls are words describing the themes of the artwork. More context aids connection. These studio upgrades take time, but they're coming along nicely. I'm truly thankful.




spring silk workshops

Participants in the March and April silk workshop each created two beautiful silk scarves--one abstract, and one with drawn design elements. I'm so pleased with the outcomes, as well as pleasant company, good weather and abounding beauty here at the lake. Click the image below to watch a short video of the April workshop.



Highlights of recent silk workshop. Upcoming class has two spaces open - June 28-29 Info at Click the “classes” tab of top bar

Posted by Steve Scheibe on Friday, June 14, 2019




April 2019 abstract "scribble" silks emerged in dynamic color. Silk in front right is the group project. Amazing!



dye-painting silk workshops


experience silk painting in a lakeside studio

Consider a silk painting workshop for yourself and/or as a gift.


At the age of eight or nine, my twin nephews painted a beautiful dragonfly silk. To this day it is one of my favorite silks, likely because children create freely and without inhibition.

the dyes do the work

Dye-painting silk in the serti method is something most anyone can do. The richly colored dyes migrate through the silk weave creating lovely patterns. A very "forgiving" medium, these dyes won't make muddy color. Even if you mix up a brown, the silk's sheen will create a metallic bronze version of your brown.

In a friend's words, "dyes in silk is like watercolors on steroids."


classes info


Click here or on the "classes" tab at top to see upcoming classes schedule...








come to the table

Come to the Table, featured thirty-five carefully selected works including everything from historical pieces by Albrecht Durer, to modernist work by Jasper Johns and Sadao Watanabe, to fresh contemporary pieces created by CIVA-member artists. My artwork "Because We Can't Eat Rocks II" is included among the thirty-five artworks in this travelling exhibition (since 2014). And its tour is now completed and the artwork has been returned to me. I'm honored to have had my work included in this rich, travelling exhibition.

Click here to see the show in Boston.




select past commissions



silk-in-glass commission

I'm pleased to announce my first completed installation of silk laminated within glass. The artwork fills the spaces between open trusses of a residential interior. The photo at right two of four panels. Click to see more.



Land and Sea Passage

As students, faculty, and visitors enter Gilson Middle School in Valdez, Alaska, they are greeted by a vibrant suspended mural--over 26 feet wide. Read more...



Macroscape Slides

Three new glass artworks resembling over-sized microscope slides measure two feet high by six feet wide. Each artwork is uniquely created in mouth-blown art glass laminated onto dichroic float glass. They are installed in the Margaret Murie Life Sciences Building at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.



Illuminated Passage

This suspended mural of dye-painted silk measures over 300 square feet. For Liberty Middle School in Spanaway, Washington, it depicts junior high years in a metaphor of a river passing through a canyon.
I love it. It turned out to be all I hoped for and more. Read more...



Experimental Image Glass

I continue to collaborate with Seattle glassblower Jim Flanagan to create gently abstracted imagery within colored glass. Click here or on the photo at right to see our most recent sheets of blown glass (and scroll down, as the newest work is near the bottom). 



Tree of Life

Commissioned for a thriving church in the town of Dunwoody, near Atlanta, Georgia.






This mural in dye-painted silk was commissioned for Katchemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College of the University of Alaska. Discovery was installed in Homer, Alaska, in June of 2012. Read more...



Generations: Incubation

Kenai Peninsula College etched mouth-blown glass public art installation

Click here to read about Generations.

Here is a link to KPC installation photos




studio and story





2011 nest images on cotton paper

Click here to see photos of ten images completed in January 2011




stone impressions - watch the art-making process on video

People often ask me how I create a stone lithograph. It's hard to explain in words so I have a short video that shows the process.

Click here for photos and video on stone impressions.




silk rivers

These river silks were inspired by and modeled after the beautiful Fremont antique glass we used for the Kenai Peninsula College installation.




My Grandma's name, Florence, means "to flower" as in the sense of a blossom. And 2012's flowers were an explosion of color. See photos in her memory...



 Be silk scarves

gallery of Be silk scarves
significance in Be-ing
silk care
displaying silk



past journals