Friday, December 16, 2011

More Pears

Had to paint those darn pears again.  They keep getting more character as they get overly ripe.  I found also that photoshop  is fun for quick changes.
Changes were just a couple clicks in image adjustments!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Partridge and Couple Pears

I borrowed some paints today because someone left fruit on the counter, ripe enough to eat but had to paint it first.  It isn't a partridge you probably know but tis the season.  Yesterday I said good by to one of my paintings but I know the new owners will give it a place of honor.
It's been a busy last two weeks, getting ready for the show last weekend, nearly finished cleaning out a storage room and now cat sitting for a friend. I felt really compelled to paint today and glad I had the inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I'll get back into a regular blogging  schedule hopefully.

Edit: The owner of my painting met me at Fehrenbacher Hof  to pick up his art.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sketchbook Select

I try to do at the minimum, five or six thumbnails devoted to color and design each week. I thought I would share some of those today.

I draw out some big shapes; think of repetition, tipping,variety, odd numbers, and simplify. I use gouache and a couple watercolors.  I try once in a while for angular and straight lines but I end up rounding corners.  Someone might say they see general figures but it is not intentional. They are just for finding new combinations for non subjective design.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Another Fine Art Friday

Painted today with some members of Portland Plein Air et el.  We were at Cathedral Park and the Fall colors were blazing.  It's lucky we suffered through less than ideal temps because by 4:00pm the winds struck and then the saturating downpour. Now I'm warm and dry looking at some of the pictures of the day. See more of the day here
Above painting was done at Cathedral Park

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Re - Format

    I think I will try this previously horizontal painting as a square format next time I put it behind glass.  I unframed it last week because the non-glare glass was very dirty.  I had forgotten how much of the painting was being hidden under the mat and discovering the little tree on the left edge made the whole composition feel a little more like a secret garden. See the old painting below and tell me if the new format looks any better.  Today was super nice because while we were having our Portland Plein Air Painters meeting at O'Connors someone spoke to me about buying my painting hanging there this month! Made my day! Hope you too had something great happen today!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Yesterday I had help hanging an exhibition of some old and recent work.
The location is on North Mississippi Street where a group of psychologists make their reception room available to invited artists.
I didn't know I was being screened till I got a call.  I am very pleased for the opportunity and hope to be able to announce the date for the open house while the work is on display for the next two months. Click on the images to enlarge.Thanks!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Sketch Book

Go a new sketch book yesterday so I thought it should be Christened-nothing to scarey even if it is Halloween. Just some doodlings (Pitt Pen) and then some water soluble crayons. These crayons are my favorite tool for doodles and journaling.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Today ~ Fine Art Friday

Today I met up with a group of artists in North Portland, some I knew and some I didn't.  We were meeting at a cafe in a St Johns warehouse that was at one time the manufacturing location for Columbia Sportswear.  The building is now housing some art studios and miscellaneous offices.  After our coffee we had an impromptu paint in in Kat Sowa's studio! Lots of fun - See some more action shots of the afternoon here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Corn Still Life

Painting out door still life in natural light is very satisfying.
 Mid point - Developing greens, warm and cool
Corn on the ranch was late but colorful.  I took a few ears up to the chickens every day so by the end of two weeks they would start clucking and running to me when I was within sight. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Post Convention

Hyon Fielding was my assistant for the Past President's Paint Out last Saturday in Sun River.  She took such good care of me I thanked her with a small landscape painted there.  She said she would even continue helping me at award ceremony if needed because I couldn't stay. Surprise, surprise! She called later and said I did win so that means my painting for the first time will be in the traveling show aound Oregon for six months.  I'll get home soon and find out the particulars. 
 Oh, One final thing - I had this idea while out here in the boonies without any chap stick was to try (I was desperate) roll on deodorant!  I don't recommend it, thumbs down, Awful!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ranch Sketchin'

Hanging around Powell Butte in Central Oregon for the next several days sketching, putting up some tomatoes, giving ears of corn to the chickens, and cleaning out the laundry room just to mention a few chores.

Have a couple extra gas grills

Nice to see a barn full of dry hay
Some little jars of nice tomato sauce we put up 
 Got a lot of sunflower seeds to harvest

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Show Next Weekend

I have been honored by being accepted to the Fall Transparent show in Sunriver Oregon with the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Reception October 8th, 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall Convention

I've painted in gouache and watercolor several Artist Trading Cards (Same size as base ball cards) for one of the events next month for the Watercolor Society of Oregon's Fall convention. We will be at Sunriver Resort just below Bend Oregon and most of the events will be on Saturday, October 8th.  In the morning I will join the 'Past Presidents Paint Out' as one of the demonstrators, drop off trading cards, and swap out for other artist cards. There will be plenty of other activities, not to mention just exploring this beautiful resort.
I'm looking forward to seeing the gallery of paintings juried in by Ted Nuttall and to give my complements to all the artists and volunteers that help make these events possible.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cut the Chatter

Just a demo painting  for a beginner class out in Hillsboro a few years ago.
Thanks for looking. I'm working on a big project...sooner or later I can show you!
Now go paint.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Was Lost But Now I'm Found

This was painted last year during the Lavender festival, put away and forgotten until this year's lavender show.  I spent weeks looking through stacks of old paintings but it didn't turn up. I could see myself accidentally tossing it. I found an alternate, less than ideal painting that fit the requirements and went with that. The upshot was  two watercolors  were juried in and my alternate choice won the second place ribbon! I still like this lost and found painting but I don't think it would have impressed the judge as much as the other.... but you just never know!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back from a Break

I have been on a blog break. Last week I did a fair amount of painting outdoors and last weekend was spent with my niece, Amanda and her kids in the backyard of her new house. There's enough flat space to set up a little soccer field if they wanted and a sunken seating area (under a grape arbor) with a built in fire pit. I stood up on the chimney and looked across the alley to the neighbors garden; all manner of vegetables and herbs - the dinner plate dahlias are a feast of late summer color. Couldn't resist a quick little sketch.  Now there's a break in the heat, kids are starting second week of school, Halloween is right around the corner!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Abstraction Exercises

Seems like it was time to do some sketch book pages, explore some ideas for abstracts using a minimum of shapes and color then see what develops - think about texture, get a little more painterly with gouache, maybe some pattern.......  Nice way to spend cool gray morning. For kids that went back to school today sorry but - Monday's a Holiday!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gate House

I was with a group of ten women today at the Franciscan Villa in Bridal Veil.  I have come to think of it more as a retreat  than an annual paint out as it is presented.  This gives me a bit of breathing room as far as coming home with a finished painting - I didn't get a finished painting today, not even!   Things seemed to be going along and  All I have to show is a little sketch of the Gate House steps from the morning and a disappointed goat because I forgot to bring carrots.

pygmy goat


Monday, August 22, 2011

Shakespear in the Park

This little painting is still a work in progress.  I was having to many interruptions, I wasn't really disturbed because I had a pretty good drawing, well, good enough to do a larger painting of this in the near future. I really liked these two guys  taking a little break in the Shakespeare Garden at Washington Park. I wanted to get  their relaxed body language in my painting. This smaller garden is a restful contrast to all the activity and color of the larger Rose Test Gardens surrounding it.
    Had a beautiful day with 8 other artists from the Portland Plein Air Painters.  We drew lots of attention from all the visitors, lots of complements and comparisons. If you would like to see the other artists in action go Here!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lynda Drawn with Pencil

Thank you all for the help with ellipses; I was practicing just drawing them without templates or tracing and became increasingly frustrated but the link from Jeanette to Mike Sibley's was really quite helpful.  In the meantime, I hadn't picked up a pencil to draw a portrait for a while - It was a nice little break. It's the weekend and the sun just came out!