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!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bowl, Plate, Spoon

Would someone please tell me the secret to drawing ellipses?  Am I going to have to struggle with them the rest of my life?  I tried cropping this to make it look better - not so much.  Found this bowl at good will and I think it has a lead glaze but I love the shape.
Drawn with 4 colors of Caran Dasch crayon and a wet brush - very quick.  Our Plein Air group had a great reception last night, excellent turn out and we had the best three piece ensemble (Blue Grass) called the Red Cedar Shakes.  It really was a chance for Portland Plein Air Painters to shine.  Celeste has put up an album slide show if you are interested.  More pictures are coming from other participants.  Have a great day. I am!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Albina Bank Hosts Group Show

Come see my paintings in the Pearl! My work was juried into "According to Northwest Light", an exhibit of the Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters showing at the Albina Bank in the Pearl with a First Thursday reception August 4, 6-9pm. Hope to see you there! (Juror: Catherine Gill) The show runs August 4-August 29.  The Juror picked five of her favorite paintings for special recognition. Hope you can join us!
Albina Bank, 430 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
(NW 10th and Glisan)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cherry Tomatoes!

These were left for me in the fridge while I house sat earlier in July.  'So good! Glad I painted them before I ate them.  You'll have to go get your own.......  :)
 The strawberries took forever to get ripe.