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!