Jul 31, 2012

I'm Back

Still Life with Oranges, 18x24, original oil painting on canvas, $395

I can't believe I haven't posted for 20 days! I spent over a week in the lavender fields plein air painting. I had so much fun with all that purple! I was rushing so much to get them all framed and submitted to the Lavender Festival show in Yamhill, Oregon that I forgot to take photographs of them. They will be in either the Coldwell Banker Professional Group building or Cusick Picture Frame in Newberg, Oregon for their First Friday Art Walk, August 3, from 5 to 9 pm. Drop in if you are in the area, I'd love to meet you.

After the Lavender Festival I decided to go out and do some plein air painting. I've discovered that I love painting outdoors. There are no distractions, like cats that need to be fed and plants that are begging for water. So, I can focus on just painting. And strangely, it doesn't bother me to have people look at my "not finished" paintings. As soon as I photograph them I'll post them.

I'm posting a larger size, still life painting that I did last winter. I really like  the way it turned out. It has a quality of stillness and timelessness.

Jul 10, 2012

Off to the Lavender Fields!

I'm participating in the Lavender Festival Paint Out and have been out in the lavender fields for a number of days now, painting my favorite color—purple! I am a truly happy camper. It's been roastingly hot, but luckily there has been enough shade for my palette and canvas and a little left over for me.

I'll be back after the Festival this weekend. With a number of paintings of Oregon's Lavender Fields.

See you soon!

Jul 5, 2012

Egg cup and shells

Egg Cup and Shells,  5x5, oil on gessoboard,

This little painting managed to hold it's own against many larger still life paintings in the Portland Fine Arts Guild competition earlier this spring. It received Honorable Mention—not bad for a little 5x5!

Jul 2, 2012

Guarding Spooner Creek

Guarding Spooner Creek, 6x6, oil on stretched canvas, $75
(click here to buy this painting)

Let's travel from Eastern Oregon to the Oregon Coast! Whenever I visit the coast I have to stop and take a photo of these rocks. There is something about them that says endurance and steadfastness. They are in Lincoln City in the area that we used to call Taft, just north of Salishan. The area has marshes around Spooner Creek before it enters the bay.