Thursday, July 31, 2008

Portrait Session

This painting is from last Friday's 3 hour live model portrait session.

6x6 inches :: oil on linen

Saturday, July 26, 2008

City Shadows - SOLD

I liked the way the shadow of the fire hydrant looked on the pavement.
6x6inches :: oil on canvas

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Helen and Ted's Blueberries - SOLD

I went to Ted James Organic Blueberry Farm today, and got inspired by the abundance of farm life. Ted will have a blog up soon, so you can check out his farming philosophy and he is also a printmaker, so maybe he will talk about that too. I'll put a link on when he has it ready. And I took home some delicious berries. This painting was inspiring to me because I like the abstract silhouetted shape of the berries and leaves against a contrasting background.

6x6inches :: oil on canvas

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Crossed Lines - SOLD

Just got back from a couple of days in Seattle, I was hoping to get some good cityscape reference photos while I was there, we will have to see what's on the camera.
I saw this house in my neighborhood, the house itself looked so much like a Tim Horn painting (the bright light on one side of the building) I just had to paint it.I also liked the way the telephone pole went off the canvas and the shapes that the crossed wires form.

6x6inches :: oil on canvas

Friday, July 18, 2008

Zen Boyfriend

At the Art Center today, we painted one of the actors in costume for a series of one act play/musicals Zen Boyfriend, My Butterfly and Junk. This was a 3 hour pose, with breaks for the model of course.

16 x 20 inches :: painted on linen

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Looking East down the Columbia River Gorge - SOLD

Painting an epic scene like this one was really fun. This was painted from private property above the gorge, about 2000 feet elevation. You could probably spend the rest of your life just painting scenes from up there. The vegetation is kind of scrubby grasses, pines and patches of oak trees.
6x6 inches :: oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mike's Ice Cream - SOLD

Today I painted with the Columbia Gorge Area Plein Air Painters. We painted in Downtown Hood River, OR. Mike's Ice Cream is in a charming little green house, that is only big enough for the ice cream freezers and a line out the door most hot days.

6x6inches :: oil on canvas

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hydrangea - SOLD

Love these plants. They come in so many colors! This painting was a real discovery process, because Hydrangeas are one big flower made of lots of little flowers. Very fun to paint!
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Stop Sign -SOLD

I liked the stop sign in this little cityscape. There there was the red car that had to be painted too. Painted in Portland, OR at Utrecht's Bastille Day Plein Air event in the North Park Blocks.

6x6inches :: oil on board

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Squash Blossoms - SOLD

Another day painting in the garden. Squash blossoms are beautiful. There were lots of viney things going on to paint in the squash section. Trying to capture the character of the blossom was a challenge.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hummingbird Love - SOLD

I met a group of painters at Good News Gardening in Hood River to paint this morning. Good News has rows and rows of blooming plants and flowers. This fiercely red flower (Raspberry Wine Bee Balm) caught my attention, so I got set up to paint. Hummingbirds love this flower, they were flitting all around. I was painting my little 6x6 painting, and a woman came up behind me and said she wanted to buy the painting!

View of the gardens from under a Birch tree.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Chocolate Cupcake - SOLD

The chocolate and lavender on the background work together well. This one is very fun, I never have painted anything quite like it. The shiny icing is really interesting and painting something chocolate, how does it get any better than that?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Opening at the Gorge White House

The opening at the Gorge White House was fun, saw some people I had not seen in awhile! A painter friend, Celeste Bergin and her husband Dave came from Portland to see what I have been painting lately. Celeste has her blog about painting and life - Celeste and I did a Kenn Backhaus workshop at the same time, a couple of years ago, that's how I met Celeste. The Gorge White House is a very nice venue for paintings. Celeste's husband will have an opening there in October, showing his photography work of platinum prints.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Gorge White House - SOLD

This is a beautifully restored old house, that is now a business, The Gorge White House. I will be having a show for the month of July there. It is in the middle of Hood River Valley, where there are many orchards and farms. The Gorge White House showcases regional wines and art. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Muted Palette - 2 Eggs - SOLD

I taught my oil painting class today, and one of the students brought eggs to paint, so I couldn't resist painting them too. The muted palette is a nice change from all the bright paintings I had been doing lately. The warm/cool/shadow/light issues are so subtle with eggs.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mt. Hood - sold

This little landscape is for the show at The Gorge White House, that opens on July 4, in Hood River OR. I will also have larger paintings available. The orchard trees were an interesting challenge to paint. It's difficult to get trees dark enough to read as trees, but not too dark. This is more or less the view from The Gorge White House, minus the road.

3 Cherries - SOLD

Monday June 30, 2008
Ow. I was in pain the entire time I painted this little painting. I don't know if you are supposed to complain about physical ailments on a painting blog, but I did "something" to my back yesterday, and painting is killing me today. I kept asking myself, "why am I doing this?", but I kept painting and made these the fastest cherries I have ever painted, so my pain was part of the process of making this painting. So I guess it deserves to be part of the blog. This one is not for sale on the blog, because it is part of a show at a venue called The Gorge White House, in Hood River, on Hwy 35. It's a showcase of the finer things this area has to offer - they showcase individual wineries, and a different artist every month. This month happens to be the Cherry Festival month for the Hood River Valley.