Saturday, December 30, 2006

Corvette - daily oil painting

41st in series - Corvette 5" x 7" original oil on wooden panel
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $70 plus $7.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Fall View - daily oil painting

40th in series - Fall View - sold5" x 7" original oil on wooden panel

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Fall Leaf on Red - daily oil painting

38th in series - Fall Leaf on Red5" x 7" original oil on wooden panel
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $70 plus $7.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

White Iris - daily painting

37th in series - White Iris5" x 7" original oil on panel
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $70 plus $7.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Abstract Blues - a Holiday Wish for You

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Abstract Blues - original oil on wooden panel - 8" x 10"
To all my artist friends - may your brushstrokes be joyous.
To all my friends and family - may your dreams come true.
To everyone who has supported my art - thank you!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Marie
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $100 plus $7.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Klondike: Shadow of the Wind

A massive wind turbine throws its shadow on the landscape
Mount Adams in the distance
The Klondike wind project near Wasco, Oregon
Getting ready for the REimaginations show in Los Angeles, June 2007.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Blue Chevy Belair - daily oil painting

36th in series - Blue Chevy Belair - sold5" x 7" original oil on panel
Another inspiration from a car show.
Shiny blue and more blue.
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Red Chevy Belair - daily oil painting

35th in series - Red Chevy Belair5" x 7" original oil on wooden panel
In July I attended my first car show ever.
There were Chevy Belairs everywhere.
They must be a collectors dream.
I just like the color red!
This painting was sold at the 62nd Annual Fundraising Auction for the Portland Chamber Orchestra held in March 2009.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Calla Lily - Daily Oil Painting

34th in series - Calla Lily5" x 7" original oil on wooden panel
Haiku
Explosion of white
Greeting the warm summer's day
Bold calla lily
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Cat on Blue - Daily Oil Painting

33rd in series - Cat on Blue5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel
HaikuSave the urchin cat
From the cold wharf elements
Warm her with your heart


RIP November 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Daily Painting - Spent Sunflower

32nd in series - Spent Sunflower - sold5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel

Haiku
Where has summer gone
The radiant face of warmth
In hibernation

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Sunshine Blossom - commissioned charcoal portrait

Mark Downey commissioned me to draw a portrait of his granddaughter, Sunshine Blossom. It will be a Christmas present for his daughter. We picked out a mat and frame at Michaels. I haven't done a commissioned portrait in a long time. This one was fun!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Release

18" x 24" original oil painting on canvas, done in the Old Master's style.
See working versions of this painting here.
This painting has been sold.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Daily Oil Painting: Back Study

31st in series - Back Study5 x 7 original oil on wooden panel
Japanese Haiku
The long lines of backs
Make human geography
In the female form

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Trillium

30th in series - Trillium5 x 7 original oil painting on wooden panel
Japanese Haiku
Woodland Sentinel
In the shade of giant firs
Welcome to the spring
I love Trillium. It grows wild along Laverne Drive. My daughter used to pick them for me when she was small.

You can see my Moleskine sketch that inspired this painting.

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Three Callas

29th in series - Three Callas 5 x 7 original oil painting on wooden panel
Japanese Haiku
Unfurling Splendor
Brave tall blossoms burst skyward
Calla lily dance
I love callas and want to make a larger painting of them someday. These were done from a series of sketches I did a couple months ago, plus I incorporated callas into this painting (still in progress).
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Riverwatch 7 am

28th in series - Riverwatch 7 am - sold
5 x 7 original oil painting
Japanese Haiku
The Columbia
Wakes up to a brand new day
Soft morning colors
This is what I look at every morning!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Petcoke Terminal

27th in series - Petcoke Terminal - sold5 x 7 original oil painting done in one day
Japanese Haiku
Wheels of Industry
Rail cars to silos to ships
This is port business

This is the bp terminal at the Port of Longview.

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Bollard, Bridge Abutment and Bouy

26th in series - Bollard, Bridge Abutment and Bouy - sold5 x 7 original oil painting done in one day
Japanese Haiku
Tie up to the dock
Large ships held tight with long ropes
Snuggled into port

See the sketch that inspired this painting.

I sketched this scene on my lunch hour. People who know me will recognize it. Cars and trucks rumbled by on the bridge above and a cargo vessel sailed by. It was a sunny, fall day; long gone but still alive in my painting.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Study of a Ship's Bow #2

25th in series - Study of a Ship's Bow #25 x 7 original oil painting done in one day
Japanese Haiku
Knifing through the deep
The bold red bow pushes on
Dividing rivers
This painting was sold at the 62nd Annual Fundraising Auction for the Portland Chamber Orchestra held in March 2009.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Monet's Butterfly - painting progress

Week 5 - Monet's Butterfly - Old Master's techniqueSee previous phases of this painting here.
Stay tuned. It isn't finished yet.
See the painting journal from this painting session.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Study of a Ship's Bow

24th in series - Study of a Ship's Bow5 x 7 original oil painting done in one day
Japanese Haiku

Churning through the sea
The face of commerce at hand
A treasure inside

Another study of a cargo vessel

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Study of a Ship's Anchor

23rd in series - Study of a Ship's Anchor 5 x 7 original oil painting done in one day
Japanese Haiku
Snuggled up to bow
Ready to dive into blue
Be still my large ship

A study of the crusty old anchor on a cargo vessel.

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Under the Dock

22nd in series - Under the Dock - sold
5 x 7 original oil painting done in one day.
Japanese Haiku
There under the dock
Shadows of lapping water
echo in the dark
Can you imagine what it looks like under the dock of a marine terminal? I can. It's very dark and mysterious. There's also lots of spiders. I was lucky enough to climb around under these docks several years ago, before Homeland Security imposed all the security restrictions on ports. Now no one can get there.
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Longview Library Cupola

21st in series - Longview Library Cupola5 x 7 original oil painting done in one day
Japanese Haiku
Books: light to the world
Makes viewable printed page
The library's lamp
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Poppies

From a rainy Saturday afternoon spent painting with the grandkids. See more of our paintings on Marie's Grandkids Art Journey!

Of course I couldn't resist getting out the watercolors and we all sat down to paint. After all, the grandkids can't come over to Granmarie's house without doing some art! Funny, in the time it took me to make paint one, they made three! We painted on watercolor paper I cut into 2.5 x 3.5 inch pieces - ACEO - I discovered these on ebay (Art Cards Editions Originals). People collect these small paintings just like baseball cards.

We had lots of fun. Who knows, we may have two new budding artists!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Tree Root

20th in Series - Tree Root - sold

5 x 7 original oil painting on panel done in one day

I found this old gnarly piece of tree root in the new park the city is building in Riverwatch. It was so interesting I carried it all the way home and painted it.

Japanese Haiku
Unseen underground
Bringing nutrients to leaves
Tree roots soul of soil

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Morning Glory

19th in series - Morning Glory

5 x 7 original oil painting on wooden panel done in one day
private collection

Japanese Haiku
The morning glory
Unleashing to face the sun
You can watch it grow

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wind Turbine and Clouds

This is the first of several small paintings of wind energy that I plan to enter in the second National Wind Art Exhibit put on by REimaginations. It will be held at the Windpower 2007 Conference and Exhibit in LA in June 2007.

REimaginations was started with the belief that wind turbines are beautiful. We want to share that belief through creating a venue for artists to show their interpretations of renewable energy.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Red Poppy

18th in series - Red Poppy

5 x 7, original oil on wooden panel

Japanese Haiku
Open to the sun
Gentle waving bloom explodes
Gorgeous Red Poppy

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - O'Hall's Roofline

17th in series - O'Hall's Roofline
5 x 7 original oil on wooden panel.
Inspired by the houses on the hill above mine.
Japanese Haiku
Clouds climb their own paths
From yellow house horizons
Sky free of man's forms

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.




Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Water Lily

16th in series - Water Lily5 x 7, original oil on panel
Japanese Haiku
floating on the lake
producing aquatic shade
for the hidden koi
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Fall Leaf

15th in series - Fall Leaf - sold

5 x 7 original oil painting on wooden panel

I found this leaf at the neighborhood basketball court while CharLee and Remington tried to make baskets with a soccer ball!

Japanese Haiku
giving up the green
warm colors signal the fall
tumble from the sky

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Reassurance - week 4

I realize I haven't posted the progress on this painting before. However, I was not satisfied with my first attempt, and this is the reworking.

I have just completed the second layer of flesh tones and the third layer of background tones. It will require a couple more layers, but the flesh tones are becoming more realistic as I am becoming more adept at mixing them. It is amazing how much yellow there is in flesh. I have had a tendency to make my flesh tones too pink. I am also realizing how much green there is in flesh, and that it is very easy to add too much! There is a delicate balance between warm and cool tones that in time I will be able to manage better.

You can view the progress on this painting by visiting my flickr photo site - week 1 - week 1 continued - week 2, week 3. Be sure to click the back button each time to return to this blog.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Daily oil painting - China Blue Vase

14th in series - China Blue Vase - sold

5 x 7 original oil painting
Inspired by the china blue vase that Karina found

Japanese Haiku Poem

waiting for flowers
taking on the color sky
showcasing the earth

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Yellow Iris

13th in series - Yellow Iris - sold5 x 7 original oil painting
Inspired by the yellow iris that grows wild around Lake Sacajawea in Longview, Washington
Japanese Haiku Poem
at the water's edge
Van Gogh colors exploding
feeling and movement
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Frog Totem

12th in series - Frog Totem

5 x 7 inches, original oil painting
Inspired by the Native American carvings on the totem pole in Kalama, Washington

the frog has a special place in the northwest coast culture
it is the high man on the totem pole above the great mammals and the soaring birds
the tribe's most powerful member: the frog

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Eagle Totem

11th in series - Eagle Totem

5 x 7 inches, original oil painting
Inspired by the Native American carvings on a totem pole in Canada

proud on the top
of the cedar pole
the eagle watches over
a wondrous world
of Northwest Coast
culture

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Release painting - week 4

Work continues on my painting of hands called "Release." This is the second flesh and third background layer. It is by no means finished, but it is becoming more what I envisioned when I started it. The most important thing is that I am learning how to mix the flesh colors. I am also appreciating the style and technique of the old masters. I have a book on Flemish and Venetian painting that I am trying to find time to read.

I had to set the daily paintings aside for a few days to work on this and a few other larger paintings. After doing a few daily paintings with their "quick" nature, I really appreciate going back to my other pieces with layers. It's led me to realize that daily paintings can never be more than quick studies for me. No matter how much I work them over, I can't get a lot of depth. They are simply direct, immediate impressions of a subject at hand.

It helps if I try to think like Vincent Van Gogh did when he was painting. Or at least how I think he might have been thinking! He was a direct daily painter, if ever there was one. His brushstrokes were thick, confident and colorful. Many of his paintings were completed in one day. Aaahhh, if I could only do the same. Funny how someone who's life was miserable by most standards today has become a role model, of sorts. At least for me. He and Georgia O'Keefe. They never compromised their standards. They always stayed true to their vision. If only I could do the same. Life is more complicated today than when they painted, but I'm sure that the essence of painting remains the same.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Totem #2

10th in series - Totem #2

5 x 7 inches, original oil painting
Inspired by the Native American carvings on the totem pole in Kalama, Washington

Japanese Haiku Poem

carving with an adz
sweet smells of cedar emerge
released animals

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Totem #1

9th in series - Totem Pole #1
5 x 7 original oil on panel
Detail from a Native American carving on the totem pole in Kalama, Washington
the western red cedar
carved in animal forms
of strong edges
mounted to the sky
facing the wind
and the steady drizzle
makes a bold statement
of primitive art
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Sea Shell

8th in series - Sea Shell

5 x 7, original oil painting on panel

Japanese Haiku Poem

on the ocean's shore
a protected shell appears
in beautiful form

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Japanese Maple

7th in Series - Japanese Maple

5 x 7, original oil painting on panel

The branch from a small Japanese Maple tree growing next door.

Japanese Haiku Poem
fingers of the tree
lacy leafing in rustic tones
delicate maple

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.


Saturday, October 07, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Hornet's Nest

6th in Series - Hornet's Nest

5 x 7, original oil painting on panel

I found a little hornet's nest underneath the wooden bench on my deck. I brought it into my studio and it sat on my art table for about a week. After seeing a few other paintings of hornet and wasp nests done by artists in the daily painters blog, I finally decided to try it myself. This isn't one of my better paintings (in my opinion) but it does have a certain delicate appeal.

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Lavender #2, on Red

5th in series - Lavender #2, on Red

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel
another small study, botanical style, of the lavender my husband planted in our front yard


Japanese Haiku Poem

oh sweet lavender
your smell makes the summer air
serenity swells

That completes my studies of lavender. Now on to another subject...

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Daily Oil Painting - Lavender #1

4th in series - Lavender #1

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel
a small study of lavender in bloom in my front yard

Japanese Haiku Poem

Green and Purple
Are awkward at first glance
In this flower dance
A second look
Meets with measured approval
Yes they do look rather nice
Together

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Daily Painting #3 - Blackberry Leaves #3

Third in series - Blackberry Leaves #35" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel

Japanese Haiku Poem
Rapidly growing
hidden places for bunnies
protecting soft eyes
That's enough studies of blackberry leaves. Now on to another subject!
If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Daily Painting #2 - Blackberry Leaves #2

My second daily painting - Blackberry Leaves #2

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel

Japanese Haiku Poem

Scratching at the hands
trying to pick the sweet fruit
of ebony seeds

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Daily Painting # 1 - Blackberry Leaves # 1

My first daily painting - Blackberry Leaves #1

5" x 7" original oil painting on wooden panel

I'm interested in botanical artwork so I thought I'd create a small study of the blackberry vines that grow profusely where I live.

Here's the Haiku poem my husband wrote about it:

Unwinding stickler
Stretching out in evening's sky
The barbed blackberry

If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $65 plus $5 for shipping in the U.S.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Monet's Butterfly - First Background

I added the first background in my painting Monet's Butterfly. Of course, it is a long way from finished but I wanted to share the progress with you.

I continue to learn the technique of rendering flesh in the Old Masters style, which requires patience, a gentle touch and careful blending; and a lot of careful explanations from my teacher!

The title Monet's Butterfly may not make sense, but to me the hands remind me of a fluttering butterfly, and the white shape in the background will eventually morph into a scarf shape that has been inspired by one of my favorite floaty scarfs with a pattern of Monet's water lilies on it. I bought it at the Carnegie Art Institute after seeing the actual painting by Claude Monet. I also saw Plains at Auvres, the last painting Vincent Van Gogh did before he shot himself.

Sometimes the inspiration for a painting will come to me in what seems like a disconnected fashion, but when I stop to examine why I'm painting what I'm painting, it tells a story about my own experiences. I just hope that when other people see my art they can find enough in it to make their own connection.

Although this painting is far from finished, part of my inspiration is--you guessed it--my own hands. Although they usually are covered with a bunch of gooey paint messes!