Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Harvest - after Van Gogh

The Harvest - 36 x 48
It was time for another study of an Old Masters painting. This time, a Van Gogh--one of Allan's favorites--The Harvest.
It is amazing how much there is going on in this painting. You don't realize it at first glance, but there are six people working in the fields, four carts, two horses, four barns, and about eight buildings in the distance. That's in addition to the hay fields, hay mounds and fences.
The fascinating thing was to try and replicate the brush strokes and the colors. I had a pretty good print of the painting in one of my art books, but it was still a challenge to capture those colors. What I discovered is that Van Gogh was a master at mixing muddy colors. They looked so yucky on the palette, but when I put them next to each other on the canvas, voila, they came alive. Genius!
Allan likes this painting. It is going to hang in our dining room. Our own Van Gogh!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sunflowers and the Wind

Sunflowers and the Wind - 48" x 60"
This is my second large-scale painting about wind energy. It was inspired by the sunflowers that grew in my garden this summer. They were huge! I've never been able to grow sunflowers because the rabbits would always eat them at my other house. But the rabbits apparently don't like sunflowers here on the hill, and the deer didn't care for them--thank goodness! Plus I've always had a fondness for Van gogh sunflowers, so I decided to incorporate my sunflower inspirations into a story about wind energy.
To me, this painting symbolizes nature and wind energy coexisting in harmony. The tall stalks of the sunflowers replicate the tall towers of the wind turbines in the distance. The gentle winds that turn the blades on the wind turbines also cause the sunflowers to bend and sway, but they are resiliant and do not break. There is a life cycle to this painting as well. You can see the birth of a sunflower in the center, young sunflowers at the top, and a gracefully aging sunflower at the right. An Oregon Swallowtail butterfly (my favorite) alights gently on a leaf. The butterfly is a symbol of something temporary, because it will only connect with these sunflowers briefly, then fly away, like the electricity that is produced by wind turbines. It is temporary, used, then gone, like the winds that power the turbines themselves.
This is my story, but when you see this painting you will have to read your own story. I'm sure it will have different meaning, depending on your own experiences. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Spirit of the Wind

Spirit of the Wind - 48" x 60"

This is my first large painting about wind energy. I want to do a series of paintings called Power of the Wind that focus on how wind energy and nature coexist in harmony.

I've had the idea for this painting in my head a long time; to somehow show a giant Northwest spirit symbol like the raven or eagle watching over wind energy in a mythical way. I've never painted anything larger than 30" x 40," but I decided to try a bigger painting, mostly because all the work I see in Portland galleries is large, and because the subject matter seems compatible with a big canvas. Plus, I found this canvas on sale!

If you know me, you will understand why I paint wind energy. If you don't know me, just realize how important wind energy is to our environment and economy.

I kept a record of the working stages of this painting, although they don't define how I always paint, only how I painted this one. They link to my Flickr site:


In the value study and color block, you can see the problem I had with the tree. It was a perspective problem. I was never that good at perspective! But I managed to resolve it.

Right now I'm half way through the second painting in the series: Sunflowers in the Wind. It is the same size and I am beginning to master the challenges of painting large. For one thing, it take a lot of paint! You also have to step back all the time to see how the painting looks from a distance. Because people will be viewing it from farther way, it means the detail I spend time fussing with up close is really irrelvant. Which is freeing in a way, but sometimes hard to let go of. I'm also using a new medium, Neo Megilp, that I learned about in my Hipbone class.

To learn more about the power and beauty of wind energy through art go to ReImaginations.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

My paintings at the Voila Cafe in Portland

You can now see my floral paintings at the Voila Cafe in downtown Portland. It's at 901 SW Washington.

The cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6 pm.

Here's a couple of photos taken the day we hung my paintings. Beside me is Jonathan Goodrow, owner of the cafe.

This first photo shows my daily paintings hanging on a ribbon in one corner of the cafe. You can see the "Voila Cafe" sign in the window.


In this second photo you can see the cafe counter. Behind us is the cafe entrance, and on the wall above us are three of my larger floral paintings, Rhody, Rhody #8, and Morning Glory.

I have twenty paintings (including all of the paintings from the Rhododendron collection that haven't sold), plus about 15 daily paintings (the small ones on ribbon) hanging at the Voila Cafe. They are all originals, on either canvas or panel.

I think it looks really nice!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yellow Iris & Lily Pads - Daily Oil Painting

52nd in series - Yellow Iris & Lily Pads

8" x 10" original oil on linen panel. If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $125 plus $5.99 for shipping in the U.S

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Blue Iris - Daily Oil Painting

50th in series - Blue 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 $65 plus $5.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Eucalyptus & Red Carnation Quilt - Daily Oil Painting

49th in series - Eucalyptus & Red Carnation

8" x 10" original oil on linen panel. If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $150 plus $5.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Red & White Carnations #3 - Daily Oil Painting

48th in series - Red & White Carnations #33.5" x 5" original oil on gessoed paper. If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $35 plus $3.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Eucalyptus & Red Carnation - Daily Oil Painting

47th in series - Eucalyptus & Red Carnation
8" x 10" original oil on linen panel. If you would like to purchase this painting email me with the name of the painting in the subject line. It is $125 plus $5.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Red and White Carnations #2 - Daily Oil Painting

46th in series - Red and White Carnations #2

5" x 7" original oil on panel
Private collection

Monday, September 17, 2007

My New Website!


Hello Friends,

I've been busy, but I haven't forgotten you. A lot of my free time has been spent building a new website.

It's finally up and running. So feel free to take a look, and bookmark it before you leave. It's a work in progress and new paintings will be posted soon. There's also probably some glitches in there. I'll fix those as I go along. But there's a lot of new work that you haven't seen yet.

Marie's New Website

Whew! Now that I have my new website, I can move on to what I really love, painting!

Stay tuned for new paintings.

Sincerely, Marie Wise

Sunday, August 05, 2007

An analysis of shapes used in Klimt's "The Kiss"

5 x 7 original oil on wooden panel embossed with imitation gold leaf
What to do when creativity is at an impasse? Study the composition of other artist's works. This is my analysis of the Art Nouveau shapes used in Gustav Klimt's The Kiss. Done on a small wooden panel embossed with imitation gold leaf, it was an experiment in applying gold leaf and seeing how oil paint would adhere to it.
You can see the sketch for this painting here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Alfalfa Sulphur - Daily Oil Painting

44th in series - Alfalfa Sulphur5" 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.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Plein Air - Water Lilies at Lake Sacajawea

9 x 12, original oil on linen panel

I did this painting at the Japanese Gardens at Lake Sacajawea on July 14. It was a beautiful day--we had two weeks of marvelous weather in mid-July. There were water lilies en mass wherever I looked.
I think my plein air paintings are getting better each time. But unfortunately, the weather has turned to rainy again and I am back in the studio. But then, this is Washington! It has to rain or it wouldn't be the Evergreen State!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Plein Air - Ahle Point Beach

9 x 12 - original oil on panelI did this painting at Ahle Point Beach in Kalama on July 8. That is the Columbia River looking south, and there really was a sailboat going by.
It was such a pretty day, but windy. When I was finished, I stood up and the wind whipped the painting right into the sand. Geez, what to do? I read somewhere that if that happens, and it has happened to other artists, that you should just let it dry with the sand on it. So I did. After a week I brushed the sand off, but it was a bit like brushing sand off sandpaper. I about wore the skin off my fingers. But it worked ! What I'll do for a painting !

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Hollingsworth Galleries

I had the most amazing oppportunity recently to reconnect with some of my mother's family in Arcadia, Florida. There I met again my cousin Debra (we played together as children), and discovered that she is a tremendously talented artist. She paints classical landscapes of her native Florida that are featured on her website at Hollingsworth Galleries and in Florida galleries.

Please take the time to visit Debra's beautiful paintings online, and you will experience a part of Florida that most tourists never get to see. The unique beauty of the traditional "deep South," has been captured in vivid colors and soothing scenes. I am so glad I had the chance to meet Debra again and to connect with her family. A lot of years have gone by, but through this short visit I feel like I know a little bit more about my mom, Claire, who passed away in 2003.

Marie Wise

Monday, June 11, 2007

Plein Air - Rhodies at Washington Park

Mid-may - Done en plein air at Washington Park in Portland.Allan and I visited Washington Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon in May. It was beautiful. He painted the Portland skyline while I chose to paint a small clump of salmon and yellow colored rhododendron with the dense foliage beyond. It took me about one hour, 50 minutes. The paint is thin in some spots, thick in others. I like the greens.
It is 9 x 12, done on a linen covered wooden panel.
This painting was sold at the 62nd Annual Fundraising Auction for the Portland Chamber Orchestra held in March 2009.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Plein Air - Yellow Iris at Lake Sacajawea

9 x 12, original oil on panel
May 26, 2007 - Done en plein air at Lake SacajaweaThis is the small painting, mentioned in the previous post, that I did en plein air on May 26 at Lake Sacajawea. It took me one hour and 45 minutes, the fastest painting I think I have ever done.
This painting, along with other small ones, will be on display at the Kalama Artwalk on June 9 - 10, 2007. My display will be in front of Godfrey's Pharmacy. Feel free to stop by !

Sunday, May 27, 2007

White Iris

I'm proud to announce that this painting has been sold.

The purchaser, who has a beautiful new home, said he wants to "fill his house with color."

That's exciting for me, because I love color so much!

To get started, I visited Lake Sacajawea and took photos of rhododendron blossoms. There were so many different colors and shapes!

After that Allan and I each did a plein air painting at the Japanese Gardens. As soon as the paint is dry, I'll post it. I like how it turned out.

In the meantime, I'm working out some ideas (in my mind) for new paintings! That, along with finishing up several larger works that I hope will convince a Portland gallery to accept me.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Spring Azure - Daily Oil Painting

43rd in series - Spring Azure
5" 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 $5.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Sara Orange Tip - Daily Oil Painting

42nd in series - Sara Orange Tip

5" 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 $5.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Western White - Daily Oil Painting

39th in series - Western White 5" 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 $5.99 for shipping in the U.S.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Horse Thief Butte


Horse Thief Butte
Originally uploaded by mariewise.
I painted this small view on the only day in February it did not rain! It was done at Horse Thief Butte on the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. We visited the Maryhill winery first and had some delectable tastes, then hiked into Horse Thief Butte and found a good painting spot. This is my first plein air painting (that I will show anyone)! 12" x 16" linen on panel.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

White Matilija Poppies

30" x 40"- original oil on canvas

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Daily Oil Painting - Spent Sunflower #2

51st in series - Spent Sunflower #2 - commissioned
5 x 7 inch original oil painting on wooden panel.

This is my second Spent Sunflower, done on commission. See the first one. It will accompany two other fall themed paintings that the customer has selected: Fall Leaf and Tree Root.
Haiku
Where has summer gone
The radiant face of warmth
In hibernation

Monday, February 05, 2007

Five Poppies

Original oil painting on canvas, 30" x 48"
From left to right: Blue Himalayan Poppy, Red Oriental Poppy,
Orange Iceland Poppy, White Matilija Poppy, Pink Shirley Poppy.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Nine Canyon Wind Turbine

12" x 16" oil on canvas.
Wind Turbine at the Nine Canyon project near Pasco, Washington
Loose brushwork and very thick paint.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Leaning Juniper Wind Farm

12" x 16" original oil on canvas.
Wind turbines at the Leaning Juniper Wind Farm near Arlington, Oregon.
Many juniper trees dot the landscape, naturally!
We visited there last October.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Multi-colored Garden

12" x 12" original oil on gallery-wrap canvas.

Another "van Gogh garden," inspired by my Complete Garden source book.

This painting on Flickr.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Silver Garden

12" x 12" original oil on canvas.

Done from an inspiring photograph in a book I received for Christmas, Van Gogh's Gardens. All about the garden varieties and colors that inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint his garden paintings.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Blue Iris


Inspired by the Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe by Roxanna Robinson that I picked up at a used bookstore in Pullman. It turned out to be the best thing I've read in ages. Paired with my New Year's resolution to paint more from color and emotion than from technique, this painting expresses the shape and color of a perky blue iris, one from the bunch Allan brought home so I'd have some floral inspiration during these dreary winter months. They lasted only four days, much less than it took me to finish this painting. I had to complete it from sketches and memory, and the background got reworked twice. It's more about shape and color than floral accuracy, in what I hope, is a small measure of my understanding of Georgia O'Keeffe's magnificent ability to abstract a subject into beautiful simplification.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Monet's Butterfly

18" x 24" original oil painting on canvas.
Done in the Old Master's style.
See working versions of this painting here.

The third in my series of hands paintings - started last July. The scarf is patterned with Monet's waterlilies. I bought it at the Carnegie Art Institute last summer. The position of the hands reminds me of a butterfly; thus the title, Monet's Butterfly!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Reassurance

18" x 24" original oil painting on canvas.
Done in the Old Master's style.
See working versions of this painting here.

The second of my series of hands paintings started last July. 
See the first hands painting here.