Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Power of the Wind

Here's my new magazine. It has all my wind energy paintings. Click it to view, or just let the pages turn. I hope you like it! Marie

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sunset Wind

Sunset Wind - 5" x 7" - oil on panel
Here's another small painting. I was inspired by a photograph I found on flickr. This photo doesn't do it justice. The colors are actually more vibrant than I could capture with my camera. But with the ever gloomy Washington weather we've been having, it's hard to take a photo outside in the natural sunlight, and inside with a flash just never turns out right.
I love bright colors, and I wanted to paint this colorful sky and clouds with the turbine shape and make it all loose and brushy. It was about the best time I ever had painting a wind turbine. Maybe that's because of the small size. It kind of takes the pressure off! I hope you like it. Here's to sunset winds! I wish I was in Hawaii!
~paint the wind~

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dande Wind

Dandelion Wind - 5 x 7 - oil on panel

This little painting was inspired by a picture I saw in North American Windpower magazine, where I find lots of creative inspirations. The idea of wind blowing dandelion seeds seems so simple because that's what wind does, blows stuff around. Even stuff we don't want blown around, like dandelion seeds! But if the wind didn't blow dandelion seeds, it wouldn't blow the wind turbine blades either. So there.

~paint the wind~

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Blue Wind

Blue Wind - oil on panel - 12" x 16"
I finally finished the Primary Wind series: Red, Yellow, and Blue. Here are the study and reference materials for this painting.
I used all the blues in my painting caddy: French Ultramarine, Cobalt, Thalo, Cerulean and Prussian. Mixing colors included Titanium White and Alizarin Crimson (for the purples).
Can wind have a color?
Can anyone paint the wind?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Renewal and Connecting Waters

Renewal - 30 x 40 - oil on canvas
Lower Columbia College in Longview just finished an arts center called Rose Center for the Arts. The grand opening and dedication will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 1 - 5 pm. Inside the Rose Center is a new art gallery and the grand opening includes the opening reception for an art show called Connecting Waters 2008 Invitational. It will feature local artists that participated in previous Connecting Waters shows at the college. I'm one of those artists.
I think there will be a lot of people at the grand opening. The Rose Center is a really beautiful building and wonderful addition to the community. In the lobby is a huge painting by Portland artist Lucinda Parker called "Where Water Comes Together with other Water." One of the events on the grand opening program is a video about the creation of this artwork. I can't wait to see it.
Renewal (above) is one of the paintings I'm going to have in the Connecting Waters show. If you've received this, you're invited to the grand opening. You can read the grand opening program on the college's web page at: Rose Center for the Arts.
Take care and I hope you enjoy my blog! Marie

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Salal Review

Water Reflections #7 - 18 x 24 - pastel on paper
I was honored to have my painting chosen for the cover of Lower Columbia College's 2008 literary magazine: The Salal Review.
I did this painting in 2003, shortly before my daughter graduated from high school. I was looking forward to having more time in my life for art. I was also fascinated with all the colors and shapes created by boats reflected in water. This painting is titled '#7' because there were six other paintings that preceded it. You can see all of them on my website.
I'm no longer working in pastel because it costs so much to frame pastel paintings. However, I framed #7 and it's hanging in my office.
This painting was inspired by a photograph taken by my friend Bob Bernstein, a talented photographer I met while working in the maritime industry. I tried to find his website but Google didn't return any search results, so I don't know what happened to him.
And finally, if you're like me, you have no idea what 'salal' is. Here's the Wikipedia definition.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Yellow Iris at Lake Sacajawea


Yellow Iris at Lake Sacajawea - 11 x 14 - oil on panel
done en plein air on Sunday, June 1, 2008
The day was cool and overcast, and we weren't sure we could paint without getting rained on. But the rain held off for 45 minutes so I could finish this painting. Because I was working so fast, I put the paint on really thick and loose, and didn't try to make it perfect. I guess the formula is not to have any expectations about a painting, that way it can't fail!
I think last Sunday was the last day it didn't rain. This whole week has been drab and cold for June. I haven't been able to walk and my back hurts from hunching over a computer so much. I think that means I need to exercise more and get back to doing Pilates!
The second image is a close up of the painting so you can see how thick and juicy the paint is. I hope you like this painting, and I hope the sun shines soon!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Columbia River at Kalama

Columbia River at Kalama - 11 x 14 - oil on panel
Saturday, May 24, 2008
done en plein air
We sat on a grassy knoll near one of the covered picnic areas at the Port of Kalama's Marine Park. The morning was sunny and warm. I painted with only a knife for about one hour. This is the result. It took a week to dry because the paint was so thick. Several people on their walks stopped to visit and look at the paintings. Allan painted the lupines. His turned out much better than mine. That's how it goes sometimes!
Take care until later!