Friday, November 28, 2008

Morning Wind

Power of the Wind
Lower Columbia College Art Gallery
Rose Center for the Arts
January 8 - 23, 2009
Opening Reception, January 8: 4:30 - 7 pm

Morning Wind
oil on canvas
48" x 60"

(below)

Morning Wind - detail

My latest wind energy painting. The inspiration came from several sources: a painting of a magnificent sunrise I saw in one of my art magazines, the magnificent sunrises we see here in Riverwatch, Allan's heron, and my fascination with water reflections.

I wanted each element of this painting to have equal billing, so I divided it into thirds (sky, sunrise, landforms). Allan's idea to add a heron in the foreground matched my focus of showing wind turbines in the natural environment, and he found the picture of a heron to use for reference.

Below is a detail from the painting, so you can see how the darks morph into reds and greens.

This painting has a lot of layers, and took more than a month to finish. It's the second of what I hope will be three paintings showing turbines at different times of the day: morning (this painting) noon, and sunset (which I haven't completed yet, but here's a small study). You can see preliminary stages and studies for this painting here.

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Paint the wind !

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thunderhead Wind

Power of the Wind
Lower Columbia College Art Gallery
Rose Center for the Arts
January 8 - 23, 2009
Opening Reception, January 8: 4:30 - 7 pm
Thunderhead Wind
oil on linen panel
9" x 12"
On November 12 Allan and I took our weekend walk through Riverwatch. The weather man had reported that a big rain storm was coming so we figured we better hurry. As we were walking on Eli Avery I looked west over the Columbia River and there was this huge thunderhead cloud in the distance. I couldn't help but wonder how a wind turbine would look against that cloud. Allan and I talked about how exactly an artist would mix the gray colors we saw in the sky. When I got home I couldn't resist the challenge, I mean, how badly could I mess up a small painting? So I mixed up a bunch of piles of gray and then added different colors, like ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, or yellow ochre. Then I underpainted the canvas a bright pink, and laid on the grays thick and juicy. This is it. Turns out it's one of my favorites, becuase of the brush strokes. I always try to paint like this, but because I try so hard, it never works out. This time I didn't try, and voila! I think I'll frame it for the show.
Paint the wind!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Power of the Wind - January 2009 - #2

Lower Columbia College Art Gallery
Rose Center for the Arts
January 8 - 23, 2009
Opening Reception, January 8: 4:30 - 7 pm
I spent the day attempting to get organized for the holidays, and making lists of everything I have to do before my Power of the Wind show.
I gessoed a canvas for the final painting, and started varnishing the finished paintings. Allan's been busy cutting mats and framing the gouache pieces, and he attached the hanging hardward to the back of the big paintings. He had to buy special hooks and wire at Home Depot because they are so heavy. He also got a really good deal on frames at Utrecht - they were half price!
There is so much to do. I want to have cards and posters for sale and my inventory is low so I'll have to make more.
On top of that Allan and I are working on our holiday card painting. This year I had the idea to make a painting together for our Christmas card. He wanted to paint sunflowers, since we love them, so he sketched some onto a small panel and I blocked them in. We're taking turns adding paint, and when we both feel like it's done we'll get our cards made.
I hope we can get everything done! I just need to relax and focus on painting. That's the fun part!
Paint the wind!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Power of the Wind - January 2009 - #1

Lower Columbia College Art Gallery
January 2009
The holidays are approaching fast, and I'm going to be really busy!
I just found out my Power of the Wind show proposal has been approved by Lower Columbia College, which means I'm scheduled to show my wind turbine paintings in the Rose Center Art Gallery in January 2009.
I've been working on a way to show these paintings for so long; it's exciting to know it's actually going to happen! I'm pretty sure there hasn't been a show devoted to wind energy by a single artist, anywhere in the nation, ever. So this is very unique!
I'm planning to blog frequently as I get ready for the show, so stay tuned and feel free to tell your friends and sign up on my e-mail list.
You can preview the paintings in my Power of the Wind e-zine, or view them on my website.
Paint the wind!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Figure Paintings at the Naked Winery




The Naked Winery - Hood River, Oregon - First Friday, November 7, 2008
We took a mini-vacation to Hood River to check out the galleries on First Friday, particularly the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery and Naked Winery next door where my figure works are hanging.
The Naked Winery is a family-owned winery in Wishram, Washington that just opened a wine tasting bar in downtown Hood River. We loved the atmosphere and especially the wine and music. My paintings done in warm and cool brown tones displayed very well against the tuscan-orange toned interior walls of the winery. Everything seemed to have a 'golden' glow.
This all happened because my friend Myah that owns the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery made an arrangement with the winery to display figure paintings (because they match the 'naked' winery theme), and I was the first lucky artist Myah invited to show there! Thanks Myah!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

starting a new painting: Morning Wind




Morning Wind - 48" x 60" - oil on canvas (top image)
I started another painting. Here's the preliminary steps, from the top:
  • Sienna tones blocked in, ready for color (this is the 48" x 60" canvas)
  • Sienna tones on small 5" x 7" practice painting I use to test out colors
  • Gouache study (8" x 12")
  • Sketchbook page with idea notes

Originally, my inspiration was to create paintings showing wind turbines at morning, noon and night--or sunset. I finished the noon one, Noon Clouds and the Wind last May. It shows a massive turbine in the mid-day light. This one will be morning. And I did paint a small 5 x 7 study of a wind turbine at sunset, which sold recently, but I want to do a bigger one.

It was Allan's idea to add a Great Blue Heron on the bank in the foreground, and he found a reference photo for me. I think the heron fits nicely with the theme of these paintings--wind turbines in natural environments. Stay tuned for progress!