Sunday, December 28, 2008

Harvest 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

Harvest Wind
oil on canvas
30" x 40"

(below)

Study for Harvest Wind
8" x 10"

Last August I read a Daily News newspaper story about the Harvest Wind power project the Cowlitz PUD and other partners plan to build. I wondered how exactly they’d come up with the name ‘Harvest Wind,’ and how this project tied into their earlier project, ‘White Creek Wind.’

Since the project doesn’t exist yet, I had no photo references, so I decided to create my own landscape. I turned to Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Wheat Fields under a Clouded Sky for inspiration. It reminds me of the wheat fields in eastern Washington glowering under a storm-brewing sky. You can just feel the wind.

Allan and I both love Vincent Van Gogh. He painted fields of harvest and clouds moving in the wind. A few of his paintings include the windmills that were used to power grist mills. I’ve thought about this a lot, and I’m convinced that if wind turbines had existed in his time, he’d have painted them with gusto!

See this painting in progress.

This painting will be on display at Power of the Wind in January.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Holiday Sunflower Wish on this Wintery Weather Day




Holiday Sunflowers - 9" x 12" - oil on panel by Allan and Marie (top)
Wintery Weather Scenes from our Deck (below)
A holiday sunflower wish to you and yours!
Allan and I chose an artistic holiday card this year. Inspired by husband-wife artists, we decided to make a painting together! Allan selected the sunflower theme, based on our summer sunflower garden, and drew the design onto a panel. We took turns painting it. Our strengths compensated for each other's weaknesses, mine being too much fussy detail. All-in-all, we like our painting, had it printed onto a card, and mailed it to our friends and family. Voila.
This week a storm descended on the Northwest. We are snug and safe in our house, with nowhere to go and time to paint! The winter vista is Zhivago-ish in its serenity, but baby it's cold out there! Yesterday I put my car into the ditch. Fortunately there was no damage except a small scrape on my front bumper, in spite of landing just two inches from a city fire hydrant! Thank goodness for the local towing company.
Allan shared on his blog too. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Don't forget my January show:
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
Sincerely, Marie
Paint the Wind!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

starting a new painting: Harvest Wind




from the top
Harvest Wind - 30 x 40 - on the easel in my studio
Study for Harvest Wind - 8 x 10 - on the mini easel in my studio
Harvest Wind - up close
Harvest Wind - with the first coat of sky colors
Whoa. You're probably looking at this and going--what is that! I admit, I got a little carried away with the red underpainting. My book on classical painting techniques says underpaintings should never be darker than a Level 7, which is equivalent to a pastel pink, not a screaming scarlet. Unfortunately, I read that after I'd put on the underpainting. So carry on I shall.
This is the last painting I'll finish for Power of the Wind. The inspiration came from Vincent Van Gogh's Wheat Fields Under a Clouded Sky, which reminds me so much of the wheat fields in eastern Washington glowering under a storm-brewing sky. It's also inspired by the Harvest Wind project, a Cowlitz PUD wind farm project that if built, will expand the White Creek project near Roosevelt, Washignton (which also inspired my paintings White Creek Wind and Green Wind).
So several of my paintings have ties to Van Gogh, as well as Cowlitz PUD wind farm projects! They will all be on display at:
Power of the Wind
Rose Center for the Arts
January 8 - 23, 2009
Opening Reception, January 8: 4:30 - 7 pm
Sincerely, Marie
Paint the Wind!