Saturday, January 31, 2009

The New Year - A Clean Studio and Color Charts

Starting out the New Year with a Clean Studio and Color Charts!
My Power of the Wind exhibit at Lower Columbia College ended on January 23, and last week Allan brought home all the paintings. I rearranged my art storage closet so we could store them away. It's the end of an era!
While the show was up my studio felt empty. For almost three years I'd fillled it with wind paintings in various stages of completion, my collection of wind energy magazines and clippings about wind turbines, a miniature model of a wind turbine, and other inspirational paraphernalia. Now it's time for a fresh start.
I spent the month of January cleaning my studio, rearranging the furniture and doing color studies. The first task was to clean out all the accumulated junk and messiness. To accomplish this I bought a Shark steam floor cleaner at Costco and steamed all the drips and paint spatters off my hardwood floor. Then I pulled everthing off the walls and decided to leave them blank. I rearranged the furniture to make optimal use of the window light, and set up a corner for still life arrangements, or for models to pose. Voila, you can see it in the first picture above, including the first painting in progress. Here's how it looked before.
Then I spend the rest of the month making color charts according to Richard Schmid's book, Alla Prima, Everything I Know About Painting. (I was such a good girl Santa brought it for Christmas!) Here's how I did the color charts.
At my Power of the Wind opening reception Ray Cooper (art faculty at Lower Columbia Collage) asked me what my next painting project would be. I replied--something with people! With that in mind I think I'm ready. I have two new paintings in progress, both portraits! You can see the first one in progress in the studio picture above. So here's to a clean studio!
Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dad and the wind paintings - end of my show

On the last day of my exhibit, Allan brought my father in to see it. Dad is 83 now and has to use a walker, but he made his way all around the exhibit, looking carefully at each painting and reading each story. Afterwards he looked at me with pride and softly said, "congratulations."
It makes me happy to show him my paintings. I remember holding up drawings I'd done of queens and ladies when I was only seven, while he proudly snapped my photo. At eleven I copied a painting by Henri deToulouse-Lautrec (Girl Reading) from one of the Time Life Library of Art books he'd bought me, using a set of Rembrandt pastels he'd picked out for me. He framed that drawing and it hung in our livingroom for many years. At 13, he asked me to hand paint the Christmas cards our family sent out that year.
So even though my eccentric, artistic French mother most likely passed me the artistic gene, it was my father who nurtured, supported and encouraged my artistic endeavors, and enabled me to be the artist I am today.
Thanks, Dad!
~Paint the Wind~

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Opening Reception - Power of the Wind

Opening Reception
Power of the Wind
January 8, 2009
Lower Columbia College Art Gallery
Rose Center for the Arts
The opening reception turned out very nice on the evening of January 8. There were just the right amount of people, in spite of the harsh weather we continue to experience here in southwest Washington. Surrounding communities were battling flooding problems, and I realize this may have been the reason some people didn't attend. In spite, I was pleased with the reception and thankful that Lower Columbia College gave me the opportunity to exhibit my wind energy paintings.
Here are more pictures taken that evening:

For anyone who missed it, here's the article that appeared in the Daily News

~Paint the Wind~

Sunday, January 04, 2009

White Creek Wind

White Creek Wind
oil on canvas
30" x 40"
will be showing at:
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
This is my last blog post before the show opens on Thursday. I'm taking a break from everything right now, just to relax and get ready for the show.
This painting is of the White Creek Wind power project as seen from I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge. My neighbor Buzz Ketcham is a Cowlitz PUD commissioner and he told me White Creek was named because of the White Creek valley that winds just north of the project. The creek is seasonal and the valley took a very long time to be created due to seasonal flows of storm water off the high plane in Eastern Klickitat County along State Highway 8. So maybe it's appropriate that I included a'white creek' at the bottom left of the painting!
Buzz also told me that when the PUD started Phase 3 of the White Creek project earlier this year, the Cowlitz PUD decided to avoid confusion by developing a new name. They solicited names from their partners and had a meeting to select one. The 8 or so PUD managers present liked Harvest Wind pretty much immediately. (Harvest Wind is the subject of another of my wind energy painting that will be on display at the show.)
The Harvest Wind project site is 5 miles east of White Creek and involves another 43 turbines. The turbines are being manufactured and will be delivered early in the 3rd qtr of 2009 through the Port of Longview. The PUD intends to have them online by the end of 2009.
That's exciting. I didn't know Harvest Wind was that far along. And I guess it makes total sense that the story I wrote about it relates to my experience at the Port of Longview. You can read that story. and more, at the show!
Hope to see you there!
Paint the Wind, and
Happy New Year!