Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wind Energy Paintings at Nora's Table in Hood River!


Nora's Table, Hood River
The Benjamin Benjamin Gallery in Hood River has arranged to display several of my wind energy paintings at Nora's Table beginning in September! Nora's Table is a restaurant located at 110 Fifth Street in downtown Hood River. I snapped the above photos yesterday while we were there delivering the paintings. It looks like a cozy little restaurant, but we couldn't stop to eat. Hopefully we can do that next time around.
Benjamin Benjamin Gallery owner Myah Bailey set up the arrangement for me. Thanks Myah! It's the first time I've had the chance to show any of my wind energy paintings since my exhibit last January at Lower Columbia College. So I'm excited that people will get to see them, especially in Hood River, a town we love, but don't get to visit that often!
Myah also has a display copy of my new book, Power of the Wind, at the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery, along with cards and posters featuring my wind energy paintings.
So if you get a chance, visit Nora's Table and the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery in Hood River!
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~

Friday, August 28, 2009

Rhody #11

Rhody #11 - oil on panel - 16 x 20
Every time I get into a discussion about my rhododendron paintings, someone asks me what happened to, you know, my painting (meaning theirs, which refers to everyone who's made a claim on Rhody #7). I sold it sold several years ago to a local collector. I don't know how it came to belong to so many people, except Allan, who I admit, I gave it to, then sold it to someone else. Shame. I've regretted that ever since. But I was informed recently that I'd also promised it to Sam! Which I don't remember doing, but that doesn't mean I didn't. So double shame on me, because I gave it to Allan, then promised it to Sam, then sold it out from under both of them!
Lucky the collector that got it!
So Rhody #11 is my attempt to recreate Rhody #7, my masterpiece, or so those who claim it as theirs keep telling me. In process I discovered it's almost impossible to recreate a masterpiece. A masterpiece isn't created, it just happens. And this one doesn't come anywhere near masterpiece, but here it is anyway. You be the judge. And Sam, if you want to lay claim on it, better speak up now, because Allan hasn't claimed it yet, nor has anyone else!
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My first Iphone painting!

My first Iphone artwork!
After reading a New York Times online article about an artist that creates artwork with his Iphone, I had to download the Brushes app. This is my first painting! It took me about 30 minutes, done from life and memory.

It's a bit tricky to get the hang of the brush tools, color palette and transparency, almost like learning to text if you've never done it. But I think I have the technique down. Now I can focus on creating a little painting, instead of just thinking about painting, the next time I'm sitting in the doctors' office, dentist's office, grocery check-out line, etc! Amazing.

~ I will keep my Iphone happy in my hands!~

Friday, August 21, 2009

Daily Painting # 58: Little Bird

Daily Painting #58: Little Bird - oil on panel - 4" x 4"
I haven't made a daily painting in almost a year! My Dad gave me this little brass bird long ago. I was in between paintings and decided to see if I could capture the twinkling brass and sparkling highlights.

I really like Duane Keiser's daily paintings. He spent over a year making one small painting every day. Since he started the practice, many artists have adopted the painting-a-day habit, even starting a Daily Painting Gallery. Although I can't claim the same, every once in a while life seems rather complicated and it makes me want to simplify painting as much as possible. I can't get tired of something if I only work on it for one day. Since it's so small, if I mess up it's no great loss. It's refreshing (and a great stress reliever) to reduce painting to it's simplest form; putting paint on a surface all at once, and then just moving on. This is my 58th daily painting, so I guess that's something. I imagine I'll keep making them whenever the inspiration strikes, even if it's only once a year.

~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Art in the Park

We had just enough time to stroll through Art in the Park sponsored by The Columbian Artists Association. They did a great job organizing the event! There were tents with different types of artwork including fine paintings, ceramics and jewelry. We saw many of our fellow artists there, all happy to be participating and thankful the weather was clear and
not raining.
Watercolorist Carol Boudreau posed for a picture. We love her watercolor paintings! I bought a packet of her cards and we visited for a bit.
Thanks to all the members of the Columbian Artists Association for organizing this event! And thanks to City of Longview Parks and Recreation for providing spaces for artists to share their works at Lake Sacajawea Park. It's always a great place to showcase special people and activities in Longview!
~I will keep the brush happy in my hands!~

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Wedding Gift

A Wedding Gift - 8 x 10 - watercolor (top) Working Area (bottom)
We were invited to attend the wedding of two wonderful and special young people we've known since childhood. It was beautiful! I debated the gift for a long time, contemplating toasters, blenders, towels, rugs and all the home paraphernalia listed on the gift registries. Earlier we'd gone to a wedding shower and had a tour of the couple's new home. I was amazed at the bride's choice of chocolate brown and teal blue/green interior wall colors. I thought they were pretty bold colors, but I liked then anyway.
So on the day of the wedding I decided to gift a painting, instead of going shopping. People who know me well have to put up with my paintings as gifts. But no one has complained so far!
I picked out a reference photo of a white poppy left over from another painting, and used watercolors since it needed to be dry and in the frame that day. I tried to use browns and blue/greens so it would match their walls. Above is the painting, and my work station.
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Gridding and Transferring Rhododendron Explosion

Yay! I'm back at the easel again. After a family reunion, a wedding shower and wedding, a weekend visit from college friends, plus planting a flower garden and numerous containers, and nursing them through the heat wave, I think I can finally get back to painting.

So here goes. I worked all weekend transferring the 12" x 24" color study for Rhododendron Explosion to the 48" x 96" canvas. My aching back.

~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Shape Study for Rhododendron Explosion


Final Color and Shape Study for Rhododendron Explosion - 12" x 24" - gouache on paper (top)
Sketches and Grid - (bottom)
After doing two previous sketches and color and shape studies, I decided this was the one I want to use. The bottom two images show the grid I'll use to transfer this small study to the 48" x 96" canvas.
Here's the canvas frame
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hands! ~

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Inspiration for Mary's Poppies, and the actual inspiration!



Inspiration for Mary's Poppies - oil on canvas - 30 x 40 (top)
Photo of the actual inspiration (bottom)
If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that painting is predictably unpredictable. The original painting: Mary's Poppies, was leaning against the wall of my studio drying, right next to the vase of flowers that I'd used as inspiration for that painting.
As I sat contemplating another painting, it occurred to me that I should paint the scene in front of me instead, being that each painting was intrinsically connected to the other, while both were connected to Mary. It was totally, unpredictably, unplanned and spontaneous--the idea that is, not the actual painting process. Painting it wasn't really that hard though, becuase I had the scene right in front of me every day.
So now I have two paintings quixotically connected through random occurrence. How artistically poetic!
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hands! ~

Monday, August 03, 2009

Art Gifts


Daily Painting # 46: Red and White Carnations - 5 x 7, oil on panel (top), original post
Daily Painting # 19: Morning Glory - 5 x 7, oil on panel (bottom), original post

Sometimes an artist has to weigh the benefits of gifting cherished artworks, versus waiting for someone to buy them.

I gifted these two small paintings to my dear friends, because I'd rather have them seen and appreciated by people I love, than store them away in a dusty, dark closet in antipation of a buyer that may never materialize.

It was well worth it!
~I will keep the brush happy in my hands! ~