Tuesday, August 31, 2010

All the October Wind Paintings

The October Wind Series
left to right
October Wind #3 - 18 x 24 - on the artist's lap
October Wind #4 -  18 x 24 - middle, top row
October Wind #5 - 18 x 24 - far right, top row
October Wind #2 - 12 x 16 - bottom left
October Wind #1 - 18 x 24 - bottom right 

Sometimes it's hard for people who don't work with typical artwork sizes to visualize how big (or small) they are when hung on a wall. Of course, how big or small the artwork appears depends upon the size of the wall!

Reimaginations sent me a purchase inquiry for two of my October Wind paintings, so I decided to post a picture of myself with the series on my couch so that the potential buyer could get a feel for their size. Yup, that's me in my living room with the whole October Wind series!

I'm hoping to paint another one soon, but time is scarce these days and I have some other painting commitments. I hope the potential purchaser likes them. I think they belong on a wall where people can see them and think about the importance of wind energy, instead of collecting dust in my storage closet!

 I love the colors because they remind me of eastern Washington, which also reminds of western Montana where I went to school. There's so much sky there. The actual location that inspired them is the Washington side of the Columbia River gorge, where wind turbines can be seen churning away from almost every vantage point. 

Even more interesting, for anyone with connections to the maritime industry (like me) is that the components for most of gorge turbines were handled through either the Port of Longview or the Port of Vancouver, two international shipping ports on the lower Columbia River. They compete with each other for the business, but more importantly, they are helping to shape the future of wind energy.

So here's to the Power of the Wind!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Eve Dipping Her Toe in the Waters of Eden

Eve Dipping Her Toe in the Waters of Eden - 30 x 40 - oil, top image
Eve installed at Naked Winery middle image
Adjacent wall featuring Orchid bottom image

My latest painting is a continuation of the Eve series, although done in a different technique. My focus continues to be the figure, because it's my first love. When I was a girl I drew ladies in the Sears catalog. In college I loved my live figure drawing classes. Today Allan and I try to get down to Hipbone Studio for figure sessions.

But not having live figure models for my paintings is a dilemma. I resolve it by using Flickr. There are wonderful photos by photographers from all over the world, much better than I could compose myself. As an artist I feel justified in using technology to aid my artistic vision. Artists like Vermeer did the same, using a camera obscura.

Eve is based on a photo taken by Alexandr Zadarika, a photographer from the Ukraine, who gave me permission to use it. Thank you Alexandr!

Other photographers have been equally generous, giving me permission to work from their photos, and often e-mailing me high resolution photos not available online.

I'm grateful, because without the technology and ability to communicate with people all over the world, I wouldn't be able to paint what I love.

We installed Eve at Naked Winery yesterday where she is hanging with many of my figure works.

Can you see the apple and snake?

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Wind Paintings at Heritage Bank in Kalama (formerly Cowlitz Bank)

The artist space at Heritage Bank in Kalama (formerly Cowlitz Bank)

Several of my wind energy paintings are on display at Heritage Bank in Kalama. A couple of years ago the bank decided to feature local artists, and over the years many artists, including myself, have had the chance to display their work for free. Lots of people go to the bank regularly, giving the artists great exposure. It also gives local people art to look at during their daily activities (like banking).

My friends Liz who manages the bank, and Coco who recruits the artists and hangs the work, believe it's important to support the local community. I do too! I wish more banks and local businesses would do this. 

So if you have a chance to stop by Heritage Bank in Kalama (formerly Cowlitz Bank), please do so. It's the first time I've displayed any of my wind energy paintings since the Power of the Wind show at Lower Columbia College in January 2009.

You can see more wind art at REimaginations, the only online art gallery devoted to the beauty of windart.