Saturday, June 28, 2008

First Thursday, next week July 3, 2008 @ Broderick Gallery

Thursday is "First Thursday" ...join me at Broderick Gallery
The Salon Show, July Exhibition
Chaos Revisited
The Broderick Gallery’s July show features the work of 36 local, regional, national and international artists in a Salon style show of more than 130 paintings, etchings, woodblock prints, photographics and sculptures. Works represent diverse styles from photo-realism to pure abstraction. The show opens with a First Thursday reception, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and runs through August, 2, 2008. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Lake Sacagawea, Washington

Yesterday our painting group was invited to Lake Sacagewea Park in Longview, Washington. It is a bit of a drive, but we found it worth it..especially after spending a little time, taking it all in. There was plenty of waterfowl and waterlillies in the lake. Most appealing! After a fair amount of dithering around, trying to land on a scene, I settled on a big tree near the lake. I was pleased with this effort because I didn't go overboard or underboard! While I worked on this I remembered something Eric Jacobsen had told us during his workshop.."a good painting is like a great after dinner speech... just make your big points quickly and succinctly". This is a 6 x 8 oil on canvas panel.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Icons & Iconoclasts Gala Reception at the Kingstad Gallery

On the evening of June 24th the Kingstad Gallery in Beaverton welcomed artists, collectors, guests and friends, to the Icons and Iconoclasts Reception. Visitors sampled gourmet hors d'oeuvres while enjoying the art and "traditional African drumming" (provided by fellow exhibitor Stuart Ellis). Distinguished guests included George Broderick of Broderick Gallery. Lora R Fisher curated and installed all the art and she is also one of the exhibitors. I am grateful to my friend, Michael Orwick who encouraged me to submit to the Kingstad. I got to see him as well as many of the Portland Plein Air and Studio Painters at the reception. Thanks for coming! If you missed this reception, I believe the Gallery hosts another one "last Tuesday".

Planning your day...the day before...artists need to do it!

I came across this tip by Motivational speaker Jack Canfield. What he says about "reacting" to whatever people want throughout the day rather than "acting" on our goals and plans as a priority resonated with me. I am going to try this (planning my day the night before) and in a week I will report back about how I've done. Perhaps you'd like to join in this experiment with me?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Two days with Mitch Baird

This is my barn study from my workshop with Mitch Baird. I feel very fortunate that I had this opportunity to spend two days with him. Mitch started out on Saturday with a demonstration, painting the red barn at the "Pumpkin Patch" at Sauvie Island. He did a complete painting of the barn and I was especially interested to see all his stellar brushwork. There was a lot of discussion about temperature. After his demonstration we were set loose to have our own hand at it. My barn is much less detailed than his, but I tried to emulate his clean solid shapes (in the correct temperatures). On Sunday we got to see another demonstration, this time a pastural scene. Mitch talked to us about looking at the horizon while bending over, so we could see some colors that don't seem so obvious from our usual upright stance. It was a great day and most of us did paintings that were skyscapes. Mitch told us that he will be sending all participants a survey to fill out about how well he did teaching the workshop and I told him...(no surprise) he will be getting five stars from me. He spent tons of time with each person and ended each day with critiques. He plans on making himself available for more workshops and possibly studio instruction in the future.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

McMinnville & other musings

I painted this today in McMinnville. It didn't photograph very well, however. That is always a disappointment. I pledge to spend some time learning how to improve the photographs of my paintings.
I am looking forward to this weekend when I get to take the workshop with Mitch Baird. I have been an admirer of his ever since I discovered plein air painting. Tomorrow I am going to Utretcht to buy some new paint. I am afraid I am going to miss the paint out at Laurelhurst park. I did get to paint today and that will have to satisfy me until the weekend!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It was a good week.. culminating with Father's Day

The review:
This past Wednesday evening I got to be "on the ticket" with Barbara Masterson at the Pittock Mansion. Barbara's talk was about the painter Thomas Hill. There are seven of his paintings in the Mansion. I got to discuss why people continue to paint outdoors in modern times. Our presentation ended with everyone in the audience helping to paint one landscape painting as a collaboration. It came out very well and helped prove our point....that painting, should you be so inclined, is for everyone. I hope to get some photos from someone to add to my blog at a future date. I forgot my camera!
On Thursday I drove to Hood River to turn in my submission CD for the Hood River Plein Air show. I found out just yesterday that the deadline was extended to June 19th. Well, it is always a lovely drive to Hood River!
On Friday I met with Carolyn, Katherine, Kimberly, Cris, Kathy, Kitty, Carrie and "the other" Sally Bailey at Camp 18 for a paint out (celebrating Carolyn's birthday). I did a color sketch of a caboose in the parking lot. There are a lot of old machines at Camp 18. We went with Carolyn to a potluck dinner at Trail's End Gallery. The next day we had breakfast out and went to Astoria to visit an art supply store and the galleries. A perfect art trip! Cabooses are the traditional way to say "the end"....but I have a feeling that this is just the beginning.
Give all the men in your life an extra squeeze of the hand today. Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Paintings by eight of the Portland Plein Air & Studio painters are on display during this month at O'Connors. I submitted the acrylic painting that I showed being painted in stages here in my blog (scroll down). Stop by before July 7 to see it in person.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

June 7 & 8 Workshop with Eric Jacobsen

I just finished a two day workshop with Eric Jacobsen. The workshop was at a place just past Frenchman's bar in Vancouver (at the south end of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge). On day one we did some monochromatic studies to see where we were in understanding value. After that we moved into color. We did mostly small studies throughout the workshop (6 x 8). Today (Sunday) Eric did a demonstration where he used an extra big brush and again concentrated on simple shapes and not more than 4 or 5 values. We were to go back to our 6 x 8's and use a big brush. My fellow workshop attendees were a really good group of painters. I gave my card out, hoping that a couple of them will join up with the Portland painters during the week.
Workshop paintings aren't generally anything to write home to Mother about! I am gaining insight about how they shouldn't be. It's best to do the work assigned and not be thinking about any final products. Well, Eric is just a superb instructor. I like taking workshops with him because he is careful to give each student individual attention. He is completely open to any and all questions and you can be sure that he will stay with you until he feels that you understand. Eric will be offering Saturday workshops in July at Rasmussen Farms. After this workshop with Eric..... I am recharged to paint everyday!

Saturday, June 7, 2008


This is a copy of a painting I saw somewhere. I liked experimenting with the brushwork.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

First Thursday

It was an exceptional art day today. It began with our regular plein air group breakfast meeting. We put up some new art at O'Connor's. I took in the large painting that I completed just yesterday. The new show that we put up ( "eight") will be on display until July 7. After our meeting I attended "structured critiques" at Kitty Wallis' house. I am having trouble with two paintings and I got confirmation about what I need to do to try to salvage them. At the end of the day I went to Pam Flanders' show at Urban Wineworks. What a great place! Each monthly showcased artist paints a cask lid and it becomes part of the permanent display. I ran into Quin and Kathy there from my plein air group. Later I also went to Broderick's Gallery. He is having a show of two abstract painters. George showed me a fantastic painting of his own in his "back room", explaining that "all women are like flowers"...I see more flames than flowers, but the Broderick passion and southern hemisphere influence is reliably apparent. He sold it, so it won't be there long.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Big painting complete!

The last thing MacPherson tells us is to put in the smaller details..and to put in some more lights. In my opinion MacPherson's advice made the process organized and clear. His absolute final bit of advice is to "put it on and leave it alone". I agree..all is lost if we fuss. A fresh look is maintained when the paint is put down with authority. I think I did everything MacPherson told me to do in the order that he told me to do it in. His simple rules worked for a large studio piece as well as for plein air. Hoorah! My big painting is finished! (36 x 36 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas)
Once again:
1. Put in the lightest light
2. Put in the darkest dark
3. Paint with the "easiest" (most obvious) color in the scene
4. Make sure the shadow pattern is clear
5. Put in smaller details and more lights
6. Put it on and leave it alone!

Big painting part IV

So..I am standing out here forever..slogging away. It takes a lot of paint to cover this much canvas! I do as MacPherson says..and I establish a strong shadow pattern. This painting is predominately shadow and I make sure to make the shadows a pleasing design. Closing in on it! Take note..big paintings are harder to photograph than smaller ones!

Big painting part III

After I establish the lightest light and the darkest dark..MacPherson says look for the "easiest" color (the color(s) that will be most obvious). Since this is a sunset I am thinking that orange and violet will be good guesses.
Quite frankly..this thing looks kind of terrible..but I soldier on. Kitty Wallis also has told us often about the ugly stage. I'm there..on schedule.

Big painting part II

The first thing MacPherson wants you to do is to determine the lightest light. In my composition it is going to be a setting sun. I am careful not to use pure white..I'll use lemon yellow in white.
Then he says find the darkest dark. My painting/design is going to use a lot of dark..but the darkest dark is going to be in the building.
I am using the BIG Kitty insists I do.

Painting a big painting...Part I!

Today is the day I have selected to paint a 36 x 36 painting. I have a color photo that I am using for reference, but I am changing practically everything about it. I am going to make my scene a hilltop and move the house way over near the center. I'll retain the predominant dark shadows. I'll be following Kevin MacPherson's advice from his first book "Fill your Oil Paintings with Light and Color". I'm using acrylic. Kitty Wallis always tells us that painting bigger is no big deal! "Use bigger brushes and more paint", she says. Ok! Will do! I have my MacPherson advice in the form a single sheet photocopied from the book. I generally have this with me in my outdoor paint kit. I will follow what he says to the letter. In the end I will determine if his advice is just as good for a project like this as it is for plein air painting. I am painting outside because the light seems perfect and I have a lot of room on this patio. Why be inside...when you can be outside? I use vine charcoal and rough out my scene.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Nearly done with this painting

After I finished cleaning my work space today I worked on this painting. I am nearly done with it. I really enjoy that aqua color in the background with the red carnations. Those two colors together are appealing.

Studio clean-up II

I spent the better part of the afternoon cleaning my space. This is the "after" photo. (I didn't think to take a "before" photo). It was a disaster, but now it is much improved. I'll work at keeping it straightened up so that I don't have to have another marathon cleaning session. I really like that table top easel on the drafting table. If the painting is less than 16 x 20 I always use it.