Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I just took this test..and I think you should too...
To put it less negatively:
1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.
2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.
3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.
4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.
so....how did your test come out?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Today I met Kathy Allegri, Carolyn Rondthaler and Carrie Holst in Bridal Veil at the Sisters of Eucharist Villa. Kathy Allegri arranged all this and it was a privilege to visit there. We got to see the inside of the beautiful Villa and go anywhere we wanted on the grounds. A person can't just go up there..you need a special invitation and we are lucky that Kathy did this for us.
We were treated to the entire story (of how the Sisters came to live there) by Mother Michael. She also told us about the positives associated with Montessori teaching...and why it is so important for Franciscan Nuns to live "in nature". It was a great outing.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
All the female artists who are exhibiting in the current "Icons" show at the Kingstad Gallery are going to be on hand to make presentations about their art on Tuesday, July 29. (The reception begins at 6 pm and the presentations will begin at 7 pm) Please come if you can! It will be a great opportunity to see where our Annual show will be and also to meet our Curator/Juror, Lora R Fisher....(I understand the men who are showing will have their own night during August). I hope I will see you at the Kingstad next Tuesday.
The Kingstad Gallery, 15450 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, Oregon 97006
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I went to Art Media today, it was the last day of their canvas sale. I bought some big canvases with our September Annual Show in mind. Our show is going to be at the Kingstad Gallery and the curator, Lora R Fisher, is welcoming large pieces. Not only that..the show can include what she is calling "landscape of the self". I started a landscape and then thought the words "landscape of the self"...so, who can blame me for what happened next? The face in the landscape looks a little worried...probably because I am having to think about the Annual show and what I've produced this summer for it. I am going to have to work every day from now until then.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Today I went to the WAAAM Museum in Hood River. It is one of the places that is on the Columbia Arts Gallery paint-out itinerary for the end of August. I got to see one of the only two operational Curtis Jennys in the world (Theirs is a real beauty, with a serial number of "#1")....There was also this beautiful maroon 1940 Ford. I believe my brother owned this same car during the 60's. His was black had a "leopard" patterned seat. He had many different cars at different times. The owner of the museum was so nice...he let me do an oil study of the car right there in the Museum.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I enjoyed painting these apples at the dining room table in the late afternoon. I have been trying to figure out the best time to paint when the shadows are most interesting. When I started this there was a good long shadow, but it disappeared before I got it down. I think the best long shadows are around 6:45pm. 8x8 oil on canvas panel.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I started this painting too late and didn't have the dramatic light like I had yesterday. I am trying not to labor over these things....but now that I have this uploaded I see I paid much better attention to the pot....than the lid.....A good painting often seems totally dependent on how present you are! Maybe when I got to the lid my mind was elsewhere? I'll have another chance to do better ......tomorrow.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Even though this post reads Saturday, I painted this yesterday before I had to go off to a "day before the wedding" dinner....(generally referred to as a rehearsal dinner, except there were many more people there than are going to be in the wedding). It was kind of funny...me painting this instead of finding the right jewelry to wear, etc! Oh don't worry, I did manage to wear something nice.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I plan to begin painting a painting everyday..but I'm not sure if I want to put these daily paintings into a separate blog or not. Until I decide, I will just post them here. These are my canvas "Mudd" shoes. I'll purchase a batch of small canvas panels for my daily paintings.
Today I invited Jack VanNess to Kennedy School for lunch to celebrate his birthday. Jack is a "charter" member of the Portland Plein Air Painters. I met him for the first time (in 2004) at Commonwealth Park. I enjoyed talking with Jack today about his growing up in Portland. He has had a lot of fascinating jobs. Once, many years ago, he sold magazines door-to-door. He said sales were disappointing! He stays very busy these days with his carpentry/home improvement business. He finds it a challenge to make time time to paint...(but I can tell you when he does.. the results are worth the wait). He is a student of the methods of Henry Hensche. He and other Hensche devotees can discuss painted blocks endlessly (given any opportunity to do so). Those of us who have never done the blocks view those who have as sort of a cult. It's a "good" cult, however. Happy Birthday, Jack...!
Monday, July 14, 2008
This was my first year at the Utrecht Event "Plein Air in the Pearl". It was easy to park (Sunday... no fees) and I didn't have any trouble finding the spot because Kelly from Utrecht sent out clear instructions. It was fun to talk to the passers-by and to see what the other painters chose to paint. I did a small painting of a corner building. I meant to do a larger version of it, but there was a huge sign right in front of me, blocking some of my view. Not an ideal situation. I abandoned the idea of the larger painting, but I just may return and paint it again....from a better vantage point. The big surprise was that I won the drawing for a beautiful Utrecht umbrella. I will be using it a lot this summer!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I found this ancient piece of mine today in my flat file. When I was a graphic designer I worked with illustrators. One of them taught a class in airbrush at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Actually, it is so long ago that they might have called in "the Museum Art School" back then. Cutting the meticulous masks for this was a tedious process. I think I love this piece, though. It reminds me how patient I used to be. Also, it makes me recall the wonderful illustrator who was the teacher of the class. His name was Dave Davis. He was young, but he was a Portland-Illustrating-Airbrushing-legend. He passed away the year following our class. I still have all my airbrush equipment, but I can't imagine doing this type of work again. I never did another airbrush after this one. Airbrush just wasn't for me....but I did give it a college effort. I think I'll keep this out of the drawer for awhile.. if for no other reason to remember the talented Dave Davis. He was here ....and then he wasn't.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I stopped over to see Cyrus Smith today and turn in my two paintings from the "Monday Painter's" Monday sessions. He was busy painting and the Gallery is looking great. I got a preview of some of the work that he had laid out on the floor. Cyrus will be figuring out how to get it all up onto the walls and there will be an opening on Friday from 6-?. I hope you will come...if you do, you will be able to have a cool drink, help the artists celebrate and take in some very fresh "direct" paintings in and of this visually rich neighborhood. I hope to see you there!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I have been watching Cathleen's painting a day blog with interest! Seeing her painterly brushwork in person inspires me to jump back on that daily painting bandwagon myself. I did daily paintings last year and what I remember from the experience was just as Cathleen reported to me...that there is nothing better an artist can do for themselves than to paint regularly. Her show is up through July.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
"Floor to Ceiling"
The Broderick Gallery’s July show features the work of 36 local, regional, national and international artists in a show of more than 130 paintings, etchings, woodblock prints, photographics and sculptures. Works represent diverse styles from photo-realism to pure abstraction. The show opened with a First Thursday reception, July 3. It will run through August, 2, 2008. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The show is inspired by London's Royal Academy of Art "floor to ceiling" salon style of hanging. I have two pieces in this show. Pictured: "Afternoon Bistro (with coffee & bagel") 9 x 12 oil on canvas panel.
Cummins, Gus RA
Neilson, Liz Gill
Rooney, RA, Mick
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I painted this over a landscape that I painted last year. I was pleased with how the green of the previous painting played a part in the new painting. I've put it into the "Artist's Choice" show at O'Connor's. I did have a title for it, but I elected to drop it. More often than not it seems best to let the viewer decide what the painting is about. 30x40 oil on stretched canvas.
Portland Plein Air/Studio Painter's
Summer Exhibit II
7850 SW Capitol Hwy
July 3-July 31, 2008
Ever since the "Jackie" portrait (when I painted over an old painting) I have wanted to paint over an old painting again. I certainly have no shortage of failed paintings that I can recycle. I like how the previous surface seems to make suggestions to me as I cover it up. The painting that I recently painted over (for this exhibit) was predominately green and green figures in a big way in the new painting too. I decided to throw some texture onto the surface (with some pumice gel). I figured I could just have a hay day. After all, I painted it for "Artist's Choice" Nine of us will have "our choice" up on a wall at O'Connor's beginning today, July 3 to the end of the month. I don't want to post the painting until it actually gets put up on the wall. I'll post the finished painting tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Three of us from the Portland Plein Air Painters met up with "the Monday Painters".....on Monday! First we saw the Worksound Gallery and then we walked to 12th and Ash and painted there. Cyrus Smith is behind this project and he told us that his objective is to encourage outdoor painting and "community". From our perspective he is succeeding! We enjoyed ourselves in front of the "Three Friends Coffeehouse" with Cyrus and the other outdoor artists. We look forward to putting a piece in the show and being there for the July 11 opening!
Here is a communication from the Monday Painters:
We will meet every Monday to paint the neighborhood surrounding Worksound Gallery, located at 820 SE Alder. All paintings will go on display at Worksound Gallery for the month of July, including an opening on July 11th.
If you are interested in being part of this show, just show up at 5:30 with painting supplies. All are welcome. No experience necessary.
Mondays, June 23rd-July 21st , Worksound Gallery, 820 SE Alder, 5:30pm, NO FEES
Thanks, Cyrus...for promoting regional art!