Sunday, August 31, 2008

Day four..Sakura Ridge

I skipped writing on Day three...but here I am back on Day four. Today we painted at Sakura Ridge Bed & Breakfast. It was really cold! One other painter (Janet) and I painted on the porch of the building to try to avoid some of the wind. I had a lot of glare where I was too and couldn't seem to see my painting half the time. The owners of this beautiful place seemed very happy to be invaded by the painters. Here is my vista painting from today.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Day two..Maryhill Museum

Today we painted at the Maryhill Museum. A highlight of the day was visiting with "Buckley", Donna's "art dog". He goes with her everywhere and Donna complained that he upstages her all the time! I painted a view of the gorge, and once again I have to live with the results a little before determining if it belongs in a frame. It was another great plein air day.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Day One.. of The Pacfic NW Plein Air Competition

I arrived at 8:30 am at the Gorge White House for day one of the Pacific NW Plein Air Competition. All the other painters were there too and after getting an orientation and a gift bag from Utrecht filled with nice objects from sponsors, we set about finding something to paint. Bonnie White and I decided that the house itself is a great subject. We stood in the parking lot and responded to the challenge of painting the white house that was largely in shadow. I was pretty happy with my results, but I need to look at it in a day or so to decide if it is completely successful. Tomorrow we'll be at Maryhill Museum...bright and early!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


I worked on a painting today. It is still early, so I don't know if it something that I can put in the Kingstad remains to be seen. Once again, as a reminder, I consulted my photocopied MacPherson tips for making a good painting. It seems a very good list to me! Whenever I really pay attention to these simple suggestions I do manage to make a good painting. This is from his first book, Fill your oil paintings with Light and Color. Notice how he gets all this valuable information reduced to one page! I am painting in acrylics today, but his recommendations from the oil painting book are definitely applicable to acrylic too.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Leftover brown paint

I am never very successful at saving my paint to make grays...I thought I would try today. Seems like when I mixed all my leftover paints together there is a decided cocoa look to it. It made me think of chocolate icing. I scraped it up and put it into a jar. It was fun to think of what kind of subjects are brown. Bears! Chocolate! cat (affectionately known as the Brown Bomber). What do you bet I never use this? Well, we'll see.

Mufasa, definitely more umber than sienna


This is my effort from yesterday. Using so much warmth in the sky is foreign to me, but I think I like how it came out. This is meant to be an idea for a larger painting, possibly. To be continued! Paintings will be due soon for "Expressions 2008".

Saturday, August 16, 2008

River II

A good day to be on the River. Everybody and their dog was there, but I opted to leave the people out of the scene. 9 x 12 oil on canvas panel.

Friday, August 15, 2008

River I

I heightened this "end of day" light. I sometimes envy my pastel friends who can achieve this heightened look without much fanfare. I wish I had taken a photo of this in it's early stage. It is better now with a few new strokes. I think I managed to use several "good" greens too..always a challenge. 8 x 8 oil on canvas panel.

Donna's world

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Sometimes I think I love letters and words nearly as much as any visual. I put in many years as a graphic designer, appreciating the beauty of type. This website finds the words most commonly used in a blog and with your help creates a "word cloud". Great fun. The blog I submitted was Donna Van Tuyl's. It's a treat when beautiful type describes the thoughts of an artist. Where to have a go at it yourself...Wordle.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Studio clean-up III

If my space is a mess I can't concentrate. I spent a little time today straightening up my basement studio (der bunker).
Yes..this is after I cleaned up! I have too much stuff. It was hot today, but I was in the cool basement. I want to do a "spring housekeeping" thing one of these days..where I mercilessly toss things out. Maybe I'll spring clean in the winter. The patio is right outside the door.. I like to paint there best.

Monday, August 11, 2008


I went today with the painting group to "Renita's Farm". It was a great place and my objective today was to do some oil sketches. Renita brought her horse down to an isolated pen. The horse's name is "Arista"....(which we all loved, of course, for how close it seems to "Artist"). Naturally, the horse never stood still for very long, so I had to work really fast to get this shape down onto the canvas. It reminded me of doing gestures in life drawing. I decided to leave it just as it has a pretty good feel..describing her dark horse under the super-bright-noon-sunshine.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The gorgeous Gorge

The Columbia Arts Plein Air competition is right around the corner. For the next two weeks I will be practicing Plein Air! I got out at the end of the day today and I am glad I did. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. This falls on the plus side! "Put it down and leave it alone"...that is what I kept in mind. I think it would be a really good reference for a studio painting.

Thoughts about my friend Edda.. and my brother Tom

Thanks to the internet, I have a friend in Germany by the name of Edda. She and my brother (who died in 1996 at age 50) are "connected" Today I am thinking about Edda...She is a "perfect match" for someone and tomorrow she is going to donate bone marrow to that person. That is no small thing! I found these old photos of Tom for Edda and I am going to email them to her....My brother would just love that she is going to such extremes to help a complete stranger. These photos are from 1967. Tom served aboard the USS New Jersey during Viet Nam. When I was in 7th grade I won first place in an art contest. Tom was very proud of me and said so in front of everyone! (but then he went right back to giving me a hard time all the time right away afterwards...just as brothers do). I miss him everyday.

Friday, August 8, 2008

New art installed at O'Connor's in Multnomah Village, "Artist's Choice II"

On Thursday the O'Connor's Nine installed new art on the walls. This is our fourth show (I think) in O'Connor's. We are getting great feedback from the staff and customers. Here is my August submission. The title is: "Thoughts on Design". It is 36 x 36, acrylic on stretched canvas. Come by to see all the artist's works ....the show will be up through August.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Reception, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's office

Tonight at First Thursday I got to meet Commissioner Dan Saltzman and thank him personally for the art program initiated at City Hall. Some of the Portland Plein Air Painters showed up (thank you for coming!) and lots of other art supporters came through to have a look at my work.
I learned that Dan Saltzman has established two bureaus during his service with the City of Portland; the Office of Sustainable Development (Portland's green building program) and the Children’s Investment Fund (providing programs to prepare children for school and protecting children from abuse, neglect, and violence).
The Commissioner's art program brings many people into City Hall that may have no other reason to visit "their" building. You are invited to come into the offices anytime to see the art. All of Dan's staff appreciate art and they made my experience of showing there easy and fun.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

City Hall....invitation

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This is a big painting!

This is the painting I worked on today. I am not quite done with it...but I am hoping to get up early to work on it so that I can meet the deadline for hanging it in the City Hall show. It is 36 x 60! My painting group has been committed to painting bigger this year... and this is my biggest yet.
I know, I know..I shouldn't be giving you a preview, but I really like how it is coming together and I couldn't wait to see how it looked in a photo.
I used the photo reference below, but I changed absolutely everything in it and made it predominately cool (blue).
... come to First Thursday, August 7 to see my painting in person!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Talking at the Kingstad

Tom Repasky sent me this photo of me taken during my presentation at the Kingstad Gallery during last Tuesday. I was pleased to be able to tell those gathered about why I chose Jackie Kennedy as an icon for the ICONS exhibit. It was more than just recognizing that everyone knows who she was. The truth is that I really do admire Jackie Kennedy for the positive contributions she made to America. Through her activities, Jackie Kennedy instilled a new public regard for the arts. Everyone was influenced by her taste.
Next last Tuesday (August 26) there will be another round of presentations from artists at the Kingstad... it will be the men's turn to talk about their art!

How I spent my day....

I needed to pick up paintings today ...(Paintings that had been in July shows). I had to swing by and see Cyrus Smith (to pick up paintings that had been at Worksound Gallery). I found him working on his new project..he explained that "PLAY" is the theme. He was making faux books and heaping them onto a "bookshelf". He told me that he will also be painting titles on the books. I just love stuff like this! (The books are for a show is at Igloo gallery in the Everett St. Lofts. The opening will be First Thursday from 6-9pm).

After my visit with Cyrus I tried to go to Broderick Gallery and pick up two of my paintings from there. I never made it because of the throng of people on Front Avenue. I gave up and got back on the Morrison Bridge. I found out later I had stumbled upon the Red Bull Flugtag. Wow! 60,000 people at waterfront park. OH WELL, I will pick my paintings up on Tuesday instead.

When I got home I started on a new painting...using the back yard as my studio. I started so late in the day there was dappled light on my I got out my Utrecht umbrellas. It is handy to have more than one! A recent painting that I did in the back yard was successful. It was a dark haired women with a green background. So, I have started something similar.....maybe this isn't such a good idea. I don't know yet. It's blocked in..I will have to leave it until tomorrow.. I'll get up in the morning see if I can make it "fly".