Friday, August 26, 2011

Oh, How I Love Cliffs! (SOLD)

Horsethief Cliffs
11x14 inches
oil on canvas

Went out with a painting buddy today--and renewed my love affair with basalt cliffs.  I had to get up at 5:30am to make it to the site by 7:45am (get self & kids ready, get kids to grandpa's house, stop for espresso, hour's drive to location) but it was worth it.

This one will most likely be in the 2011 NW Plein Air Show at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, Oregon-- opening reception September 2.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

plein air painting

10x10 inches
oil on panel

Went out this morning.  This is probably destined for the 2011 NW Plein Air Show at the Columbia Art Gallery next month, but we'll see what I paint between now and Monday's deadline.  It still needs a title...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Taking the Plunge!

I've been asked to teach, give private lessons, give demos.  While flattering, I have resisted all requests for multiple reasons: inexperience, lack of confidence, lack of knowledge (I know this, even if they don't).  Seriously, how do I teach when there's so much I don't know?  Anyway, I finally did a demo at the Sunriver Art Faire last weekend.  (The lady who arm-twisted me into it was on my hit list the last three gut-wrenching days beforehand, although I am now quite fond of her!)

So the demo consisted of the above three canvases: 1) a toned canvas with the sketch on it, 2) a partially-painted canvas (which I attempted to complete during the demo), and 3) a finished painting to show the audience where I was going. 

Speaking of the audience, it consisted of 5-10 people who, for the most part, came and went.  Which didn't hurt my feelings at all!  There was one young girl who asked tons of questions and helped to make the hour pass quickly. 

Overall, a good experience.  I'm glad I did it.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Short Season

Summer Blues - SOLD
30x40 inches, oil on canvas
Summer Song
30x40 inches, oil on canvas

I thought I'd post these together, given the "Summer" titles.  There is something about both of these that evokes in me the feeling of a late, warm, summer evening, with the soft breeze on my cheek and a contented feeling of being alone with God.  It's funny how you can feel alone but absolutely not lonely-- one of the sweet pleasures of life.

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