Thursday, May 28, 2015

Studio Update

I have been moving things around at the studio lately.  I've something new in mind for my work, and I'm transitioning things in anticipation of that work.  More on that the meantime...

I took the big easel back to my home studio and am working off a transportable table easel here (possible sneak peak on the easel there, but it is in progress so who knows...).

These are window clings made from acrylic gel medium, paint, and collage.  Very hard to photograph and get the whole affect.  I made one for each of the windows.

The folders on that shelf, and seen below, are the Hobbit Project folders.  Completely done and filed safely away, down to the last quote.  

(Just so you know, it looks so terribly clean and organized because I took these photos just after Open Studios last Thursday and is still set up from that event.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Painting

"Lois" Acrylic on 16 x 16 inch wood panel.
 New painting recently completed, this one is titled "Lois".  She is inspired by a found, vintage photograph.  No name was on the photograph and when I went to title it the name Lois just stuck.

A profile of the painting.

Shown here with a few previous pieces hanging in the hall of the artist studios where I sometimes work.  "Lois" is now in my shop.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mapping the Garden, Part 3

I have finished the third of four paintings in this series (Mapping the Garden).  This is the Northwest corner:

Northwest Corner (Autumn)
Mapping the Garden is a project I am working with Bonnie Hull in which we are creating a piece of art to represent each corner of our own garden.  I am currently working on the fourth and final corner, hoping to have that finished up in the next week or so.  I ended up painting each corner with a season in mind, perhaps, in part, because it seemed to take me about a season to do each piece.  Here are the other corners:

Northeast Corner (Summer)

Southeast Corner (Spring)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Paintings and Open Studio Alert

Greetings!  I have just put these two paintings into my shop, one is new and one you might have seen before:

"Camellias" Acrylic on 6 x 6 inch wood panel.

"Opal Whiteley" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

Available here.  I also recently finished this painting, but am waiting to decide if I want to put it in a frame first as it is on canvas only 3/4 inch deep.  I will share it here in the meantime:

"Two Shells" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch canvas.
I have more shell paintings coming up, will share those soon.

Tomorrow night is Open Studios down at Mission Mill Museum (1313 Mill St SE in Salem, Oregon), where I have my studio.  Along with gallery receptions (they are opening a new gallery down there I think this week), artist demos, and much more it will be a fun evening.  It goes from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Paintings: Abstracts!

Last month, I played with the idea of approaching abstracts much in the same way I approach portraits.  A simple form that fills the space in a beautiful way. 

"Opening" Acrylic on 8 x 10 inch wood panel.

"Unfolding" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

This one I placed in an reversed wood panel to create a frame:

And a few little ones:

"Inward Flow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.

"At Rest" Acrylic on 4 x 4 inch wood panel.

"Wrapping Yellow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.

You can find all of these in my shop.

Coming soon, more pieces with the same ideas but this time paintings of things in nature...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Eco Icon at Compass Gallery

"Opal Whiteley"  Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

This little painting is on display in the "Eco Icon" show at the Compass Gallery until the end of March in Salem, Oregon.  The gallery asked for pieces inspired by nature, environment, or people who are or who we might consider environmentalists.  I painted Opal Whiteley who grew up in Oregon, wrote and lectured about nature, and became famous for a diary she allegedly wrote as a child that was particularly mature for her age at the time.  She also claimed to be the daughter of a prince, but was raised by a family in Oregon.  A fascinating woman you can read more about her here.

A reception for the show will be the same night as the night of Open Studios of which my studio is a part, this Thursday, from 5 - 7 p.m.  The gallery is on the first floor of the building, the studios on the second.  There will be other activities and an artist demo so it should be another fun night.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this time due to a family event, but I have visited the show and I recommend checking it out.  Lots of fun pieces, environmentally inspired, all 10 x 10 inches.

Some more information:

(I am so honored to have my piece be one of the paintings on the card for the show!  I think the colors look more true to the piece on the postcard than in the photograph I took.  A slight change of light can make all the difference.)