Monday, October 27, 2014

Mapping the Garden

Today I am sharing the second painting I have completed in a series I'm working on with my friend Bonnie Hull called "Mapping the Garden."  I mentioned in a previous post, we are creating a piece based on each of the four corners of our own gardens.

I previously shared a portion of this painting of the southeast corner:

This next one is the northeast corner:

I decided to follow the seasons around my yard.  The first one is spring; the second is summer.  I have to say the northwest corner is a challenge (that one will be autumn).  It lacks in inspiration and I have been moving slowly on it, but the final one for the southwest corner I already have in mind (rose hips in snow)... unless I change my mind, naturally.  It did just occur to me I should check out that troublesome section today as we have had some storms.  Perhaps there are some interesting fallen branches or the like to inspire me.  Will keep you posted.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Studio!

I have a new studio!  Located at Willamette Heritage Center, at Mission Mill, are a new group of artist studios and I was lucky enough to get one before they were all swiped up.  My room is a funny little triangle with nice high ceilings on one side, which accommodates an easel very nicely.  A few photos from the space...these were taken a couple of weeks ago and I was going to take some new ones, as things have shifted and filled up more, but autumn has decidedly set in here and it is too grey and gloomy at the moment.

The studios are on the second floor of one of the old buildings at the Mill.  Visitors to the studio would have to be by appointment as the main doors are kept locked.  However, on November 13th, from 5 to 7 p.m., we will be having open studios.  Most, if not all, of the artists will have their doors open (See those open spots on that first photo?  I hope to fill those, and a few more, with new paintings by the open house.  Nothing like a deadline...).  The open studios will be in conjunction with the opening of a new gallery on the first floor, Compass Gallery.

I also wanted to let you know that I have just added this painting to my Etsy shop:

"Peggy's Friend" which I've shared with you before.  I don't think I wrote much about her when I did the original post, but she is one from the series of photos I've done of Peggy's friends (a group of senior photos I purchased, from 1970, nearly all with messages to Peggy).  Unlike many of the others, this one did not have a message to Peggy on the back.  Just Peggy's name.  I think for awhile I thought this was Peggy until I realized she wrote that the photo should go to Peggy.  One of these days, I will have to try to find out who this Peggy was.

Not sure why it took me so long to get it in the shop, but finally done now.  Nothing like having it up on your studio wall to remind you.  I have a few more painting to share here over the next week.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Paintings

Now that all those Hobbit posts are finished, it is time for a few new paintings...

 "The One With the Braids"  Acrylic on 18 x 24 inch canvas.

"Girl With the Sunflower Hair"  Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

"Once Was Red"  Acrylic on 16 x 16 inch wood panel.

Now in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 299 to 303 - The Final Illustrations

Let the trumpets herald the end of this project!  Yes, I have reached the final illustration post for There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit.  A project I began in early 2012, finished the illustrations for in April/May of 2013, and will have finished documenting it here in October 2014.  303 illustrations completed, one for each page of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.

I have created a new page on my website for this project so it can be viewed in its entirety.

So, without further delay, let's finish the Hobbit:

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 299

Page 299: "He mopped his face with a red silk handkerchief - no!  not a single one of his own had survived, he had borrowed this one from Elrond..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 300

Page 300: "And so they crossed the bridge and passed the mill by the river and came right back to Bilbo's own door."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 301

Page 301: "There was a large notice in black and red hung on the gate, stating that on June the Twenty-second Messrs. Grubb, Grubb, and Burrowes would sell the effects of the late Bilbo Baggins Esquire, of Bag-End, Underhill, Hobbiton."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 302

Page 302: "...and the sound of the kettle on his hearth was ever after more musical than it had been even in the quiet days before the Unexpected Party."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 303

Page 303: "'You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!'"

Pencil and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

The End

Friday, October 10, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 294 to 298

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 294
Page 294: "...Bilbo left with regret, for the flowers of the gardens of Beorn were in springtime no less marvelous than in high summer."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 295
Page 295: "...Bilbo heard the elves still singing in the trees, as if they had not stopped since he left..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 296
Page 296:         "The stars are far brighter
                          Than gems without measure..."

Ink and acrylic on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 297
Page 297: "He woke to find himself in a white bed, and the moon shining through an open window."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 298
Page 298: "Even as they left the valley the sky darkened in the West before them, and wind and rain came up to meet them."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Folks, one Hobbit post left...  and I will post that tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 289 to 293

Spoiler Alert!  In case you are not familiar with the Hobbit story and do not want a major spoiler for one of the key characters, you might want to skip this post...

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 289
Page 289: "He came alone and in bear's shape; and he seemed to have grown almost to giant-size in his wrath."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 290
Page 290: "They buried Thorin deep beneath the Mountain..."

Ink, acrylic, acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 291
Page 291: "Of the twelve companions of Thorin, ten remained."

Ink and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 292

Page 292: "'Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 293

Page 293: "Then the elves turned towards the Forest, and Bilbo started on his long road home."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.