Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mr. B's Roses

"Mr. B's Roses"

As you can see, I am back to grid painting and am even playing around with different mediums using the grid format.  This one is acrylic on an 8 x 10 inch wood panel.

"Mr. B's Roses" uses a painting I have in my home by Arthur Gibbes Burton and a vaseful of roses from my garden (I wish someone had a website for him so I could link you to it, but you can see more of his paintings here).  While I was interested primarily in painting a still life using the grid format, I really enjoyed using a piece of art I have in the background and have plans to do more of that in the future.  This one was particularly fun as Burton, or Mr. B as I grew up, was a boarder, then neighbor, and friend of my Dad's family.  My parents have more than a few of his pieces and I'm lucky enough to have this one residing over my fireplace:




"Mr. B's Roses" now available in my shop.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Good Time


Last night was the first Open Studios and it was a lot of fun.  Dozens of people toured our new collective of studios at Mission Mill.  I've been bit under the weather this week, so I didn't pull out my camera at the event itself.  Above is a photo I took of one of my walls earlier in the day after I spent some last minute time reshuffling and literally squeezing in some paintings after one large one was moved to the hall outside my door.  A couple of paintings I haven't even posted yet, more on those in the next few days.   You can just barely see my next grid piece in progress on the easel.

A big thank you to all who came out despite the cold and wet weather!  It was truly wonderful to see so many people out enjoying themselves and the art.  More open studios to come...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Open Studios

This Thursday, The Art Studios of Mission Mill will have an Open Studio event from 5 to 7 p.m.  Come visit my new studio and the studios of 14 other artists.  We are primarily located on the second floor of the west side of the building at 1313 Mill St SE in Salem, Oregon.  The Open Studios will be in conjunction with the opening of a beautiful new gallery, Compass Gallery, on the first floor of the Mill.  Drinks, food, and art.  Hope you can join us!




Saturday, November 8, 2014

Little Paintings on Paper

Earlier in the week I dropped off 14 little paintings on paper at the Salem Art Association for their holiday Artmarket.  Here are a few of the pieces:






Each one is on a thick piece of watercolor paper, approximately 6 x 6 inches.  Painted in acrylic, with a mono print in acrylic underneath.  They will be available there until December 24th and are $30 each.  Something about the Artmarket:



SAA’s Community Arts Education (CAE) Program will host the fourth annual ArtMarket, a fun, contemporary art “shop” featuring crafts and edgy art by regional artists. Sales from this exhibition are split between the artist and CAE, which engages more than 12,000 students, administrators, teachers and parents each year, in addition to providing regional artists with professional development opportunities.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Painting

"At Last"
I titled this painting "At Last" because I have been collecting photographs of this woman for some time.  My local antique shop (Earl's, should you live in the Salem, Oregon area) has a huge stash of old photographs and often they were lots they obtained from estates.  Someone in this woman's family must have unloaded everything because I am constantly finding her in the stacks.  Often, she is photographed with family members.  This one was perfect to paint.  This is the largest face I've done yet, at 24 x 30 inches.  Now in my shop.

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.