Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Open Studios

Greetings all!  The Art Studios at Mission Mill, of which I am a part, is having a bonus open studio event this month in conjunction with the holiday light festival at the Mission Mill Museum.  You can visit the studios (for free) and, for $5, see the amazing light display.  I've been watching it go up over the last few weeks and it looks pretty amazing.

And if you want to see the studios but cannot make it to this event, not to worry we will have open studio events every month on the second Thursday of the month.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Painting

"Aged 19, 1876"
Acrylic on 9 x 12 inch wood panel.

Hope you have all had a good couple of weeks.  Time is certainly slipping by right now, must be the holiday season.  I do have a new painting.  A grid painting, with two more in progress and I hope to share them soon as well.  This one, like many, was inspired by a vintage photograph, and the only information written on the photograph was "April 13 1876 Aged 19" and that was written twice.  I'm sorry to not have his name, but at least it wasn't blank like so many others.

In other news, recently there was a wonderful article written in our local paper about the new artist studios of which I am a part.  Just click here to read it.

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.

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.

Monday, October 6, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 284 to 288

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

Page 284
Page 284: "The clouds were town by the wind, and a red sunset slashed the West."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 285
Page 285: "'The Eagles!' cried Bilbo once more, but at that moment a stone hurtling from above smote heavily on his helm, and he fell with a crash and knew no more."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 286
Page 286: "There was no call and no echo of a song.  Sorrow seemed to be in the air."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 287: "'But I have a helm and a hard skull.  All the same I feel sick and my legs are like straws.'"

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 288: "Then Bilbo turned away and he went by himself, and sat alone wrapped in a blanket..."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Friday, October 3, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 279 to 283

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

Page 279
Page 279: "'Halt!' he called in a voice like thunder, and his staff blazed forth with a flash like the lightening."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 280
Page 280: "...the bat-cloud came, flying lower, over the shoulder of the Mountain, and whirled above them shutting out the light and filling them with dread."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 281
Page 281: "These were the swiftest wolf-riders, and already their cries and howls rent the air afar."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 282
Page 282: "Victory seemed at hand, when a cry rang out on the heights above."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 283
Page 283: "Soon the attackers were attacked, and they were forced into a great ring, facing every way, hemmed all about with goblins and wolves returning to the assault."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Only 20 more to go...!