Thursday, April 30, 2009

ORIGINAL Art NOW Available!

I'm NOW OFFERING my ORIGINAL art on my blog! Any original art purchase will include FREE SHIPPING within the continental U.S. Each painting will be signed on the front and signed, titled, and dated on the back. The artwork will include a certificate of authenticity from me, the artist. I use only high quality artist materials for all my paintings.

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"Anita's Poppies"
ORIGINAL Acrylic Painting on Canvas, unframed
16 x 20 x 1/2 inch

As seen in the Seattle Times (April 2009), this warm and playful poppy image is one of my most loved pieces. The painting was created en plein air (in the outdoors) - a method popularized by the French Impressionists. The orange poppies were part of an award winning garden display on Vashon Island, WA. The day was very hot when it was painted, hence the warm and vibrant colors. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Plein Air Painting Final Progression

"A Bend in the Road"
Completed Version
Original Painting SOLD

Prints available HERE

Plein Air Painting - session 1 (before)

Here you can see the start and finish of my plein air painting, "A Bend in the Road". I started this piece on-site (second image) and then brought the painting back to the studio for some additional "play-time"! The total work time for this piece was about 5 hours. While each stage of this painting had it's own whimsical charm, I am very happy with the final version. Although it didn't become as vivid and abstracted as I originally intended, I enjoyed the play between the more vivid colors and the muted beiges and greens. I am now starting a "reaction piece", and hope to work on several of these over the next few weeks. Here are the results of my first brief painting session.

I hope you enjoy and look for more plein air paintings coming soon!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hiking the Cascade Foothills

The best part of moving someplace new is exploring your new surroundings! And for me, that means finding every waterfall, lake, meadow, forrest, etc., that has a hiking trail. I love enjoying the beautiful natural scenery and looking for lovely new places to set up an easel and paint!

Yesterday we had our first exploratory trip up Hwy 20 of Northwest Oregon just past the towns of Lebanon and Sweet Home to the Cascadia State Park. We found many other places worth exploring, but for a 1/2 day trip we had to limit ourselves to just a couple short trails. The short hike along Soda Springs was a beauty! A few trees were just showing their white blooms amidst a large forest of evergreens. The trail went up and down along the creek and gave several opportunities to hike to the water and skip a few rocks and let the dog go for a swim (happy dog!) There were a few little bridges dotting the lovely meandering path. I think a weekend camping trip will be in order for this summer. Look for some of these pools, moss covered boulders, and large conifers to make it to my paintings then!

Soda Springs Creek Trail, Cascadia Park

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Eugene Saturday Market

I've decided to try my hand at the Eugene Saturday Market this year, and am looking forward to getting a spot... one of these days!

The Eugene "Saturday Market" (did you know that they have that phase copyrighted?) is an amazing artisan & food marketplace in downtown Eugene (around 6th & Oak St) located right next to the farmer's market as well. As you are told during your first orientation, it is an amazing dance of check-in, set-up, selling, and take-down that happens every Saturday from Spring to Fall. It is also a very democratic organization and you gain the right to sell/show by earning "points" (not by selling a certain $ amount). Their philosophy - the marketplace will dictate what sells and who returns. Every time you show up (and check-in and wait to have your name called) you earn a point - whether they have space for you to sell or not. So far, I have not earned a spot... yet. However, I do have 2 points now and am hoping after I get 3 or 4 I may be able to set-up shop.

Anyway - if you were looking for me there these last 2 weeks... Sorry! But, I'm hoping I'll get in next time. And if not, I would highly recommend bringing your warm cup of coffee down to the market and mill about to enjoy the dance!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Progression of a Plein Air Painting Session No 3

I tried to simplify some of the shapes and unify the composition a little better with this session. I'm getting close! Although I think I'll finish up this piece in one more session, I think I'll make 2 or 3 more paintings based on this piece as well. I also like how the piece can be separated into 3 or 4 images that retain a completed composition and feel.

As I painted this piece, I was thinking about one of the comments I often hear from plein air painters - how difficult it is to get all the greens the right color. My best advice: for a natural green - mix Cadmium Yellow (medium) and Black! They make the loveliest warm green color! As you go further back into the landscape of your painting, choose cooler colors for it to recede.

Again I hope you enjoy and continue to watch the progression!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Art of Plein Air Painting PLUS Continued...

"A Bend in the Road"
Painting Session No 2

Taking the plein air painting a little further and having some fun! After starting my painting outside on site yesterday, I brought it back to the studio and added some color with some of my favorite colors: Quinacridone Sienna & Quinachridone Magenta. The first outdoor session took about 2 hours. This session was about a 1/2 hour. Today I'll start session No 3 and see where the painting takes me! Check back tomorrow for the results!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Progression of a Plein Air Painting

"A Bend in the Road"
A Painting in Progess - session 1

I paint using a couple different methods. Each method depends on the day (whether hiking/outdoors is a possibility), the materials (canvas vs paper/ paint vs pencil & ink), and my creative mood (exploring my imagination vs observing my surroundings). Today was a plein air day! Spring has hit the Willamette Valley with 80 degree weather and trees bursting with new foliage and blooms. I only had a few hours to spare this morning, so I hiked a little bit up the Midge Cramer path where I found a lovely little spot showcasing a bend in the road. Although I enjoy this sweet little gestural plein air landscape, I'm actually looking more forward to what comes NEXT. Now, I head back to the studio and have some fun, creating a more contemporary and vivid piece of art! Stay tuned over the next few days to see the results as they progress...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Commission Work - A Water Scene

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I have always loved the water. I spent many hot summer days swimming in various lakes and bays (brrrr) in the area. Water is always nearby in this beautiful part of the country. My grandparents had a little beach house that was built over the bay on stilts and since my dad was a teacher we had the opportunity to spend many weeks there over the years. I loved looking for crabs under rocks, fishing for Rock Cod, making mud pies, walking the beach, and watching the boats go by. The sounds of waves crashing will forever be the calming voice that clears my head of nonsense and allows me to enjoy the moment.

When I was asked to do a commission of a water scene of a Pacific Northwest Bay I was delighted. I don't actually paint the water often, and this gave me a great opportunity to reacquaint myself with the soothing lines, shapes, and colors that the waterways provide. I'm currently in the idea-stage, sketching out some compositions and seeing how they work. Here's a close-up of one which includes a little ferry scene.

I hope you enjoy! I know I'm having fun!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

McMinnville Art & Wine Walk

I had a lovely Saturday evening enjoying the Art & Wine Walk in McMinnville Oregon yesterday - and a wonderful surprise! Renee Lorenze is a portrait artist showing at the very charming and classy little Ford Street Studio gallery in McMinnville. Last time I attended the gallery walk with my family Renee was photographing gallery go-ers for a portrait contest. As it turned out, she went ahead and did paintings of all the participants (wow!) and gave (yes GAVE) me a sweet pair of paintings of my children. I was dumbstruck with the niceness of this gesture. The paintings are a treasure, and I'm am thrilled to have them in my home. If you are looking for a unique and timeless gift for someone (hint, hint, mother's day is right around the corner), I would HIGHLY recommend a portrait from this generous and talented artist! www.reneelorenze.com

Further along the artwalk, I also enjoyed seeing one of my favorite paintings, "Lemons Above" showing prominently at the Currents Gallery as well as a pleasant stroll through the charming La Bella Casa, where I will be SHOWING & DEMONSTRATING during the May artwalk

May 16 from 5-9.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Love that Poppy!

Just a short note to say - I love painting the Poppy! It's the perfect flower for my painterly style. Check out this close-up of buttery goodness from my latest piece. Mmmmm, I love it!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Art Supplies - Love that Titanium Buff!

"My paints are here, my paints are here!"

Yes, that's how I feel when I get that new box of paints from Daniel Smith. I have been using Dan Smith Acrylic and Oil paints since college, being that it was our local choice for art supplies when I was attending the U of W. Yes, in a pinch, I'm happy to use Golden, and I also like supporting my new local paint supplier M. Graham (Oregon) and often buy a large tube of white when I don't have other colors to order. I love the buttery creaminess of a good paint! MY NEW FAVORITE COLOR: Buff Titanium! I love it. Look for it to appear in many of my new paintings this Summer!

For other misc. art supplies what do I do?? I buy SCRIP for my local craft supply store "Creative Crafts". They are a great locally owned store, and when I buy their gift cards through the local elementary, they donate 15% to the school!

All supplies are ready and accounted for.... ready, set, PAINT!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

40% OFF for my 400th Etsy Customer!

I'm celebrating over 2 years and 399 sales on ETSY by offering 40% OFF for my 400th customer! All other sales TODAY ONLY will receive 20% off their order! So, if you've ever thought of joining up on Etsy and doing a little shopping - today is the day!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Commission Work... and the week in painting.

("A Valley in Bloom")

I am very excited about a few commission pieces I'm working on. For one thing, they are all BIG - which I love. I try to paint on larger canvases every chance I get, and it's even better when I'm getting paid to do it. I also am using a new canvas builder, who is awesome! I can't wait to get all my canvases built by Artisan Custom Canvas out of Vancouver, WA. I have some canvas inventory I need to use up still (for my smaller work) before I start ordering them all from them. This week I'm focusing on preparing the first layer of color for one of the floral commission pieces, sketching some ideas for the layout/composition of another commission piece, and finally finishing up a painting (pictured above) for a charity event for a school in Harrah, WA (Auction is May 1 - if you want details, email me!) I'm not sure if it's quite finished, but I think it's close!

Interested in a commission? Here's the short story.

> Tell me your idea, your interests, your favorite paintings or painting styles (of mine), and I'll tell you if I can envision a painting for you!

> I work in many sizes, small (2 x 3 inch) to large (5 ft x 8 ft) or more!

> Once I have a handle on your project, I will give you a quote. I can quote in multiple sizes, paper vs. canvas paintings, framed vs. unframed.

> I do require a deposit prior to starting a commission project (usually 50%, sometimes less), but I finish my commission pieces quickly and won't stop working until you are satisfied with your piece. Depending on the project, I will sketch out the idea first, and upon your approval work on the final piece. I won't ship/deliver your artwork until you approve!

Still interested? Let me know your idea! I would love to hear it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Anita's Poppies in the Seattle Times

I'm happy to announce that my painting "Anita's Poppies" made it into the Seattle Times for Friday, April 3 as a part of the Fremont Artwalk for Friday evening. This painting was created on-site at the annual artist retreat held by my Aunt Anita on Vashon Island in her beautiful award winning garden. I was honored to be at this event last year, and look forward to another fun event this summer! She has a lovely home and is a superb hostess with a deep understanding of the arts from her many years of experience in the field. As an artist, I couldn't ask for a better environment in which to create!

If you are in the Seattle area, drop by the Frame-Up Studio gallery and see the painting for yourself! And... I'll be at the gallery from 6:30 - 9 Friday night. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Chickadee Transformation

Something about this chickadee painting (left) was bothering me. I was in a rush last year, however, and needed to get more artwork framed up for a show. Well, I wasn't surprised, when a year later this little guy was still looking for a home. So... I finally decided to unframe this piece and rework it a bit, and I'm SO happy I did! With the blooming of daffodils all around me to inspire and some new Daniel Smith paints to try, I pulled out my brushes and palette. I realized as I was doing this that the bird itself was not quite proportioned correctly and the coloring was a bit off too. I took this opportunity to update him and create a more fun and vibrant foliage for him to enjoy.

I hope you enjoy my NEW Spring Chickadee!

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