Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Paint Out! Last one of the Year...

 "Autumn Afternoon in the Vineyard"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas
Framed, $500 + Free Shipping

Over the weekend, I participated in Plein Air Washington County, and it was just a heartbreakingly gorgeous fall paintout.  The event was organized by Sequoia Gallery, where I also teach workshops (Portrait painting coming up, October 24-25!), and they did a fantastic job - making sure we were well supplied with fun places to paint. 

Here's a scene from a local nursery. There were tons of artists there - plus a news crew - on the morning I painted this. The perfect combination of exciting and peaceful!

"Blooming Junction Barn"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas
$500 + free shipping 
Posing for the paparazzi, with my painting-in-progress: 


 And here are both of my landscapes, ready for the opening reception:

 One reason I love this particular paintout - and returned to do it for the second year in a row - is the Quick Draw with costumed models. Two models, two hours, two fabulous period costumes! 

I'm pleased to report that this portrait went home with the lovely model's grandmother! 

Thanks, Sequoia Gallery, for a great weekend of painting. See you October 24-25th for another one!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Five Red Pears

 "Five Red Pears"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas, Framed

I got lost in all the colors-within-colors on these pears - orange, green, red, crimson, purple....and blue in the highlights.

This is a rare offering for me - a ready-framed painting! The canvas has a "gallery profile," so it's 1.5 inches deep on the sides as opposed to the 3/4 inch canvases I usually work on, and I happen to have a frame that fits it perfectly. So:

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

"Dark Gaze" A Zorn Palette Nude

 "Dark Gaze"
14 x 18 inches, oil on canvas

Summer is coming to an end, and Tuesday night figure painting sessions at Maude Kerns Art Center are back! Anyone can attend: 6-9 pm, drop-in fee of $11. We've got a great group of artists, and plenty of room for more. All media welcome.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Applescape: One More One Dollar Auction!

8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Happy Friday! It's the end of the week, and the end (for now) of the one dollar auctions. The good news is that there's still plenty of time to bid on all four of them!

I painted this little piece with yet another of my limited palettes - it's a good one, I think. Cadmium Red, Azo Yellow, and Ivory Black - plus White. Basically Zorn palette, but with Azo instead of Yellow Ocher. Azo Yellow, for those of you not familiar, is a color made by M. Graham paint co. that I use as a lemon (or cool) yellow substitute.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tea With a Spoon....A One Dollar Auction!

 "Tea With A Spoon"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

This was my demo from a one-day still life workshop I taught at Sequoia Gallery + Studios in Hillsboro, OR last month. One day is simply not enough time for a still life junkie like me, but it was a great group and we did a ton of painting in that short amount of time.

Luckily, though, my next still life workshop is three solid days!

Here's just a little piece of our still life setup at Sequoia. Think this looks like fun to paint? Join me for my next workshop, at Oregon Society of Artists, in Portland, OR - October 9-11. Info and registration here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A(nother) Trio of Pears

"A Trio of Pears (no. 2)"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Another little pear painting. Loose brushwork, happy colors! Both pear trios are up for auction starting at One Dollar - click here to view on DailyPaintworks.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Trio of Pears....A $1 Auction!

"A Trio of Pears (no.1)"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

 A colorful little pear painting. No. 2 coming tomorrow!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Portrait Painting in Portland

11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas
Available, email to inquire

 I was invited to give a portrait painting demonstration at The Oregon Society of Artists in Portland last week. It was great - there was an audience of about 30 people, and they asked so many great questions, I think I hardly stopped talking the whole time...

....the whole 90 minutes, that is! What a challenge.

I asked my awesome friend Adam to pose for me. Because, well, he lives in Portland. Also, he's cute. The audience loved him.

Seriously, I got almost as many compliments on my choice of model as I did on the painting! Adam, I think you missed your calling.


Saturday, September 5, 2015


12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Two weeks ago, I participated in Eugene's annual plein air paintout. I registered in the cityscape category, because, well, quite honestly....there are a ton of amazing landscape painters in this town, but not as many artists seem to be interested in cityscape. I'm finding more and more lately that "plein" old landscapes - grass, trees, water - just don't do it for me. I need some man-made stuff in the mix to spark my interest.

Here I am, mid-painting. You can even see my sweet silver car in the background!

Here's the scene. That blue against the sky was pretty enticing, but it was the satellite dishes that clinched it for me! 
 My work-in-progress:

 For me, the craziest part of any plein air contest: the car-trunk frame shop!

 And later that day, posing with my framed entry:

This story even has an unexpectedly happy ending - I won the cityscape category! There was so much good work this year....what an honor.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Golden Delicious

 "Golden Delicious"
12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas
Available at Brackenwood Gallery

Here's a new still life, with some fairly serious - at least for this painter - palette knife action. It's an analogous color scheme, and a transition along the spectrum: blue-green-->green-->yellow-green-->yellow. I did a series like this years ago. Bonus points if you remember!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Taking a Trip

 "Lemon Tea on Whidbey"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas
Available through Brackenwood Gallery

Last weekend, I drove up to the Seattle area for a visit with my friends at Brackenwood Gallery. Eight years in the Pacific Northwest, and this was my first time in Seattle! It was also my first time meeting the proprietors, Jason Waskey and Mary Jo Reynolds, in person, though Jason and I have been art-blogging buddies for many years.

 On Saturday afternoon I set up my easel and painted in the gorgeous, watery window light. Many friendly gallery-goers stopped to chat with me.

Here's the finished product, with my subjects. You may recognize some of them from my First Friday demo in Eugene two weeks ago!


It was an honor to visit - and paint at - this beautiful gallery. Pictured below: Fiorella, me, Mary Jo, and Jason. 

Another highlight of the weekend was getting to visit Jason's studio and see some of his works-in-progress. He and I will be having a two-person show at Brackenwood in October. So I guess I'm just going to HAVE to go back!


 Twist my arm, right? Whidbey Island is such a beautiful place! And did I mention, there are wild bunnies? On the left is the morning view from my hosts' kitchen, and on the right, offering the bunnies a snack. Heading back to the mainland on the ferry,  the views only got better: 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Zorn Palette Portrait Strikes Again!

"Scandinavian Beauty"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Here are my demo paintings from the last session of Painting the Zorn Palette Portrait, at Oregon Art Supply in Eugene. Great group of students, great models, great time!

 (Detail of the above painting)

 "Hannah no. 2"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

 Check out these rockin' paintings by my students! I can't wait to teach this workshop again - and I won't have to wait long... 

The next session in Eugene will be September 19-21st. You can contact Oregon Art Supply today to reserve a spot - or enroll in any of my other workshops there.

I'll be giving a free public demonstration in Portland, September 3rd, at Oregon Society of Artists. Zorn Palette Portrait, with a very special model. Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

West Light Daisies

"West Light Daisies"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Here is a simple still life, much more about the effect of light on the objects than the objects themselves. I loved exploring the translucencies of the turquoise cup and the flower petals, and the gorgeous shadow and light patterns on the tabletop. In other words, I wanted to paint that window light. The things I set up in the light were almost incidental.

For those in the Seattle area: I'm going to be at Brackenwood Gallery on Whidbey Island, Saturday, August 15th, for an "Artist's Salon," aka, a painting demonstration and reception. Join me if you can, or follow my adventures on Facebook and Instagram!

Monday, August 10, 2015

An Opening, A Painting...and A Video!

 "Summer Tea"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Last Friday was the opening reception for my show at Oregon Art Supply. It was also First Friday Artwalk, and I had lots of company while I worked on this painting in the gallery.

I love doing painting demos. People ask the greatest questions. Sometimes I forget why I do things the way I do...but there's nothing like having to explain it out loud to remind me!

 I also got to give a little talk about my work....this clip is only two minutes, but if you'd like to watch the other eight (I know, don't give me a microphone, it's trouble!), you can do that here.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Plein Air Figure on the Fourth

 "Blue Parasol"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Every Fourth of July weekend, Eugene holds an amazing art festival. My friend Farley and I got to paint there two years ago, and we were honored to be able to do it again this year! 

We got some very inquisitive spectators:

 One of the best parts of the day was working with our gorgeous model Tahni, who's been in Sweden for the past year! You may recognize her from such paintings as this and this.....

 Here's my work-in-progress:

Hope you had an excellent Fourth of July too!