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.