Thursday, July 31, 2014

What Took You So Long?

"Muse of Spring"
24 x 18 inches, oil on canvas

I started this painting back in February, and finished it yesterday. I hadn't worked on it at all in the interim; I guess I was just waiting until the time was right!

 This was painted with a palette of Cad Red, Cad Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Burnt Umber, White, and Black.

I'll be painting at Oregon Art Supply during the Artwalk Friday night from 6-7:30. Come down and see my show, including my newest landscapes from the coast! While you're out and about, check out the artists and live music in Kesey Square. So much going on!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An Announcement!

 "Mysterious Smile"
14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

 I painted this last night, using a Zorn palette, to help with my announcement-making (and because it's just what I do on Tuesday nights):
 I'll be teaching a portrait workshop in September! And of course, it's not just any portrait workshop, it's a Zorn palette portrait workshop.

Oregon Art supply has a nifty little studio space that'll be just perfect for this class - especially since I'm sure I'll forget my palette knife and/or spill my Gamsol (because that's also what I do, with alarming regularity), and will therefore need an entire art store at my beck and call for the weekend.

Want to join the fun? You can register at

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to (Still) Life....

16 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

 It's a new week, and I'm shaking the coastal sand out of my shoes, ready to get back in the groove of life. Still life!

It's been awhile.

Monday, July 28, 2014

On the Boardwalk

"The Sea Hunt and the Heidi Sue"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

My final morning on the coast, I knew exactly what I wanted to paint: more boats! Newport's historic bayfront is a great place to find them. I set up on the sunny boardwalk around 8 am, loving the morning light and the clear reflections on the water.

The boardwalk is a busy spot, and many people stopped to chat with me while I worked. Combined with coffee, the warm sun, and the sounds of the harbor, it made for a truly idyllic painting outing.

 I know I'll be back soon!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Newport Nocturne

"Sunset Bridge, Newport"
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas

I don't mean to brag, but Thursday was an incredible painting day. First, I painted the lighthouse, then I painted the swirling water, (then I took a rest), and THEN I went back for more!

Just a little was getting dark fast. And cold. And people kept pulling over to investigate what I was doing by the side of the road, which is fine, but it's a little unnerving with the headlights and all.


I'm definitely in love with Newport.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Sea, The Sea

 "Sea Chasm"
16 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

The Oregon coast offers incredible vistas just about everywhere you look - including down! I loved painting the color shifts in this swirling water, and the foamy highlights - so satisfying! 

Here's my start:

These lava cliffs are really a challenge to paint. What color are they anyway? I don't know! I had to make a decision and go with it, instead of chasing what I actually saw - which would have been an endless struggle, since I couldn't even name the colors I was seeing.

I like the way it turned out.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To The Lighthouse

"The Lighthouse at Yaquina Head"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I wanted to watch the sunset out at Yaquina Head last night, and it cost me seven bucks to get my car through the gate! A seven dollar sunset? And a drizzly one at that! 

This morning I was determined to get my seven dollars' worth (it was a 3 day parking pass), and boy did I!

Here's my work-in-progress:


Ok, I haven't really started yet, but setting up my easel, palette, and brushes sure feels like the progress of work to me! I suppose this photo is of the planning phase.

And here's everyone's favorite phase: the happy painter. Finito!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Out of the Fog

 "The Old Sailor"
14x11 inches, oil on canvas

 A work-in-progress above, and a glimpse of my subject below:

Today at the Oregon coast started out foggy and stayed that way.  Luckily, I have connections - namely, Patti - knower of all things coast-painty. She suggested I try heading inland along the Yaquina Bay Road, and just as I happened upon a promising spot, who should pull up in her paint-mobile? Patti herself! And then she loaned me an umbrella!

...And she laughed heartily five minutes later while snapping this picture:

Good times.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


"Cummins Creek Bridge"
8x10 inches, oil on canvas

I'm in heaven this week, taking part in the Oregon Coast Paintout.  This is my second year joining in the fun. You can read about my exploits of 2013 here and here.

I arrived yesterday after lunch, ready to get down to business! It was windy, but warm, and I worked for about four hours before packing up my gear and heading back to town.

"Neptune Beach"
11x14 inches, oil on canvas

Below you see my set up for this painting. Neptune beach is a great spot, just South of Yachats, on the central coast.

I ended the day with a PB&J and this exquisite view:


Maybe tomorrow I'll be fast enough to capture the sunset in paint!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sweltering Smith Rock!

 "Smith Rock Pines"
6 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Our Fourth of July weekend was spent in one of my favorite places: Bend, Oregon. The whole town is almost too perfect! It's clean, beautiful, and full of fun things to do. It's also a plein air paradise, picturesque at every turn. 

I could have used a little shade, though. Perhaps I need to invest in a painting umbrella...

....the granny hat was not cutting it.