I was out looking for inspiration for paintings and stopped in at a great little restaurant here in Bend, Jackson's Corner. Yes, their food is good, they have kombucha on tap and lots of other great things to offer, BUT what I like best is that the space is full of natural light! Anna allowed me to sketch and photograph her while she was studying for a test. Thank you, Anna!
Like the previous painting, I did this one this spring. The scene is at the MET in the sculpture garden. I loved the light there! Wow! And I was struck by all the people walking by with their eyes on nearly anything but the wonderful artwork around them. We humans are interesting creatures!! It seems like so often we read about things in lieu of experiencing them!
This painting is from April of this year--along with a number of others I haven't posted here! I decided it's about time to do so!
One of the main reasons I wanted to paint this painting was to explore the effects of the light and shadows. I also enjoyed the challenge of creating the depth in the painting and working with a crowd scene. What a great place! Wish I could visit it regularly for more inspiration!
It feels like forever since I've had time to think about posting a painting! Painting has had to take a back seat to teaching and other commitments since autumn and I'm happy that it's time to get back to it more regularly.
This little painting is of a scene at a local spot, Sage Cafe. I am always drawn to back-lighting (or the more graciously sounding "contre-jour"!) and this was a good subject for me to get back to work with!
This was so much fun!--what's not to like about painting red, pink and orange, especially if it's got lots of green! It was challenge, too, to try to get the feeling of the intense sunshine reflecting off the flowers and the field. As mentioned in the post title, this is a "field" of dahlias at The Gorge White House just south of Hood River, OR. It's a great place! A century-old farm, there are orchards, grapes and flowers surrounding the original home where they have wine-tasting and a gallery. I will be exhibiting paintings there in September.
What a joy it was to paint this handsome Sheltie, Oliver! He's just over a year old, but appears older to me because he looks so regal--just a stunning dog! Shelties are formally known as Shetland Sheepdogs and are small to medium-size, hardworking little guys.
I've been working on some paintings of dogs for a show in August and this is one of the little guys I see at the dog park--he's a couple of years old and we're not sure about his "pedigree", but I think he has a terminal case of cuteness! Too much fun to paint!!
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I found this butterfly at the end of the summer on the ground in a parking lot. At first I thought it was still living, but as I approached it there was no movement, so now it sits with the other "found treasures" in our house.
I took a little watercolor "boot-camp" a couple of Saturdays ago put on by Sondra Holtzman and loved it! Watercolor, for me. has mainly been the medium I use for making quick sketches out of doors or roughs for more finished oil paintings, rarely as an end in themselves. I've always been a bit intimidated by them! Painting something like this, though, to me is like a meditation. I love the simplicity of the subject, the playing with muted tones and using natural light.
I think I was about six when I received a paint-by-number set for Christmas--complete with the old enamel oils and stinky turp! I was hooked and have been painting and drawing ever since. Over the past 30-odd years of being a professional artist, I have primarily worked in relief printmaking, drawing and oil painting with an emphasis on landscape and figurative work.
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