It's been awhile since I have painted any feathery friends and I thoroughly enjoyed this one! It is a companion piece to another rooster/chicken painting I've done. Speaking of fowl, happy Turkey Day to all!
This is a commission I finished a couple of days ago. It was a bittersweet painting to do! Abby was a much loved dog who passed away awhile back. She would sit at this window waiting for her owner to come home. It was hard not to keep thinking about that while painting this, but it also made it that much more special. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to sometimes do these paintings that are enriching to those who commission them or receive them as gifts. It's the best of both worlds--loving to paint and painting something that is loved.
This was so fun, I could paint it again and again! It's one of three paintings of the daughters of a woman who has a framing business here in Bend (Framer's Corner). It is such a challenge to do these little things when you really want them to look like the person you're portraying--when it works, it feels like a true gift from above!
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This time last year, we were in San Diego--warm and sunny! This young guy was playing beautifully at Balboa Park. I have been working on getting together 30 6x6 paintings for a group show at River Bend Fine Art Gallery, here in Bend, OR. This is one of them. I can't believe I'm finished!
I spent all morning working on a little figurative painting, wiped it off twice and got fed up and walked my dog! I've been wanting to paint some of the beautiful produce that we've raised/traded. So this is today's result! Actually, I need to do this more often. It feels so much more direct--both the process and the painting. I know some of the best have said that if you paint from photographs alot, you REALLY need to paint from life alot, too. I believe it! Besides, I have to admit that it is just more fun to paint from life than to be looking at a piece of paper! Uh-oh. I may be opening up a can of worms for myself.
This is a study of a fellow named Burke who was looking at art in one of the galleries I've shown in recently. This started out really tight. I was trying to paint him full-figure and after not enjoying it for too long, I wiped it off, focused in on his upper body and just painted it! I enjoyed the spontaneity!
Yesterday, our dog Tobey and I went for a walk along one of the river trails here in Bend, home of an absolutely GREAT parks and rec department. I took a photo of him after he had scrambled up onto a boulder and this is the resulting paintng. I love working with backlit subjects and I used black gesso on the board. Nice to work on! I couldn't possibly think of doing anything with this painting other than giving it to my husband!
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Going through my photos today, I came across this one given to me by a friend and there we go! I loved the carefree feel of the kid on his rollerblades. It reminded me of riding my bike when I was a kid, feeling the air go through my hair, just being so into the moment. . .the wonderful thing is that it doesn't have to stop when you're a grown-up! Think I'll get me some rollerskates!
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I imagine this scene of people browsing at a Saturday market could be seen just about anywhere, but THIS one happens to be this past summer in Ashland, Oregon. Ashland is such a beautiful town, lots of culcha!
I love the Willamette Valley in the fall--big old Douglas firs against the cloudy sky, lots of color in the trees, the rich color of the farmland and the "spring" green of the grass. It's such a contrast from the high desert landscape I live in. I had to go to Portland yesterday which takes me up through the Willamette Valley and pulled over somewhere around Silverton and did this little painting from the car. Doing so definitely enhanced the travels!
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.
Unless otherwise stated, my paintings are oils on specially prepared boards and are unframed. Prices are listed with the artwork. I accept PayPal and money orders. You do not need to have a PayPal account to purchase through them. The paintings are well-packaged and can be shipped as soon as they are dry enough to handle, which is usually within a week. Email me if you have any questions.