Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Found Treasures"

Image Size:  5.5"x7.5
Watercolor on 140# Arches
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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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Harvest Day at the Lavender Farm"

Oil on Panel
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I've been painting, just not posting!  I'm getting the last of the paintings done for a show a Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR.  Here we have a grey day, verging on rain, but the lavender was cut before the downpour.  I love this place--there's nothing like being surrounded by the scent of it!  By the way, the name of it is Hood River Lavender Farms.  Check it out!!!