Thursday, August 27, 2015

Golden Delicious

 "Golden Delicious"
12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas
Available at Brackenwood Gallery

Here's a new still life, with some fairly serious - at least for this painter - palette knife action. It's an analogous color scheme, and a transition along the spectrum: blue-green-->green-->yellow-green-->yellow. I did a series like this years ago. Bonus points if you remember!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Taking a Trip

 "Lemon Tea on Whidbey"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas
Available through Brackenwood Gallery

Last weekend, I drove up to the Seattle area for a visit with my friends at Brackenwood Gallery. Eight years in the Pacific Northwest, and this was my first time in Seattle! It was also my first time meeting the proprietors, Jason Waskey and Mary Jo Reynolds, in person, though Jason and I have been art-blogging buddies for many years.

 On Saturday afternoon I set up my easel and painted in the gorgeous, watery window light. Many friendly gallery-goers stopped to chat with me.

Here's the finished product, with my subjects. You may recognize some of them from my First Friday demo in Eugene two weeks ago!


It was an honor to visit - and paint at - this beautiful gallery. Pictured below: Fiorella, me, Mary Jo, and Jason. 

Another highlight of the weekend was getting to visit Jason's studio and see some of his works-in-progress. He and I will be having a two-person show at Brackenwood in October. So I guess I'm just going to HAVE to go back!


 Twist my arm, right? Whidbey Island is such a beautiful place! And did I mention, there are wild bunnies? On the left is the morning view from my hosts' kitchen, and on the right, offering the bunnies a snack. Heading back to the mainland on the ferry,  the views only got better: 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Zorn Palette Portrait Strikes Again!

"Scandinavian Beauty"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Here are my demo paintings from the last session of Painting the Zorn Palette Portrait, at Oregon Art Supply in Eugene. Great group of students, great models, great time!

 (Detail of the above painting)

 "Hannah no. 2"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

 Check out these rockin' paintings by my students! I can't wait to teach this workshop again - and I won't have to wait long... 

The next session in Eugene will be September 19-21st. You can contact Oregon Art Supply today to reserve a spot - or enroll in any of my other workshops there.

I'll be giving a free public demonstration in Portland, September 3rd, at Oregon Society of Artists. Zorn Palette Portrait, with a very special model. Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

West Light Daisies

"West Light Daisies"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Here is a simple still life, much more about the effect of light on the objects than the objects themselves. I loved exploring the translucencies of the turquoise cup and the flower petals, and the gorgeous shadow and light patterns on the tabletop. In other words, I wanted to paint that window light. The things I set up in the light were almost incidental.

For those in the Seattle area: I'm going to be at Brackenwood Gallery on Whidbey Island, Saturday, August 15th, for an "Artist's Salon," aka, a painting demonstration and reception. Join me if you can, or follow my adventures on Facebook and Instagram!

Monday, August 10, 2015

An Opening, A Painting...and A Video!

 "Summer Tea"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Last Friday was the opening reception for my show at Oregon Art Supply. It was also First Friday Artwalk, and I had lots of company while I worked on this painting in the gallery.

I love doing painting demos. People ask the greatest questions. Sometimes I forget why I do things the way I do...but there's nothing like having to explain it out loud to remind me!

 I also got to give a little talk about my work....this clip is only two minutes, but if you'd like to watch the other eight (I know, don't give me a microphone, it's trouble!), you can do that here.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Plein Air Figure on the Fourth

 "Blue Parasol"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Every Fourth of July weekend, Eugene holds an amazing art festival. My friend Farley and I got to paint there two years ago, and we were honored to be able to do it again this year! 

We got some very inquisitive spectators:

 One of the best parts of the day was working with our gorgeous model Tahni, who's been in Sweden for the past year! You may recognize her from such paintings as this and this.....

 Here's my work-in-progress:

Hope you had an excellent Fourth of July too!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mixing It Up

Last weekend was the second run of my new workshop "Mindful Mixing," at Oregon Art Supply here in Eugene. It's a still life based class, focusing on color and - you guessed it - mixing! I'm a huge fan of the palette knife, and spend a lot of time premixing paint colors before any of it goes on the canvas. 

Above, you can see my demo of our "Stroke Economy" exercise. Paint an apple with 25 brushstrokes! Since a stroke is considered anything that happens between your brush touching the canvas and being lifted up, you can get a lot out of one. The trick is to get the right result from one!

Below are two more exercises. On the top left is a still life of all-white objects painted using black and white. Bottom left is the same still life painted using purple and yellow only - no white. On the right, you see my purple/yellow demo converted to black and white with a photo filter to check the values.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Plein Air in Corvallis

 "Corvallis Farm Stand"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I had an amazing opportunity last week as part of the Giustina Gallery at Oregon State's new exhibit "Everyday Taste of Plein Air" to join some of my absolute art heroes for a paintout.

We set up around the farmer's market in downtown Corvallis. It was a beautiful day, and there were lots of people out. 

 After lunch, I painted a view of Big River, a favorite Corvallis restaurant.

"Big River"
9 x 12, oil on canvas

That evening was the opening reception for the exhibit. Here's my wall:

It was a long, fun day, and a fantastic show. If you're in the Corvallis area, don't miss it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Still Life at Sequoia

 "Lemon Demo at Hillsboro"
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

It's been a good, busy couple of weeks around here. Two workshops and a paintout in ten days! 

It all started in Hillsboro - a town not far from Portland, Oregon - at Sequoia Gallery + Studios. I did an evening demo, the lemon painting above, for a small audience of 14 artists, then a three-day still life workshop.

I hate to play favorites, but this was one of the most talented groups I've taught. We worked hard!

 I've gotten a lot of questions on Facebook and Instagram about the Spic n Span bottle in this photo. No, it's not a secret painting trick of mine - but it DID really work on cleaning up the paint that got smeared all over the floor!

My next still life workshop will be July 11th and 12th, at Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It's a two-day workshop, with a demo the evening before.

 "Demo no. 2 at Hillsboro"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

I'm already looking forward to heading back to Hillsboro. Thanks for a great weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Mirror Plate

 "The Mirror Plate"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Posting this new painting in a hurry, since I'm heading up to Hillsboro today to teach a workshop! You can follow all my adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, June 1, 2015

My First Zorn Palette Still Life

 "Turnip Bowl"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

I had some paint left over after Tuesday night's portrait session, so I decided to try a Zorn palette still life. It was a good fit for these flesh-colored turnips. I'm always amazed at how blue the mixture of Ivory Black and White can feel with this limited palette!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Icy Blues

 "Icy Blues"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

As much as I love working with my favorite models over and over again, there's a thrill in capturing a brand new face. I get to approach the portrait without any old ideas of what the model looks like.

Here's a work-in-progress. You can see that I had to lower the right eye quite a bit - an issue I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't snapped a picture. Looking at a painting on a phone screen is a great way to "get back from it," and texting the picture to a friend for a quick critique doesn't hurt either!

And here's the model himself:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Detecting a Theme?

16 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Loyal readers of this blog may be detecting a theme around here lately. I'm working on a series of paintings of plants for an upcoming show I've decided to call "Floats and Flora." If you think that's a stupid name, don't tell me! It was hard to come up with - but I give myself credit. Last time I had to name a show I went with the yawn-inducing "New and Selected Works." I call that progress.

Speaking of progress, here's a work-in:

And here's my patient model. Holding very still. 

Thanks for looking!