Something Red in December and more…

In December the annual Something Red art walk and exhibit was held on schedule.  I had a very busy Christmas and holiday season, plus family events, both happy and sad, with hardly any time to write on my blog post. But I’ll try to catch up in the new year.  This show gave me the inspiration to break away from the hectic routine of preparing for the holidays and other significant life events, and set my mind on a creative outlet.

I painted Field with Poppies to place in the Something Red show, and it was hung at a new restaurant in Salem, Magnus, a coctail bar and sandwich shop, for the month of December 2016. The owner there has asked me to show my paintings – about 6-8 – at the restaurant in February-March 2017.  So, although I didn’t win an award or make a sale, I have a new location to look forward to, where I can hang a solo show. Field with Poppies

Field with Poppies, acrylic on canvas

 

 

Hope you have a wonderfu new year.

… Paint, create, enjoy the beauty in life, and make the most of every moment!

Life is a beach: Just roll with the punches

June, July, and August kind of slipped away without a word.  At least without a word written in my blog.  A quick dissertation of what took place in those months follows.

JUNE was a chaotic month. As in most years, I was wrapping up designing the program for the World Beat Festival and recruiting artists from Artists in Action to participate in our booth at the festival, which is always the last weekend in June. Although there were many other things going on in my personal life, including helping to care for my aging mother- and father-in-law that we moved into a care center nearby, cleaning out their house on the coast, working full time, and trying to find time to participate in the annual Paint the Town event, I just didn’t have time to write. Not to mention, there was also an unexpected, tragic death in our family that was very emotional for everyone involved. A young life was taken and the sad occurrence left many bewildered and broken-hearted. Family members from far and near gathered and consoled each other. An unfortunate event that brings people together in love and remorse. But despite the wave of unexpected and ongoing events, the AiA booth at the World Beat Festival turned out well. Many people helped with the setup, booth sitting, and dismantling afterward. We shed our daily routines, enjoyed the hot summer weather, the food, music, entertainment, art and culture.

JULY was an interesting month. A much anticipated getaway was planned for my husband, John’s birthday. We rented a room at our favorite beach spot for four days and three nights. The weather was wonderful and I brought paints and canvases in hopes of painting while we were there. We made reservations for dinner at one of our favorite coastal restaurants on John’s birthday, July 13th. My son and his wife, came over to help us celebrate the occasion. While taking a beautiful walk on the beach, I stepped over some rocks near the tide pools, planning to walk into the water and as I stepped over, a small wave of water pooled in around the rock, I lost my balance, slipped, and as it turned out I broke my right wrist. I didn’t realize it was actually broken until the next morning around 4 a.m. The ER in Newport X-rayed it and my entire forearm was put in a splint for 2 weeks, until I got a cast for the next 4 weeks, and now ~ at the end of August, I am starting Physical Therapy. Being right-handed, I haven’t been painting for two months.

Featured Artist Show at the Elsinore Gallery, August through October 2016.

AUGUST was my scheduled time to be one of the featured artists at the Elsinore Gallery in Salem, OR.
So I have eight paintings hanging in the gallery from August through October 2016. I opted to show several of my landscape oil and acrylic paintings. Thankfully, I have a large number of paintings that I can show as needed. I’m now looking forward to getting out my paints and brushes and finishing up the paintings I started in June – before my  wrist was broken.

“Life is what happens, while you’re busy making other plans.”
I try to roll with the punches and keep my hopes high.

Summer ends and Autumn is ~

Orchard Home ~ watercolor

Orchard Home watercolor, painted at Hummingwood Farm during Paint the Town plein air painting event in August 2015.

It’s been a while since I last posted anything on this blog. This past summer was eventful, and it didn’t stop…. Partly because the warm, dry, summer weather spilled into autumn and now, suddenly, it’s almost Thanksgiving, and it’s just beginning to feel like fall is actually upon us. I live in Oregon, and we’ve had one of our overall hottest summers ever, with more 90+ degree days on record than any other time in recent history. Finally, as the days started getting shorter, the evening temperatures cooled down enough to relax in comfort. And yet, there are flowers still blooming ~ in November!

Pinot Vines in Summer Haze - acrylic

Pinot Vines in Summer Haze – acrylic. Painted during Paint the Town event at Ankeny Vineyards, during a smoke-filled, hazey, summer day. 2015

In my little corner of the art world, I had quite a few opportunities to paint in the heat and I placed two of my plein air paintings in the annual “Paint the Town” show which ran through the month of October at the Elsinore Fine Art Gallery, in Salem.

 

 

 

Qick Draw - Westminster Fine Art Festival

Qick Draw – Westminster Fine Art Festival

 

Simultaneously, I had several paintings in the Westminster Fine Art Festival, which lasted three days, from October 8-11. I also participated in the one and half hour “Quick Draw” painting session, which was a scholarship fund raiser for high school students planning to study art in college. The paintings were auctioned off in a silent auction after the event.

Grape of the Vine - Acrylic

Grape of the Vine – Acrylic

Recently, I’ve been commissioned to paint a triptych painting (one painting on three canvases) for a couple who just bought a new house, in nearby Silverton, Oregon. The painting is going to hang on the wall over their living room sofa which is about 10 feet long and the ceiling is quite high. So I bought a set of three canvases, each one is 30″ w. X 40″ h.  and one and half inches deep (gallery wrapped). The imagery they requested is an impressionistic scene of Provence, France. So I have gathered several photos showing the French countryside, and I am creating a scene with a shady garden landscapes in the foreground, a small villa in the distance, and lavender fields in between. The size of the finish triptych will be about 9 feet long and 40 inches high once it is hung with space between the canvas surfaces. Once I have things going, I’ll add some photos of the progress.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Marching into April

The month of March came and went. I had one painting in the Keizer Art Association show at the Enid Joy Mount Gallery. My acrylic painting, Backyard Garden and Adirondack Chair seemed to fit the exhibit theme, “Home is where the Heart Is.”

Backyard Garden ~ I can dig it!

March was a great month weather-wise! I was able to do a lot of yard work and get some seedlings started in my greenhouse. All the trees were flowering and blooming perennials emerged from the earth and once again we can look forward to warmer months and summer vacations, a ray of hope in the air. Ahhh… Spring!

 

I submitted work to a few different calls for artists on www.callforentry.com (CaFE).  I’ll find out mid-April if my work is accepted. One submission is for an artist roster that would act as a resource for the Metro Regional Government: Parks & Natural Areas, and the other submission was to the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, which is during the first week of June. Both sound like wonderful opportunities to show my work beyond the Salem area, and I’m looking for those kinds of opportunities.

I’ve also been scouting out galleries on the Oregon coast and trying to get it together to approach them.  I’m not very good at self-promotion so it’s been a rough road for me, but I’m getting to the point where I’m ready to put more energy into it. I have many paintings that could be shown, once I find the right outlet. I will retire from my graphic design job in a couple of years, then I’ll focus on painting and showing my artwork full-time. Salem is a nice town ~ many nice people, a growing art community, and John and I love our home here ~ but sometimes a change of scenery is welcome. I’d like to find a niche for my artwork in a gallery where art is marketed to connoisseurs and people looking to buy art. I need to find homes for all my paintings! Also, I need to generate inspiration for painting daily.

If you enjoy seeing my artwork, reading my blog, or have comments to add, please let me know!  Also, if you know of a gallery or space where you think my paintings would fit in, I’d like to hear about it. (Click on the comment icon above and then follow the code instructions to reply) Thanks for visiting my website!

Additionally: I’m not a web guru, so I don’t know how to find out if anyone reads my blog or not. I don’t even know if I have this site set up where people can reply. A lot the “comments” I was receiving were spam or junk-ads, which I delete. Any insight
(in layman’s terms) that you can share about using WordPress, would really be appreciated!

Paint what you love – love what you paint!

Snow returns to the valley and the candle burns into the wee hours in my art studio. Looking forward to my upcoming art show which starts in March, I’m busy painting the desert and mountain colors that burn in my memory from the journeys we’ve taken over the past years to locations east of the mountains. The sage, the rocks, the mountain peaks, the lakes, the rivers, the sun shedding color, light, and shadows to the scenes that are forever etched in my mind’s eye. And with the help of the photos I have available, I’ve been able to paint several new works over the past month or two that will fit into the show I’m calling “Impressions Beyond the Mountains.”

Wallowa Lake Boat Landing
– after the storm – Acrylic, 18 x 36

 

I’ve been wanting to paint these images for many years, and after internalizing them through travel and countless day-dreams, imagining the colors on my pallet and brush, and visualizing them on canvas, I now have the motivation needed with the time to paint, the venue to show them. Sometimes things come together at long last, in a time and space that was waiting for it to be.

Through this experience, I’m realizing the importance of painting what you love, painting what you know, and loving what you paint. I’m also including several of my recent oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, from over the past couple of years, that fall into the category of impressions beyond the mountains. All together, I think it will make an engaging, captivating exhibit. I hope you will come by Roy John’s during the months of March or April to see the show. The art receptions will be on the First Wednesday of each month, March 5 and April 2,  from 5-8 p.m.  See you then….

 

 

Solo Art Show at Grand Vines

Grand Vines Art Reception

 

I’ve hung my paintings for a solo show at Grand Vines, a wine shop and bistro in Salem, for the month of November. The opening is November 6th ~
First Wednesday ~ in Salem. The paintings in this exhibit are watercolor and acrylic.

For the past several weeks I’ve been experimenting with painting still life, using acrylic on wrapped canvas. It’s been fun and interesting and I think I’ve found a subject matter that agrees with me. I love gardening and cooking, so painting fruits and vegetables has been exciting! Painting a still life is quite different from painting an outdoor scene where the light is constantly moving and changing in time. The subject is still, the lighting is fairly steady so you can really concentrate on the subtle changes of color in the shadows and light.

My first still life painting is “Pears in Square Dish with Apples” Pears in Square Dish with Apples

Then I painted “Red Onion with Bell Peppers and Avocado”

Red Onion with Bell Peppers and Avocado

The show at Grand Vines also includes other recent acrylics and watercolor paintings including ”Redhawk Vineyard Row,” acrylic on board, which I had framed for this show.

Redhawk Vineyard Row

If you are in Salem, Oregon on the First Wednesday of November, (11/6/13) stop in and see me during the opening from 5-8 pm. Grand Vines is located at 196 High Street NE, on the corner of High and Court Street, and the shop offers free wine tasting, a bistro, chocolates from a local chocolatier, plus there is live music (jazz) on First Wednesday.

August – that time of year….

Painting en plein air at Red Hawk Vineyard

I am happy that summer is lasting a while longer. The show at the River Gallery started this month with the artist reception held on Saturday, August 10th.

Paint the Town is in full swing. I’ve attended several locations including the latest at Red Hawk Vineyard. This year I’ve been painting in acrylic at all the locations. Acrylic on board. It’s giving me a chance to try this medium and I’m learning quite a bit. Acrylics tend to dry quickly in the heat, so I carry a small spray bottle with me to spay water on the pallet from time to time. I only place a small amount of paint on the pallet at a time, that way if it does dry up before I use it, and I haven’t wasted too much if it does.
I can alway add more from the tube when I need it. With acrylics, I like to do a quick all-over wash of color, and then add thicker paint in subsequent layers as needed. So I’m getting the quick, easy flow of color coverage, like watercolor, and the impasto layers that are traditionally used with oil paints. It’s like the best of both worlds, in some ways. I still love oil painting, but the clean up and materials are harder for me to transport when I’m painting en plein air (outdoors).

The next locations for Paint the Town is at Deepwood Estates, Riverview Park (across from River Gallery where “Hot Fun in the Summertime” show is hung), and then Basket Slough.  The juried show for Paint the Town will be at the Elsinore Gallery in October.

See you around town, or maybe sipping wine at a local vineyard!

The quest for painting en plein air

Metolius-plein air

Metolius River en plein air

The weather is getting warmer here in Oregon, and lately we’ve had some record-breaking temperatures for this time in May. I took advantage of the dry weather this past weekend to paint Gesso onto some one-eighth-inch hardboard panels I purchased at
Home Depot. I bought a large sheet of the hardboard and had them cut it up into
24- 12″ x 16″ panels, and 3- 16″ x 24″ panels.  I painted them and let them dry in the sun, then sanded them and painted over with a second coat.  They are now ready to use!

I picked up this idea from the speaker at our last Artists in Action meeting, Mike Rangner, who is an excellent plein air painter.  It’s a fantastic idea!  I can take them with me easily,  since they are small and fit perfectly into one of my cloth carrying bags. (I place cardboard in between each panel for protection.) They are inexpensive, so I can do many quick, loose paintings, not worrying over the cost of materials. Loosening up with increasingly frequent painting experience, and more opportunities to interpret the light, shadows and forms is what I need to do, if I am going to achieve the freedom of expression I hope to attain with plein air painting.

plein-air | ˈplān ˈe(ə)r | adjective [ attrib. ]
denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors,
or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature
of French Impressionism.

ORIGIN from French en plein air ‘in the open air.’

I plan to use several of the panels, when we go to Maupin — a small, high-desert community in North Central Oregon — for a weekend getaway. The weather is generally several degrees warmer there, and dry. Maupin is situated on the Deschutes River as it flows through the canyons to the joy of white water rafters and fishermen. It  borders the Warm Springs Indian territory. There are beautiful rock formations – some still have petroglyphs visible, Salmon steps, and log homes and structures along the cliffs and waterways. I’m looking forward to the inspiration it might give me to paint and soak up the contrasting shadows and light.

I also hope to paint in my own back yard this summer, where I have my garden “sanctuary,” of blooming flowers, greenhouse, bird bath, vegetable garden, and a red Adirondack chair waiting for me.

Another opportunity is “Paint the Town” which starts up in June. As a group of artists, we go to several locations in and around the Salem area to paint outdoors for hours at a time. Summer is a plein air painter’s wonderland, and I plan to make the most of it this year!