November First Wednesday

My next art show will be in the month of November at a jewelry shop in downtown Salem, Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith. If you are in Salem, Oregon the address is 216 Commercial Street NE. I will be displaying 12-14 paintings in watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Mostly “en plein air” paintings that I have done recently and over the past few years. A few of these have never been shown, and I’m still working on finishing a couple of them.

The theme I’m going with is landscapes that reflect agriculture, country living, and the harvest season, but there are several paintings that were painted in the summer and spring showing a perspective of rural or small town life. It’s always interesting to me to put a show together that captures a certain feel. A combination of places, subjects, and scenery that reflect a certain feeling and tells a story.

I hope to see you at the opening on November 2nd from 5-7!  I’m in hopes of a First Wednesday revival in downtown Salem. The more the merrier!

November Art Show at Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith

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First Wednesday, in Salem, started out as an art event, designed for artists to display their work in local retail shops, thus enticing customers to visit shops that they may not usually enter. It grew into a fun event, with an abundance or artist participants, but eventually was taken over by the commercial aspect of marketing and themes that deterred from the artists and their work. After so many years, the artists became the secondary or invisible participants of the event, and eventually the event burned out in a smolder. I think it would be great to bring the focus back to the Arts!

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Continuing though April …

“Impressions Beyond the Mountains” — paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor are on display at Roy John Designer Goldsmith shop at 315 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon.

It is so gratifying to see my recent paintings hanging together in one place along with paintings I’ve done over the past several years that have a similar theme: My travels to places east of the Cascade mountain range in Oregon and destinations beyond, including Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Each painting brings with it a memory for me that goes far beyond the frame that contains the artwork.

If you’re in Salem, and happen to be downtown, I hope you will stop by and see my artwork. Roy John’s jewelry shop is open 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 10-3 on Saturday. It’s a small shop where you will find Roy John working on his graceful jewelry creations — organic, aesthetic designs which he is well known for. He works in gold and silver, using beautiful precious stones and natural pearls to compliment his elegant craftsmanship.

The reception/open house for April will be on Wednesday, April 2nd from 5-8 pm, and my work will continue hanging at Roy John’s through the month of April.

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….

 

 

Summertime

Summer is officially here in the Northwest. We’ve had temperatures in the upper 90°’s this past week, and it’s been feeling hotter than the 4th of July, so to speak. Between spending the entire last weekend at the World Beat Festival booth, painting outdoors, and tending my garden and flowerbeds, I’ve been getting my share of sun. I love it! Today, the weather is starting to mellow out a bit, with temps in the lower to mid 80°s. Perfect!

Backyard Garden ~ I can dig it!

I finished two paintings over the past month and I’m submitting both of them to a show
at the River Gallery in Independence, Oregon. The show’s theme is Hot Fun in the Summertime. This theme could conjure up all kinds of images in the minds of
creative artists.

I settled with painting my own backyard, where I love to spend hot summer days, working in my garden, or relaxing and reading a good book in my Adirondack chair. Sometimes, there’s no place like home! This one is an oil painting of my garden, greenhouse, and big comfortable chair in the yard, titled “Backyard Garden ~ I can dig it!”

The second painting I submitted is one that was inspired by a photo I took on while in Central Oregon high dessert, somewhere between Warm Springs and Madras, looking out over the vast hills and canyons toward Mt. Hood. l call this one “High Dessert à la Mode.”

The opening reception for this show is on Saturday, August 10th and the show will run through September 6th.

High Dessert à la Mode

I’ll find out in a few days if my paintings have been accepted into the show. I’m hoping both are, or at least, one. It’s always interesting to find out what the Juror of the show selects. I know there are many dynamics to putting a successful show together, and the utilizing the gallery space to fit the best of the best. My paintings are labors of love and I develop a personal attachment to each one. Let me know what your thoughts are in regard to these two paintings. If you were jurying this show, would you accept these paintings or reject them, and on what basis?  I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to be honest and constructively critical. It will help me to gain a better understanding of how my work is perceived by others. Thanks!

Note: July 14 ~ I’m very happy to say…. I received news that both paintings have been accepted into the show!

 

 

Pacific Northwest Artists Show

…. presented by the Keizer Art Association January 3-26.

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, January 5, 2-4 pm
Enid Joy Mount Gallery: 980 Chemewa Rod. NE, Keizer, OR
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 1-4 pm, and Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

I submitted the following oil paintings in this show, from my Columbia River Gorge series:
Island in the River, Shifting Land, and Columbia River Gorge #1

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