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


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!



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.

Unfolding the New Year

Photo: Oregon Coast Sunset, Patricia Young

The beginning of a new year is a good time to evaluate your situation in life and think about the positive changes you can make to enrich your future. We get ourselves in a slump over the year, just trying to keep up with our daily routine and all the events in our lives – planned and unplanned, and we may get hung up in all the details without even knowing what happened.

I like to think of the first of the year as time to reflect, rethink, plan and collect my thoughts. Each year I tend to go through the same process, realizing all the things I should do that I haven’t done yet, including the things I’ve been telling myself repeatedly over the years to change or improve on – and in most cases making little progress.

This year, I’m realizing something more strongly than ever about life in general – my mind (thinking and thoughts), spirit (relationship with God), and body (physical well-being) are tied up all together in one. If any of these is lacking, the other things suffer as well.  So, in order to stay on a positive, productive, healthy track, I need to feed of each of these aspects of my being equally well.

With spiritual, mental, and physical well-being in line, we are able to fulfill our goals, make the changes we desire to make, give back to the world, and stay on track. It is my prayer for the New Year to stay focused on this knowledge.

Here is my holistic plan:

• Study the nature of healthful foods and incorporate them into my diet.

• Get out and exercise more frequently and ride my bike to work more often.

• Practice positive thinking and mental awareness by exercising my mind and eating good brain-food and filling my thoughts with creative ideas.

• Make plans that will help me organize my daily routine, physical surroundings, and creative time.

• Take time each day to read scripture, pray, meditate, and listen to God.

• Invite God into my life each day, and ask for His guidance in all that I do.

• Ask God to speak to me while I listen, and to let me know what He wants from me so I can serve His purpose on earth.

And more literally and immediately I need to:

• Paint the bathroom this weekend! (Already bought the paint)

• Clean my art  studio – get rid of old things, devise ways to store useful things, find homes for some of the old paintings (auctions, friends, family)

• Paint the (Acrylic) paintings I’ve planned for my next show at Roy John’s Studio *
(starting March 1 through April 30).

• Give blankets and jackets away to the church or Gospel Mission (that are in good shape, but we don’t need)

• Clean out the basement – sort items for garage sale, give-away, throw-away, give-back.

• Go through all my old photos (in the boxes) and place in photo albums, storage files, etc. (Organize them to give to my children someday.)

• Make the basement living space more “livable” (press-on tiles, paint walls, put up more shelving and organize shelves, add lighting where needed, etc.)

• Create that “wine cellar” with a mural and ceramic floor tile in the under-porch room! The way that I’ve always wanted to do.

Well, there you have it! The list I’ve created as goals and reminders for making 2014 the best it can be. These are not resolutions so much as plans, goals, and ideas for improving my corner of the world. I hope that your year is a good one and that you can accomplish the things you desires with a joyful heart, a peaceful mind, and many moments that turn out better than you expected them to be.

* Roy John Designer Goldsmith, on Court Street in beautiful downtown Salem, Oregon ~ Artist reception and openings on First Wednesdays, March 5th and April 2nd, 2014 ~ The show hangs for 2 months. Hope to see you there! 


Short days, chilly nights and snowflakes

Following Tail Lights

On a foggy freeway drive, I was inspired by the
red tail lights guiding me home.
Following Tail Lights, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20

We’ve stacked our firewood in the garage, I’ve put my greenhouse to rest for the winter, and although it’s not quite winter, the weather says it is. We have snow on the ground already today, on December 6th, and the temperature is supposed to be around 14° here tonight. This is cold ~ for Oregon.  I sent a couple of packages off to Hawaii today, in hopes of reaching their destination before Christmas this year. The roads were like an ice-rink and drivers were traveling at a snails pace. Winter is just early this year.

The Something Red event kicked off on Wednesday with a reception, December 4th, and it was very cold that night, but no snow yet, so there were many people that came out for the Art Walk and Reception. There is a whole lot of artwork distributed throughout downtown Salem for this event. I have two paintings in the show: One, “Backyard Garden with Adirondack Chair,” oil on canvas, is showing at the Art Department, Salem’s local art supply store; The other, “Following Tail Lights,” acrylic on canvas, is showing at Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith, a jewelry store in Salem.

If you are in Salem during the month of December, pick up a “Something Red Art Walk” map (at the Art Department on Commercial Street), and browse the local shops while you take in the art. Art makes a great gift too!


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.