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!

Goodbye July…

The Salem Art Fair on July 18-19, was fun-filled with creatives as far the eye can see. Our Artists in Action booth “Outside the Box” has a silent auction each year for boxes created by AiA members using whatever materials or ideas they desire. We raised over $1200 at the event this year.

Outside the Box – my box of watercolor note cards auctioned for $50!

Good news! I heard back from the Westminster Art Festival, and my work has been accepted. The show is in October, so I will be busy getting things together for that. Each artist can show up to eight paintings. This will be my first time showing at this event.

I will be hanging my paintings at the Albany Public Library for the months of September-October, and the Paint the Town show at the Elsinore Gallery is also in October. I’ve only attended three Paint the Town sessions so far this summer, but I think I have enough to finish at least one painting for the show. I have some ideas to use from the photos and rough sketches I did on location at the Salem Art Fair in July and at the World Beat Festival in June.

Painting at the World Beat Festival.

Watercolor painting at the World Beat Festival

To those who actually read my blog ~ Thanks!  I’ve been enjoying the gloriously warm weather we’re having this summer and taking time to spend time with family visiting from Hawaii, including my five-year-old granddaughter June and my son, Jesse. I’ve also been working in my garden, and getting outside whenever possible, so there hasn’t been much time to write in my blog. Today is the last day of July, so I’m at least making an attempt. Hope your summer is a good one!

June, 5, painting with watercolor ~ Truly an artist!

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!

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!