Fun in the sun

Wallow Lake - plein air

Painting en plein air at Wallowa Lake

June is one of my favorite months and it is turning out to be a the kind of June you dream of, with perfect weather for this time of year. Painting outdoors is what I most enjoy in this world, and there are opportunities galore this month. One of my paintings was accepted into the Wallowa Valley Festival of Art in Joseph, Oregon, so we travelled there and stayed at nearby Wallowa Lake for four nights, where I was also able to paint in my travel journal while out on the lake fishing, and set up my easel to paint in the park by the lake one afternoon. So beautiful there. My husband, John loves this place too, so we had a great time doing things such as fishing on the lake for five hours, and taking the tram to the top of Mt. Howard to hike around and have lunch at the Summit Grill atop the mountain, with fantastic views of the lake and other snow-capped mountain tops.

Wallowa Lake- journal

A small watercolor painting in my travel journal while fishing on Wallowa Lake with John.

The art show and festival in Joseph was extremely inspiring ~ so many wonderful Pacific Northwest artists. Many amazing artists are from the Joseph, Enterprise, Wallowa County area, and there were also artists from around Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as other states. In other words, I was in good company!

Quick Draw

About a dozen artists demonstrated their media and artistic talent during the Quick Draw event, including the Juror.

Quick Draw 2

Quick Draw 4

Quick Drawer painting flowers.

Kona Red at the WVFA
Kona Red at the WVFA, my entry in the Art Show.
Wallow Valley Festival Art 1

The juror explained his reasoning for the awards given to award recipients.

Wallow Valley Festival of Art 2

Many beautiful paintings, pastels, and sculptures in the show.

During the summer, there are numerous Paint the Town locations planned that I will be attending. I went to the first session in late May, at Glen Creek and painted a small acrylic on canvas. It was so nice to get out and paint again!

PTT-Glen Creek

Setting up to paint the creek ~ Glen Creek ~ for Paint the Town.

 

PTT-Glen Creek acrlyic

Getting started…

Also, various art shows in Salem, such as Valley Views at the Red Raven Gallery. The show will be juried by a wonderful plein air painter from Corvallis, Mike Rangner.

The World Beat Festival, which is June 27-28, is a fun event. I design graphics (Poster, Program, and other promotional materials) for World Beat in exchange for a booth at the festival, and share it with Artists in Action members. There are a dozen members signed up to participate this year. Go to: www.WorldBeatFesival.org for more information about this awesome event at Salem’s Riverfront Park.

Beanery – On the Edge

Beanery-Tetons

Grand Teton triptych – at the Beanery through June 2015

I have oil and acrylic paintings showing at The Beanery, a coffee shop in downtown Salem. They are there from June 1-30. Stop by for a cup of jo and see them.

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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!