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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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!

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….

 

 

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.

October on the Metolius

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“October on the Metolius” – watercolor, painted while staying at Camp Sherman
for a weekend last October (2012) was entered in the Colors of Autumn Exhibit
at the Enid Joy Mount Gallery where it received the Juror’s Award from the
Keizer Art Association! This show runs though the month of October 2013
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Colors of Autumn

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I finished three of my plein air paintings for the Paint the Town exhibit at the Elsinore Gallery, and had them framed for the show. The reception is October 2nd.

While volunteering as a gallery greeter for the Keizer Art Association’s Enid Joy Mount Gallery,  I found out about another show to enter there.  The paintings are due the same day ~ October 2nd. So when I had my three paintings for Paint the Town framed, I also had a watercolor framed for the Colors of Autumn show. It’s one that I painted one year ago, along the Metolius River. I love the fall colors I captured in this one and water reflections. It was such as peaceful and relaxing painting experience. The sun, the sound of the gentle waters flowing by, an occasional noise from a bird or cricket in the woods. One of those painting experiences you just don’t want to ever end. So I’ll submit this watercolor into the Keizer Art Association show, titled “October on the Metolius.”

 

Western Oregon Alumni Art Show

Wisteria over Alleyway  I was pleasantly surprised by an invitation to show my artwork in the Western Oregon University Alumni Art exhibit, “Alumni Art – Remembering Western.”  One of the perks of being an alumni member I suppose. So after getting the information I needed, I picked out two of my watercolors, cleaned and wrapped them up, and delivered them to the Hamersly Library on the WOU campus in Monmouth, Oregon. (Wisteria over Alley and Fertile Slopes)

The library was built after I graduated, so its a new experience for me to be involved there. The people were friendly and accommodating. I met with a young lady who is the library curator assistant. She greeted me and accepted my work for the show cheerfully. Fertile Slopes

Afterward, it was a throw back for me to wander around the campus. All the young people hustling from one location to another, lounging in foyers with books open or waiting patiently to meet with a professor. I went to Campbell Hall, the art department, and admired the renovations, including a beautiful new staircase – I remember the rickety old staircase we climbed with our art projects so many years ago. Also, there is a gallery in the front space of the building, which currently holds a very upscale show of graphic design for book covers, advertising, and web design projects. This room used to be a large studio with paint slopped everywhere, but now has nicely finished hardwood floors and gallery lighting. The gallery is named after one of my old art professors, Dan Cannon, and his wife Gail, whom I also knew back in the day — the “Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery.”

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. I have both good and bad memories of my years at Western (then OCE, Oregon College of Education), but as I walked about looking at the familiar and the new, it dawned on me that its best to remember the good and let the rest go. Sometimes we dwell too much on those parts of life that were sour, and we become bitter. If we choose to remember the sweetness of the past, we can incorporate those images into our life and we become mellow. It was a lesson or reaction that I didn’t anticipate when I visited the campus to deliver my paintings. The campus is close by, so I think I’ll visit there more often now that I’ve reinvented my memories.

The Alumni Art Exhibit
will be on display
in the Hamersly Library
from January-March 2013.

The artist’s reception is on January 16. I’m looking forward to attending and seeing if there are other artists in the show that may have attended during the same time period as myself. It would be great to see them again, and their artwork. Please join us at the reception if you can!