Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quinault River



"Quinault River", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
I painted this last fall with artists from Plein Air Washington on one of our trips that focused on the National Parks. Each river valley in the Olympics and Cascades is unique and this one, in August, was filled with color. I grew up hiking in the Olympic Mountains.

Please read about the Quinault Indian Nation from their own website: http://www.quinaultindiannation.com/

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Monday, January 16, 2017

White Dress



"White Dress", 14 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
I am fascinated by the portrait, maybe because I find it so difficult. With a landscape you can smudge around--change the design and look to harmony without having to put a structure called a nose in approximately the right place. You can make the sky bigger or move the tree to the left or the right. But maybe, in the end, it is a good strategy to think of a portrait as a landscape--just another interesting set of shapes and planes and darks and lights.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Columbia


"The Columbia", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

This was another painting done near The Dalles looking down on the Columbia River last August during the Pacific Northwest Painting Competition in Hood River. I live in Western Washington, where everything is green--giant firs and cedars surround my house. But on the Eastern side of the Cascades, the beautiful warm colors of the land contrast with the blue of The Columbia.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Golden Hills


"Golden Hills", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This was painted near The Dalles looking north across the Columbia River on a warm day last August during the Pacific Northwest Painting Competition in Hood River. The Columbia River is so iconic for anyone growing up in the Northwest--as very young children we learned about the "Mighty Columbia" and sang "Roll On, Columbia Roll On." Its hard to remember exactly where all the imagery comes from--the grandiosity and the mystery of such a river and it has never really occurred to me before to even ask the question. But since childhood it has included all the stories of Lewis and Clark and the Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Gorge and the Vantage Bridge. This is a simple painting--a sketch of a moment on the River.


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Woman in Black



"Woman in Black", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board
Fascinated by portraiture, I continue to try to re-think my process. In the end, they are all experiments and the question always is, when to simply go on to the next one. I've always found that at a certain point, everything in the painting is dependent on everything else and to change one small thing is often a major undertaking, even if that one small thing stands out as something that needs to be "fixed."



Woman In Black





Tuesday, December 27, 2016

White Dress


"White Dress", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

I recently read a blog from another artist who said that value is more important than color and something in me wants to take exception to that. But I also would not contend the opposite. Value and color are like the senses of seeing and hearing, both aspects of the bigger whole. With color there are warms and cools, not dependent on value. And it would be interesting to know if the brain registers color differently than value. And what about other aspects of painting, such as brushwork, which could be related to value (the "rule" says keep darks thin), but is really something different--a matter of physical intention and emotion. In fact, I've never been able to think of one aspect of painting as being more important than another aspect, but maybe I am missing something, and so I am open to your thoughts--readers of my blog!



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Meg


"Meg", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

I am fascinated by the human face but continually question--how to make it a fascinating painting. Sometimes, as in this portrait, I use a bigger brush, #10 flat, to keep from being caught up in detail.




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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cape Disappointment

"Cape Disappointment", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

It is cold and wet outside and our environmental issue is on hold until January, so at last I have been painting every day in my studio. But I haven't gotten back in the habit of posting! And posting brings its own angst--when I haven't painted for awhile, in some ways I feel like I am at the beginning again. So all my paintings these days are practice and experiment--but I guess they always were, anyway.