10.02.2014

"Golden Tulips" and Jo Reimer's Studio

"Golden Tulips"
12"x 16"
oil on canvas, 1" profile 
$425
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Jo Reimer's Studio


I had the pleasure of visiting my friend, Jo Reimer's house and studio, and enjoying coffee 
in her beautiful back yard.
"Mattie's Garden" 
quilt
 Upon going to her studio, I was struck by this absolutely gorgeous quilt she had made. I had no idea that she also specialized in making quilts. I learned that she has a degree in Home Economics/Textiles and Construction, and that she taught in junior high and high school for several years as well as at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

 " ...I stuck with using the threaded needle, art quilting,...and sewing until 1998 when I turned off my sewing machine... and leapt into fine art...." - Jo 
The whole atmosphere in her studio is awe-inspiring with all those art books, 
places to draw, paint, and lots of beautiful paper!

 "My favorite way of  working is what I call collage painting. I apply dye, ink, watercolor, ...to paper...to create interesting collage papers that are uniquely mine." - Jo
" It's like my cooking...I sort of follow recipes 
but mostly I wing it!" - Jo
She takes maps and shreds them...
...and combines  them with collage and paint, to make these wonderful pieces of art.

Then...
..."I create my own sketchbook/art journals in which I make 
plans, journal about art and life..."- Jo
She also takes her sketchbook traveling. She has a fabulous sketching kit 
and a tiny watercolor set that she made herself!
She is having an Open Studio this weekend, 
October 4 and 5, 2014, 11 am to 5 pm. 
11990 NW Maple Hill Lane, Portland, OR
Jo Reimer
Thank you to Randall Tipton for introducing me to Jo 
and thank you to Jo...
I had a lovely time at your house/studio! :)


Listening to while I paint:

Podcasts: 
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball

Music: 

My iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

9.21.2014

"Peach, Pink Rose", Carol Marine, and Alyson B. Stanfield

 Peach Pink Rose
8"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
$175
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I have decided to try oil painting ever since my workshop with Carol Marine and actually, like it! 
Carol's method is to paint "alla prima" or "wet onto wet"; the painting is completed while the paint is still wet. This requires you to work fast! Carol says it allows you to blend from your "islands" (main subject) into your "oceans" (background). And, when things don't work out as planned (which almost NEVER happens! ;) ), you can wipe it away! 
Carol's new book, Daily Painting, which I'm sure will be full of all of her tips and tricks, comes out November 4, 2014.
I ordered one!

Alyson B. Stanfield
Several weeks ago I met with local artist friends Brenda Boylan, Jo Reimer, and Celeste Bergin.  Joining us from Colorado, was dear friend, Art Biz Coach, Alyson B. Stanfield, for a wonderful breakfast at The Benson Hotel.
      Alyson B. Stanfield is an art business consultant and author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. She helps artists gain more recognition, organize their businesses, and sell more art at ArtBizCoach.com."
I have been following her since 2008, taken her online classes, I keep reading her book (over and over), and gain insight and understanding from her weekly blog posts. I highly recommend that you check out Art Biz Coach!

Listening to while I paint:
Audiobooks:
"The Hundred-Foot Journey", by Richard C. Morais, narrated by Neil Shah

Podcasts: 
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Music: 
My iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

9.05.2014

Eric Jacobsen's Workshop

I went to Eric Jacobsen's workshop at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island,
What a beautiful place to paint!
He gave a demonstration....
in which he emphasized that his directional "lines" in the painting 
would lead you to the big oak tree... 
where the center of interest is....where you want the eye to get drawn to. 
Later on he said that the....
sky = 1st light source
ground = 2nd light source
hill = 3rd light source
upright (the tree) = 4th light source
On our second day he had us make 4 different versions of our composition.
 I decided to do two vertical.....
and two horizontal. 
Eric seemed to think that the top horizontal one was just right!
And this is what I painted.

"Sauvie Island 2"
10"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
$195
Click here to purchase

This is Eric.... 
a fabulous teacher, and very nice guy!

(photograph credit to David Burbach)



Audiobooks:
"The Hundred-Foot Journey", by Richard C. Morais, narrated by Neil Shah (I haven't seen the film yet! Starring Helen Mirren. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEO1TWeM5JU )
Podcasts: 
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: 
My iPod




8.26.2014

Always Together


"Always Together"
12"x 12"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD

I did this commission for a very dear friend who's children were 8, 5 and 1 years old, and are now 36, 33, 29.
Growing up, we were neighbors and I was best friends with her little sister. I hadn’t seen them in over 20 years, and then they paid me a surprise visit at the hospital right after my stroke. It meant so much to me! I was thrilled to do this commission for Colleen and her husband, Jim, knowing that every time she looks at it she is going to remember that time in her life 

and think of me.


             "We had just moved to Honolulu and were staying in the Hale Koa, right next to the Hilton, which is the military hotel where we stayed until housing was available. I would take the kids to the beach in the morning, then nap time and when Jim came back from work we would go back down on the beach. It was not posed-they just ended up sitting like that and Jim just happened to have his camera with him. I think he just always loved the innocence and sweetness of it. We are so fortunate that they have grown up to be close as adults and it would not be a surprise to see them sitting together on the beach today. I should have added that the specialness of the picture is the reminiscing of a magical 3 years - the beauty and wonders of living on the island, the magic of kids growing up on the beach, and the memories of the making of lifetime friends! And all created by a very special lifetime friend of whom Jim and I have very dear memories!!”


Listening to while I paint:

Audiobooks:
The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum, narrated by Scott Brick

Podcasts: 
The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal

Music: 
my iPod

I am having a Pet Sale! From now until the end of August 2014,  I will do any pet painting for 15% off the regular price. Just send me your photo of your pet and then we can decide on the size! I will take requests and photos all month long....To see more pets click here!

Really helpful: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

8.10.2014

Pet Sale!

This is a picture of me and my dog Amy. I had her from the day I was born until age 16! I remember her sleeping in the sun; scared of cats; always greeted me with her loving warmth, enthusiasm, and joy!

So, I am having a Pet Sale! From now until the end of August 2014,  I will do any pet painting for 15% off the regular price. Just send me your photo of your pet and then we can decide on the size! I will take requests and photos all month long....

"Lucky"
10"x 8" 
oil on gessoboard
$195
Click here to purchase

Lucky is one of the many dogs that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law have at their farm. They also have 13 horses, cows, chickens, and cats!

"Wally"
8"x 8"
acrylic on gessoboard
$175
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This is Wally. I took his picture at the Farmer's Market. He was very friendly!
To see more pets click here!

Listening to while I paint:
Audiobook: "Moneyball", by Michael Lewis. Narrated by Scott Brick
Podcasts: Big Pop Fun, hosted by Tom Wilson
                  The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
                   Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
                  Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
                  "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: my iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)




8.01.2014

Modjeska Canyon


Ralph's Truck
8"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
$175
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This is from a photo my son, daughter, and I took on our walk while visiting family down in Modjeska Canyon, CA.
Here they are: my son, Thomas and my oldest daughter, Katherine. They are definitely enjoying the vacation side of Modjeska Canyon!
With just several hundred residents, this  beautiful canyon is filled with oak and olive trees. It is named after Helena Modjeska, the 19th century stage actress. Her home from 1888-1906, "Arden", is a National Historic Landmark. The canyon is also the location of the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.

Listening to while I paint:
Podcasts: The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
                  The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
                   Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
                  Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
                  "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: my iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)

7.20.2014

Carol Marine's Workshop - Stroke Update

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Here are some of the paintings I did at Carol Marine's workshop in Springfield, OR. (about 1 1/2 hours south of Portland) 

It was WONDERFUL!!!! 
We studied items in white, glass, reflections, flowers and metal. 
Carol went over a printed handout each morning going through 
the different processes/objectives for the day, and then she did a demo. 

One of the best things about it was watching her paint:   
the layout;
her palette; 
her strokes;
stepping back;
her highlights....what she calls "bling";
 
and then we painted the rest of the day. 
I think that all of us students agreed that having Carol around to 
give helpful critiques was a HUGE benefit!
 I got back to the hotel about 4:30 in the afternoon and immediately went to bed! 
(Not really, I stayed up until 6:30? I was sooooooo tired!)

Stroke update:
This workshop was a big success for me. My husband and my two youngest daughters drove me down to Springfield and stayed the first night with me....then I was on my own! There I was: 2 hrs. south of home, in a hotel, taking the shuttle to and from the workshop, by myself for the first time since my stroke! This week I learned not only about painting but I also gained new confidence in my independence!

About a year ago I announced on Facebook that I would be running by this July. 
Well, recovering from a stroke is taking a little longer than I had planned, so, I will strive for next July. If I end up running sooner, I will definitely let you know!!!!! :) 

Listening to while I paint:
Podcasts: The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
                  The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
                   Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
                  Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
                  "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Music: my iPod

Really helpful!: 
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check! Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)



6.19.2014

Eric Bowman's Studio



 My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Eric Bowman's studio last 
weekend at his studio sale.


 He found a Quonset hut! Already built, it was a 2,000 square foot garage that was 
used for an antique car collection.

                      "When we were looking for a new home, we envisioned an unattached building for my studio,  and I was ready to settle for a simple 2-car garage...what we got however, turned out to be a 2,000 square foot all-wood, custom Quonset hut! We were the first ones to arrive when it hit the market after our real estate agent called us in a frantic -- our offer was accepted on the spot. What you see above was essentially a giant garage behind the house we purchased in 2002 -- it housed the original owners antique car collection back in 1952. The face of it looks the same today except for the entry which was once a 2-car wide garage door..." - Eric Bowman


 It is FABULOUS!
You can see a figure model stand on the right.


The north facing windows are 16' high and the ceiling is 20' high at the center. 


He has custom bookshelves for art collection books and reference books.
You can read more about it here. 

Eric started his career by being a commercial artist and did work for high profile clients like Coppertone, Nike, Hallmark, Kellogg's, Nabisco, SW Airlines, and the Kentucky Derby.

Now he does fine oil paintings and is featured at many prestigious galleries.


We saw this one and it was absolutely beautiful!
Beside the studio work, he does a lot of Plein Air. (painting outside) 


He did these thumbnails outside that he takes in his studio to finish a painting.


"Beyond Winter's Veil"


He does amazing figure studies in oil on vellum paper.


Eric and his daughter. :)

Listening to while I paint:

Audio-books: "Roots" - by Alex Haley, narrated by Avery Brooks
Podcasts:
              "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!" hosted by Peter Sagal
               Here's The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
               Social Media Examiner, by Michael Stelzner
               The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto Kasper
               Artist Helping Artist by Leslie Saeta
Music: my iPod
                 


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