11.23.2014

Happy Thanksgiving! and Scott Conary's Studio


Pumpkin
8"x 8"
oil on gessoboard
Click here to purchase

My husband and I went to the Sitka Art Invitational, and I was stuck by Scott Conary's work, especially by his painting, "Robert's Door".
The use of color and the paint application was stunning!
 
Roberts Door
32"x 54"
oil on canvas
Clearly, the colors, paint application, and its majesty does not show up in this photo. 
That is why it is so important to see the art work in person! 
"As my eyes came upon the worn door on the heavy old house, I saw the painting in my head. I saw generations of hands turning a now missing knob and" read more by Scott.... 

 Scott lives near my friend Mona Cordell, so she and I and my new friend, Mary Parkes, got to go by his studio.
What a kind, gracious man.
He said that he cleaned up!

He makes his own frames or orders then from Franken Frames.
Prime
26"x 38"
oil on canvas
Meat!  Isn't it beautiful? Read more about meat here.

1928 Indian 4, 52" x 42", 
Oil on Canvas
-work in progress-
"A few months back, a friend gave me a tour of some old machines in Wichita. Amongst them was this amazing bike, restored by a friend of his. The painting is very much a work in progress, but the bones are there." -Scott
Ornament
7 1/2"x 6 3/4"
oil on panel
This painting inspired my "Pumpkin" painting. 

Take some time and really look at his work and read his stories. His blog is a great place to learn about his past and present struggles and how he, his wife and his daughter, continue to deal with these challenges. 
He can write and paint beautifully.


I have paintings for sale for your holiday gifts, most for under $200. 
Click here to purchase.
Or buy prints here.

Listening to while I paint:
Audio Books:
"A Painted House" by John Grisham, narrated by David Lansbury

Podcasts: 
Food is the New Rock, hosted by Zach Brooks
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: Christmas music!

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! :)



10.26.2014

Portland State Farmers Market

6"x 6" 
oil on gessoboard
My sister-in-law and I went to the Portland Farmers Market 
at Portland State University. the first part of October.
This is the Simon Benson House , home of the Portland State Alumni Association.
It had a sign that said, "Portland State University Alumni Association Welcomes You".
What a welcome! 
The first weekend in October; Farmer's Market, food, music, 
people relaxing and enjoying themselves and each other!




For those in the Portland area, 
or any of you that want to come visit, :)
it's open March - October, 8-2; November - December, 9-2.


Listening to while I paint:
Audiobook: "A Painted House", by John Grisham, narrated by David Lansbury
Podcasts:  Sleepy Cast by Clarke Wolfe The SleepyCast is the official podcast of the hit                                                                                               FOX series Sleepy Hollow.
                   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
                   Build Your Tribe, hosted by Chalene Johnson
Music: my iPod
            Spotify

Really helpful!: 
Because of my stroke, (at least I use that as an excuse!) 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! :)

10.02.2014

"Golden Tulips" and Jo Reimer's Studio

"Golden Tulips"
12"x 16"
oil on canvas, 1" profile 
$425
Click here to purchase

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
Click here to purchase


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
Click here to purchase
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! :)




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