Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sauvie Sky

Sauvie Sky / Oil on Ampersand gessobord / 8X10 (20.32  X 25.4)

When we lived in Portland, Tim and I spent a lot of time on Sauvie Island.

Sauvie is a big island along the Columbia River.  It hosts wildlife sanctuaries
 and dozens of private farms that sell fruit (every berry imaginable) and vegetables.

It's also great destination for artists who love to paint skies.





Thursday, May 17, 2018

Starry Night


"Starry Night" After Vincent Van Gogh /watercolor batik/ 8X10 (20.32X25.4cm)

Van Gogh wouldn't have to worry about any competition here,
 but it was one of those things. 

 I just HAD to try it. 

And we're all friends, so I decided to post it anyway. 

It was fun, I learned from it, and  I will try another Van Gogh sky soon.





Monday, May 14, 2018

Lost at Sea





The weather has been great, so I've been outside pulling weeds and sowing flower seeds for cutting later this summer, hence only two small watercolor skies.

Even so, we made time to go to a few estate sales. 

 I met an artist named Charley who was offering art supplies at deeply discounted prices.  For example, I picked up a box of resin mix for a future project this summer; regular price $23.49 / sale price $4.  Picked up some beautiful paper and acrylic paint, too.
Thank you, Charley.



And then yesterday, we (daughter and I) went out to the coast for a casual lunch in the beach community of Yachts.

There was a bit of coastal fog, 



but then the skies cleared 


and we went for a long walk on the beach.

It got a little chilly, so we decided to go shopping and came home with a small bag full of goodies:  candles, flavored olive oils, a small purse
and (what else?) beach rocks.


(Lost at Sea.  Come Find Me.)


Hope to see you in a few days. 

 If not, have a happy week!



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pastel Sky



Pastel / 5X7 (12.7cmX17.78cm)


I've been doing pastel warm-ups like this one, but I don't own too many colors and the sketches are all starting to look alike.  Time to start painting.

Our springtime skies in the Pacific Northwest are still moody, so it will be nice to sit outside and paint.
. . . . . . .

Thanks to watercolorist Rhonda Carpenter, I've also been having lots of fun with an art journal.

 Rhonda's been featuring some of her creations from the Sketchbook Revival sessions on her blog:  http://rhcarpenter.blogspot.com/.

 Check them out when you have a chance.  They are pretty nice!


Monday, May 7, 2018

The Sky's the Limit

Light Show - Oil on gessobord / 6X6in - 15.24X15.24cm

Morning sky, night sky, stormy sky, big sky, winter sky...
Skies are kind of magical.

And then there are things that fly in the sky - meteors, rockets (fireworks), birds, balloons, butterflies, planes, fish, squirrels, dragons...

There are a variety of ways to paint skies (oils, watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink) on a variety of surfaces (paper, wood, linen).

So, I think I'll start a series on skies.

Northing shocking or provocative or political - just skies.



Friday, May 4, 2018

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Five on Friday
Around Town - Eugene









"Clever Disguise" (bronze sculpture) by artist Peter Helzer /Avery the Alligator and Rembrandt the Raccoon
Corvallis

Have a wonderful weekend!








Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Up Close and Personal


Sometimes I need to get started on something, anything, just to generate new ideas.  

Chuck Close - WikiCommons


The wisdom of artist Chuck Close has been taken to heart.  He says, "Every idea occurs while you are working.  If you are sitting around waiting for inspiration, 
you could sit there forever."
I've done that.

So, I started with these two pieces.  I was using them to practice the gouache resist-India ink technique and wasn't necessarily going to post them.  But then, I thought, "Why not write about it?"



Later, while still painting, I thought of the word "parameters."  It is a word I heard over and over while watching Sketchbook Revival yesterday.

Hence, the plan for working in a series was formed for the summer months.  I like the idea of thinking very deeply about a subject or an emotion, theme, color, technique, ...

I also like the idea of working in a short series (6-12 paintings), and not concentrating on making some big "official" body of work.

So, a number of smaller short series projects sounds like a good plan for the summer since it will also free up time for other adventures in creativity - art projects, crafts & gardening.