|Saddle Mountain Snow - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6x8|
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
|Bonneville Mountain Morning - 6x6 - Oil on Gessobord|
A plein air piece done early this summer in Joseph, Oregon. I think this is the third or fourth painting I've done from the exact same spot, but the view from the north end of Lake Wallowa is absolutely irresistible!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
|Blue Day Red Barn - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Monday, October 6, 2014
|Sunshine Barn - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Sunday, July 20, 2014
|Backlit Bonneville - 6x8 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Thursday, June 12, 2014
|Blue Mountain Afternoon - 6x8 - Oil on Linen|
Monday, May 19, 2014
|Cottonwood Canyon - Oil on linen panel - 5x7|
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|Barn under Pikes Peak - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7|
Monday, May 5, 2014
|Clustered Elms - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Sunday, May 4, 2014
|Poplars - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Monday, April 28, 2014
|Fast and Loose Foothills - 5x7|
Thursday, March 20, 2014
|Big Bend on the Colorado - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
|Winter in Kittitas Valley - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|Frost in the Air - Oil on Linen - 5x7|
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
|Winters Touch - 5x7 - Oil on Panel|
A little plein air piece, completed at my new favorite car painting site along the Yakima River Delta, where the Yakima River meets the Columbia. I'm a sucker for the red willows in winter already, but I loved to golden cottonwoods and the patterns the snow made.
Monday, February 10, 2014
|Valley Wall - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Thursday, February 6, 2014
|Hart Point Shadows - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6x8|
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
|Sandstone and Sunlight - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
|Shadow of a Monument - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Thursday, January 30, 2014
|Creekside Willows - Oil on Linen Panel - 6x8|
Another quiet eastern Oregon scene! One thing I loved about the reflections in the photo I took was the shade of green. It's probably because the water was gross, but aesthetically it complemented the willows nicely. =)
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
|Old Oregon Trail I - 6x8 - Oil on Canvas Panel|
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
|January Skies - Oil on Linen Panel - 6x8|
Sunday, January 19, 2014
|Sauvie Island Inlet - Oil on Linen Panel - 6x8|
Saturday, January 18, 2014
|Freezing Fog - Oil on Linen Panel - 6x8|
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Yikes! Long day, I'm so glad I had this little study from my visit to Fossil, Oregon, ready to go! I hope later this year I can stay longer in the area, these rock formations are amazing.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
|Winter Wetland - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6x8|
I loved seeing Rattlesnake Mountain out behind the Yakima Delta wetlands. The skies were a little hazy near the horizon, but the sky was still blue and the sun was out. No complaints here!
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
|Yakima Delta - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6x8|
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
|Dusk in the Delta - 6x8 - Oil on Canvas Panel|
I was lucky enough to get out and do some plein air work today! I even felt adventurous enough to do them closer to sunset than I normally work. Usually this time of day is an exercise in frustration, because the light is only consistent for about 15 minutes, so I put down the very basic color notes and composition, and filled out the details back at home.
I stayed in the jeep while working on this, because the wind was at a sustained 35mph, with gusts of 50!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
|Oregon Juniper - 6x6 - Oil on Gessobord|
Well, with the mandarins gone I needed to move on to a new subject. I was listening (for probably the 5th time) to my audiobook version of Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey and was struck by the passage about wanting to study a single juniper tree for a lifetime. It made me remember driving through the sage and juniper filled area east of Bend, Oregon.
So I "drove" around on Highway 26 on Google Maps Streetview, and found not only some amazing juniper stands but some outstanding clouds too!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
|The Last Good Mandarin - Oil on linen panel - 5x7|
All good things must come to an end, and so to must good fruit. In hindsight, the fridge probably would have been a better storage place than my studio to enhance the longevity of these beautiful mandarins. The things are growing wrinkly and the leaves brittle faster than I can eat them! If I were more sensible I would have painted a couple of them the day I got them, but I'm not that good at planning ahead!
Monday, January 6, 2014
|Mandarin Shadows - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Ever had a really bad painting day? I mean REALLY bad. I tried to paint TWO different landscapes from photos I've had in my file for a while; I should have known better. I think I just saw them as making good paintings, and ignored that nothing was really speaking to me. I've been in a more analytic mode lately, due to rewriting my artist statement and resume and trying to map out long and short term goals. I blame all this typing and planning for getting me out of a more visual mode. At least that's my excuse today. =)
After two failed paintings I needed something simple but beautiful. The mandarin with a leaf fit the ticket! Although at one point the leaf looked great but I had to wipe off and repaint the mandarin itself! BUT I'm so happy I was able to pull through and finish something, I think if I had let myself give up I wouldn't be happy with myself. =)
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
|Mandarin with Leaves - Oil on Gessobord - 6x6|
I saw this big bag of mandarins with leaves still on them at the grocery store. Now those of you who live in areas that grow citrus fruit probably don't think twice about it, but I realized that for me, citrus just materialize in the fruit isle, I'd never thought about one growing on a tree! So I had to buy them, of course. And the leaves had such an interesting shape they were perfect for painting!
Friday, January 3, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
|A Little Sketchy - 6x6 - Oil on Gessobord|
A little out of my wheelhouse, but hopefully still life painting can keep me entertained until it warms up a little bit! I like the sketchy brushwork, to me it feels energetic.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
|Palisade Study - 6x8 - Oil on Linen Panel|
**Please note, I didn't sign this one while on location, a signature has been added in the lower right corner since this photo was taken**
I had the most fantastic New Years Eve and Day! My husband was working in Condon, Oregon, and I decided to tag along and paint the scenery. That's right, this desert scene is from the Pacific Northwest, believe it or not! These palisades are part of a huge National Monument called the John Day Fossil Beds, in the remote Clarno Unit. They are the remains of ancient mud flows, called lahars, and are chock full of fossils! But more importantly to this plein air painter, they are stunning and have a decent restroom nearby!
|Work in progress on the trail|