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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Long Beach Sunset

Long Beach Sunset - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7
Seriously, I couldn't get enough of these beach sunsets!

Last Light

Last Light - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7
In my most recent trip to Ocean Park we were treated to some classic Washington Coast grey skies and rain. But the afternoons cleared up beautifully to reveal some great sunsets!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pacific Shore

Pacific Shore - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel

Does it have the big distinctive rocks of Cannon Beach? No. Does it have the sunny warm days of a California beach? No. Are there dead crabs and jellyfish everywhere? Yes. But if there's any stretch of beach that feels like home it would be the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington. My family has been having annual reunions there for longer than I've been alive; from all corners of the Northwest and beyond we take over the small town of Ocean Park, Washington. My husband and I enjoy the good company AND overcast relief from Eastern Washington summers! I love the challenge of painting the ocean every year, it's such a huge change of subject matter!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Haze

Summer Haze - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7

It's always nice during a plein air painting session when you know exactly what you love about a scene. I loved the way the backlit cottonwood glowed against the hazy, dusty purple hills. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Heat of the Day

Heat of the Day - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7

I had a fantastic day out painting with a couple other painters today, we braved the outdoors despite predictions of temperatures in the 100s. Definitely worth it!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Palm Breeze

Palm Breeze - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel
While in Florida I loved seeing all the different shapes palm trees could take, especially when silhouetted!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer Squall

Summer Squall - Oil on Linen Panel - 5x7
I almost named this one something about spring, but then I realized that it's summer! The weather east of the Cascades has been so mild I'm losing track of what season it is. I painted this at a lovely little park outside of LaGrande, Oregon, looking across the Grand Ronde River valley. What a view!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Florida Shores

Florida Shores - 5x7 - Oil on Linen
I've been practicing waves lately, it's been a nice challenge. Some of my favorite shots to practice from are the photos I took from Palm Beach and Tequesta, Florida, while I was visiting for their plein air festival last February. Lots of great memories!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

McNary Summer

McNary Summer - 6x6 - Oil on Gessobord
This was a great little wetland area on the outskirts of town. As I drove out to the spot I wanted to paint on a summer morning I was looking forward to painting the hazy light, but as I started working the haze moved off and left a blinding, hot sun. It was still beautiful!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Moonrise in Wheat Country

Moonrise in Wheat Country - Oil on Linen Panel - 4x6
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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you've seen the in progress of this little guy. I love the subtle colors found right after or before sunrise and sunset!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rural Greys

Rural Greys - Oil on Linen Panel - 4x6

This stately Russian Olive caught my eye while I drove through the countryside on a grey afternoon!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cottonwoods at Dusk

Cottonwoods at Dusk - 4x6 - Oil on Linen Panel

While passing through the little eastern Oregon town of Pilot Rock I was able to snap a picture of the moon rising near a grove of cottonwoods. I knew I would want to paint the beautiful dusk glow when I got home!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sauvie Wetlands

Sauvie Wetlands - 8x10 - Oil on Linen Panel

This is another little study I never thought I'd do anything with. I painted it during a workshop last summer, and finally decided it was time to touch it up and put it out there. I can't remember if this was before or after we got hit with rain, but the atmosphere really made the greens sing!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day - 8x10 - Oil on Linen Panel
It may have been summer, but on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon the clouds were a bit overbearing. I didn't mind too much though, because the grey skies have a way of bringing out the color in a landscape, especially this field of sunflowers!

This plein air piece was started in the field and I just recently finished it indoors!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Colorado River Shores

Colorado River Shores - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel
This little scene comes to you via Google Streetview! I loved the variety of colors in the big shadow on the rocks, even though it's sandstone it reminded me of the basalt formations we have here in the Inland Northwest.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Summer Skies

Summer Skies - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel
This little scene is brought to you by Google Maps. I found it while virtually driving through Wyoming. I couldn't get enough of those clouds!