Monday, September 20, 2010

The Canvas

The Canvas Art Bar & Bistro is a haven for artists to get together and work from live models, while enjoying music, food and drink in downtown Portland. They even provide easels and art materials for use or sale so all you have to do is show up! So far, the models have been young, female, pretty, costumed. "Chelsea" wore a black feathered hat that gave her a wild appearance. I used a limited palette of acrylics, although sometimes I draw in pencil or ink. To check out their website, see

Saturday, September 11, 2010


This is my painting done plein air at Tideman Johnson Creek, to be submitted for the Johnson Creek Art Show at Umpqua Bank in Sellwood, on Friday October 1st 6-9 pm.


I'm participating in several events in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland this month.

On Saturday, September 18, I will be painting plein air along with Marcia VanderSchaaf at the Love Art! Gallery in Sellwood near antique shops and Oaks Park between 11:00 and 1:00 pm. If you're an artist, come and join us! If you love art, come and join us! There will be music, too, and the gallery is filled with wonderful things, inside and out. Love Art! is located at 8036 SE 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97202, see

Also this month, I'm painting at several locations along the Johnson Creek watershed to raise awareness of this natural resource flowing through Portland. The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is hosting a one day exhibit of plein air paintings at Umpqua Bank in Sellwood on Friday, October 1st 6-9 pm. Umpqua Bank is located at 7831 SE 13th Ave., Portland 97202. I have recently visited Tideman Johnson Park, painting included, and hope to get to other locations in Gresham, Leach Botanical Garden, Reed Canyon and Crystal Springs. It's great to discover natural beauty to close to home and to express its inspiration.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


On a sunny day at the end of August, went plein-airing with my artist friends Marcia VanderSchaaf and Vicki Zimmerman. We set up at the quiet beach at Dabny Park, off the old Columbia River Highway. As the light changed the colors of sky, trees and water, we struggled to capture the serene beauty of this place.