Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rain, sun & plein air, still life

This week has been a variety of rain, sunbreaks, clouds, back & forth. So I went out Wednesday to figure draw, Heather our nude model, Hipbone was hip and inspiring as usual. Concentrated on pencil drawing line and shapes instead of painting. Thursday went to Sauvie Island and painted with fellow plein air artists on the dike overlooking a meadow which was partially flooded, trees floating above their reflections, cows grazing nearby, constant change of light and shadow reflected in the water. I focused on the bright bits of sky and warm tones in grasses. For more photos of that day, see

Today I brought three paintings to Lake Oswego for the annual Festival of the Arts, starts on Friday June 24 through the 26th. They are of a glacier in Alaska and the Columbia Gorge. Please come to the big tent to see the unjuried show, as well as a juried show, crafts, food and music in the park!

Today is Father's Day, and my Dad passed away many years ago yet is always part of my life and was so supportive of developing my artistic talent. So I painted a quick sketch of yellow roses from the backyard, I know he would have loved them.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


The wisteria were blooming at my friend Marcia VanderSchaaf's Victorian house. I painted in oil outside, and later painted in acrylic from a photo taken on the inside of the shady porch. There were wicker chairs and a wooden bench where I imagined a cat napping in the comfortable shade on a sunny day.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Taco Pedaler in the Park

I went to the park downtown on a recent, rare sunny day to see fountains, sculptures, bridges across the Willamette and preparations for the Rose Festival. While photographing the famous Elk Statue, I was drawn to a taco cart. There were two pedal carts with bright yellow bicycle frames and blue umbrellas and I snapped a photo of the whole scene including one of the vendors standing in a jaunty posture with her hands in the pockets of her frayed blue jeans. Later, I decided that I liked the image of the young, jaunty taco pedaler and painted her portrait on top of my previous view of the whole scene, allowing for happy "accidents" of colors and shapes.

Update: the taco pedaler, one of two partners with authentic carts from Mexico, has been located and her parents now are the owners of this painting!