Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall color

It was a cold and foggy day to walk in the Hoyt Arboretum and paint Fall color.  I liked the contrast between soft, muted subtle grays and vivid yellow, red and orange leaves.
This was my first plein air painting, on 9" x 12", along the Maple Trail.  Expecting the fog to lift and light to change, I painted quickly, but the fog lingered.

 The second painting is of the same scene, just cropped closer and with more emphasis on the horizon.
11" x 14", both in oil.

Wandering in search of more color!  Thanks, Vicki, fellow artist and companion!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Just ducky

This little wood duck is painted on a 6" x 6" canvas supplied by Blick Art Materials, which will be my contribution to the 2013 Wild Arts Festival November 23-24.  All canvases will be sold for $40 each to support the Audubon Society of Portland. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


On a sunny day Fall day, I painted at Laurelhurst Park.  "Fall Trees" is oil, 9" x 12".

Monday, October 7, 2013


Saturday was sunny with a hint of Fall in the air while I painted plein air at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, as part of the Willamette Falls Festival.  There were pumpkins, scare crows, baby farm animals, displays, a garden, musicians and all sorts of family friendly activities.  Harvest Pumpkins is oil, 9" x 12".

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


On a gray afternoon a few days ago I walked past the Old Dahlia House and saw all the colorful dahlias still blooming as if it was still summer, so I bought some to brighten my home.  The first painting , Dahlias in Mostique Vase is 8" x 10", the second one with a blue background for more color contrast is a small 5" x 7", both in oil on stretched canvasses.