This winter has given us record snow and rain in the Pacific Northwest and I have not been eager to go out to drive, play or paint plein air! Even bundled up, it's difficult to paint with frozen finger tips! But I have been inspired and found some lovely photos by Canadian photographer Bonnie Sitter which were the basis for the two first paintings. On a sunny day, I ventured out into the neighborhood with my camera and later painted the third painting. The snow is gone for now, but not the rain and clouds, and memories and inspiration persist.
In early December, I attended a monotype demonstration by artist Wliiiam Park, followed by a workshop and exhibition at OSA (Oregon Society of Artists). Materials were provided by Gamblin Paints, there was
paper, a press and everything needed to experiment in this medium, new for me. Dairy Creek was done in a two stage process. First the image was put down on plexiglass in black sticky ink, then rubbed and scraped away to reveal the white areas. A second layer of color was put down on top after running through the press. I used my favorites thalo blue and green. The cat in the window shows the first stage in black and white. Later I added a bit of red and yellow to suggest the lights outside. It is now the property of the office manager at OSA, hope she enjoys it!