Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lavender Paint Out...

The Willamette Valley Lavender Paint Out
 is an annual statewide event in Oregon. 
This is the first year I have participated,
 and I found it to be a wonderful opportunity to get out to new locations, 
 meet new people and paint plein air!





I was fortunate to have time to visit Red Ridge Farms on two days,
so I had a chance to work on the first larger painting again, and create another 
smaller painting in another spot on their property that called to me. I was under 
the shade of a tree looking out over the lavender field.


A few days later, I chose a location a little closer to home. 
I drove out to West Salem to Sundance Lavender Farm.




I met a new artist friend while there. I discovered that 
this is also the first year that Gay has participated in the event.
She was working in acrylic.


I started my paintings with doing an underpainting by laying in 
shapes with hard pastels, then brushing the dry pastel with water to liquefy the pigment.


Then came the soft pastels to complete the painting.


The last plein air painting day Gay and I drove up and spent a good part of the day at
Wayward Winds Lavender Farm.



There was cloud cover and comfortable temperatures, 
so I was able to set up out in the field and enjoy all the views!


"A Quiet Retreat" 
8 x 12" pastel


125 Oregon Artists were accepted into this years Paint Out!

The paintings done on these paint outs will be in the
Willamette Valley
Lavender Festival Art Show
Saturday, July 14, 10 - 6
Sunday, July 15, 10 - 5

Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan St.
Newberg, OR

For more information go to
www.wvlavenderFestival.org









Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Plein Air with Kim Casebeer...

Having the opportunity to study with skilled pastel and oil landscape artists
from out of state is irresistible to me. 
So having the chance to learn more about color and light in the landscape with
Kim Casebeer was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up.
This workshop was at Mary Weil's studio in Dundee, Oregon.
 Rather than working in the studio, we spent the time together
 working plein air, or outdoors on location.




Day 1 - In the morning,
 Kim did a demo in pastel along the shore of Mary's pond, just outside the studio.


In the afternoon we headed out to a local property with lovely views of Yamhill County.


The challenge was editing all the information,
 and working on getting many layers of landscape into the composition!




Day 2 - We had a beautiful morning view from Mary's deck.
Kim did a demo in oil to help us learn to overlap shapes to get a better sense of distance.



I took it on, but felt very challenged!


Later in the afternoon, we went to Winters Hill Winery for another adventure!


I chose a shady spot, and found a view that spoke to me.



Kim painted the hazy vista in view from under the shade of the tree.


The morning of Day 3, we were back at Mary's studio.


The scene overlooking the pond was calling to me.
I had done a quick sketch of this spot the first morning of the workshop, 
so having a chance to come back and paint it was just right!
I warmed up with a charcoal sketch,


then I moved into the piece by doing an underpainting before jumping in with my pastels.



Thank you Mary Weil, for hosting this workshop!




An thank you Kim Casebeer, for coming to Oregon to teach us about
design, perspective, value, color and composition!




To see more of Kim's art

Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 Art at Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith...


What a great job Rachel did helping me get the paintings 
ready for my show at Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith.


There are many available paintings amoung the nineteen original pastels on display.
I also have a selection of note cards available as well.


Thank you for all that came out to the reception to make
it an evening to celebrate!  







The show and sale continues through June 27, 2018 downtown Salem at 
Dave Wilson Designer Goldsmith
216 Commercial NE
Salem, OR

HOURS:
Tuesday - Friday 10 - 5
Saturday 10 - 3:30
Sunday and Monday Closed

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Making Waves with Jeanne Rosier Smith...


I took on the challenge of painting movement and motion last weekend 
studying with Jeanne Rosier Smith at
Carrie Moore Studios,
learning about the anatomy of a wave.


We learned how important spending the time to do a thumbnail sketch can be.
Using charcoal pencils, one white, one black, was all that was needed on when done on toned paper.
It was a chance to focus on design, doing several thumbnails, and choosing the most successful.


Jeanne then continued her demo with showing us how she does her under paintings,
thinking about putting down what is underneath the foam of the wave. Liquefying dry pastels with alcohol, avoiding drips, and painting in the direction the water is moving. 
It was fascinating watching Jeanne create a masterpiece right before our eyes!



I felt I had accomplished a lot on my painting from Day 1.


Here are some process photos of my painting on Day 2.





We all reviewed our results at the end of each day.


Jeanne shared her knowledge, and so many techniques and tips!



For me, the reviewing the importance of thumbnail sketches and underpaintings, were valuable lessons that I came away with over the time spent together. I will be getting back to doing these steps of planning for more successful paintings as I continue on this art journey.

To see more of Jeanne's art visit her website at

Be sure and check out Carrie Moore Studios
 to learn about more opportunities to expand your art journey!