Saturday, May 18, 2019

Getting Outdoors Again...

"A Quiet Retreat"
8 x 12" pastel

This painting was created on location at
in July of 2018,
 during the 
Willamette Valley Lavender Paint Out.

Here's a few process photos from that day in the field.
One of my favorite techniques of starting,
 is with a liquid acrylic under painting. 
That was the choice that day for jumping in and getting going.

The goal of the Paint Out is for the artists to complete their painting on site.
I took on the challenge and managed to create a small 4 x 6" version 
of the scene as well.

After overcast skies for most of the day, the clouds parted and revealed
a beautiful sky and sunshine!

I am really looking forward to more adventures getting outdoors this year when I participate in the
  Lavender Paint Out.
 It is one of the opportunities happening during the upcoming 

This painting is currently available at
Stop in and see all the wonderful works created by local artists,
and enjoy getting outdoors and take a walk on the beautiful grounds of Bush Park!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

2019 Spring - Summer Exhibition...

Seeing nature come back to life is such inspiration!

Camas flowers bloom each Spring in Bush Park.
See my original pastel painting created from that inspiration. 

"Camas Woodland"
18 x 24"pastel

This painting and more are now available since I have rotated paintings for the
 Spring-Summer Exhibition
 at Bush Barn Art Center.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Reductive Pastel Painting With Carrie Moore

 Carrie Moore shared her knowledge and experience about a
 reductive pastel painting process in a three day workshop at her studio.

These pastel paintings can be mounted on cradle board or be framed with no glass!

No sanded paper for this technique.
We worked on Rives BFK 280G printmaking paper.

Here is my reference photo and sketch...

and the beginning steps of applying the pastel.

Once the selected colors are on, a layer of a light Schnincke pastel is applied,
 then rubbed over the entire surface.

Wearing a mask, and using a rag, the top layer is gently removed to reveal the colors underneath.

That's when more color is removed using a kneaded eraser, white staedtler eraser, and a small rag.

Fixative is applied between layers outdoors.

A pastel pencil was used to define shapes and add line work.

I'm feeling energized about learning this new technique with my favorite medium!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

20th Annual Clay Ball...

Salem Art Association's 
20th Annual Clay Ball 
was once again a success and 
will help provide art opportunities to our community.

I am thrilled that my pastel painting,
"Welcome Home"
has sold in the silent auction!

I festive evening filled with fun and so much community support!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Welcoming the New Year...

Welcoming in the New Year means a fresh start to more adventures!

Here is a new painting that I created for the upcoming
 Wild Women Show 
at River Gallery
January 22 - March 2

Reception: January 26th from 6 to 9 pm.

"More Adventure Awaits"
12 x 18" pastel

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Holiday thoughts...

There are some
upcoming events will be happening soon, 
and that includes an artist talk at Bush Barn Art Center
 on Tuesday, November 6th at 10 AM. 
 It's free and open to the public. I will be sharing about my process and inspiration.
The gallery guides meeting will follow directly afterwards for anyone who might be interested in learning more about being a member of this group that
 does so much for the gallery, the artists and the community.

4 x 6" pastel
The Holiday Showcase will be starting with a Preview Party on Friday, November 9th.
I have several new original pastel "Little Landscapes" in the show!

We had a most beautiful fall this year!
The colors were vibrant and glorious with so many days filled with sunshine.
The weather is changing now. 
Yes, it is time to start thinking about those holidays that are coming!

Stop by and see the unique gifts available 
and all the local artists works at
Holiday Showcase
November 10 - 23, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Changing Seasons...

September is almost here. It's nearly time to think about Fall and it's changes.
That means it's rotation time at the gallery. 

I am happy to continue to be represented by
 Bush Barn Art Galleries!

 I have several new original pastel paintings available throughout the 
2018-19 Fall-Winter Exhibition Season.

"A View From Bunker Ridge"
12 x 18" pastel

Did you know that each Fall and again in the Spring, all the art featured in the gallery changes?
That means there is an amazing amount of NEW works available from many local artists!

Please stop in and see. It's a wonderful season for a walk in Bush Park and a visit to the gallery!

"Another Peaceful Walk in the Woods"
12 x 8" pastel