Thursday, May 31, 2012

Heartwarming recognition....

I received a handwritten note from Steve Schreiner at the start of the Celebration of Flowers Show and a Gift Certificate for Schriener's Iris Gardens. He chose my painting "Roses" as his favorite. He told of his mother Patricia Schreiner being a member of Keizer Art Association. He said she painted in watercolors, how he loved her impressionistic style, and that mine reminded him of that. I was deeply touched by his comments and recognition!



Gracie, Chris, Rachel, and Lily.....2012

Lily, Chris, Rachel, and Gracie.... 2008
I have been out to visit Schreiner's Iris Gardens twice this season, and am planning on another visit before the close of the season. What a delightful place it is! This week I took my daughters family out for family pictures as a birthday treat for my son-in-law. We had done the same 4 years ago. It has become a tradition we will enjoy looking forward to revisiting in years to come!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

People's Choice Award!

How exciting to pick up my painting "Roses" from the Keizer Show and find a People's Choice Award!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friends and Family....

11x17 pastel on Wallis paper

 I love this process of using liquid acrylics for the underpainting. It's fun, loosens me up, and gives me opportunities in my paintings that are spontaneous.
 I decided on a limited palette of pastels...
  added more as I progressed with the painting....


A great art day spent painting in the morning with friends!
Leslie worked on a landscape in watercolor....



Denise decided to work in pastels for the day.....
 You just have to love all those barns.....



The afternoon was spent with family going to galleries to share art....
First to Keizer Art to see the "Celebration of Flowers" Show.
 with Ellen and Chris
Then on to Bush Barn Art Center. I'm proud to have my work in the gallery for the Spring-Summer Exhibition season!

A truly artfelt day!



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Salem Art Association......





 Denise, Deanna, and friend Sherri


8x10 pastel on panel 
"Looking Back Again" 
sold at the Studio Sale!


and a  picnic in Bush Park on a perfect Spring Day!

 "Art sisters"
 Debbie, Denise, Deanna, and Leslie

"Radius 25: Face to Face"
the show runs through June 23, 2012
A.N. Bush Gallery
Bush Barn Art Center

11x17 pastel
Heading Home


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Glorious Gardens...

 It's that time of year that we have the opportunity to enjoy the lush, beautiful places close by....
 Scheiner's Iris Gardens is one of those special places.....
 They have so many amazing Iris varieties and so much more....
 Places to pause and just be....

 And places to explore....

 Peak bloom time is in a few days, and it's all just a short country drive from home...

I'm looking forward to more visits this season, and one of those visits I will be taking my easel and art supplies along for a painting day!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Celebration of Flowers...

 What a great celebration it was attending the reception at the Keizer Art Association today with daughter Rachel, and granddaughters Lily and Gracie.  I entered my pastel painting "Roses".....
 Here is Gracie with her painting called "Garden"....
And Lily with her painting called "Joy at Dawn"

What a fun experience to share....A Mother's Day treat for sure!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Photography 101

 Last weekend my daughter Rachel and I spent a day in McMinnville. After a wonderful lunch at the Sage we headed over to Currents Gallery for our class with Marilyn Affolter.
 We reviewed and practiced shooting in manual mode...

 We stopped on the way there and back to take some photos....
 These old farms sure seem to have stories to tell.....