Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday Thoughts...

With the busy holiday season upon us,
it seems a good time to think about all the positive 
thoughts that bring about good feelings.

I have completed my project of painting little landscapes
for offering at the current Holiday Showcase at

Naming all these little works was a process that brought
me to thinking about "BEing"...
Each small original pastel painting has been given a title that
felt the right emotions, such as "Be Happy" or "Be Kind".

Stop in the gallery to see all the locally created gifts items available,
and take the time to see the latest exhibits as well.

The Holiday Showcase is now through December 24, 2017. 

Gallery hours are
 Tuesday-Friday from 10-5, and Saturday-Sunday from 12-5.
Closed on Mondays


All the best for a Cheerful Holiday Season!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Seasons...New Art...

There's a bit of a crisp feeling in the air with Fall arriving!

It seems like a perfect time to reflect on the great summer,
 and some of the days that were shared
 out plein air painting.

 I do love the chance to sketch outdoors as well!
Here are a few of my sketchbook entries.

 Now is a good time to savor these days when the sunshine comes out
 and the cool breezes call out for having a sweater handy!

You can currently find some of my newest pastel paintings available 
along side many talented local artists works, 

You can find a selection of my note cards available in the 
as well as at

Also keep a look out at the galleries upcoming Holiday Showcase

November 10 - December 24, 2017

for some unique and special gift ideas.

 I will have several new little original pastel landscapes available!

Looking forward to more artfelt journeys to come...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Studying with Jennifer Evenhus...

Three days spent learning more about 
"The Beauty of Imperfection"
with nationally recognized pastel artist
Jennifer Evenhus
was the ultimate in practicing being Brave, 
while exploring being Bold. 

Day 1 we started with value studies
and did thumbnail sketches.

To explore the composition of the landscape,
 I used charcoal, black marker, and pencil.

These warm up exercises had specific guidelines to follow for color choices.

I chose a to try a black marker to block in my darks before applying the pastels.

Each study was timed.

Choosing from our favorite smaller 10 minute color study,
 we then did a larger 20 minute version.

Day 2 and 3 were filled with more exercises and practice.

We all enjoyed watching and learning from Jen's demo's.

and also learned from each other while sharing our work and doing critiques.

Now it's time to keep practicing as we continue to search for our artistic voices!

We took time for an adventure out,
 when we had the pleasure of visiting 
for lunch one day.

What a joy to meet new artists and reconnect with some as well!

Thank you Jen for coming to 
and sharing your talent and knowledge!

To learn more about Jennifer Evenhus art go to 

To find out about more opportunities at 
The Studio on the Knoll,

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Revisiting Painting Studies...

Being a hot summer day today,
 Deanna and I chose to stay in the studio to work.

We both worked in pastel,
Deanna working on a painting she had started 
on location in July.

I decided to revisit a study that I had done last year in a Susan Ogilivie workshop.
Susan had helped me with some details on the sketch and the painting.
 This piece has been up in my studio ever since as inspiration, with the thought of trying it again.
 It's such a great learning experience having an artist help with a painting,
 however once they have put marks on the painting, 
it is no longer your own, it is truly just a study.

Here is what the revisited version is looking like...
I am working at using more color and making more confident marks.

Now it's time to set it aside and come back with fresh eyes to see if it feels finished.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Chasing the Light with Tony Allain...

Taking a workshop with Tony Allain was an amazing opportunity!
He is from the UK, and took time to come to Oregon on his trip across the country.
He told us on Day One that he would take us through a few doors we may not have been.

He was right about that!

Tony showed us through his many demos,
 lessons to apply to our paintings that would help them be filled with color and light.

He talked about how getting back to the basics 
of sketching and drawing,
is a very important part of the process of painting.

As we worked on "loosening up", 
we did studies to practice making fewer, 
more expressive marks, to tell a story.

Tony covered many skills to create landscapes.
 That included sunsets, mountains, water and figures in the landscape. 

I loved this excercise, 
and am excited to explore using these 
creative figures more in my work!

A learned a lot watching Tony add marks to my painting 
that would make it sparkle.

Now it's time to get to work and create!

To see more of Tony Allain's art, visit his webiste at

 to see all the opportunities they have to offer.