As the air warms, some birds in my area have begun to searching for good nesting sites.
We have a pair of nesting Great Horned Owls in a nearby Douglas Fir. What a wonderful treat to listen to the male call to his mate as she incubates her eggs, and hear her response.
Remembering a backyard nest, and memories of Easter egg gathering motivated me to paint this subject.
Hidden Nest, watercolor, 21″ x 21″. It is for sale, and may be seen at my home during the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.
Nothing brightens a winter day like finishing a painting of a flashy Longhorn heifer. The added bonus is how well her name, Chex My Girl, works as the title.
This handsome animal dwells at the Fey Longhorn Ranch, in the Willamette Valley.
Chex My Girl is an original watercolor, 29″ x 31″, and it will be included with my body of work for the Gorge Artist Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.
I plan to paint more cattle as the year progresses. Watch for future posts!
Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour takes place April 20-22. Forty-one artists from Cascade Locks to The Dalles will open their studios to the public. During this free event, we will display and sell our work, and demonstrate our specialties. Mark your calendars, and enjoy the Columbia River Gorge at the peak of its wildflower bloom. I’d love to have you stop by and visit me!
“Cornhusk Treat” received an award of distinction from juror, Paul Jackson, for the Fall Watercolor Society of Oregon show. It is included in a traveling show with the other nineteen award winning watercolors. For November and December, these paintings will hang at the Beaverton Library. The the exhibit will then travel to the Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton) for January and most of February. The show’s final display will be at the Siuslaw Library (Florence) for the month of March. If these paintings come to your part of the state, try to stop by. It’s an excellent sampling of work by strong artists representing many regions of Oregon.
It’s always fun when inspiration occurs close to home. I live on a street ending at a pasture. It’s not like living out in the country, but I do get to listen to the evening lowing of cattle. This cow and her youngster are part of the neighboring herd. I chose paint with these colors because they broadcast the freshness of that day, and my abiding love for bovines. Local Color, watercolor, 21″ x 21″.