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.
Mornings are still quite chilly in The Dalles, Oregon, but I definitely have springtime on my mind. Pruning roses and fruit trees, cleaning up the perennial flowers, and replenishing the raised beds occupy my time as weather allows. When I can’t dig in the dirt, I head back to my painting table. Red Poppies, watercolor, speaks to the coming explosion of floral color. This painting will be part of my collection for 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!
January finds me focusing on a new body of work to present to the public this spring.
I will be a participating artist in the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour, which involves 41 artists from Cascade Locks to The Dalles.
Mark your calendar for April 20-23, 10am-5pm each day. This event is free to the public!
Morning Mist, (watercolor, 29″ x 37″) is a view of beautiful Badger Creek, which flows through the Mt. Hood National Forest.
This piece and many others will be available for sale the weekend of my studio tour.
One of my favorite recent watercolors has been Late Summer Splendor, in which I celebrate the exuberance of sunflowers.
This time lapse video shows my approach to a floral subject: drawing the subject on 300 lb. watercolor paper, select use of a masking agent, and painting a wet-into-wet background. From there, I painted lots of petals employing colors from light to dark, in both temperature and values. It sometimes feels like I’m constructing my own personal jigsaw puzzle. The finished piece has qualities of radiant light and summer heat…exactly what I was hoping to capture.
“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.