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
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
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
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!
I recently completed Contentment, 18" x 14", watercolor. These relaxed subjects are pastured at the end of our street. Every time I hear the cattle lowing, I'm transported back to my farm childhood days.
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
My watercolor process in a time-lapse video of "Late Summer Splendor".
A Western Love of Color will continue through August 31, at Pendleton Art + Frame gallery. The source material for Reflections, (watercolor, 28" x 25") is from the Tamanawas Falls Trail, located in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
The Fey Longhorn Ranch (Yamhill, Oregon) have magnificent cattle. The appealing nature of this cow receiving a leafy snack from her owner caught my eye. Cornhusk Treat, watercolor, 19" x 25", unframed
The cast shadows haven't been painted yet, so the appearance of floating vegetables will soon change. Onions and garlic need to be completed. I love the jewel-like hues that can be achieved transparent watercolors.