Illumined

wildflower watercolor

   My emotions turn a little bittersweet at this time of the year. Autumn is an exuberant time of color and temperatures cooling down. However, it means the growing season is closing and gray skies will figure in our future. Wanting to hang on to this waning season, I painted the piece I titled Illumined. It’s a celebration of the annual bloom of Balsamroot and Lupine wildflowers we experience in the Columbia River Gorge. It will be available to the public in the future, but I’m currently enjoying this exclamation of life in my home.

Illumined, original watercolor, 28″ x 31″

The Dalles Art Auction

Sun on Badger Creek

The Dalles Annual Art Auction will take place this Saturday, November 3, doors opening at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center at 6 pm. Come support our wonderful non-profit art center and enjoy a delicious meal, the entertaining silent and oral auctions, and take home your own art treasure. I am donating Sun on Badger Creek, watercolor, 35″ x 25″. My source material is from the Badger Creek Wilderness area, located on the southeast side of the Mt. Hood National Forest. I hope you can join us!

Bird Nest

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.

 

Red Poppies

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.

Cattle on My Horizon

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

All Ears and Legs

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!

Late Summer Splendor

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.