|Title- Summer Poplars|
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I recently received my yearly Oregon Watercolor Society member information and prospectus for upcoming competitions. I have been primarily focused on pastels these past few weeks but whenever I revisit my watercolors I am reminded why I am drawn to them. They are luminous, and when using heavier paper(as I do), light enters the layers of pigment and then is reflected back to the viewer. Pastels are similar in that they are ground, pure pigment layered on to a surface. If not blended too heavily they allow the penetration of light among the pigment particles and are also 'luminous'. Now you know why a painting may move you more than a simple photographic image. Perhaps.
Watercolor- I have been a signature member of the Or. Watercolor Society since 1999. Members are juried into the organization and I was very honored when I was accepted. I am not a active member(workshops, competitions..) because 95% of the activities occur on the west side of our state. Sound familiar? I suppose that is just a lame excuse, but wherein I enjoy being a part of a group of creative people celebrating watercolor works I don't seem to crave the rest of the party.
It is becoming difficult to ignore the paintings that come to me in watercolor. Here's to new challenges and `returning to flowing, drifting, glazes of clear pigments loosed onto ,white, deep papers.'Jason' is created from winsor newton watercolors applied to 280# rag winsor newton paper. 13" x 20".
Friday, February 10, 2012
“Rather [her images] represent a new humanistic strain in landscape photography that regards people and the physical landscape as an integral whole, an approach offering great possibilities to all artists, men and women alike.” referring to Laura Gilpin , photographer of the west, 1891-1979.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
|south to lakeview|
Friday- I am posting today's painting and a little amazed that the paintings keep rolling. I am enjoying the process of posting each day. just enough expectation that i get it done, and i feel cheated if i don't get one out. this piece is 8" x 10". soft pastel on sanded, acid free mat board.
i have my studio up and running. i do enjoy painting at the dining room table, but i don't think ingesting pastel dust with meals is groovy.
happy days all.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
|drive to milton-freewater - spring|
This piece is a 6" x 6" soft pastel on acid free mat board.
I always enjoy the trip over toll-gate to milton-freewater. the trees and grasses on the west side of the blues are just a little different and always far ahead of us in the spring.