Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

McKenzie River Scene 8'x10" oil

First painting of the day at the McKenzie Orchards Bed & Breakfast.
Beautiful lodging, access to the Mckenzie River and its lovely surrounding scenery. Who could ask for more?

Poplars at Days End 8"x10"

Painting at the McKenzie Orchard Bed & Breakfast on Friday the 13th. I must admit that is one of my luckiest days. The weather was great, the scenery inspiring, the company of friendly plein air painters, and wonderful hosts! The owners (Tom & Karen Reid) were so gracious, warm, and generous in that they provided a delicious gourmet lunch for all of us starving artists. Karen is an expert chef and teaches cooking classes there as well. I highly recommend this place for any special occasion!

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Aspens in Mist 16"x12" oil

Although I've seen Aspen trees painted many times before, it is usually during the Fall when their leaves are yellow. Of course I had to be different and paint them while it still looks like winter. It was actually last week that I was in the Cascade Range along the Brightenbush River and was surrounded by these lovely trees. Not much color going on but the patterns of these trees are what interested me.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Jade Green River II oil 8" x 10" sold

I've been attracted to the Oregon rivers here in the local mountain regions.
The overcast skies actually heighten the color of the water.
Right now I'm working on a painting of some Aspen trees by the river at Brightenbush. Never have painted Aspens before and it is a challenge. Will be posting the finished work if it works out well.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lake Island 8"x10" Oil

Emmigrant Lake, plein air painting when the clouds and lighting were magnificent!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hills Aglow 18"x24" Sold

A good thing to remember; creativity begins with simple ideas. I find that simplification of the painting process lends itself to a more pleasurable experience and usually a better product.

Jade River II 8"x10"

Better picture of this one

Simply a beautiful place along the North fork of the Williamette River.

Mckinley Park 10"x8" Sold

Plein air in late April