Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In the Woods

In the Woods
oil
10"x8"
Felt like painting trees today. I used a photograph I took a couple of months ago at the Breitenbush hot springs retreat where I went after a painful breakup in order to find balance. It is an amazing place with several pools and amazing vegetarian food. I'm an omnivore but if I knew how to cook vegetarian food that I ate at the Breitenbush, I would definitely consider vegetarianism. I only spent a couple of days there, I wish I could stay longer. It was very relaxing to live in harmony with everything and everyone... I wish our world would be like Breitenbush.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Halved Red Pepper

Halved Red Pepper
6"x6"
oil
My goal was not to overwork it. I tried to capture the essence without too many details.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Easy Peel

Easy Peel
oil
6"x6"
Was humbled with this simple setup. I just couldn't get the peeled orange right. I was really looking hard to see all the color variations. I knew that temperature was crucial. My light source was warm so the shadows would be cool. I saw mostly warm. I couldn't figure it out. To mix the right orange for the peel was challenging. At the end, I stopped analyzing and just painted what I saw comparing color spots as accurately as I could. There is still so much to learn.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Rocks

Rocks
6"x6"
oil
I went painting at sunset, and it was a treat! The light was changing so quickly that I hardly could remember where the shadows were when I started.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dubois, WY

Dubois, WY
oil
6"x6"
I went on a road trip to Wyoming and Montana and came back feeling very inspired. We visited Yellowstone and a couple of different towns on the way. We spent two nights in Dubois, WY and this was the view from my window.
I painted it with a very limited palette. I only used Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Titanium White.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sunflowers

Sunflowers
6"x6"
oil
My first time painting flowers outside. It was a sunny, warm day. I just placed the vase with the flowers on my concrete porch. I would like to do it again in the studio to see the difference.

Monday, July 31, 2017

From Above

From Above
oil
6" x 6"
The more I paint from life, the harder it is to imagine painting from photographs. It is a great experience. I like being one to one with nature. That's when I really can tune into being in the present moment. It is not easy to find places like that in a touristy town in the summer time. So I found a tree, sit in its shadow and felt like one of elk that live there. I found evidence.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cascade Head Hike and Plein Air

View from the Top
oil
6"x6"
When it is sunny outside, it is illegal not to go plein air painting. At least I convinced myself to use the opportunity and go on a hike to one of my favorite places on the Coast - Cascade Head. I packed my paints, grabbed a couple of panels and went. All my painting stuff fits in a backpack, I got quite light weight over the years. Most of the time I sit on the ground and don't even carry my tripod. I had three hours left before I had to pick up my daughter from daycare - plenty of time. It was so worth it. Amazing trail with pine trees and salmon berries - yum, and amazing view at the end of it!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Seal Rock

Seal Rock
8"x8"
oil
Today I painted at a place I haven't painted before. It is just 45 minutes south of where I live and for some reason I have never came here to paint. Wonderful location! Highly recommend for all the plein air painters out there. I climbed the fence to get away from all the traffic. It is a busy place in the summer.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Neskowin, OR

Neskowin, OR
6"x6"
oil
There is a small town just north of where I live called Neskowin. I always like coming here. It is quieter than the beaches in Lincoln City in the summer. That was one of the main reasons I came here today. I like painting alone uninterrupted. I find plein air a very intimate spiritual experience where there is only nature and me trying to listen to it.

It is an interesting area with stumps sticking when the tide is out. The stumps are known as Neskowin Ghost Forest, the remnants of an ancient sitka spruce forest. They have been estimated at approximately 2000 years old.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Radishes

Radishes
6" x 6"
oil
If you are an artist, do you find yourself buying vegetables and fruit not because you're planning to eat them but because you loved the color or shape and wanted to paint it? I loved these organic radishes for their variety of color. They were perfect looking on display. When I brought them home and put on my still life shelf, the bunch didn't look as shiny as in the store. I found a quick fix for it - a spray bottle of water...
It was exciting to see the variety of green in the leaves. I think it was my favorite part.