Spring has been utterly glorious here in Southern Oregon this year. Everything is lush and green and my roses are having a banner year. The yellow one is called Jeri Jennings and the red is Unconditional Love. Both are Paul Barden roses, both came from Rogue Valley Roses – a place I’ve mentioned before on this blog. Janet has collected a fantastic variety of roses that grow on their own rootstock, all meticulously categorized and documented and REALLY hard to choose which to plant, because there are so many good ones.
In my eagerness to share this image, I’ve had to photograph it before it’s been varnished, so there are some matte and shiny places. I’ll re document the image and replace it in a few months when it’s been properly varnished.
I had an amazing time painting in Paris. Getting out and painting in this old city, known for centuries of great art, connected me to so many of my heroes and gave me a chance to meet lots of tourists and locals. I cannot wait to go back – there are paintings there I still really want to make!!
They are displayed in the order I made them.
It was rainy and a national holiday, so all the museums were closed, so I bought some hyacinths from the nearby flower market and made a still life in the little apartment I was staying in with my aunt.
I love the Louvre so much, I must go back someday and paint the iconic entrance with the pyramid. When I first arrived, I shied away from making a painting that would be so direct, but after spending two weeks in Paris, where they really embrace beauty directly, I realized it’s just as affected to avoid beauty as it is to seek it exclusively. Best bet is always just paint what moves you. Be real, even if it lands you in a cliche.
Mid Morning looking sort of toward the east.
With a view of the Musee D’Orsay in the background 9 to the left of the statue is the tip of the museum, with it’s massive clock face peeking out a tiny bit behind the trees). I finally had a day where Paris had those impressionist clouds you see in paintings.
My local friend showed me this wonderful little park. Many paintings could be made here.
Here I am, nearing the end of my trip, embracing the obvious beauty and being happy about it. Archway to a view with a grand building? The more the merrier.
My last day painting in Paris, I was under the influence of the Corots I’d seen in the Louvre. I was also recreating the point of view of some impressionist paintings I’d seen.
I’ve written about Rogue Valley Rosesbefore – and I’m still such a big fan. Mrs. Janet Inada graciously hosted myself and two other artists for an afternoon of painting on her A M A Z I N G rose farm in late May of this year. She grows and sells roses on their own root stock – heirloom and new varieties, and trust me, growing these roses is addictive. I have 5 and am planning for at least 5 more. Any patch of sun in my yard gets a rose!
New work – just varnished it today. I used Van Dyck Brown and Cremnitz white for these paintings and may I just say what a delicious combo that is (not literally – cremnitz is lead and that is poison).
Albertons floral section here we come – I’m pumping out the floral paintings for my two person show at Ashland Painters Union. I thought I was going to do a floral show last September and use natural garden and field flowers, but it’s hot house instead. I do love carnations, so I’m going to pick some more up today for the next one. Maybe it will be ALL carnations. Anyway. Here’s this one:
(Disclaimer – I took this photo before varnishing this piece, yes it is sort of blotchy in the background and table, but not this bad. I’ll reshoot after I can varnish it.)
Getting ready for my February show at the Ashland Painters Union – this piece is going to set the tone – I think. I have yet to paint the rest, but it’s winter, so I know it won’t be landscape. I’m not tough enough for plein air painting below 60 degrees. I think it might be lots of flowers which sounds fun, but we’ll see – I have a tough time committing to any particular subject when it comes to painting.
This floral still life is featured in my show this month at the Ashland Painters Union. The flowers come from Fry Family Farm – carnations and green zinnias. The acorns and sticks from my neighborhood and you might recognize the painting in the back ground.
Come one, come all – I’m showing new work at the Ashland Painters Union (27 1/2 N. Main St, Ashland – on the Plaza – Up the stairs between Gold and Gems and Cracker Jax) during September. The show opens First Friday Sept from 5 – 8 pm (or later if the party is super fun).
These pieces are all made within the last few months with the exception of one drawing, which was made last year. It’s a survey of what I like to paint and reflects my head space in the last 9 or so months. I quit my day job and have just mellowed out, enjoyed the slow lane a little more this year and the results can actually be seen in my artwork.
I’ll post a piece or two from the show each day or so as a preview leading up to the opening.
These roses grow in my back yard. Their name is Fantin Latour and all you art nerds know Fantin Latour is the best painter of flowers ever – French 19th Century guy, friends with Manet and that crew. I drool and cry over his paintings and I think you can see a nod to him in this piece.
The actual rose bush has a bit of a good back story – it blooms ONE time a year, but those blooms are lovely and smell wonderful. Rogue Valley rose nerds will guess where this bush came from – the amazing Rogue Valley Roses has hundreds if not thousands of roses on their own root stock in fantastical varieties. This great business is the labor of love of my old English teacher, Janet Inada.