We had the most beautiful thunder clouds this summer (they brought us some brutal forest fires but that’s part of the deal). Measures 16″ x 20″, oil on panel. Of course it’s at my show at APU this month. : )
These two pieces are also featured in my Sept APU show.
I promised a preview of my show that opens Friday and here is part two.
We had some brutal smoke from wildfires this year (we get it every summer but this year was the worst since 1987 apparently) and many of us cut out and head for the coast when it gets bad. The valley I live in is surrounded by amazing wild lands, when they burn, the smoke gets trapped and we choke til the wind changes or it rains – which can take weeks. Anyway, this lovely day at the beach was made especially blissful because it was an escape. Sunny, breezy, warm and cool at the same time. ahhh. So nice. Painted on site en plein air, the breeze blew bits of sand that are stuck in the paint. I love this. It could never be faked and I’d never want to take it out. It’s an important part of the painting. Part of the experience. This piece measures 16″ x 20″.
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.
Get the Look is a regular feature on Etsy that I always enjoy and I’m super stoked to have been included in today’s post! It’s a sweet loft on Airbnb in Detroit (somewhere I dream of going to do landscape painting, maybe I could stay at this place…) Check out the full post here.
I have a small feature in March 2013 American Art Collector Magazine! Check it out here or pick up an issue at a bookstore this month.
Well I have been very busy painting and working, I’m still finishing up the Smithfields series, I promise there will be some sort of splash involved. I will invite you all to the opening, and then once the pieces are “unveiled” I will show them here. In the mean time, I’ve just scanned some images of pieces I painted last summer. As you know, lately I prefer to paint urban scenes, and because the traffic and pedestrians move too quickly, they can’t be included, so the pieces have this nice isolation with all the buildings and the sun, making it look like suddenly there are no people in the world.
The weather is now nice enough to head out doors, I’m looking forward to traveling to Klamath Falls, Oregon, a town a couple of hours drive over the mountains. It’s high desert, lots of distance between trees, which I think makes for better paintings. I just have to plan it.
I’ve been taking photography classes from Ezra Marcos as well. I’m not trying to become a photographer, but I would like to have better photos for my Etsy shop and this blog. Check out Ezra’s work, it’s fantastic, very fun.
Oil on Baltic Birch Panel
12 x 12 inches