Open Studio Tour Weekend

This weekend I’m participating in the Ashland Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14 from 11 – 5. Location: Project Space 106 Talent Ave #5. Behind Kindred Spirits.

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I’m doing a painting demo at noon on Saturday. I’m painting an egg and discussing the difference between values and light effect. I’ll talk about light and shadow and have an instructional handout for participants to take home. The demo will last about 45 minutes to an hour.  Come early to snag a seat and bring your coffee or tea.

In addition I have lots of paintings on display, both new and older.  If you’ve been thinking of buying something this would be a great weekend – there are lots of pieces to compare and all sales are 30% off! Plus there are some secret deals and giveaways and that you have to show up to find out about… I hope to see you this weekend!

Fire and Smoke

This year Southern Oregon experienced weeks and weeks of thick, oppressive smoke from wildfires.  We often experience smoke in the summers because we are in a valley surrounded by vast forests.  Thunderstorms in July usually spark wildfire and now, due to drier, hotter years along with decades of fire suppression creating more underbrush to burn and cause bigger, hotter fires we now have regular major conflagrations that burn hundreds of thousands of acres each year.  Our part of Southern Oregon, the Rogue Valley is as it is called – a valley and high pressure weather systems trap the smoke in our  cities causing us to have densely smoky gray days along with hundred degree temperatures.  This will last for days usually and this year lasted WEEKS and WEEKS. I’m trying to find stats for how many days we had what the DEQ calls Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy and Hazardous, because we had A LOT. It’s truly brutal. Our time outdoors during this summer had to be majorly curtailed.  Sore throats, headaches, malaise were the norm for residents.  So, the Ashland Gallery Association (of which I am a board member) decided the cover issue for our Gallery Guide in 2019 would be a collage of art work around the theme of Fire and Smoke.  We had other choices, but the board all felt a cathartic exploration of the topic was needed.  In addition to the physical tribulation of the smoke, our local economy and by extension our local artists and galleries all depend on tourism in the summer.  This year tourism was drastically reduced causing economic hit along with anxiety about the future economic prospects.

All that being said – my contribution is pretty upbeat.  I don’t make dire illustrations but sometime I wish I did! I should try to depict the fuchsia sun during dense smoke sometime.  I’ll probably get a chance next year!  However, I have however always wanted to paint a campfire so the decision to use fire and smoke for the cover motivated me to finally do it.  Here is my cheerful contribution to a very serious subject.  Camp Fire I

This first one had a pretty cute fire and nice representation of smoke, but I wanted to catch the glow in the ring so ……

CampFire II

round two.

New Landscapes

 

My local ditch trail never fails to inspire.  And I finally finished this craggy tree in the Cascade Siskiyou Monument – two or maybe three years in the making.  All were painted – or finished – this summer – late June.

 

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love Roses in Vase

The name of this rose is actually Unconditional Love – you can click that link and find out more.  I grow these roses and I’ve painted them before.  And I guess I’ve painted the vase before too.

This painting feels like it belongs in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I love the the clothing and decor in his movies.  Sparse, clean, well tailored, quality material, so sharp and normal. I’m not sure if it means anything, but I like the connection – even if it’s just in my own mind.  And I’m not at all trying to convey anything dark or surreal.  Just the plain fullness of life which is good but not perfect and is sometimes very bad, but overall wonderful.

Railroad Tracks and Clouds

Railroad Tracks with Clouds

Painted back in the spring from when the grass was green and the air was clear.  Railroad tracks that run near my neighborhood.  I’ll show it in September at Project Space, along with a bunch of other new paintings.

Music Brown and Other Browns

I’ve been getting pretty excited about the nuances of earth tones.   I’m really enjoying the range that comes from careful mixing of earth colors, aside from the dandelions, which require a punchy cadmium.

 

Of course when it comes to going outside the paintings have only blue and green…. and I promise I will post some new landscapes ASAP….. which for this blog means not very often.  🙂  Thanks for looking though!!!!

Rocks in the Sun

I’m getting ready to go to Arizona to paint for a couple of weeks. I’m excited to paint in more of an open, desert landscape. These rocks were actually painted on the Oregon Coast, but the colors and the sun are getting me excited to pull out the earth colors.   Stay tuned!

Rock in the SunRocks

 

Welcome to My Neighborhood

My House and NeighborhoodLeft to right.  First is our house, next door are our neighbors who have three boys, a goat and chickens.  They cut wood on the weekends and we often buy the wood. Then you can see the Parrotia we planted that Tom is so proud of (the orange tree in the center of the painting). And finally, the pink house is the neighbor who waves when we pass and always have their blinds shut and flies Oregon Ducks flags on their car and outside their house on what I presume are game days.  Who could ask for more! I love my neighborhood.

Landscape Show

Ashland Design Studio will be showing my landscapes during the month of August.  The opening party is this Friday, August 4 from 5 – 8 pm. I’d love to see you there!

Ashland Design Studio
287 4th St
Ashland, OR

Roxy Ann From Talent Farm