Kim’s Last Weekend

Medford Kim’s – a place glamorous and practical, exotic and so familiar, a place so many people carry special memories of, a place that has gotten more beautiful with age –  is being torn down, beginning Monday, Nov 10, 2014.  I’ve painted this spot twice before, and went out today to get make one last effort at documenting this place.

2014-11-07 14.21.36Kims Last Weekend

Kims Last Weekend

Kims Last Weekend  Kims Last Weekend

The demolition of this Southern Oregon landmark is a big deal here, so I even got a nice news piece – see it here.

Ephemera

Ephemera Building 2014
Ephemera Building Phoenix, OR

For those of you who have wondered what goes on in that nifty blue building on the Phoenix, OR main drag —- > click.

I kind of like the preliminary drawing too –

Ephemera Building Drawing

Lyda Rose

I’ve written about Rogue Valley Roses before – 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!

This is Lyda.

Lyda Rose
Lyda Rose

And this painting is in my show that opens tonight!

Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

Come to my show opening, Friday, July 18, 5 -8 pm at the Rogue Gallery, Medford, OR!

Rogue Valley Manor from Eden Vale
Rogue Valley Manor From Edenvale Vineyard
Plum Tree at Edenvale
Plum Tree at Edenvale

There are 20 plein air landscape paintings created in the Rogue Valley.  The pieces are arranged geographically and while some have been shown before, but many are new.  If I didn’t title my pieces so literally we could have a contest to see who could guess the most locations!

Skull and Tea

Skull and Tea

Vegetables

Smithfields has another painting to replace the Rabbit that found a good home.  I painted this one on a high shelf while I was sitting down and it is hanging above the vegetable piece (like so) and the perspective kind of works together in the room.  Not quite trompe-l’oeil but sort of tromp-l’oeil inspired.

More Paintings of Phoenix, Oregon

This pear packing plant by First, Colver and C street is a great painting location.  Just a few blocks from my house, I run past it several times a week and keep seeing more good vantage points to paint from.  This is a warm up, I’m getting my feet wet for the outdoor painting season.

Phoenix Railroad Tracks
Phoenix Railroad Tracks oil on panel 11″ x 14″

If you were to walk into the painting 50 or so feet then you would come to this point.

Portrait of Beth

My favorite working method is having the model come to your studio many days in a row (nine sessions, unless I lost count) – instead of the way I used to work, which was have the model come once a week for a number of weeks.  When you have the model in the room everyday, you don’t forget which pigments you were using, where things were set up and what your goals are.

Portrait of Beth Oil on Panel 20" x 18"
Portrait of Beth
Oil on Panel
20″ x 18″

Grayscale Flowers

Grayscale Leaves in Vase
Grayscale Leaves in Vase
Oil on Panel
12 x 16
Grayscale Carnations
Grayscale Carnations
Oil on Panel
12 x 12 inches

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).

 

Julian Bell and Sarah F Burns at APU

Our show opens Feb 7.  I will have to miss the opening cause I’m heading to San Francisco for a anatomy workshop (involving cadavers!) at BACAA.

Flyer APU show Jan 2014 web

More Flowers for February Show

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:

Pink Carnations and Red Gerberas(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.)