Saturday, June 4, 2016

Pastels to Thurston Wolfe







Gardening, research and pastels have taken up the last few months.  Studying the great art of Monet, starting to work in a more immediate manner with pastels alone or using them to add surface interest to watercolor/acrylic paintings.  The last one, Goldfinch, was small and created after a close encounter with one of these beautiful little birds, who came to call almost every day, tapping at our window.  After a storm, I found a little nest on the ground, soaking wet.  I dried it out in the sun and put it back up in our chokecherry tree.  He came around again and his bride was with him.
I did not see any sign of broken eggs, so hopefully, they successfully hatched a family.
I found a photo on the internet of just what I wanted to portray.  My personal pictures helped with the rendering and with the memories.

The roses we planted are paying off with armloads of roses to share and bring inside.
We finished our landscaping plan in May just before the hot weather came on.  I look forward to the next few years when everything grows up and grows in.  I am talking with another artist about doing a collaborative show based on garden subject matter.
So many ideas!  I hope to make it my best show.

The figure was conjured up from a memory of life when we lived on a farm in Canada.  There was one particularly nurturing woman I was fortunate to have in my life, besides my mother.  Mother worked so I stayed with Aunt at her farm when we were little....she was my "make believe aunt."  Kids remember being loved and shown things and getting to help with chores.

The technique on all four pastel pieces was totally different.  The surfaces ranged from watercolor board (the finches) 12x12", gessoed panel full of brush strokes underneath the pastel work(farm), (18x24), black mat board (cafe au lait) 20"x32", and again watercolor board and black matting (pomodora).  I look forward to exploring the medium with lots more surfaces and subjects in this coming show.

Meanwhile, if you are near Prosser, stop at Thurston Wolfe (after I add these next week) to see these and many other paintings on exhibit in their tasting room.
Thank you for taking an interest in my artwork!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Life is a Chance

Chance, was rescued and brought home by Rebecca Yeaman, co-owner of Thurston Wolfe,  several years ago.  His job as winery dog underlies the informality of the hospitality of their wine tasting room.  His presence there represents softeness, friendliness and local color.    Prosser is a vibrant community and a visit to Thurston Wolfe and their neighbors is laid back and upbeat at the same time.  This painting is 24" square, acrylic on panel.  I took a picture of Chance as a very young dog about 5 years ago which I used as my inspiration for this piece.
He has the beautiful tricolor coat that the Airedale breed sports.  I decided to introduce colors that compliment his coat and that create a certain electrical energy around him.  The lines on the floor make the composition more compelling and the active brush strokes  in the upper part of the painting are  meant to capture his high spirited personality.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Give Me the Simple Life
This painting, inspired by the young farmers that come to the local farmers market each week, is meant to reflect what the new set of values is for them.  They have chosen to grow their own food responsibly and by sustainable methods, to repurpose old homes and farmsteads from which to make their livelihoods, and to appreciate the products of their own labors.  The cat symbolizes those that they care for.  The composition is iconic and the colors represent both Spring and Fall.  The black and white is the essence of simple thinking, standing for clarity, not extremes.  The technique is direct and the colors pure.   The landscape is embracing, the doorway a symbol of decisions to enter and/or to exit a phase of life.  The surfaces primed but left unpainted show that after many years of filling picture surfaces, some can remain untouched.

This painting is at Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Washington, as part of a show I put up last week.  They are open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This painting is 18x24", $950.  Their Spring Release weekend starts the 22nd, Friday and goes through the entire weekend.  Prosser is a delightful, diverse area to visit.  Hope you have a chance to see the show.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Response to Requests Cards and Posters

Thanks for your interest in my cards and posters.  I have 3 retailers in Walla Walla.
Book and Game, Inc. 1st and Main, has the largest selection of cards.  Sweetwater has cards and posters, and Main St. Furniture has both as well, and the cards are packaged in groups of 4 rather than sold singly.
Whitman College, Farmers' Market, Downtown scenes, onions, bicycles and many other Walla Walla subjects are included in the selection of images that these stores sell.  There are about 12 different poster subjects currently.  The retailers do not have all 12.  You are welcome to contact me for special orders.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Northstar Winery February and March

Northstar WineryI am bringing art to the walls of Northstar Winery starting January 29, which is the day of their January Vintage Experience.  The work will be up for 2 months.  I will be making this a dynamic exhibit by hanging one group and then steadily changing, adding and removing pieces through out the February and March time period.  I will bring some of my Art About Food work to this venue as many people who enjoy good wine also cook and enjoy exploring the restaurants, cafes and bistros that are in Walla Walla.  

I will add more new work based on my current interests that have arisen from some of my recent subject matter and also some new landscape works along the way.  My next new group will go to Prosser in April, to Thurston Wolfe Winery in their Wine Village.  This is a great spot next to Yellow Rose Nursery and very near downtown Prosser.  The Village has several interesting wineries and a great restaurant.  A fun area to spend the whole day!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On the Wall

Two mixed media 24 in. watercolor, Pastel and and acrylic, about recipes for apples and the famous Walla Walla Sweets, and a 20x32 inch. pastel on the subject of Olive Cafe itself, as seen over a cup of coffee and a pastry, looking through the front door.
Love the brick wall.  There are 27 pieces on view through the end of the year.  The theme is mainly 'Art About Food', and includes Farmers' Market designs and areas in Eastern Washington where people's lives depend on the land and water seen in the sketches and paintings.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Art Squared Happened

I think this was one of the biggest nights they have had in the 3 years they have had the event.  Lots of new faces and many commented on how enjoyable it was.  After getting all my show work up for my opening on the 13th at Olive, I learned that the show was going to go to Christmas, so finished two more, then dove in to the 6x6's.
Here are a couple that were sold by ArtWalla Sept.26.  There were over 80 artists and at 10 each, over 800 artworks and I think as many people were there that night.!
(probably a slight exaggeration).  It was a great crowd, music and food, and wine from Cavu Cellars who donated their old airplane hanger space which has been completely refurbished and perfect for all the art and lots of folks.  Thanks Cavu and Thanks to tireless people at ArtWalla, who put the spotlight on artists every year with this outstanding event.