Corvallis Artist, Oregon Artist. Creating Every Day…paintings, web sites, and courses Oregon daily painter, murals and portraits. Corvallis Web Designer / Web Developer. Original abstract landscape oil paintings
Walking the beach in mild weather instills contemplation which becomes a healing exercise. I’ll be traveling back to Cannon Beach for more healing in just a week! Ahh…I’m breathing better already just thinking about it.
While I’m there I plan to paint more beach scenes, visit lots of galleries, eat great food, and ride horses on the beach.
My last major self portrait was painted on a 3-foot square canvas during my 3rd year in college. It was a Chuck Close kind of composition; in-your-face close-cropped of my head. I carried that canvas around all this time but painted a portrait of the kids over it 2 years ago.
Now that painting shows up in this new self portrait. The fluffy being with paws will make you laugh out loud! He’s so proud of himself that he shows up twice in the painting. Such an ego!
During spring break, I had the good fortune of visiting Cannon Beach, Oregon to meet some new friends, eat great food, and gallery hop. It snowed, hailed, and blustered much of the break, but on the last day, we were able to walk the long beach without inclement weather; in fact it was beautiful!
I snapped a few shots with my phone (which cost me $16 to download!) since I had forgotten my camera. I combined a few shots of the women we visited with Haystack Rock and painted this landscape/portrait.
My new painting friend, Beth Johnson, creates many portraits in oils. The portraits often use a split canvas with current and past perceptions on either side. I decided to try her composition idea while painting a portrait of her.
The right hand side of the canvas was painted with her as the live model and the left side was painted from a photo reference.
The painting is hanging in the OSU Memorial Union concourse until the end of February.
After many years of longing to paint something for the Art in Ag contest, I finally have work ready. Two months ago I developed the concept and composition and this week I started and finished an 18×36 canvas in oil. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.I titled this work “Ella Comtempla la Lluvia que Viene” which translates from “She contemplates the coming rain”.
This woman is the farmer (no, not the guy behind her; he’s her hired hand) and must decide if the raspberries are ready for picking. Will they wait another day? How many hands must she hire to get the job done before the rain ruins them?
I often wonder why books refer to farmers as men and the wives as the farmers’ wives. How many women own farms nowadays? In many cultures, women are in charge of the land and crops. This women has come to America from Mexico to own her own farm. She is successful!
This sleeping family captured my heart when I saw them one late afternoon. I took many photos and have been working on this painting for several months. The first layer looked pretty good; a bit minimalistic, which we all liked. But I knew there wasn’t enough paint on the canvas, so I took another crack at adding detail and depth. One more pass on the father’s face and it’ll be done, I think.
This year’s work is based on photos taken at the 2006 event. This wonderful garden partyâ€”with great food and drinkâ€“brings in many Oregon musicians to benefit the OSU/Corvallis Symphony and Old Mill School for Children and Families.
This musician is playing on the shore of the Alsea River at Greengable Farm as guests watch from the bridge.
This new portrait is of me and my first born when he was about a month or two old. I have hundreds of photos to work from, so can begin to practice portrait painting in earnest now, in preparation for the series about my Mother.
This portrait took about 3 hours and could use just a bit more touch up here and there. I used canvas board and will need to find a suitable frame.
Last year at this time, I was celebrating the holidays in Texas. We left for the Gulf Coast after a month of rain and ended up at Navarre Beach, FL. Because of the mild weather, I had many opportunities to paint. Here I am painting the bay in acrylic on canvas board. Wish I were right back there!
Twenty-five years ago I painted a portrait in an art class using the impressionist technique. The painting never looked very interesting or worth hanging on the wall. I’ve carried the canvas with me to every dwelling since then and now it’s gone!
It has transformed into one of my favorite paintings yet…a scene with two friends and my daughter enjoying the Calapooia River outside Brownsville, Oregon.
If you’d rather have one of your own family and friends, I’m available to paint one for you. Send a photo and I’ll reply with an estimate.
This painting placed 2nd in the Professional Portrait lot of the Open Class section of the Benton Country Fair in August.
About 3 years ago, I started a portrait of my two children and the dog. I painted over a Chuck Close-like portrait of myself which I finished 25 years ago when in undergratuate art school. (Who would want a larger than life sized picture of theirself hanging in their home? Not me.)
For this long wait, the painting had the kids blocked in pretty well, and the dog looked almost finished. However, the kids had no eyes. Anyone who happened upon the painting was unpleasantly surprised to see kids with no eyes.
After hauling the painting around in the RV for a year and moving it to various locations in our apartment, I finally decided today was the day to add some eyes. It’s a good start and will work again when I have the kids available to sit for half an hour to help me get the eyes, noses, and mouths refined.
In 2003, I entered a contest to provide art for the da Vinci Days poster. Though this piece did not receive the honor, I enjoyed working on each portrait . The large area of sky was left to add the theme title, Road to Discovery, which would be done electronically.
During the festival, this painting sat on an easel in the foyer of La Sells Stewart Center at Oregon State University. Other contest entrants were to display their work as well, but chose not to (what an opportunity for me!).