Beverly Beach, Holga, Square format
I had an apartment that had a wonderful old growth catalpa tree that let the most beautiful light stream past its large leaves.
I am planning on painting several large paintings for my mother’s newly remodeled home. It’s a challenge for me since most of my work up until now has been 16 x 20 or less. I’m still debating on painting something really big or splitting the space up into diptychs or triptychs. Added to my headache is the cost of shipping.
While I was wasting time on the internet I came across this appropriate online art contest with Minted.com. They are asking for large pieces of art to print and I figured it would be a good exercise for me to go through my past artwork to see what would actually work at a larger scale. One thing that I thought was a little strange was their proposed new format is 48″ x 70″…it doesn’t seem to meet any of the standard aspect ratios (unless my math is way off) .
Anyway here are my submissions:
art prints – Bougainvillea Kisses
art prints – Winter Solstice Abstract|
art prints – Greyed Out
art prints – Macheros Sunrise
art prints – Wilted Tulip
art prints – Low tide ripples
art prints – Candy Bougainvillea
Oil Painting: Flowers for Paupau
Here’s a dark moody floral painting perfect for the middle of winter. This is actually a piece I reworked with oil paints. I painted this in memory of my late grandmother who passed away a few years ago.
The US is going through a cold snap, with much of the country experiencing sub zero temperatures. It makes me appreciate Oregon winters, even with all the grey and rain.
Here’s some pictures of the Charles River in Boston Massachusetts in winter:
Work in Progress: Acrylic Paintings
Meanwhile before I let myself hoard more art supplies I am going through some old art rejects and painting over old canvases. Most of these were acrylic paintings that I had painted a few years ago.
Here’s an acrylic painting I started, years ago. I think I was inspired by this canteloupe:
Here I am preparing the ground with a fairly solid color. It’s interesting to me how fastidious I probably was when I painted them originally and now I am just quickly painting over them to improve them. Just goes to show one shouldn’t treat paintings as too precious.
This is what makes the Pacific Northwest spectacular..the GREEN from being a temperate rainforest. I love the moss on the trees, and the Hoh Rainforest has more types of moss than I have ever seen in my life.
It’s a tough decision but I would say the Hoh Rainforest was my favorite spot out of my week at the Olympic National Park.
It is about 45 minutes from the nearest gas station with very spotty cell reception so go prepared. We found an outdoor clothing store on the one road that connects the Hoh Rainforest entrance to 101.
We spent a week this past summer visiting Olympic National Park.
We camped at Kalaloch Beach, very convenient to the Kalaloch Lodge which has a really tasty smoked salmon. It’s a great place but next next time I would have booked a new site for each day in the park. It got to be pretty tiring driving back and forth from Kalaloch to each new destination on the Peninsula.
We hopped down to Silver Fall State Park near Salem, Oregon to take advantage of the free admission on Black Friday. This was our first camping trip in Oregon and it’s still amazing and beautiful. The waterfalls are great and the lighting is so beautiful there.
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of summer! That flew by so quickly. In art news, I am going to try to show some of my photographs from my trip to Mexico as well as some paintings at the art walk in Forest Grove next week. I’ll be at the Hidden Closet. I’ve never done something like this before so we’ll see!
The owners at Art on Broadway in Beaverton Oregon were nice enough to interview me for consideration for their guest art walls later in the fall. Not sure if I’ll make it but it was the a good opportunity and the first time I have ever talked to a gallery.
Here is Matisse the kitty “helping” me frame my work. I sure could use a studio helper!
And on the day my little ginger kitty woke me up at 4:30 am, I somehow created this painting. I wish they all came out so effortlessly!
It’s been a glorious summer here in Portland and I’ve neglected this blog. But I’ve been soaking up the sun taking lots of pictures and trying to paint as much as possible.
My artist friend Nancy Cuevas has encouraged me to sign up on Patreon. So I did.
Patreon is a way for artists to share exclusive content and get support from patrons to help fund projects, art supplies, pay rent – all that good stuff.
I have SO MANY photos to share, like I have barely scratched the surface on this blog. I’ve got film photography, watercolor paintings, works in progress, and now my latest fix are all these really awesome iPhone apps (I’ve heard all good things about: A Color Story, Afterglow, Camera Plus, VSCO Cam, Photoshop even has an app) and I’m delighted to find that some allow for more manual settings than the standard camera app that comes native to the iPhone. So with my hard drive on every single device (my iPhone, my computer) brimming to the max with images, I’m going to try to make good use of them. My future supporters and patrons will receive a high resolution image of my artwork and they can print them however they want.
TIP: For affordable art prints, you can download my image and check out Costco:
a nice sized print 16×20″ runs around $7
a HUGE print 20×30″ runs around $10
You can choose to pick up in store to save on shipping.
Thank you so much for your support! Hugs!
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