Sunday, September 16, 2012

People of the Columbia

Watercolor on Aquaboard
11" x 14"
My thirty year love affair with Indian baskets continues.  This it the first time I have painted a 'sally bag' basket from the Columbia River tribes.   I found the grinder many years ago and it is a favorite piece of my collection.

Enchantment in Gold

Watercolor on Aquaboard
24" x 12"
Once again, I'm painting my favorite trees, aspen.  I never seem to grow tired of them.  This is an actual scene in Central Oregon that I have visited many times.  This is the largest piece I have done on this new board created just for watercolor.  It is somewhat of a challenge to get used to, but I love the vibrancy that I can achieve.

Sounds of Solitude

Acrylic on canvas
(Oneonta Falls)
30" x 24"
I painted this scene earlier this year and although it sold the day after I finished it, I wanted to share it with you. When standing in front of it, I actually feel as if I am there.  I really enjoy the effect of suspending reality with paint, brush and a piece of board.  It was a challenge to do, but the quality I achieved has reset the bar for all future paintings that I hope to produce.

Lord of the Tall Timber

Acrylic on birch bark
Bark is 14" x 21"
This is a new format I have been perfecting over the last five years.  The birch bark paintings are very time consuming, but I am happy with the results. To prepare the bark ,I visualize where the image will fit in between all of the irregularities.  Then I  do shaving with a razor blade and sanding.  This is followed with up to twelve coats of primer.  Each coat gets sanded and polished before I go on to the next one.  As far as I know I am the only artist in the country doing gallery quality paintings on birch bark. I think that it may because no on else is crazy enough to attempt it!

Country Color

Acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"
Who doesn't love a stroll in a country garden on a warm summer evening?
These scenes are so fun to do and gives me the excuse to use lots of color.
The best part is that you will never have to pull a single weed here!