Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Babette's Artwork

5 x 7 inches, oil on gessoed board.
Kay and I bought this little bird and nest from my friend Babette at her studio sale last December. She's a fine artist and does unique and amazing work. Here's her website:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Magnolia Leaf

5 x 7 inches, oil on gessoed paper.
Just to prove to myself that I can do something in one sitting, I painted this in an evening.
I prefer, though, to work on something over a period of two or more days. There are usually things that bother me, things I didn't get right initially. Sometimes a painting will roll out effortlessly and perfectly, without anything to be fixed. It's rare. When that happens, I have to keep from meddling in it.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Stream and Wildflowers, Mt. Hood

5 x 7 inches, oil on gessoed paper.
In the past few weeks I've set up and organized a painting area (not my studio, that's still an unfinished area in the basement) near the west-facing windows in the dining room. I've painted a couple 5 x 7s, such as this one, and feel that I've picked up where I left off many months ago.

This is spring on Mt. Hood, sometime in August. It was overcast. The red/orange flower is paintbrush but I don't remember what the others are. I do remember hiking past this precious little valley.