Monday, October 3, 2016

Hi From Eugene

Our house in Portland sold faster than expected, so we put the remainder of everything we owned into storage and moved to a small suburban apartment.  We thought we'd stay there while we looked for something in Eugene.

Then we decided to just move here.  We've been renting a very small house near the University of Oregon for the past few weeks, and will have to stay here till we find a house with studio space at a price we can afford.

While looking for more permanent housing in the new neighborhood, we've noticed some fun things going on around here.

There seem to be more bikes than cars in this part of the city.





People here like color.




And they like painting fire hydrants,




and vehicles,



and murals on houses.



 They like to share.




 But most of all, they are wild about gardening.





Eugene is sort of like a mini-Portland, only better - no traffic.  

Until we can unload the art supplies from the storage unit and put them into a studio space,  I'm happy to paint with some watercolors and gouache we picked up today.  There shouldn't be a problem getting inspired.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lost and Found Blog

We're moving again.

After a cross country move from Michigan to Portland, Oregon four years ago,  we have decided to go farther south to Eugene, Oregon.

Eugene is a much smaller town (pop. 160,000), a college town (University of Oregon, home of the Ducks), and ranked as the #1 U.S. City for Hippies.   If you're curious about life in Oregon, here's a cute article about why people love it here:   Living in Oregon


Eugene is a city of arts, outdoors and organics.   And there is a storage unit in Eugene where every art supply I own sits in boxes.

We're hoping to get our house on the market within the next few weeks, and are still scrambling to find a house in Eugene.  Looking forward to posting our studio progress after the move, and to getting back to art and blogging.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Thinking Spring


Tulips - Watercolor / 9X16 - NFS


The Coulter easel has been located, but I'm either too busy or too tired to paint.    Here, then, is an old
watercolor sketch.

This Friday is the new deadline for having the bathrooms finished.  Things always seem to take twice as long as planned around here, but it's still fun whipping our sweet 70's house back in shape.



Monday, January 11, 2016

It's a Mess


Hey, I thought home projects were reserved for summertime, but that's not the case here.  Our studio is filled with drawers, doors, tile and caulk for two bathroom remakes.

This has been a great excuse to pull out the sketchbook in the evening.



It's probably a good time to get reacquainted with oil paints, too.   I picked up a Coulter easel about 5 years ago.   Since it's portable and lightweight,  I can set up in our small home office - if I can find it in this big mess!

Friday, January 8, 2016

100 Themes for Artists / #76 -100



Mirrors/ mirror images

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Nocturnes
Railroad tracks
Rain

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Reflections
Reunions
Theater
Things that blow in the wind

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Things with wings
Time / time travel
Toys
Travel
Textures

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Trees
Trompe L'oeil
Urban moments

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Under the sea
Vices
Vintage things
 
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War memorabilia
Windows

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Weirdness
Whimsical things
World Within a World
Zonked

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Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Themes for Artists - Numbers 51 - 75


Jewelry
 Leaves

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Lost things
Manipulation of scale
Mannequins

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Masks
Motherhood
Movies
Music

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Old and new
Optical illusions
Ordinary life

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Oxymorons
Personal possessions
Postcards

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Puppets
Seasons
 
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Seven wonders (actual or personal)
Shattered images
Solar system
Solitude

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Sports
Stairs
 
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Surrealism
Symbolism



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

25 More Themes for Artists



Elegance
Emotions
Faces
Famous artists (portraits / painting in their style)
Fashion

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Favorite things
Figments of your imagination
Food
Furniture
Flying things

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Fun things
Gadgets
Gardens / garden tools, ornaments
Graffiti
Hands
Happiness is...
 
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Harvest
Hats

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Herbs
Historical figures
Hobbies
Houses

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 Imaginary places
Insects
Interior scenes

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Twenty-five more to come tomorrow.  Hope to see you then.