Saturday, April 19, 2014

Patterns and Textures

Patterns and textures in nature have had always had quite an impact on me.  Sometimes chaotic, sometimes orderly, they are always lovely and interesting.

These images were taken at the Oregon coast - Ecola State Park, Canon Beach and Hug Point.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Red Apples Today

Watercolor Batik
12 X 16

I'm a little rusty at batiks, but will keep them going while I get busy with some other art projects. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fun With Flowers

Watercolor Batik
12 X 16

A weekend trip to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival inspired me to try my hand at a floral.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014


We enjoyed going to a few artists' receptions the last few days:

Peggy Moje  at the US Bank in West Linn


at Muse Art and Design in Portland.

Off to the Gorge Artist Studio Tours today.  Hope to get some good photos.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An Artful Weekend

At the moment, we've got out of town company staying at our house.  Good thing he's interested in art.

This morning, we hopped in the car and drove over to the OSA ( and watched Portland artist Dave McBride give a presentation on plein air painting in inclement weather.

Dave knows all about this.  Tim and I joined Dave, his lovely wife Char and artist Joanne Kollman for my first outdoor painting adventure on Sauvie Island last summer.  We set up our easels and were enjoying the beautiful evening until the black clouds came rolling in and the cows started RUNNING back to the barn. 

Tim, Joanne, Char and I figured the cows were probably smarter than they looked.  We headed directly back to the car.  Dave was the last man standing and finished an awesome painting.  He paints year round here in the Pacific Northwest, so he's officially qualified to give the talk.
Dave - Sauvie Island / Summer 2013

Dave at the OSA this AM
You can check out Dave McBride's work here:

We've got a nice weekend planned with a couple of artists receptions and the Columbia River Gorge Artists Studio Tours (   Thankfully, the weather has promised to cooperate.