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!

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  1. These are amazing, Chris, my favourite is the tiger! Wow!

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  2. Oh my, you certainly have a lot going on right now! I hope your home project goes well, sweet friend :)

    Once again, your drawings have completely captivated me! Beautiful work, Chris. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! The projects are going great.

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  3. Your drawings are superb. So is the way you position them in the space.
    Talking about space...sorry you lost your studio but only for the rainy months - right?

    Can't wait to see what you do with your oil paintings.

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    1. Thanks, Julie!
      We have to be finished with all projects by March because we are moving down to Eugene. Portland has become too pricey for us to stay... I won't be spending much time in the studio - an occasional batik.
      Boy, I'm really rusty with oils!

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    2. Lucky you going to Carol Marine part of the state! There appears to be lots of other good artists there too. They will be lucky to have you!

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    3. Lucky you going to Carol Marine part of the state! There appears to be lots of other good artists there too. They will be lucky to have you!

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    4. I know Eugene will be great, but I'm going kicking and screaming. The landscape here in Portland just says "home." I'll just treat it as an adventure.

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  4. Chris, I love your sketches. They're beautiful.

    You know, I'm in the middle of a project, too, yes also in the winter... Lol. Hey, but I guess that means that we can relax a little when the weather is warmer, right?

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    1. Thank you, Dee. I think we're on to something. We could synchronize clocks and share some lemonade in about 6 months...

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  5. Love your drawing Chris! I'm sure you'll find a little space to do what you do so well. Happy painting! :)

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    1. Thank you, Helen. There is always space. I can do art at the kitchen table like many of us did when we started. I have been spoiled with a studio and I know it.

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  6. Hello Chris,
    This is so great. Wonderful these lion and tiger.
    You know I like these kind of wildlife paints!!
    Your very talented Chris, you could be proud of it.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco. Your love and appreciation for all creatures is very apparent in your photography. Your first photo of the Sumatran tiger took my breath away. And the shots of the polar bears were fantastic - especially love the photo of the bear lifting his face towards the sky!! I love your blog, Marco!

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  7. Beautiful sketches, Chris. I can see where those awesome finished products come from.

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  8. those are great sketches :) I've seen worse studio messes...,looks behind me.....:p

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  9. Cool big cat sketches! You will be so happy to have two "new" bathrooms!

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    1. Thanks, Teri. We're taking our time redoing the rooms - want them to look really nice!

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  10. Wow. So much going on in your life......and you can still draw or paint! I love each and every thing you do. Good luck on the move....closer to California. We can meet some day.

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    1. Thank you, Helen! I would love to meet you for a cup of coffee someday!

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  11. You always have such amazing energy and creativity plus! Looks like a lot is about to happen )

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Something is going to happen - something good, I hope.

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  12. You always have such amazing energy and creativity plus! Looks like a lot is about to happen )

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  13. Funny how the studio becomes the catch-all, mine too. Love that tiger drawing - amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Pattie! I am in good company with a messy studio!

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  14. I'm glad you picked up the sketchbook. Love the lion sketches!
    Your studio sure looks busy and full!

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    1. Thank you! You might be a bit busier with the 30-30! I am really enjoying looking at your beautiful work!

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  15. What lovely sketches Chris! Good luck with finding your easel. I bought a Coulter easel about 18 months ago but have yet to use it. You have inspired me to get mine out too - maybe I will take it to the beach. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate if you will be moving soon. I never knew that Oregon was a magnet for artists until recently - I am off to google Portland and Eugene. I am learning so much more about America since meeting so many lovely art bloggers online.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. You will love the easel. It travels really easily.
      Yes, it's great meeting other artists from around the world online! I'm glad I found you and your work!

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  16. Dear Chris - I am glad to see that even in the mess of redoing bathrooms - you are finding time to share wonderful sketches. Hope you have a super week-end.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! Hope your weekend is the best!

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  17. You are so talented Chris! I love lions and Love your art work.

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I love your blog & looking at the world through your young eyes!

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  18. Beautiful drawings! I have a Coulter easel too; hope you've found yours by now.

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  19. Thanks, Carole. Finally found the easel - now I just have to use it!

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  20. Those are lovely!!! And isn't it amazing how much of a mess improvement makes...in the physical world and often in my own mind. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Kali. Love your comment - especially in my own mind!

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  21. Love the lion and tiger drawings, they are just beautiful. Isn't it great to switch focus to just one piece of paper, and let what's around us fade into the background? Sort of like reading a good book, but even better, because you've created something wonderful in the time.

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