Saturday, July 15, 2017

48th National River Road Show — Baton Rouge

I have just learned Two New Ballerinas is one of 75 paintings selected by the juror, Lian Quan Zhen, for the 48th National River Road Show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The exhibition is open from Tuesday, September 5 through Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Louisiana State Archives Building.

Two New Ballerinas
14 x 14  |  oil on panel

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Threads: An Historical Perspective

This exhibition features early as well as current works by 21 women artists. Some works are on loan from private collections, however, most are available for purchase. Five of my paintings are in this exhibition, which opens July 5th in downtown Seattle.

The first two pieces are from a senior composition oil painting class at the University of Washington in 1960.
45 Minute Oil Sketch
oil on canvas  |  14 x 13.5

The assignment for the painting above was to create a balanced composition out of many objects the instructor had placed on a platform at the front of the room. We could walk around the platform to have a closer look at all the objects, but we were not touch any of them. 

After 45 minutes, I stepped back to look a my painting. It expressed a fresh, spontaneous feeling a found joyful, qualities that would be destroyed if I did any more. I decided to call it finished, and went downstairs to the coffee shop for the rest of the three hour class.

There were no restrictions in subject matter for Over Land, so I chose to do an abstract for this assignment. It remains my only abstract painting.

Over Land
 oil on canvas  |  20 x 33  

I put my oil paints away while my children were growing up and ink and watercolor became my mediums of choice, since they needed less space and dried quickly.

Gradually got into calligraphy. Hair was created during this time. The photo of either the composer of the music, or the author of the words, was in the musical score we had. This man had by far the wildest hairdo I had ever seen. As I gazed at his photo in total amazement, a thought suddenly arose — “Why not make his hair the words to the title song?”

This is what happened. Hair, became my exhibition piece for the 7th International Calligraphy Conference held in California in 1985.

transparent watercolor on Arche 140# HP  |  17 x 20
My current works in this exhibition are Book Club and
Spring Blossoms in Early Morning Light

Book Club was so much fun to paint! I loved stripped upholstery on the chair, the way Judith was sitting, and also the pose of her dog. I puled out my phone and took a photo. The next month I took the painting to our critique group. Watching Judith’s face was every bit as much fun as creating the painting. She had a thoughtful expressing for several moments, then exclaimed. “That’s my Chair!” soon followed by “That’s ME!”

Book Club
oil on canvas  |  12 x 9

Spring Blossoms in Early Morning Light was painted from sketches and reference photos from a magical place I once visited. 

Spring Blossoms in Early Morning Light
oil on panel  |  16 x 12 

Threads: An Historical Perspective

July 5 — September 30, 2017  

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday  |  11am - 4pm  
Public Reception: Thursday, July 6th  |  4 to 6pm

Women Painters of Washington Gallery
Columbia Center Building

701 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Atrium 
Seattle, WA 98104

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Visit to the Skagit Valley . . .

8 x 6  |  oil on panel

Every spring the Pacific Northwest's Skagit Valley bursts into bloom. As the brilliant yellow fields of daffodils begin to fade, the tulips open. Bands of purple, rose, pink, red, orange, yellow, and white blanket the valley.

Thousands of people come to the "tulip festival" during the weeks the flowers are in bloom. This little girl was totally transfixed with these orange-rose tulips. She gently touched several flowers and just kept looking into the brilliant color, creating a paintable moment. I will soon be posting several more paintable moments from my visit to the valley this spring.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Back form Tel Aviv, Israel . . .

In the fall of 2011, four of my paintings where chosen by the curators of the US State Department's Art in Embassies Program. They were selected for the Ambassador's residence in Tel Aviv, Israel, and were to remain on loan for two and a half years.

The paintings were installed in a room where the ambassador and his wife entertained dignitaries and other guests. When it came time for rotation of the art work, the ambassador's wife asked if these paintings might be able to stay through the ambassador's term of duty. I gladly agreed.

The AIEP celebrated its 50th anniversary year while my paintings were in Tel Aviv. You can see them on the celebration page here.

They were also posted on this blog September 20, 2011.