I’ll be at the Oregon State Fair in the Artisan Village (located by C Gate at the bottom of the chair lift) demonstrating polymer clay and watercolors from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from now through Labor Day. I have polymer clay animals, kaleidoscopes, barrettes, pillboxes, bookmarks etc. for sale as well as original watercolors and watercolor prints. Come see my latest paintings and meet my dragons.
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I often get asked at art fairs how long it takes to paint one of my paintings. It’s an unanswerable question. Some paintings take days and even repeated attempts each taking days. Some paintings just fall out of the brush in minutes. This painting just fell out of the brush. And that despite being painted at the State Fair as a demo.
The reference photo is a picture I took of a girl friend’s cat some years ago. I don’t often paint animals, but my gallery is having a group “critters” show and so I browsed my old photos looking for a suitable cat, and this tabby popped up. Now that I’ve done him, I rather like him. He will be on display at Art in the Valley all this September.
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I began working out a drawing for a long horizontal painting of Agate beach at sunset. The light was punctuated by silhouetted sea gulls. While working with my reference photos, I became fascinated by the way the sunset colored the white birds. So I gave up the sunset painting and sketched out larger, versions of the seagulls instead. I like them and I may do some more seagull groups later. I may get back to that sunset too.
I painted the birds in first. I blended the colors on the birds primarily rather than mixing them on my palette. The colors are cobalt blue, phthalo blue, quinacridone deep red rose, hansa yellow, and new gamgee.
This another painting of the beach at Brookings.
I just had to do one of the dogs. Dogs and beaches go together. So much to see. So much to smell. So many, many other dogs.
This older dog wasn’t tugging too hard, but he was strongly encouraging his person to walk faster. I want to see. I want to run. I want to go. I want to do.
I used my typical beach palette: burnt sienna, raw sienna, phthalo blue, cobalt blue. I masked the waves before painting to preserve the whites. Painted last Wednesday at Art in the Valley, Corvallas, Oregon.
This little painting is of three dogs we watched playing on the beach last February. As far as I could tell they all belonged to different groups of people, but they were very happy to meet each other. I took a number of photos of them and will probably make a larger painting from one of those photos later. This little painting is just the right size for a postcard.
My favorite palette again: burnt sienna, cobalt blue and yellow ocher.