Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Boboli Gardens - two views of the Neptune Fountain

These are both "collaborative" efforts with my husband (the reference photographs were taken by him).  They were painted about a week apart, but I thought I would post them together for comparison.
20 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"
28 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Florence, Italy - Boboli Gardens

This painting is something of a collaboration; the reference photograph from which this painting is based was taken by my husband.  We always find it interesting to compare photographs from our trips, the different things we "see" at the same time and place.
19 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"

I thought I'd also post some of his photographs (I think he's an amazing photographer - and I hope I'm not too biased).
Lisbon 2006

Lisbon 2006

Lisbon 2006

Paris 2007

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lisbon, Portugal - city park

20 November 2010 update: I'd erroneously labeled this as a park in Vienna, Austria.  My apologies to the Portuguese.
15 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"

Thursday, August 26, 2010

about a cat

At risk of cat-overload, here's a number of cat-themed paintings.
9 July 2010 - stretch sleep kitty
graphite and gouache on paper, 7" x 10"
10 July 2010 - pizza!
graphite and gouache on paper, 8" x 8"
These next four were conceived as a set, Tenets to the Good Life, by the Small Grey Cat, a Renowned Lifestyle Expert.  They were all done on 13 July 2010 (8" x 8").
Tenet One: Eating
Tenet Two: Sleeping
Tenet Three: Playing
Tenet Four: Getting Attention
The small grey cat scrupulously follows these simple tenets, as the rest of the paintings attest.
8 August 2010 - good reading
12" x 8 1/4"
15 August 2010 - cat and human-friend
12" x 8 1/4"
22 August 2010 - innocent until proven guilty
12" x 8 1/4"
In these last four, the little girl is inspired by my nieces.  The paintings are all 8 1/4" x 12" in size.
23 August 2010 - playing in the park
23 August 2010 - drawing a portrait
25 August 2010 - on the hammock
25 August 2010 - in the garden

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vienna, Austria - Schonbrunn Palace fountain

Schonbrunn Palace was one of our stops in our 2008 Vienna/Budapest trip.  I was inspired to try painting fountains after seeing this gorgeous water painting, which also got me thinking more about some of John Singer Sargent's watercolor paintings and Claude Monet's pond and water lily series.
14 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

birthday cards

I made a couple of cards for recent birthdays.  This one was for my dad.
graphite and gouache on paper, 7" x 10"
And this went to one of my little nieces.
graphite and gouache on paper, 8" x 8"

Monday, August 23, 2010

Eugene - around the bend

13 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"

Friday, August 20, 2010

climbing a tree

2 July 2010
gouache on paper, 8" x 10"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Eugene - another path - this one leading to a house

At risk of noting the obvious, I have a penchant for painting paths (and a liking for alliterations).
12 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

archive - en plein air in Madrid, Spain

These go back to 2002.
23 November 2002 - Parque del Buen Retiro
gouache on paper, 9" x 12"
23 November 2002 - more of Parque del Buen Retiro
gouache on paper, 9" x 12"
22 November 2002 - hotel room
gouache on paper, 9" x 12"

Friday, August 13, 2010

Eugene - converging paths

9 July 2010
14" x 20", acrylic on paper

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eugene, OR - path and apple trees

Last month I painted a number of views of this open space, a little neighborhood park in the hills of Eugene.  Here's the first of the lot.
6 July 2010
acrylic on paper, 14" x 20"

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

48 Hour Film Project - Take 2

My husband participated in the Portland 48 Hour Film Project this past weekend; he's part of the team, Take 2.  I'll get to see the results of their endeavors tomorrow evening (Thursday).
I got to contribute a bit, designing their logo, as well as having some of my paintings used for props (way cool, huh?).  I did two versions of the logo.  This is the one they went with:
This is the alternative version:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

PPASP paint out

I'm just recently back from Tanner Springs Park as part of today's PPASP's paint out, so thought I'd post the late-breaking paintings.  They're done in gouache and graphite on 8 1/4" x 12" watercolor paper.

May I have your attention, please?

1 July 2010
gouache on paper, 10" x 7"

Monday, August 9, 2010

Eugene, OR - river and shores (also, can the Internet solve a mystery?)

Andrew at Topical Salve found a digital camera on the beach in San Diego, California, and is wondering if the Internet can help find its owner.  He's posted a picture of the presumed owner of the camera on his site.  
On a more routine note for this blog, here's the latest painting; this and some earlier ones from this month are views along the Prefontaine Memorial Trail.
5 July 2010
18" x 24", acrylic on paper

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

archive - en plein air in Ireland

I toured about Ireland in 2003.  The paintings are all done on 10" x 14" paper, in gouache.  In a couple of them I was attempting to channel the German Expressionist, Gabriele Munter, whose paintings I really admire.
8 July 2003
12 July 2003 - bridge
12 July 2003 - gate
14 July 2003 - view from hill
14 July 2003 - lake
15 July 2003 - garden view
15 July 2003 - interior
15 July 2003 - field and mountains