Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

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A Cure for Confidence

February 3, 2015
Angled Approach, 8x10, Oil on Canvas Panel, SOLD

Angled Approach, 8×10, Oil on Canvas Panel, SOLD

For the last six months I’ve been exploring painting subject matter that is new to me – landscapes. The learning curve is often fraught with emotional highs and lows as I sift through what works, or more notably, what doesn’t work.  Some days I emerge from the studio victorious.  Other days are a wash in the literal sense as I end up wiping a days worth – or sometimes the entire week’s worth of work off and pretend in my mind that it never existed.  I do know however, that in the big scheme, win or lose for a day or a full week’s work, it all counts as hours of experience at the easel.

Recently, after wiping painting after painting off, feeling totally defeated, I felt that I needed a confidence boost. So I painted a horse.

Tobiano Side, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Panel

Tobiano Side, 8×10 Oil on Canvas Panel

It went so well and I felt so good, I painted another angle of the same horse.

Tobiano on an Angle, 8x10, Oil on Canvas Panel

Tobiano on an Angle, 8×10, Oil on Canvas Panel

In all, I painted three horses in a week and a half, and with each painting I felt my confidence rebuild enough to face being green at my landscapes again.

Neskowin Sunset from The Breakers. 6x6 Oil on Canvas, SOLD

Neskowin Sunset from The Breakers. 6×6 Oil on Canvas, SOLD

This week, the pattern is repeating itself.  Thanks for checking in and remember to check  Etsy shop for all available artworks.

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A Direction and New Paintings

September 10, 2014
Klamath Basin #2x 5"x7" Oil on Canvas Panel

Klamath Basin #2, 5″x7″ Oil on Canvas Panel

Going to the Carol Marine workshop was probably the best thing I have done for myself in a very longtime. The week was exceptionally organized and presented by Carol. I left with a clarity and drive to get back to work that I haven’t felt in a very longtime.  Her preparation and work ethics resonated with how I used to work, and how much I want to work again. As a group we were amazed by Carol’s daily demo’s and thoughtful critiques of our work.  While I left knowing I did not want to pursue still-life as a subject matter for myself, leaving with a drive to create again was utterly priceless.

Klamath Basin #3, 6"x6", Oil on Canvas Panel

Klamath Basin #3, 6″x6″, Oil on Canvas Panel – SOLD

After waffling for sometime about what to paint, I vowed to allow myself to paint whatever is in front of me. I have files and memories of gorgeous places I’ve been, horses I’ve met and things around me daily.  I now try to leave little thought to the story about what do I do, but just get to work. When my son returned to school and I finally had steady days back at the easel again. I wiped off my first couple days of work, but sure enough, it started to come together. What I feel is a result of consistent practice back in the paints and renewed confidence.

Klamath Basin #1, 5x7 oil on canvas panel

Klamath Basin #1, 5×7 oil on canvas panel

Lastly, I am in the works of updating my web presence.  It will take some time, however all the new works above, can be found with a click on the image, or under a new category called ‘Landscapes’ on my Etsy page. Thank you!