November Sunrise, Flower Island
This painting, "November Sunrise, Flower Island", just went home with Leslie, from Dana Point, California, the first original sold in our annual "Preview Week Sale" at Windswept Fine Art Gallery. Come see over 200 originals from 11 European Countries, Cuba, North America and of course, the San Juan Islands and enjoy a 15% discount through Friday, 9/1 on any gallery purchase. Free insured shipping on any purchase anywhere in the continental U.S!
93 Percent Solar Eclipse
"93% Solar Eclipse, Thatcher Pass" is our Collector's Choice Painting done completely on-site during the 8/21 eclipse right in front of the house. I've never had the opportunity to paint one of these and was happy to catch the ethereal light and colors made out there, somewhere between the sun and the moon!
Pelindaba Path I
Two of my plein air paintings done at Pelindaba Lavender Farm this week, in full sun and full bloom...summer is definitely here! It’s good practice for painting around the Columbia River Gorge next week where it’s just as sunny and even hotter.
I am excited to be among the 40 artists from around the U.S. invited to the 13TH Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event, July 31-August 4, with an opening public reception and exhibit, Friday August 4, 5-8 p.m. at the beautiful Maryhill Mueseum near Goldendale, Wa.
Pelindaba Path II
I plan to exhibit several paintings from the rivers, plateaus and peaks of the Columbia River Gorge for the reception. Hope to see you there! www.maryhillmuseum.org/pleinair
I was so pleased to receive this ad, featuring my original pastel, from Melanie Thompson, who is an incredible plein air painter, (from Kennewick, Washington) for the Plein Air Painters of Washington "Little Gems" show opening this Friday, June 2nd in Anacortes.
Titled "Afternoon Delight", it is available for purchase through the gallery at $1000, beautifully framed and ready for installation in someone's permanent art collection.
Judy and I look forward to seeing some of you at the opening next Friday!
Obispo Street Corner II
Please come to the opening reception of my solo exhibit of my latest works from around the world, Friday, February 3, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Gathering Place, in the Lopez Island Hamlet. I will have 40 plein air paintings done over the past year from Cuba, Europe, the U.S., and the San Juan Islands.
Fisherman Bay Peninsula Overlook
I was invited to go to Cuba with 78 other artists from the U.S., one year ago to paint and record our impressions of a country locked in time for 60 years and will be giving a special “Paint Cuba” slide show presentation from that historic trip, during the reception.
There will be a 10% Discount on all sales during the reception, February 3rd only. The exhibit hangs through April 5th. Hope to see you there!
Come paint, sketch and tour the Italian Countryside with me (May 19-26) and Winslow Art Centers acclaimed "Arte Umbria" plein air painting adventures, near Orvietto, Italy. This is a limited enrollment workshop (14 maximum) that already has sign-ups for an unforgettable cultural art adventure, which will also include hands-on Italian Cooking classes with the chef/owners of a 300 acre farm and villa, just a few kilometers from Orvietto, where we will all live for 7 nights and 8 days!
The farm has olive oil and vineyards, plus fields with sheep and spectacular views of the Italian countryside in all directions. You will stay in old stone buildings remodeled to modern standards for your complete comfort and privacy, plus hands-on art instruction daily, including live demos at all sites with me.www.winslowartcenter.com
for full details, prices, accommodations, travel itinerary and to register - or call Martha Jordan, owner of Winslow Art center, 206-715-6663 to learn more about this fabulous trip to Italy!
Our trip starts and ends in Rome, just 1 1/2 hours south of the Provence of Terni, and also includes our ground transportation from Rome and back, as well as daily transport to the villages and painting sites. Fabulous daily meals, wines, all accommodations and small private tours are all in the package!
A $200 early sign-up discount off the art instruction fee is offered for registration before January 31st! Non-painter spouses/friends welcome at a reduced rate, on limited space available basis.
View the list of workshops
and schedule of my other workshops this coming year. May peace prevail and Happy New Year to all of my blog subscribers. I do hope to see you all in 2017!
Summer Drama, Tuscany
These are two of my old favorite plein air paintings that sold at the live auction in "The Oldfield Show", last weekend at the Expo Hall of the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, October 7-9. One was done in Tuscany (that storm almost got me!) and the other at Mazama Valley, in Washington State, both from 2008.
I am indebted to Joella Oldfield for my first invitation to exhibit and sell at this prestigious event, while I was off gallivanting and painting in Moab, Arches and Zion National Parks the same week. Also, many thanks to artist, Mary Wolfe, who set-up and watched over my exhibit booth during my absence!
I will definitely be going back again in October, 2017, to hang more work, do live painting demos and participate in the quick draw events in their 20,000 square foot space, with over 70 artists from around the U.S.
By the way, Fred Oldfield, namesake for this show and western artist emeritus, is 98 ½ years into his storied and successful art career that started at his birth place in Weiser, Idaho (my home state) to Washington State . . . and he is still painting! I know a handful of artists out west, who have travelled by horse-back or Model - T Fords in their own lifetimes, but precious few who have ridden in covered wagons, as Mr. Oldfield has done.
"Indian writings" from a sign posted near Moab, Utah (where the 2016 annual Plein air event starts tomorrow), pretty well sums up art history in America for a few thousand years. As Picasso remarked after a tour of some European cave paintings, "we have learned nothing"
However I might view my own small place in the history of contemporary art in America, it is still an exciting adventure to me and I'm thrilled to be involved in two major art shows in the same week!
The Oldfield Show in Puyallup, WA October 7-9 where I have been invited to exhibit 40 plus originals from Europe, Cuba and the U.S., as well as the upcoming Moab Plein Air festival. If you are anywhere near these two places by next weekend, stop by and see my latest works.
Fisherman Bay Peninsula Overlook
Teaching workshops in pastel painting techniques is very rewarding and keeps me involved exploring new techniques within this colorful and expressive medium. This is my seventh year teaching pastel workshops at Dakota Art Center, where I do two per year. An indoor beginning level each spring and another working with students on-site (en plein air) which is what I’ll be doing again September 22-24th in Washington State’s beautiful Skagit Valley. www.dakotaartcenter.com
This upcoming class has a full roster, with one student coming all the way from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I have done many others for the past twelve years, here in the islands, where I live and invitational classes all around the U.S. and Europe. One of the joys of traveling and painting is having an opportunity to explore some pretty exotic painting sites and working with other artists who share a passion for learning.
Whether I’m teaching in Croatia, Belgium, Missouri or the nearby Skagit Valley, there is still something magical about stepping right out my front door and painting in the San Juan Islands! Pictured here is a painting I did just two weeks ago at a favorite site on Lopez Island, Fisherman Bay Peninsula Preserve.
I will end my teaching year with a 2 day beginning level pastel painting technique class at Winslow Art Center, December 3-4 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle. For a full class description and to register go to www.winslowartcenter.com
Fire in the Water
A great big thank you to the hundreds of people who came through our little home gallery on Lopez Island, (Windswept Fine Art Gallery) this Labor Day Weekend for the 20th Annual Lopez Island Artists’ Studio Tour.
We had a record in art sales for this year’s tour, thanks in large part to two new collectors, one who purchased 4 larger originals and another who purchased two, including my award winning painting “Moody Sol Duc River” mentioned in my previous blog. I will re-visit the Sol Duc River, on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, just to paint. It’s a very special place to both Judy and me, in so many ways.
I have also been working on new plein air “water-in-motion” pastels from a recent trip to my home state of Idaho. One of those “Fire in the Water” - done along the Boise River 3 weeks ago, is pictured here. The atmosphere around that river was charged with an orange/yellow cast from an 85,000 acre wildfire that was 80 miles north of this spot! I have worked from that exact same river bank on bluer sky days, but that’s what painting on-site gives you . . . a chance to be surprised.
Rain, Sun, Rain Havana
Exciting News just came over the wire and to celebrate the Lopez Artists’ Studio Tour this weekend!
I was just notified by North light Books that all 3 of my entries this year were selected for “Strokes of Genius 9, Creative Discoveries” international contest from more than 1300 entries (33 foreign countries and the U.S.) in the finals round. Moody Sol Duc River and “Rain,Sun,Rain, Havana” made the winners circle and “Sol Duc River Morning” made the runners-up list. The field was pared down to 475 semifinalists, then to 128 artists selected by Rachel Rubin Wolf, awards juror.
Moody Sol Duc
I am thrilled to receive an award like this and will showcase one of the paintings “Moody Sol Duc River” priced at $5000, at the 20th Annual Labor Day Weekend Artists Studio Tour at our home gallery on Lopez Island. I consider this plein air pastel painting to be my best ever “water-in-motion” piece.
“Rain, Sun, Rain, Havana” priced at $3000, is available for purchase at my Vancouver, Washington gallery, Art on the Boulevard, located 210 W. Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA. www.artontheboulevard.org
Sol Duc Morning
The third painting “Sol Duc Morning” is now in our family private collection. “Strokes of Genius 9” will be published in October, 2017 and will be available on-line at North Light Books, museums and galleries, as well as Windswept Fine Art Gallery (that’s me) on Lopez Island.
Havana Traffic JamThe 20th Annual 2016 Annual Lopez Island Studio Tour - Preview Week
New this year, preview week! View my newest works done this past year from Cuba, Belgium, Holland, the San Juan Islands and all over the U.S.!
Canal and Windmill
I'm offering 15% off
any purchase in the gallery during the preview week (Monday Aug. 29 - Friday Sept. 2 only)
The gallery will be open: 10am-5pm daily.
Windswept Fine Art Gallery
783 Port Stanley Rd.
Cojimar Village In The Morning
I will have 5 new paintings in an exhibit titled "Perfectly Pastel" at the Cynthia McBride Gallery at 215 Main St., Annapolis, MD. Two are pictured here - one from Cuba and one from Carmel, California. Hope any of you visiting Annapolis can see the show!
This summer exhibit runs from July 3-31. For this show, there will not be an artists reception, as most of us are out painting somewhere in the world this time of year!
New Day - Carmel River Estuary II
For me that "somewhere in the world" is Bruges, Belgium, where I am leading a plein air painting workshop with Jackie Grandchamps, owner of French Escapade from June 30-July 7. We will be painting and touring around Bruges, Damme, Flanders, the North Sea beaches and Brussels for 9 days. www.frenchescapade.com