Friday, March 9, 2018

It's all by design

When people comment I don't draw from my imagination I'm not at all offended. They probably don't realize I consider it a compliment. Going to college I started out in commercial art so I could make a living doing what I loved. Commercial art later grew to be known as graphic design. When I graduated with my BA degree, my emphasis was in illustration. So when you see my drawings and paintings - that realism is entirely on purpose.

You could even say it was by design.

Headstart - St. Helens, OR

Watercolor on hot press cotton paper.  

Friday, March 2, 2018

Starbucks in St Helens.

With all the traveling I've had to do this past week, I didn't have a pre-planned location set up. I normally avoid chain types stores because they all tend to be cookie cutter sameness. With a lack of a better option the gals wanted to go there for a cup of coffee so off we went and I made the best of it. Watercolor in my journal.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Avamere in St. Helens.

Working on a page in my journal from our urban sketching session a couple of weeks ago.  The group doesn't want to work outside when the weather is murky and foreboding. I was hoping to capture that element before it burned off.  Avamere offered us a view from a third story building.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The corner of Plaza Square and Strand Street

The corner of Plaza Square and Strand St., St Helens

4" x 8" hot press 140# Sennelier's hot press cotton watercolor block

Sennelier watercolors
Holbein gouache

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A Glimpse of St Helens

I wanted to knock out a bunch of images for the upcoming Plein Air and Urban Sketching show at the St Helens Library coming up in May so I thought I'd work on some small pieces to highlight several areas around town.  First of several paintings of the area.  

4" x 8" hot press 140# Senneliers cotton paper
Sennelier watercolors
Holbein gouache

Columbia Blvd

Monday, February 5, 2018

New business cards have arrived.

Originally I thought the two subjects were related since they feature the same location, just different focus areas.  Experience has shown the images appeal to different interest groups so I made two different cards.  

For the Timberline Lodge coloring book:

For the Newels of Timberline Lodge coloring book: