Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wildwood on a sunny day

A very rare day for December. It was clear and warm-ish. I took my plein air group out to the Wildwood golf course just outside of Scappoose. A quick watercolor in my sketchbook.

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Walk Stool

I invested in a walk stool several months ago. I've found it's worth every penny. It's extremely well made. It folds down small so it's easy to pack around for plein air work. It's lightweight yet very durable. Comes in a reusable pouch with draw strings that can be used like a backpack for carrying it. I bought the 22" stool which allows me to have my lap to work on and it's a natural sitting position so I find it quite comfortable.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Great news!

I received an email from the Portland Ketchup Company (Portlandia Foods) informing me my drawing (Sentimental Journey) had been selected to be featured on one of their labels for their Worcestershire sauce bottles.  


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Newels of Timberline Lodge: Walking Tour

This is a 4" x 18" card that folds down to 4" x 6".  Depending on how you open it, one side is a brief history of the lodge and the unique bird and animal newels that were carved from 1935 - 1937 during the WPA project.  The card comes in a clear plastic protective sleeve. 

The other side are the newels arranged in the order you will find them in the lodge starting from the ground floor walking up the stairs:

To purchase the card:  Shipping is included. Note:  The watermark does not appear on the card.  

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ye Old Grog Distillery

This week I took my plein air group out to Ye Old Grog Distillery in St Helens, OR.  This is in my journal so it's never going to be out and about.  I used watercolor again.  It's a heck of a lot faster than working in colored pencil.  Currently I don't have fine brushes so I used water soluble pencils for the lettering.  What a fun morning.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The slow version of the 2017 Quick Draw

I decided to complete this years Quick Draw piece.  I learned lots by finishing the piece.  I would have needed another six hours to finish what I started.  Next year I will have to think about how to change my approach to be finished in under two hours - the competition timeline.

Friday, October 27, 2017

An old, unused section of Highway 30

I took my little plein air group out to an old, unused section of Highway 30 high above the newer road located between Rainier and Goble (Oregon). The view is fantastic and this section of road is still pretty much intact although it's now covered in leaves, moss and fallen branches scattered about. I initially intended to work on just one page but the canopy above was intriguing so I decided to use both pages for the effect. I rather like how it turned out.

Watercolor and I aren't friends (yet) but I really like this. In retrospect it's too bad it's in my sketchbook with drawings on the back sides of the pages that I don't want to lose. And no, I don't think I could repaint it and get the same effect. Sincerely watercolor and I are barely on speaking terms so I dare not even try.