Graphite on Drawing Paper
Just A Champagne Glass.
Greetings! This champagne glass is the last one remaining in a set that was given my husband and I some years ago. Maybe I ought to have named the drawing “Last One Standing”.
Then A Dog.
I started drawing the glass just to get the knowledge and experience of drawing it. Then, I added the little dog. The model is a porcelain dog that was given to me about 20 years ago.
Adding the dog changed the meaning of the drawing. It seems to ask “Where is the Champagne?”
Souvenirs And Stories.
It could also be drawing in a series of drawings about souvenirs. It seems much of the things that I draw are artifacts of my life’s adventures. Everything has a story.
I think the champagne glasses were given to me by my parents. I’ve enjoyed the graceful shape of the glass. More important, I think of my parents when we use the glass or when I draw it.
The dog has a special meaning to me. It was given to me by a child as a going away gift. The child was so excited to have a gift for me. I’ve cherished it for 20 years. I was moved by the child’s delight in giving.
I could also the meaning is wrapped up in Thanksgiving. I did the drawing during Thanksgiving week. I have much to be thankful for: family, friends and all the adventures I’ve had in my life.
Along with my champagne glass and porcelain dog, I say “here’s a toast to you!”
Hmmm, now what should I draw…
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Opening Day – November 24th.
Hi! Just a quick update! The Rogue Community College’s December Invitational opens tomorrow, November 24th, at the FireHouse Gallery in Grants Pass, OR. Gallery hours are 11:30 am to 4:30 am, Tuesday through Friday. The gallery is located at the corner of Fourth and H Streets, in the Historic City Hall.
Reception – December 4th.
The “First Friday” Exhibition Reception will be on December 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
Dates for the exhibition are November 24th through December 10th.
About the Invitational
“All of the artists selected for the show have the common quality of a kind of fantasy/whimsy befitting the season” according to Mr. Karl Brake, Art Director.
My work was selected because of my “combination of realism and magical color”, (per Mr. Brake).
I’m thrilled to be included in the December Invitational! I have five watercolor paintings in the exhibition from my “People Collection”. One of the paintings, “I Can’t Hear You”, is shown in the exhibition post card’s right hand corner (see above).
I’m including a banner with the five paintings in the Invitational below. The paintings are not to scale. But, you can get an idea what I’m showing!
I can hardly wait to see the exhibition. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Thanks!
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Watercolor and ink
Arches 140lb CP Watercolor paper
Greetings. I thought I’d share one of my recent watercolor and ink studies. I thoroughly enjoy working with watercolor; its almost surprising when a painting emerges. With this particular study, I was working on seeing the still life as a simple light and dark pattern.
Over the last few months I’ve been following the blog by artist James Gurney. I have been impressed by his commitment to posting work daily. Sometimes its a simple study; other times its a more involved discussion. I have been inspired to share some of my daily work and hope you enjoy it. Thanks!
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I am honored and thrilled to say that I have been invited to show in the Rogue Community College’s December Invitational at the Firehouse Art Gallery, Grants Pass, OR.
The exhibition dates are November 24th through December 10th, 2015. First Friday Artist Reception is on December 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
The gallery is located at the corner of H and Fourth Streets in the Historic City Hall, Grants Pass, Oregon. Business hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:30am to 4:30pm, or tours by appointment. For more information, I invite you to visit the Firehouse Gallery’s website.
About the show, the curators say:
“An exhibit of work by Anne Baxter, Shoshana Dubiner, Denise Kester, Rio Montero, Micah Ofstedahl and Margaret Stermer-Cox. Fire Mountain Gems will exhibit their annual art show in the Community Exhibits Room.”
The invited artists work in several media and a variety of styles. I was told by the art director that the artists selected have a common quality of a fantasy or whimsical approach to their work. On a personal note, I can hardly wait to see the exhibition! It should be fun and fascinating!
I will be showing five watercolor paintings from my “Peggy’s People” collection. I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the collection:
“People have been one of my favorite subjects for drawing and painting since childhood. It seems natural for me to create images inspired by family, friends and strangers. I work from life, memory and imagination. I like to draw designs that suggest that something is happening or a story. My goal is to go beyond the surface and show the joy and beauty of life.”
If you are in the area, I would like to invite you to please drop by and see the exhibition at the Firehouse Gallery in Grants Pass.
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Watercolor over graphite
I created this small painting of Go-Go the poodle as a thank you for special friends Betty Jo, Vic, and naturally, Go-Go. The three helped my husband Robert and me when our truck was in for unexpected maintenance in Boise, ID, during our recent big trip. We had a hole in our radiator; ouch!
We met Betty Jo and Vic about 20 years ago when we were in Madrid, Spain. We were staying in the same hotel and would meet for afternoon drinks after siesta. Vic and Betty Jo were teachers. Robert and I were living in Germany at the time; I was in the Army and Robert an Army spouse.
Over the years we maintained the friendship through annual Christmas cards, always intending to meet again. And, then our truck broke down in their home town.
We called them up and explained our situation. We were treated to three wonderful days of camaraderie. We enjoyed their town. We talked and caught up on 20 years of travel and adventure. Such generosity!
It was amazing; thank you Betty Jo, Vic and, naturally, Go-Go the poodle. Go-Go was politeness through out the visit.
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Hanging Day at GoodBean Coffee
Me with my paintings.
I would like to invite you to stop by and see my paintings at GoodBean Coffee in historic Jacksonville, OR. The paintings will be showing through the month of November. The address is 165 S Oregon St; winter hours are 6am to 6pm daily. And, they make wonderful coffee!
Hannah, Thomas & Joel
This past weekend, my husband Robert and I hung paintings from my MsKitty and Toy Pony collections at GoodBean Coffee. I am pleased with the show; its a treat to see my paintings at the coffee shop.
I’d like to thank Hannah of Hannah West Designs and GoodBean Coffee for the opportunity to show. Hannah is the exhibition curator for GoodBean Coffee.
Thank you Thomas and Joel!
Thomas and Joel (Hannah West Designs) generously helped us hang the paintings. As you can see from the photos, we had to hang the paintings on a ledge. This is because GoodBean Coffee is in an historic building and there are limits on the number of nails that can be put in the wall. Thomas, Joel and Robert are tall enough to reach the ledge; I am not without the aid of a ladder.
The other wonderful thing about having the assistance of Thomas and Joel was that we could get the paintings up efficiently and quickly. We were hanging during regular business hours. We completed the hanging in under an hour.
MsKitty & Toy Pony at GoodBean Coffee
MsKitty & Toy Pony
I would like to share some background information about the MsKitty and Toy Pony collections. Initially, I started drawing the MsKitty and Toy Pony designs as an exercise on creativity. The idea is to explore a theme through coming up with at least 20 variations on the particular theme. What happens is that one is forced to go beyond the obvious solutions to design problem.
It works; I did seek creative solutions, and sometimes bizarrely creative! And, then I became intimately involved with subjects. I came up with stories, and those stories became the genesis of more stories.
Paintings by Lamplight
In the meantime, I took my favorite designs and started painting them with watercolor.
The result is three series of paintings: one about a cat; a second about still life with a toy pony; and then a third with MsKitty and Toy Pony going on adventures.
The MsKitty and Toy Pony collections are about joy. I use color and shape to tell stories about my subjects; my intention is to delight.
I do hope you will stop by GoodBean Coffee if you are in southern Oregon during the month of November. If you would like, I invite you to take a look at the collections from my gallery pages: MsKitty and Toy Pony collections.
Groovy Kitty and Other Paintings
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Camper, Page Springs Campground, Steens Mt, OR (SE near French Glen)
Hi! I’d like to tell you about a chance encounter with a wonderful wildlife photographer from Oregon, Mr. Kevin Smith.
My husband Robert and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Smith while camping in the Steens Mountains of southeastern Oregon recently. He and his wife were parked in the spot next to us at the Page Springs Campground near French Glen. We chatted as camping neighbors do after a day of wondering around.
Kevin Smith had interesting life stories. Among other things, he was in the Army, he was a photographer assigned to the White House under the Johnson administration. Yes, some of the black and white photos of President Johnson were Kevin’s. I was in awe; what an experience that must have been.
These days Kevin focuses on wildlife photography and birds in particular. Indeed, nearby Malheur Wildlife Refuge uses some of Kevin’s photos on their post cards.
We had the privilege of being invited to go with him for a photo shoot of some Virginia rails. The birds lived just upstream from the campground. Kevin and his wife had flushed the rails the night before. Naturally, Robert and I were delighted to go. We followed along, trying our best to be quiet observers. On this occasion, he had camera in hand and smart phone. Yes, smart phones are good to have if you are a bird photographer.
As we came to the area where the Mr. Smith had seen the rails, we sat quietly on the bank. Kevin took out his smart phone and called up an app that had the Virginia rail’s bird calls. Pressing “play”, Kevin called out the rails. After a couple of times, the rails called back. A few more calls later and a cautious Virginia rail walked out of the rushes. What a delight! Kevin had his photos; Robert and I had a fun, memorable experience. Thank you, Kevin, for the treat!
The image above is an ink and watercolor sketch of Kevin’s camper, without the truck. If you’d like to see Mr. Smith’s photography, I invite you to go to his website: http://www.kevinsmithnaturephotos.com. To see Virginia rails, I did a search: http://www.kevinsmithnaturephotos.com/gallery3/index.php/search?q=virginiarails.
PS. No, I did not sketch the Virginia rail. I was trying too hard to be still!
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Watercolor & Ink 4×6
I have exciting news. I have been invited to do a demonstration of watercolor and ink painting techniques for the Southern Oregon Society of Artists of Medford, OR in August 2016. Naturally, I accepted! I feel honored and humbled! There are many fine, experienced artists in the area. To be invited is amazing!
I have long admired works in watercolor and ink. Over the past couple of years I have used this combination of media for my on sight paintings. Now, I get to “ramp it up”. Fun!
I thought I’d post two samples of my work. The top piece is from our recent camping trip in September. My husband and I had our campsite facing a rocky ridge with junipers. I drew and painted this piece in late afternoon.
The bottom piece is from my “Drawing Talent” series. It is of one of the local houses that happens to be a dental office.
Thank you for sharing my good news with me.
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