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From Darkness into Light and Back again

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Last spring we had three days of uninterrupted  rain. The world became a symphony of greys.

Then the light came back, things started to grow again.

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After a Summer of drought and intense light, I am preparing a series on the theme of coming out of darkness. I’ll need that for the winter.

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Summer Work

I worked on the trees again in France this Summer, but I also worked on the shoes and boots series.

Winter into Spring Series

Last winter, I have worked slowly but surely on a theme I love and find very versatile: old shoes. .. They tells stories, if we take time to look closely.

My Boots

My Boots

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Summer Work

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This Summer I have worked on landscapes in France as I did last year, and on a few other themes, which brought on this piece. I applied the gesso with the flat of the hand to create a more interesting structure on the underpaint. Then, I wanted to use only the Rembrandt like hues of sienna and umber.

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View of the Willamette

View of the Willamette

Oil on wood board, 9×12

Sometimes, with the right Light…

During an Urban walk (2013), just before dusk, we discovered that human made structures can take on a certain mysterious otherworldly quality.

The Path to Nowhere

Later that summer, the decaying statue by the abandoned pool reminded me that none of the human made structures are eternal

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Oil Paintings On Panel in Group Show at the White bird Gallery

Two pieces, which I started during my visit in France this Summer, have made it to the group show Trees & Leaves: Theme Show with Gallery Artists at the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, OR.  I started them on location, in the woods, using three pigments, siena, yellow and ultramarine blue , with a lot of turpentine. These preliminary  paintings dried quickly, and I could take them  in the suitcase to finish here in Oregon.

They complete the piece  finished last year on the same location with a bit of a different technique, mixing oil and turpentine equally and using several other pigments.

Trail in France 1

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