Tuesday, October 30, 2012

41. Weathered

6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another scene from the Ecola State Park on the Oregon Coast.
The trees that are fully exposed to the wind and rain take a beating most of the year -- and become even more beautiful in the process.
A hearty one, for sure.

I had this all ready to post yesterday, and then today I thought my photo of the painting didn't look as accurate as I wanted, so, I started tweaking. :)
Sometimes getting an accurate photo of my work takes just as long as the painting itself!
The sun is gone today, so the bright overcast rainy sky (as opposed to the dark rainy days) helped me out. After repainting a little, well, maybe a lot, I took new photos near the window and I think I got it.
At least according to my monitor. ;)


Monday, October 29, 2012

40. Oregon Winter

'Oregon Winter'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I painted this over the weekend, when it was feeling very wintry -- meaning, we were getting soaked, not merely misted. :) 
Like a lot of the locals, I don't mind the rain, and I enjoy experiencing her bluster (in brief increments) at the coast. This is Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach - a favorite coastal destination. I took the photo several winters ago - my family had come out to visit in January - a little break from a Minnesota winter. :)

Anyhoo - rambling about our lame weather while Hurricane Sandy beats up the other end of the country. Sorry about that. 
I have lots of family and friends on the East Coast -- we're thinking about you and praying that you stay safe and dry!
Take care.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

39. McMinnville Tower

'McMinnville Tower'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I have a little obsession with grain elevators - and this one in McMinnville, Oregon, is one of my faves.
This building has had several different uses over the years, and currently
houses a retail store selling food for livestock and pets.

It's been two weeks since I've completed a painting, and that can be discouraging! But, I am quickly reminded that I have three little guys that won't always be here needing their mom -- and painting can wait. 
I'm just so very thankful that they - and their busy dad - are understanding enough to let me squeeze it in as much as I do. 
And that sleeping toddlers snuggle so nicely in my non-brush-holding hand. :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

38. Red Ford at Colvin's

'Red Ford at Colvin's'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

We are enjoying absolutely stunning Fall weather here in Oregon, as if Summer decided that its late arrival warranted an overly lengthy stay.
I'm so loving it.

My husband joined me on a photo-taking walk on Sunday afternoon, and I was very excited to see this luscious vintage car parked so perfectly in front of Colvin's Grill.
SO red! I love painting red. And the red storefront trim...ahh.
He tells me it's a Ford, '46 or '47. (More than a Chevy guy is required to know. ) That's an old car!

I suppose it's a bit of a cliche to paint vintage cars - a little too 'precious', maybe, but they're just so pretty and curvy and shiny that I don't care.
And, I had just as much fun painting the lettering of Colvin's sign - all while  daydreaming about Bacon Burgers.  


Monday, October 8, 2012

37. Goodnight Clouds

'Goodnight Clouds'
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Another photo from our summer road trip to Minnesota --
this one in eastern Montana as the sun was setting behind us.

For some reason it makes me think of the children's book, 
'Goodnight Moon'.
It's one of my favorites to read.
So calm and peaceful, everything all right in the world.

(Yeah, I know, quiet and peaceful like...an eighteen-wheeler...?)

Ah, well, the boys were asleep, husband was wide awake behind the wheel, the road was clear...trust me, it was restful. :)

Goodnight to the old lady whispering 'hush'.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

36. Peter Iredale

"Peter Iredale"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

The Peter Iredale is a ship that met its end on the Oregon coast in 1906.  
The skeletal remains create a playground of sorts for beachcombers at Fort Stevens.