What I learned from doing Open Studios

There was so much to learn from doing open studios. I participated in two this year, the Portland Open Studios, which is a juried event, and the Washington County Open Studios . They both had fees to participate and these …

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A Special Story and a Pumpkin…

Pumpkin 210″x 10″oil on board$175Click here to purchaseI had a wonderful time this weekend at the Portland Open Studios tour at my house. THANK YOU to all who took time out of their day to come see me!It is the last weekend this year for the Portl…

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Calendars Done!, Grandpa Jack, Amy Melious

CalendarsThe paintings for the calendars are done and the images are off to the printer to be made into wall calendars, desk calendars and note cards for Portland Open Studios and Washington County Open Studios.  This is a “uni…

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Zinnia, Portland Open Studio, Washington County Open Studio

Zinnia10″x 10″x 1.5″oil on cradled boardClick here to bidThis is one of twelve paintings of flowers that I am doing for a calendar and note cards that I am having available at the Portland Open Studio and Washington County Open Studio tour, Octobe…

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Portland Open Studios, Washington County Open Studios, Calendar

I am in the Portland Open Studios tour (Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 2015) and the Washington County Open Studios tour. (Oct. 17-18, 2015)This is your chance to go to the artist’s studio, see their workspace and their processes.I have been setting up all th…

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Decarli Restaurant and Catalyst Wedge

These are 3 out of 5 paintings that will be on display at Decarli Restaurant from July 8 – September 8, 2015.  Ominous48″ x 36″ x 1.5oil on canvas$1200Click here to purchaseGrasslands48″ x 36″ x 1.5oil on canvas$1200Click here to purchas…

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Randall Tipton Demo Using Yupo Paper!

Donna Sanson and I had the privilege to see Randall Tipton demonstrate at Museum 510 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is a very accomplished and wonderful painter, and he is one of my favorite art friends!He was demonstrating  with waterc…

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Curiosity

Curiosity 18″x 24″x 1.5″oil on panel$625Click here to purchaseI can’t wait to take pictures at the summer farmers’ market. (The Beaverton Farmers Market starts Saturday, May 2.) I take pictures of people sitting on benches rela…

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Daisy, Studio Tip, Stroke Update

Daisy, Green Vase
6″x 6″, Framed
oil on gessoboard
Studio Tip:
I like to paint on panels and boards, and my friend, Doug, built a storage system to hold them. 
Now…. I needed to come up with a way to hold/support them on my easel. 
There is a “lip” that covers up the upper and lower part of your panel.
I tried to sit the panel on the “lip”and it didn’t work. It wasn’t secure. (it fell down……scary!!!)
So, in my efforts to come up with a remedy, I have found some solutions:

David Darrow  -“My board is 2ft x 2ft x 1/2” birch plywood. I bought a flat, aluminum “bar” at a hardware store, cut too 12” pieces from it, and drilled holes through them both. I set a panel onto it, then somewhere along the top edge I stab a screw into the board very close to the painting. Sometimes the threads hold it in place, other times, the wide head of the screw. 
I have been using this board for 15 years, so far.”

Scott Conary -“On my small easel, I’ve added some bits of wood so that 1/4″ panel has something to brace against.”

David and Scott made these supports/braces and are master woodworkers! 

Now, I could do Michael Orwick‘s approach:
He screwed 4 screws; .2 at the top and 2 at the bottom of his easel to support the panel.

Or….. I can just buy one…
Carol Marine  “designed by David Marine – holds the panel still and allows you to paint off every edge with nothing in the way.” Carol Marine’s Easel

Karin Jurick  the “Paint On” easel comes in two forms: one that fits on your stand-up easel and one that is a tabletop easel. 
 Any other suggestions???

Stroke Up-date:
This is kinda funny….

 This is where I lift almost every day…… pretty intense and intimidating, right?

But the one thing that I had to overcome this huge hill  because I have this thing called “foot drop.
Foot drop is a gait abnormality in which the dropping of the forefoot happens due to weakness, irritation or damage….” Wikipedia
I couldn’t climb up or down that thing without some help from a nearby weight machine….
Curbs were another problem. I had to use the car or a person, (all of which were happy to help!) to get up and down those.

But I conquered it!!!!

Listening to while I paint:
Audio Books:
“David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

Podcasts: 
The Nerdist, hosted by Chris Hardwick
Here’s The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
“Wait, Wait…. Don’t Tell Me!”, hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
American’s Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball
Truth For Life, hosted by Alistair Begg

Music: 
My iPod

Really helpful!:
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check. Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! 🙂

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"Bane"

Bane11″x 14″oilNFSA client asked me to do this portrait for her son and daughter-in-law for Christmas. I had the son tell me about Bane:”We spontaneously bought him the day we mentioned the idea of getting a puppy. I spent the entire day at work callin…

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