Original painting for the 2017 Recipe calendar

You might have seen some of the sneak-peeks of my 2017 vegetable calendar. Iโ€™m so excited that itโ€™s almost complete. It will be available at Portland Open Studios and Washington County Open Studios in October. I chose vege…

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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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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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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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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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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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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!Candy Cane8″x 10″oil on gessoboard$195Click here to purchaseI had my very talented cousin, Amy Melious, over for a visit. She is a photographic artist. (and very pretty!)We were cooking and baking and I was trying to hide these ugly cook…

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 Peach Pink Rose
8″x 8″
oil on gessoboard
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I have decided to try oil painting ever since my workshop with Carol Marine and actually, like it! 
Carol’s method is to paint “alla prima” or “wet onto wet”; the painting is completed while the paint is still wet. This requires you to work fast! Carol says it allows you to blend from your “islands” (main subject) into your “oceans” (background). And, when things don’t work out as planned (which almost NEVER happens! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), you can wipe it away! 
Carol’s new book, Daily Painting, which I’m sure will be full of all of her tips and tricks, comes out November 4, 2014.
I ordered one!

Alyson B. Stanfield

Several weeks ago I met with local artist friends Brenda Boylan, Jo Reimer, and Celeste Bergin.  Joining us from Colorado, was dear friend, Art Biz Coach, Alyson B. Stanfield, for a wonderful breakfast at The Benson Hotel.
       ” Alyson B. Stanfield is an art business consultant and author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. She helps artists gain more recognition, organize their businesses, and sell more art at ArtBizCoach.com.”
I have been following her since 2008, taken her online classes, I keep reading her book (over and over), and gain insight and understanding from her weekly blog posts. I highly recommend that you check out Art Biz Coach!

Listening to while I paint:

“The Hundred-Foot Journey”, by Richard C. Morais, narrated by Neil Shah

The Lede, hosted by Jerod Morris
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper


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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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