Tag Archives: watercolor

Portland Plein Air Group Member

11 Apr

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At one of the first morning meetings in April long-time member Eileen delighted us with multiple sketchbook pages from her two months down in California.  She and her hubby had a place right on the beach and made a habit of walking every morning  collecting shells. This activity led to bringing her treasures back, spreading them out next to her brushes and paints, and recording the jeweled bits in watercolor. Soon she explored a variety of shapes and color within the confines of three inch thumbnails.

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We enjoyed her interpretations, simplifications, and dedication!

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Happy to have you back Eileen!

 

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North Portland Studios

9 Apr

Fresh or fake

This is a quick color sketch done last fall in the North Portland Studios located in St Johns district just in the shadow of the bridge of the same name.  The dahlias were fresh and displayed incredible color.  How could you not respond to that?  I generally get together with friends once a week to do some still life sketching.  If I don’t see what I need in front of me, I may improvise to improve the composition.  I like to create depth through overlap at the very least.  I consider percentage of warm and cool or at least a variety of color to keep the eye moving around the set up.  It’s just plain good practice wouldn’t you say?

Sternwheeler – Cascade Locks

6 Apr

ImageAwhile back Carolyn, one of my painting buddies gave me a tour up the Columbia Gorge from Cascade Locks down to Bonneville Damn and then back up towards the wind surfers @Hood River.  I can’t show you any wind surfers as there was absolutely no wind.  After we disembarked, it was still so pleasant of an evening and the sun on the craft…….. had to do a quick little watercolor sketch. Carolyn did a small painting too!  This is the area on the Columbia where the Native Americans have treaty rights to fish year round from the banks with dip nets.  Their platforms for fishing are very unsubstantial, scary even.
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Portrait in an Hour

2 Apr

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Quick Portrait of Jodi, She didn’t have to much time to sit for us but we made her get comfortable with a book and a cozy chair;  and there you have it!  Thanks for peeking in.

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