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Restore Oregon: Working Toward a Goal

NOTE: For those that might be visiting from Restore Oregon, I am speaking largely to other painters and student painters in my blog.) I’ve rarely worked toward a goal/deadline in my painting life. (I do it all the time in … Continue reading

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More Trains: Portland Union Station and more

Part two of the response to a friend’s request to post for National Train Day! Part one here! (Go visit him here if you love trains and that will lead you to others who are posting, and the logo also … Continue reading

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National Train Day: Portland Union Station

This is in response to a friend’s request to post for National Train Day! (Go visit him here if you love trains and that will lead you to others who are posting, and the logo also was stolen from him….) … Continue reading

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NW Portland Industrial Sanctuary

Our studio sits in the NW Industrial Sanctuary.  When most think of a sanctuary they think of preserving bird and wildlife habitats, but there are other kinds of sanctuaries. Once this was a gorgeous waterway and lake , used for … Continue reading

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Washington State DAR Flag

The State of Washington DAR Flag (DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution) is my subject today for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, drawn from an image taken while assessing the flag for the State of Washington curatorial … Continue reading

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Restore Oregon Endangered Places 2016, Drawing the First Set

This is part of a series for Restore Oregon. Thanks to photographers Drew Nasto and Craig Powell, and for the various locations for allowing me to use historic images to place into sketch format to commemorate the projects! I hope … Continue reading

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IFJM 14: Marseille to Arles to Visit Van Gogh

14 April 2015 From my journal:  “11am Arles France. Made a fast decision to head straight to Arles, so  said our goodbyes, got in a cab to Marseille Airport, picked up our car and boogied.” “Oddly, as we were on … Continue reading

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IFJM 10: Piazza del Duomo

10 April 2015 “I had to add la bella luna!  Took liberties and painted the tower. From the bar on Str. Duomo looking toward Cattedrale di Parma.  How did this look in the 17th century?” 8am From my journal:  “Our … Continue reading

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Mimi and Pa’s Ranch

I wish my grandfather had not sold their ranch in California. I have all good memories there of family and being a kid and critters and holidays and making things and first riding a horse and shooting a rifle and … Continue reading

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USk: Smith Tower, Vancouver, Washington

I had lunch with my niece yesterday and went an hour early to find an interesting building or scene to sketch.  As I was driving into the city of Vancouver I remembered the “beer can” building, looking glum and peachy … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: Symmetry + South Entrance

I love it when an architect moves you through spaces, making you experience an environment as it was meant to be seen or felt.  I also love symmetry, especially in the hands of architects who know how to use it. … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: North Entrance Chandeliers

I think these are my last lamps for a while. I’m not sure I want to become Kate-light! To draw this last Tiffany chandelier I could stand and rest my notebook on the marble railing, next to Big George. All … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: Tiffany Chandeliers Mark Pathways

It is unusual for me to start my sketchbook posts with photographs, but this Tiffany chandelier is simply too beautiful. I did not do them justice! They line the hallways and mark entrances to the various rooms, providing a delicate … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: The Rotunda

This week at the Washington State Legislative Building I had a good deal of free time, as it was Mitchell doing the lion’s share of the work on the Senator’s offices.  In the middle of a dark downpour, (the building … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: North Entrance Details

More drawings of the North entrance, with beautiful Corinthian columns, the dome with flanking “tomes”, and many details. Sketched onsite, and watercolors added later. The column was drawn looking up from the edge of the East side of the steps. … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: Tiffany Chandeliers South Entrance

The chandeliers are a crowning point in the Washington State Capitol Legislative Building.  The architects felt the most important fixtures were those in the north portico, in the rotunda, and in the entry in the south porte cochere, as well … Continue reading

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Visiting a museum . . . Art appreciation

This post was inspired by this article in the NYTimes about visitors to museums feeling tired and worn out from running to tag every piece of noteworthy art, rather than slowing down and enjoying what they find interesting. I grew … Continue reading

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