Painting

Conventions & Critiques

This weekend is the Watercolor Society of Oregon‘s Spring Watermedia Convention. If you live in anywhere in the Portland, Oregon area, I highly recommend it. The 80 paintings (of over 300) that made it into the show will having for the next month at the Hillsboro Public Library before the 20 award winners begin a tour of the state. The…

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Birding

My new favorite show

Ever since “Meerkat Manor” went off the air (remember Flower? Shakespeare? OMG that was the best show…) there has been a gaping hole in my life. The bird cams have helped a lot, but I think I have finally found the perfect replacement. For a few days I watched the hawks, Big Red and Ezra. Then I switched to the…

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Birding

Pavisand

pavisand, v. [‘ intr. To display an impressive or opulent array of clothing and ornament; to flaunt one’s appearance.’] When this word came up in my “word of the day” a few weeks ago, I immediately thought of the tiny little male Anna’s hummingbirds that sit on top of the trees, endlessly calling to impress mates. I intended to wait until…

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Painting

How can I sell that?

A couple days ago I got into a discussion with my friend about my post “Almost There.” My friend liked my painting and asked me how I could bear to sell it? Today I had another conversation with a potential client who needed a price break on a piece she really liked. The two conversations got me thinking. When I…

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Horses, Painting

Not Sam Savitt

Today I went to Stacey Riggs‘ barn to watch the second half of a foundation workshop and her “Meet the Mustang” demo. I took my sketchbook and vowed to work a little on my “plein air” horse technique. I know Stacey’s barn is too dark for good photos, and I am nervous about my October “Plein Air in the Paddock”…

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Birding

It was a dark and stormy day…

The rumor is that March goes out like a lamb. Ha! But Finn was promised a hike and I know the Trilliums are blooming, so to Canemah we went. This is the beginning of one of my favorite seasons in Canemah. I swear if you miss a day you can miss a whole life cycle of some plant you never…

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Birding

Easily Entertained

The last couple of years, I have been captivated by the bird cams hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The first year it was the Red-Tailed Hawks that caught my fancy, followed by the antics of the Great Blue Herons (with their FIVE babies!) Last year I mainly watched the Kestrels (with only three babies, the herons were less…

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Painting

Almost there….

I have been battling a variety of physical complaints this week that have kept me close to home and more inclined to sleep than paint. However, I did go to painting class and today went to the TRAG gallery where I put–what I think is–the finishing touch on my newest piece: “Sizing Up the Competition.” While there are many difficult…

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Birding, Painting

588 Photos: The Reason to Edit

Today I went on a wildlife viewing tour of Sauvie Island with Oregon Wildlife. Originally this tour was supposed to coincide with the Audubon Society of Portland’s Annual Raptor Road Trip, but “Snowmagedon” caused everything to shut down. I had a great time and used my mom’s big camera (she’s had it loaned it to me for over a month)…

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Personal

Itchy and crazy

When I was about six I had my tonsils out. This was a good thing because until then I had spent a lot of time sick. In fact, one of my earliest memories is waking up and not feeling well and having my mom scold me for not wanting to do morning stuff. As I sat sulking at the breakfast…

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