Friday, January 23, 2015

Bridge Over Multnomah Falls

 
 
​Painted this from one of my many photos
 of beautiful and spectacular Multnomah Falls.
It was hard to choose an angle and how much to include,
 as these falls are three levels each with it's own pool at the base, 
and fall over 300' total. I decided on this perspective
because I wanted to show all three levels of the falls
and the old and lovely bridge which spans the second pool.
The falls is spectacular in any season. I chose late summer/early fall.
The rocks and foliage surrounding the falls
 presents from a misty atmosphere
which creates a fairyland like image.
 
8" x 6" oil on canvas
 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intense Beginning

 
 
​Not being a morning person,
 it is rare that I get to witness a sunrise so spectacular as this.
 But I did.
One morning when I was on a road trip, I wanted to get an early start
and was treated to a glorious scene.
I have never forgotten how beautiful the kaleidoscope of colors were,
 that were painted across the clouds and sky and reflected in the lake.
 This is painted from that memory so it is part realism,
part impressionism and part fantasy.
 
7" x 5" oil on canvas
 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Springing Forward

 
 
 
​Sometimes during the gray days of winter
our thoughts turn to the brighter days of spring
with all the lovely flowers and warmer weather.
 
 
5" x 7"  oil on canvas
 
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Black Sand Cove

 
 
​Along the wild and scenic Oregon coast,
there are little hidden places that make the coastline so special.
Here I have painted a beautiful little cove
ringed with high golden bluffs.
The sea has a silvery look from the black sand,
which I believe comes from volcanic pumice.
 
5" x 7" oil on canvas
 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Wild and Rocky

 
 
​Where the Oregon coastal mountain range meets the ocean,
the shoreline is wild, rocky, and extremely beautiful.
The occasional beach appears offering lovely sandy stretches.
The weather is often cloudy with gray skies and gusty winds
blowing the surf up and over the rocky headlands.
Creating misty layers that diminish into the clouds.
 
7" x 5" oil on canvas
 
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Windblown

 
 
The Oregon coast
 is the most wonderful place to be a 'storm watcher".
The strong winds race through the trees
and fling the foamy ocean caps into the air.
 
7" x 5" oil on canvas panel
 
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Colors of the Sea

 
The sea is not just blue or green or gray
but quite often many different colors.
Depending on shadows and light,
sand and seaweed,
sky, clouds and sunlight.
 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ribbon Game

 
​Don't know what the game is
that these sweet little Dutch girls are playing,
 but I loved the old sepia photo (I added the color),
 the traditional costumes and the wooden shoes.
 
5" x 7" oil on canvas panel
 
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thea

 
 
​Painted this for DPW's challenge "Paint your parent".
My Mother's family emigrated to the US,
 by way of Java, from the Netherlands.
 She was just a young girl when they left their homeland.
 Although they quickly became "Americans" in every sense of the word,
 they left us grandchildren with a strong sense of our Dutch heritage.
 Therefore, I chose to paint my Mom as a little Dutch girl
surrounded by what we most often associate with her culture and heritage:
 klompen (wooded shoes), lace bonnet an apron, windmill, and tulips.
I remember wearing an apron like this when I was little. It had been my mothers.
Her Father had a pair of klompen in his office.
I purposely faded out her face into the background
 to signify that she is no longer a child,
and this is just a beautiful, loving memory.
 
7" x 5" oil on canvas panel
 
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fof Rolling In

 
 
This sailboat is at anchor
against the fog rolling into the harbor
 as the afternoon fades. 
The pastel colors evoke the cold
and mysterious light of a foggy evening
 
7" x 5"  oil on canvas panel
 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Alpine Glow on the Mountain

 
 
​Painted this from a photo I took of Mt. Hood
 aglow with the pinkish hue of sunset.
I particularly liked the location of this shot
because of the secondary point of interest
in the seasonal creek running through this farmer's land.
The gray skies had tiny traces of pink
 threaded through the rain clouds.
 
5" x 7" oil on canvas panel
 
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Scotch Broom

 
 
Painted this little vignette from one of my photos
 taken on country lanes and by roads during my many road trips.
This depicts bright yellow scotch broom,
 brought to the US by European settlers.
Now growing everywhere in the PNW 
among the summer faded grasses
and other trees and shrubs.
 
5" x 7" oil on canvas panel
 
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