Are You Curious? Einstein Would Be Proud

Posted on Aug 13, 2020

3Values I've had several role models in my life. Two stand out above the rest - my mom and my Aunt Fern. My mom was a huge proponent of education and my aunt was all about lifelong learning. I always felt their support and encouragement. They shaped me into who I am. And guess what? I'm still following their lead. I've been taking an online watercolor class this week taught by Nancy McCarthy, an artist I greatly admire. I didn't make any art that WOW'd me or anyone else but the lessons I've learned will help me in my future art making. Take away? Look for shapes. The ink and bamboo brush work above looks simple and you're right, it is simple. But to a line freak like me it was challenging. It took me three tries to get to this degree of simplicity without falling back on line work (see below). Nothing wrong with line work but the exercise was to make shapes using only light, medium and dark values. Lesson learned! Mary I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. — Albert Einstein   IMG_2784 Read More

Clouds Always Steal My Heart and The Show

Posted on Aug 6, 2020

AboveTheButte I painted for the first time at Pilot Butte today. It's "our" butte that is right in town. From the summit the entire city of Bend is visible as well as several major Cascade peaks. It is one of only four cities in the country that has a volcano within their city border. For the curious the other three are Portland, Oregon; Jackson, Mississippi and Honolulu, Hawaii. That's what I said, Mississippi has a volcano?! I made a couple thumbnail sketches prior to painting and it became obvious that the clouds were going to steal the show.  I wanted them to float, to interact with the butte and mesmerize the viewer as they did me. I will definitely paint at Pilot Butte again. Stay safe everyone. Read More

A Slice of Paradise

Posted on Jul 2, 2020

TumaloReservoir This painting, A Slice of Paradise, is part of my Nature Series. It will be around for the summer. I found this location only because the location where I was going to paint was closed due to bridge construction. I was determined to paint so I hopped in my car and headed down a dirt road not more than two minutes away - Voila! This scene came into view. Looking at the beauty before me, listening to the wind in the trees and watching an Acorn Woodpecker climb up and down and all around a Ponderosa pine, I knew this was the spot. I spent three hours out here. I made a couple of quick sketches, determined where I wanted to set my easel and got to work, or should I say play. "A Slice of Paradise", 10" x 8", oil on canvas panel. I hope you and your loved ones are well. Mary Read More

Rocky Path

Posted on Jun 26, 2020

RockyPath It's nice to be a beginner at something. I put plein air painting into this category. It's fun but challenging to decide what to paint, narrow it down to something achievable, create a design, sketch in a drawing, put the values in, and lastly add color. When I headed out to Tumalo State Park, I found the perfect place to paint. I setup the easel and palette and quickly realized I didn't have my palette knife with me. I also remembered that I forgot to go buy more solvent-free medium. It was a bit clunky feeling but I quickly adapted to mixing paint with a brush. I think it's why this painting is so cohesive in it's color scheme. A little bit of paint was always on the brush from the previous mix. It's not my preferred method, but it is a method and lots of people work this way. I titled the painting "Rocky Path" because of the subject matter, but it could have just as easily been about the process. "Rocky Path", 12" x 6", oil on canvas panel. Beauty provided by Mother Nature. Do you have a slice of Mother Nature to enjoy near you? I hope so. There's nothing like it for our mental health during this challenging time. Peace and well-being to all of you. Mary Read More

My Outdoor World Studio

Posted on Jun 11, 2020

IMG_2202 How are you? I hope you and your loved ones are well during this incredibly difficult time. Since moving my studio home January 1, I'm taking this sheltering-in-place time to learn a new skill. I have watched every video I can get my hands on (You Tube and Streamline Art Videos) to learn how to paint outdoors aka en plein air. I will say right off the bat how incredibly challenging it is and how much new respect I have for those that paint en plein air. I've been at it for a couple months now and each time I go out I gain a bit more confidence, but have a ways to go. The good news is that it's always nice spending time with Mother Nature. Would love to hear how you're spending this sheltering-in-place time. Wishing you well, Mary Read More

Fur and Feather Show

Posted on Aug 8, 2016

I am honored to be part of the Fur and Feather Show created by Kathy Deggendorfer at her gallery, Sisters Art Works Gallery. It is a wonderful show that benefits Furry Friends.
Me with Kathy Deggendorfer

Here I am with Kathy Deggendorfer

Furry Friends Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Sisters, Oregon, providing food and services to pets in need.

My wolf paintings

It is their mission to help pets remain in their homes by operating a pet food bank, and providing spay/neuter sponsorships and assistance with emergency medical needs to families in financial hardship. They are dedicated to improving the welfare of pets in Sisters, Oregon.

Me and my wolves

I am proud to be part of this show along with Kathy Deggendorfer, Kimry Jelen, Ingrid Lustig, Barbara Modey and Kit Stafford. Read More

Salem Art Fair Weekend

Posted on Jul 19, 2016

We started our weekend in Corvallis last Thursday, and then headed up to Salem for the Art Show. We were in Corvallis long enough to visit a few of my favorite people and places, namely the Corvallis Art Center, Allann Brothers Coffee, Paige at Pegasus Gallery and The Book Bin. Sam took me to Nearly Normal's Gonzo Cuisine and it was awesome! Thank you, sweetie. Check out the shot of my booth at the Salem Art Festival. It was in the beautiful Bush Pasture Park. A lovely setting for an art show. I had great neighbors and met lots of new people. This was a good show for me because of all the new contacts and because I sold several paintings. Here's what sold:



The Jay


Tight Rope


Yellow Eye

A big thank you to those that came from Bend to support me and the other artists. You surprised me, and I am grateful for your support. Lee August and her sister who lives in Salem. Vern and Judy who came to Salem for the day, just to see the show. Stephanie Roussel, who's husband was also in the show. Beverly, my half-marathon walking buddy. Can't wait to do it again!

Book Bin kitty


Nearly Normal's Gonzo Cuisine


Paige at Pegasus Gallery


My favorite bookstore in Corvallis.


My booth in the festival.

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