Plein Air

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.

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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

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Rocky Path

Posted on Jun 26, 2020

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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

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My Outdoor World Studio

Posted on Jun 11, 2020

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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

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