The Race is On for the Summer

Midway through the summer and the season keeps buzzing with activity.

This summer I got to spend three weeks (across two trips) in a small ski town near Aspen. There, at 8,200 feet of elevation and surrounded by a dramatic, lush valley of snow-melt-fed grass, cotton woods, and aspen trees, I took workshops at the renown Anderson Ranch Art Center. Faculty, students, and staff hail from all over the world to retreat at this beautiful place to focus nearly 24/7 on art making.

Of the millions of incredible things about the Ranch, the people stand out by far. I learned from some world class faculty: Brooklyn painter David Hornung—a master of color and composition, Craig Drennen—a brilliantly provocative painter, and for the price of one, Ryan Burghard and Ben Buswell—captivating artists from Portland. I met furniture and wood artist Andy Buck and his beautiful family (they used to live in Portland), furniture designer Wendell Castle, photographer Amy Arbus (yes, Diane’s daughter), inspiring kite artists Melanie Walker and George Peters, incredibly talented and thought provoking artist Jenene Nagy (also used to live in Portland!), sculpture and video artist Heidi Schwegler, super gracious Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms, and many more brilliant and creative staff, interns, and students.

These people are great. Some of them even mud wrestle.

Even though the Anderson Ranch has dominated a bit of my summer so far, I have three commissions in the works, and I’m planning a First Thursday show for September. Stay tuned.

 

New work in Baja

Baja, Mexico is beautiful and I couldn’t help but paint down there. Baja Reef and Baja Surge.

Installing art at City Club

I’m honored to be showing some of my large paintings at City Club offices downtown. They’ve invited the public to drop by and check out the grand scale of my art.  While you’re there, just hop across the street to the food cart pod for a quick bite.

Visit City Club of Portland:
901 SW Washington St.
Portland, OR 97205
Phone (503) 228-7231

New Commission: Geogeny

I’ve been busy painting up here in Mosier. The weather has been incredible. We got what felt like 60mph winds thursday and all through the night. Then Friday the wind calmed and we had some dramatic sun breaks. But the whole time it’s been cold and the paint is taking a long time to dry.  I’ve started taking some of the painting’s out to the driveway to let the Columbia Gorge wind do it’s job drying things up.

Before coming up here, I built and stretched a canvas for a commissioned piece. Yesterday, I started the piece. This is a snapshot of its beginning. I’m very happy with the painting–the digital pics are adequate, but please know that the tone and color isn’t very accurate. Art is, of course, much better in person than through the lens of a smart phone, but I love being able to share it so easily.

The name Geogeny comes from the study of the earth’s formation, particularly the crust. And I’m working to build up this painting so that it depicts that liquid formation of rocks and lava flow that eventually became the earth that we now know.

[UPDATE: See Geogeny in its finished form here.]

Geogeny in progress - commission for John

Carving Parallels

I’ve been working on a new piece about parallels. It’s made of numerous hand carved channels in a plank of hard mahogany wood. They mostly run parallel, but sometimes fracture and split. We’ll see how it turns out.

Cat on a belly

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Tree Sketch

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New Plane Painting

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Airplane. Acrylic on wood panel. 8″x8″x1.5″

Made this today.