Last Thursday through Sunday I was in Brookings, Oregon at the WSO spring convention. It was a great weekend of reconnecting with friends, Seeing art, doing art, and getting critiques and demonstrations from expert painter, Stephen Quiller.
A group of us from the Eugene area rented a house high up a hill, where we had a fabulous view of the Oregon Coast. Since I got there with a camera, but no memory card, I can't show you the view! It was a very fun crowd that shared not only an interest in art, but also good food, drink and lively conversation.
One of the paint-ins I participated in had a model, so I got this done in the morning session. I went back several years to an Al Stine workshop and finished it quickly with a cruciform.
After getting home, I decided to try to finish it in a more arterly fashion.
It's crazy how I could whip out this fairly nice figure in a morning, but I have agonized over the background, and I don't feel I did it any favors. However, it was destined for a drawer, so I decided to buck-up and do something with the background. I'd love to have some comments/help on this one.
The other thing I spent some studio time on was my large "Rogue Heron." After Mr. Quiller's critique, I followed his suggestions of darkening the upper right hand corner to push back the pattern pieces. I also just barely darkened the light part of the shadow under the heron. Is it improved? The changes may be hard to see due to the photos and monitors.
Rogue Heron 22 x 30
Prior to this past weekend, Mike and I took our younger granddaughters on an Eastern Oregon road trip. We saw rock gardens, painted hills and toured the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. We also dug for fossils and thunder eggs. Probably the highlight was riding horses on the Wilson Ranch Retreat near Fossil. Here are a few photos.
The girls at Peterson's Rock Garden.
Viewing the Painted HIlls. (Angelica is wearing head-gear.)
The girls on horseback.
Tomorrow I'm off to Disneyland for 3 days! It will be a quiet studio for a few days.