After moving to a new studio, I started in with new directions, both in plein air, representational, and studio abstracts.
The space of the studio now allows me to work large: I spent the fall and winter of 2015–16 doing large abstracts and semi-abstracts. These were exhibited at Art Haus in Milepost 5 in Portland Oregon January and February, 2016. Below are a few samples of the work on exhibit.
The Green Green Grass of Home, 54.5 x 54 Inches, Acrylic on canvas, 2015.
Merging, 68 x 58 Inches, mixed media on canvas, 2015
Gone, 48 x 60 Inches, Oil on canvas, 2016
For the rest of the Art Haus exhibit, see the blog.
In the summer of 2015, I joined a painting intensive, led by Jef Gun, painting from the top of the West Hills, above Portland. The workshop focused on “First Light/Last Light” and we painted from 6–9 AM and came back, 6–9 PM. I did¬†five panorama¬†sets of 4 x 4 inch studies,¬†plus a larger one of the Japanese maple that forced itself into each of the panoramas.
Finally, in and around other life events, I wandered around the Montavilla neighborhood and painted houses and the small neighborhood Mall 205. These are part of my wonky pleine aire series and, while whimsical, are great for gathering in the community into my consciousness.
Home Depot, Mall 205, 12 x 16″, Oil on Masonite, 2015
Top of the Hill Tavern,¬† 12 x 16 Inches, oil on Masonite, 2015