Saturday, March 29, 2008

Just Park Any Where

Just Park Any where
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18"

Donated to the Touch the Heart of a Child 2008 Auction
Theme: "Everything Old is New Again"

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Artists: Alyson B. Stanfield says:
Resolve to try a new color
Resolve to experiment
Resolve to expand
Resolve to network with others
Resolve to take risks

I say: Resolve to paint, draw, sculpt, welt, create

In 2006 I participated in a plein air painting class on Sand Island as part of the Arts & Eats Festival. After the class my husband and I returned to view the art vendors booths and the steamboat regatta. We enjoyed it and I decided that I would try to participate in the 2007 event.

I found that circumstances didn’t allow me to participate as a vendor or volunteer, but I was able to take my paints and find a location to work. I had originally planned to try to get a view of the artist's booths but because they had changed the layout it was much to crowded for that. In 2006 they had used both sides of the courtyard for vendors and in 2007 they had grouped them all on one side. It was just too crowded to locate a good scene. So I went around to the amphitheatre side and found the view you see in this painting. I thought perhaps other “Old cars made new again” might appear but they didn’t. I couldn’t help naming it “Just Park Anywhere” because that’s just what they did.

P.S. Finishing touches added March 2008.

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Maeona L. Urban, Artist

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Scappoose, OR 97056

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Caboose Explosions Dahlia

Caboose Explosion Dahlia
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"

This was one of my husband's favorite Dahlias. We grew it for a couple of years but it just wasn't hardy enough to withstand my gardening technique, the soggy Northwest weather, and the cold, even digging it up each winter and transplanting it in the spring. The petals felt like velvet and the center felt like wax.

I've kept it hanging in my studio off and on over the years for when I needed a shot of color in my life.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Yellow New Zealand Poppie

New Zealand Poppie
Oil on Canvas
11" X 14"

I purchased this plant at a local store here in Scappoose, Oregon, not New Zealand. I couldn't resist the way the light and shadows played on the petals. The bee was also intrigued by it I guess. He got in to several of the photos I took that day. I planted it in my flowerbed and it had many blooms through out the summer but alas it did not come back the next year.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Begining of the New Studio

My new Studio


When the boys were young I painted in a 7' x 9' front porch. After they left home I painted in their 9' x 10' bedroom. In that room I also had all my computer equipment, a guest bed, and whatever else needed storing. Summer of 2005 we took down our son's playhouse/fort and an attached storage shed from the back of the garage and I built my new studio. It is only 12' x 12' which may seem small to some of you but it only has my art things in it. It's actually a Tuff Shed Exterior but wait until you see the finished work we did inside.

This is my husband holding the wall and helping. :-)

These are the first paintings I hung and I still needed to adjust my gallery wall spotlights.

I have three skylights, one south facing and two north. I have heat and I have air conditioning. I have two windows, one facing west and one facing north. I have a four foot wide door facing North that opens into my flower filled back yard where we place a yard swing under a pink dogwood tree in the summer. The walls are ten feet high plus the open beam ceiling space. My husband has done all the trim in oak around the windows and the baseboard etc. He also made a wonderful work table with a formica top that sits on file cabinets with wheels so I can easily move the table. He made a beautiful tool box for me out of exotic woods. I will have to take a photo of it and put that in here too. I use Arakowa hanging system from the molding rails just like in large galleries. I have room for storage, for wet paintings, for supplies, and everything I need. It's my little piece of heaven.