Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Portrait of Kathy

Portrait of Kathy
Oil on canvas
14" x 11"

No you aren't the only one playing in here. I spent a little over a month with virtigo from an ear infection and couldn't paint, read, view the computer screen, etc. I'm back on track again now and lots to do. I have posted this here in the guild site for some input please before I post it to my website or show Kathy. Kathy is Hawaiian/Philipino and has very beautiful skin which I am totally struggling to get on canvas. Pay no attention to her hair or the portion of her arm the I started to include but decided that it distracted from the face and will turn to blouse later. What I am asking is "Do I have the skin to dark?" I do not want her to look African American but she does have a warmer browner tone than pale old me. Help.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sitting at the Computer on a Snowy Day

Now doesn't that title sound like a Robert Frost poem?

The weather outside is frightful. I just did an art-related post to my blog at so I thought I'd throw it on here, too. Twice, twice(!), in the last two months I have received my own artwork in joke emails. My signature, of course, had long since been disappeared... Hmpf!

Before it got covered in snow, here is what was happening in my backyard pond. The ice eventually came up to within a fraction of an inch of Froggy's lips. (Do frogs have lips?) Now he's buried in a foot of snow, so I hope he's still doing his job keeping the fish alive.

Merry Christmas to my Columbia County art pals.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Preparing for Christmas...

HELLO!? Am I the only one playing here?

I am done with my must do items and finally can get started on preparing for Christmas! It's relief and none too soon as I promised to paint all my greeting cards this year. It's a resolution I've kept so all the birthday and anniversary cards I sent this year have been 5 x 7 watercolor paintings.

I've started the Christmas Greetings and here are a few samples...I just need about 40 to cover my list!

On the Cliff


...To the Woods

Creek Melt

A little Fog, a little Snow...
Happy Christmas from the Oregon I know!

The two greeting cards pictured below are in my Etsy shop

Winter Greetings

Winter Greetings 2

You know I'll be painting for the next several days...Oh, and cooking a Thanksgiving Feast.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Deep

Been splashing water and paint everywhere. This rose is 12 x 16. Largest watercolor I've done this year. Maybe the most fun, too. Won't see roses blooming again until late spring, this one will last me until then.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PEARS - Why not?

Three Pears

Available for painting and snacking at reasonable prices!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Daytime Meeting

I have enjoyed the new daytime meetings at Joe's Cafe at ten in the mornings. I have a terrible time driving at night and haven't been able to participate as much as I would like. Last month there were only three of us showed up to chat art. This month there were six of us chatting when a fellow asked us if we were an art group. His name was Bruce and he also was an artist from Portland. He was waiting at the coffee shop while his partner was doing something in town. We had him pull up a chair and join us. We also had two people that we had made contact with at the annual show. We all had things to share about what we have been doing with our art. We discussed getting together to paint and we also discussed in brief, the possibility of having a studio tour in the future. It was great to see everyone!

Monday, October 6, 2008


They're everywhere! Signs of Fall - I have too many trees and right now I have too many fallen leaves all over the yard. Since my neighbors have few or no trees, I share the leaves with help celebrate the season!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

"Cafe in the Heat of Day"

Many of you already know that I sold this painting during the show at the Sauerkraut Festival show. That was a wonderful surprise for me besides getting to see some of you I hadn't for a while. You may be able to see it soon at the Old Town Cafe on E Columbia in Scappoose next to the police station. The owners of the cafe purchased it.

See you at the new 10 a.m. meeting time at the Joe's Cafe in St. Helens the third Wednesday if I can make it.

"End Of the Tile Factory"

My painting received an honorable mention award from jurors George Broderick, Eric Kingstad & Lora R Fisher at the Expressions of Nature/Expressions of Self exhibit currently at Kingstad Gallery with the Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters. To view more of the work from other artists go to

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It Must Be Fall

Did you ever wonder what gourds do while you're not looking?

It's Fall and gourds will be gourds so they play football, of course!

Gourd Rugby

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Not Quite Ready...

The days are shorter and the kids are back to school. The nights are cooler and leaves are already falling off the oaks in my yard. I know what's coming but I am not quite ready for fall, just yet.
Just hanging on to the last blooms a little while longer.

White Poppy

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No Watercolor used here...

Theresa's Rose

I painted this little ACEO with markers...and now it's SOLD.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's 1 am. Why am I still up?

Take a look at my new website that just went live...
Feedback is appreciated. No, really.

Friday, August 8, 2008


I haven't gone anywhere - honest! I've just been out of touch due to "crash" conditions. One good thing about the computer being down, I found time to do a few other things, HA!
I worked on a crochet project, read an art book from cover to cover and threw some paint around, too.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


How the heck do I make a link on my blog to here or to any other blog? I'm not "El Stupido" I am "La Stupida" when it comes to this computer.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Utrecht Painters in the Shade

Utrecht Painters in the Shade
Oil on Hardboard
8" x 10"

I participated in the Park Blocks annual event. Most of my time was spent painting buildings but about 20 minutes before quiting time. I couldn't resist painting this group. It was over 90 this day in the shade but it was fun afterward.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


This is a get well for a company in Maine. You know, in bed with a bug?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Take Your Pick

Here we go again...a little bunch of house plants just waiting for me to knock them off!
Actually, these are the only African Violets I can keep without killing them.

Take Your Pick

Monday, June 23, 2008

Welcome to Venice

It was a warm Spring day when I exited the train station in Venice and realized how different, exciting and fun this trip would be! Sadly, most of my slides from this trip are missing.
I stumbled across a tube of Venetian here we are!
Welcome to Venice

Sunday, June 22, 2008

One fish, two fish...

So, isn't this how we all feel sometimes?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Black Tie Blue Jean Event

Leather Look Wallet
Oil on Canvas
4" x 5"

BT&BJ Wallet
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

These are my Black Tie & Blue Jean trompe loeil leather oil paintings for the auction.

I use trompe loeil method for my Northwest Coast Native American style artwork so I thought I would try to use that for something else as well. The theme for the Black Tie is Western so I decided to try my hand at a leather tooling look. They put center pieces on the tables for sale. Last year they did art boots but I didn't get to do one. Had my hands full with other things. I'm glad to be able to do something even if it is small. Hope you are all having fun creating.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I wish I were...

Every now and again, I wish I were some place like this, quite alone and separate. Blissfully ignorant of the petty world.
My Isle

Friday, May 23, 2008

Local art Glass

Here is another piece I have that I just love. There is a woman named Wendy in Scappoose that makes the pendants and I try to match the necklace part to the art glass. This piece is $40.00. I have lots of pieces I still need to create so I will post as I complete something.

Correction to meeting space

I wanted to let you know that we have the room scheduled for June. There will still be staff in the school the third Wednesday of the month.



Thursday, May 22, 2008

Calendar of artist events

I attended the May 21st Art Guild Meeting at the St. Helens High School art room. Present were Carolyn Curtis, Lee, Kathy Fellows, Alan Coppock, and myself. That was the last meeting of the year there because school will be closed for the summer. Darcie has offered to let us come to her house. We saw Alan's latest painting, we all shared our trading card size pictures, and caught up on what each other had been doing. Kathy had photos she transfered to cloth by using her printer. It was suggested that I add the artist outings in here that I was aware of at this point. So here they are.

May 27th there is a gathering of artists at Schreiners Iris Garden near Salem from approximately 10:00 am. Bring your medium and join the other artists. All levels. There is also a second date for that on Thursday May 29th. Artists from Portland and Eugene will be there that day.

First Tuesdays in Hillsboro from 6-8 p.m. is Artwalk. Many of the stores on and around Main street in the Old Town area have artists displaying their works. There is also Sequoia Gallery and Art Envy Supply store there. If you are interested in showing your work during first Tuesday contact Art Envy.

There will be artists from around 10:00 am until noonish in the Crystal Springs area close to Reed College and the Portland Rhododendron Garden Tuesday June 3rd.

Artists will gather in the Portland Rose Garden about 10:00 am Thursday June 12th.

There will also be a "paintout" (that includes all mediums, pencil, pastels, etc.) Thursday June 19th in Laurelhurst Park in Portland beginning about 9:00 am.

Kathy Fisher from Scappoose will be included in a group reception at Kingstad Gallery in Beaverton for an iconographic show the 24th of June.

July is again First Tuesday in Hillsboro.

The 26th of June will be a "paintout" at Lake Sacagawea in Longview starting at 10:00 am.

Utrecht Art Supplies is hosting their second annual Plein Air in the Pearl July 13th. Contact them for more information regarding that day and the possibility of hanging your work in their show.

Then on July 19th the Hillsboro Art and Culture Center is sponsoring their second Plein Air Competition.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Squashed Marbles. I fell in love with these glass pieces because at first they reminded me of marbles. Sometimes now though I look at them and see "Alien" faces in them. Look at the one on the right. Im sick and twisted I know, or I have boys and they have corrupted my mind. I still need to get into the beading room after tax season. I will post more as I complete stuff.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

For Sale - One Volcano...

FOR SALE - One Volcano, Slightly Used, Full of Gas, Some Parts Missing.

Ok so the truth is one side blew out. Luckily, it's not visible in this little painting...and it's really the painting that's for sale.
Mount Saint Helens

ACEO, (Art Cards Editions and Originals,) they are collectible, tradeable and affordable!! Measuring 2.5” x 3.5” they will fit in any standard trading card album and they are also ideal for framing or pop one on a mini easel to display.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

South Store Cafe Art Show

"Mckay Creek Wetland"
Oil on Canvas
12" x 6"

Sold at the show I am participating in at the South Store Cafe in Scholls with the Pacific Plein Air Painters.

Yipeee! Always a good feeling.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dad the Hero

So, I'm trying to get motivated to draw again. My bathroom is being remodeled and today I took all the tools off the floor of my studio and moved them into... the kitchen. Not better, you say? Fortunately, I care more about someone buying cartoons than being able to make a three course meal. If anyone has an amusing insight about St Patricks Day, Graduation, or Administrative Assistants, I'm all ears.

This drawing is part of a fathers day card.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I wish you all a beautiful Sunny Day!

OK, so maybe that's not today but I still wish you all a beautiful Sunny Day!

When you get it, remember me :D

Beach Town

Friday, May 9, 2008


Hi artist friends I know, and others I don't! What a great idea. I rarely seem to make it to Guild happenings but I support in spirit. Cyber-participation is great for me and my wacky schedule. I'm nearing completion with a graduate certificate in Graphic Design (w/ Dig. Photo. concentration), starting preliminary work on a product line (cards, magnets, mugs ??) which may go nowhere! :-) Taking a lot of shots with my new camera (finally "went digital" - love it) I have a portfolio on-line if anyone wants to see. -kate ;-)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Ooh! Me too...

Hi Gang - I thought you were spam, but noooo, it's a real honest to dawg Columbia Arts Guild blog. Here are my dancing gators for the Cascade Zydeco dance camp that's coming up in September and the link to the website I built for the event and hung on my own site:

I live in Vancouver now, but I miss you all.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My House

"Front Porch"
Oil on Canvas
20" x 16"

Our eldest son has this painting
hanging in his home in Rainier.

This is going to be so great to be able to have a way to participate with the Art Guild again. To see what you are all doing will be fun. Many thanks to the genius that thought of it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The fun starts here...

Just like "Poppies on the Rocks" art happens everywhere.

I made a personal commitment to paint each day and just like a New Year's resolution I feared a loss of interest and inspiration. The best part was no painting greeting cards and jewelry and maybe walls, fulfills my promise!