Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Rainbow Finch"

Well...we decided to keep the Seagull painting..."Mine" so I needed an alternate.  I chose a Rainbow Finch, native to Australia.  I plan to submit it for the bird painting sale at the Audubon Bird Festival in November.
This image has been updated since the original posting, to give a better definition of the map in the background.

Friday, October 4, 2013

"Mine?" by Loretta Sampson

5 views of Seagulls that landed on the hood of my husbands work van on various times he stopped at a fast food restaurant in Astoria, OR.  He sent me the pictures throughout the year labeled...."my friend."  I never knew what to expect.  Cracked me up every time.  I thought putting them together would be fun.  I may use this for my submission to the Audubon Society Bird festival 6 x 6 painting sale.  (I may paint something else for the festival.)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Show and Sale Opportunities

Columbia City Day, September 14, 9am-3pm (set up: 6 pm the 13th)
    Open show and sale, no entry fee. 20% commission supports the Columbia City Library.

Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival, September 21, 10am-4:30pm
(set up 4-7 pm the 20th) 
Located in the Scappoose Library meeting room 52469 SE 2nd Street, Scappoose, OR
Open show and sale. Details at

Call Catherine 503-396-0875 if you have questions.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Armored Carousel Horse

Two images of an Armored Carousel Horse which are typically the lead horse on Carousels. It's the horse the carousel operator counts as he passes during the ride.

This fellow is "carved" in leather, then painted with acrylics.
Leather carving and painting in acrylics are not new to me.....putting the two together was new. I usually stain tooled leather. I was pleased with the result.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Arts Guild booth at the Maritime Festival

photos of our Guild Booth at the Maritime Festival.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

St. Helens Maritime Heritage Festival

Join the Columbia Arts Guild at the festival, July 26-28, downtown on the water front.

There will be lots of art booths, food and historical exhibits including Native American displays.

Visit the schedule here: Maritime Festival .

No one is more surprised than myself.

I entered two items in the Trail's End Art Association's annual judges show. I am stunned and honored to announce I won two second place ribbons.

Copper Hen

Forest Fungi

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Days one and two of the Erik Sandgren Oregon Coast Paint Out. Seal Rock State Park on the bottom and Yachats State Park on the top. Wish you could all be here.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Two version of "Evil" kitty.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 20th Still Life Session

We had fun drawing from two still life setups. Thanks to Autumn and Loretta for bringing objects to supplement the plants and copper.

I am posting photos of the still lifes as well as our sketches. Hopefully, some of us will finish these out with color.

I urge other members to create a version of their own and post them, too!

 Cat and Copper

 Catherine Ridenour

 Shamrock and Plate

 Autumn Pendergrast

 John Vinson

Loretta Sampson

Monday, April 15, 2013

New Direction

I hope everyone got the email with the survey summary. It's clear everyone wants more doing and less talking.

Our next meeting will focus on actively making art. I will bring a few items for a still life. I hope others will contribute some interesting objects. We'll make it up on the spot.

Bring your art materials and we'll work as we make plans for the future. If you have an ongoing project you'd prefer to work on, feel free to bring it.

For the moment, we'll continue to meet at the Scappoose Senior Center. See you at 10 a.m., April 20th!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Missing you all and waiting to see the survey results. :-)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Columbia Arts Guild Survey

Dear Members and Friends,                                                                             

We have created a survey to help Columbia Arts Guild refocus and plan for the future of the group. By placing it online, the statistics will be compiled in charts that are easy to use and no one has to sit and count boxes. I promise you, this site is safe and will not market to you or try sell you anything because they don't have or collect ANY contact information about you. At the end of the survey, it will offer you a chance to take others. Feel free to ignore their request; it has no effect on our survey.

The survey consists of 10 questions, most of them multiple choice. The last question offers you a chance to express your vision for our group. Please, fill out all the questions as well as this last box no matter how short your answer or what you have to say. It is anonymous.

While this is intended to be a semi-closed survey of our members and related persons, it is not exclusive. Feel free to share the link with others in the area who have an interest in art whether they teach, sell or just do it for fun.

Click here to take the survey: <>

Please, take it as soon as possible, but only once. It will remain open until March 31st.

I will also post this information to the Guild blog and website.

Thank you all,
Catherine Ridenour

Sunday, February 3, 2013

"Magic Sky Rocket"
Jett/Big Dog
American Saddlebred
Loretta Sampson

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I found the horse to be a challenge to paint. Every muscle, tendon & vein is defined. If you don't get them right it just doesn't work. I do love the outcome though with the desert colors reflecting off of the white horse.

Ligai Lii of the Navajo  ( White Horse of the Navajo) 24 X 18 oil on canvas