This is a bit more abstract than usual for me and I really enjoyed it. I used all of my favorite colors, and tried to capture a feeling instead of a scene. It was inspired by a piece of music that I heard at the Oregon Symphony with my father, "Become Ocean" by the very talented John Luther Adams. I felt so lucky to hear it live - the Oregon Symphony always does an amazing job, but this was quite an experience.
Shady Cove, 8x10 inches, pastel on board
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My family and I went on a wonderful camping trip this summer to a campground called Shady Cove, on the Little North Fork river, in Oregon. We were lucky enough to get our favorite campsite, and also to have absolutely perfect weather! This campground is part of the Opal Creek Wilderness, which is (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I painted this with the board propped on my lap, sitting right in front of the river, and added a few touches back in the studio.
Harvey is the dog of some friends of mine - he is a handsome boy with a lot of personality. Below I have posted some progress photos to illustrate the steps to making a dog portrait. I hope you will find it helpful! :)
"Encroaching" 8x10 inches, pastel on board
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This barn/shed is right down the road from where I live. I drive by it all the time, and for some reason, it always draws my eye. I think I like the simplicity of it sitting in the field with only the oak trees for company.