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A sense of place

Sometimes it is a very simple places that bring out the strongest emotions. This quiet wetlands sort of enveloped me with a sense of calm and well-being.
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As I mentioned, there are a lot of shows this year that I have entered. One of my favorite paintings has been accepted to the High Desert Museum's Rendezvous show...
I really love this painting and hope it finds a good home!
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I have been invited to submit to a museum show in California so I went through my California photos and realized once again, how beautiful the San Gabriel Mountains were. This particular painting is in tribute to Edgar Payne, who painted in this area.
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Preparing for The Favell Museum Show.

I have been invited to the Favell Museum annual Artists of the West show at the museum in Klamath falls. The show will run from September 26th through October 25th. This will be one of my entries. I am really excited about this show as I know many of the artists and it will be fun to get together.
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Back to Oregon...

We have been traveling...and have seen some wonderful places...Iceland in particular was spectacular. But it is good to be home. This scene is from a truly magical place...the Donner & Blitzen River in central/eastern Oregon. It is a land where cows way outnumber humans and fish outnumber fishermen(people). It is possible at night to see all the stars without interference from human light; a place where the soul is nourished.
I just hung this in Tumalo Art Co., so be sure to come by and see it on First Friday, July4th.
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Back in the Saddle again...

After three spectacular weeks in Europe (Florence, Piedmont Region and then Iceland) I am back...and even after a few days my bags decided they liked Central Oregon, too.
This last weekend we (many good friends, Vicki Shuck, Laurajo Sherman, David Kinker, Gordon and Kay Baker, and Marty Stewart) participated in a plein air paintout at Smith Rock. Great fun and cooperative weather. This piece was juried into the Redmond Airport Show...drop by the airport and see all the work by local plein air artists!
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On with the show...

Now that I have done everything but "show up" for my show at Sun River, I have been working on paintings for Tumalo Art Co. I like to keep my works at Tumalo fresh and new. Now that it is spring i feel a new energy to focus on the beautiful rivers and lakes around Central Oregon.
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Too Busy to Post

I have been very busy getting ready for a show at Sun River. I will be showing some recent works with my friend and fellow painter, Tracy Leagjeld. (do go on line and see her work...absolutely wonderful!) Tracy works with oil monotypes and our work goes very well together.
The opening is this Friday (5-7PM) at Sun River at the lodge. It should be
fun. The show will be in the Betty Gray Gallery at Sun River from 5/21 to 7/5...nice to be there for the summer.
Here is a montage of several of my paintings that will be showing. These are the larger paintings (30x30 and 30x40) but there are some smaller works too.
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Changing my format...

I looked at a lot of my posted art work and realized that it said, "On Hold." Well the reason is that I am fortunate to be in several upcoming shows in the region and throughout the west.
So I re-organized my work that says it is on hold, into a new Category--Work for Shows in 2014. HOWEVER, if you are interested in any of these pieces, just contact me and I can either reserve it or sell it and replace the painting (in most cases. If a painting is already in a promotional brochure, I will need to reserve it.).
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I just got a call yesterday inviting me back to Borrego Springs for my fourth year at the Borrego Plein Air Invitational. 2015 here I come!!!!
There are all the reasons in the world to be happy about this, but here are soe:

--the artists chosen are really excellent. I find that one of the biggest benefits is being around people whose work challenges me to do my best;
--the show is very well run and the show is always a success
--starting plein air this early in the year (March) when up here only the committed folk paint (in the snow) really sets me up for not just the year's plein air, but also gives me that time I need to improve my studio skills
--OK, and there is nothing wrong about painting when it is 70-85 degrees in what is our winter!!!
--the desert areas around Borrego really speak to me as an artist
--the town is small and not spoiled by an infusion of tee shirt stores and "faux western" stuff
So, I am really pleased and want to thank the folks in Borrego for this great invitation.
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