Art, Homelessness, Landscape, Life, oil painting, Painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

PDX Urban landscapes

Urban-Tree-6
Urban Tree 24″ x 24″ oil on linen

As I’ve been making work related to the upcoming show themed “Surroundings” I have not been able to ignore the increasing evidence of homelessness in the urban landscape of Portland and it’s started to show up in the paintings. If I divorce myself from the social and personal tragedy of it and look at it from a visual perspective, it is an undeniable ‘texture’ to our city’s landscape. I watch as camps come and go and come again. They spread out as other campers join and the detritus they generate grows as time passes with no sanitation services. It’s troubling and it’s an undeniable part of our current landscape.

 

Art, Exhibits, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Urban Landscape

Upcoming Show

I’ll be part of a three person show, along with Shawn Demarest and Beth Kerschen in December at the Portland’5 Center for the Performing Arts. Shawn and Beth and I showed together in 2013 and I’m looking forward to hanging together again.

Bill Sharp Urban Camper 36 x 36 oil on panel
“Urban Camper” 36″ x 36″ oil on panel

The theme of the show is “Surroundings” and I’m including work that’s come out of my experience of my exterior as well as interior surroundings. Above is a new piece for this show. I believe the opening for the show is the First Thursday in December. More details to follow.

 

Art, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

Centennial Mills As It Was

 

Centennial Mills As It Was
“Centennial Mills As It Was” 36″ x 36″ oil on panel

I’ve been working on this painting for 6 months. Centennial Mills viewed from the Broadway Bridge as it was several years ago. It was a favorite site of mine in Portland that no longer exists. All that remains is the building with the water tower. The city had plans to redevelop it but they gave up and, over the last year or two, most of it has been torn down.

I’m sad to see so much of what I consider to be Portland being demolished and gentrified.

Art, gouache, Landscape, Painting, Sketching, watercolor

Reverting back to my old blog

7" x 5" gouache
Bhutanese Temple     7″ x 5″ gouache

I’ve given up on my ‘new’ website and moved to another platform that was simpler to manage. Please check it out at http://billsharppaintings.com. There is also a link at the top of the blog page.

I recently spent a couple of weeks traveling around the Himalayan Mountain country of Bhutan and have been remembering some of the sights with gouache sketches. I’m sharing a couple here partly to see if the subscriptions still work. I hope everyone who asked to follow me will be notified.

Temple Doorways 6" x 6" gouache
Temple Doorways
6″ x 6″ gouache
Art, Landscape, Life, watercolor

Civita Castellana

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I’m in a small medieval town in Italy. I’ve been painting mostly watercolors so far and hope to also make some oil paintings. IMG_3887

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Life is very slow here. It’s hot and humid and all the shops close down from 1PM tip 5PM and most things are closed on Sunday and some are closed again on Thursday.  The internet is slow and not always available but I was able to upload these two sketches. Ciao.

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