Art, Exhibits, Figure Painting, Landscape, Painting, Plein Air, Portland, Urban Landscape

Under shelter at Union Station

I went with a friend to paint at the Portland Train station – Union Station. It was supposed to rain so I proposed we meet there and paint from under the cover of the overpass across the street from the station. It worked out pretty well. It rained hard and I only got a little wet (from a drain in the overpass) This is the resulting painting.

"Outside Union Station" 9" x 12" oil on linen panel
“Outside Union Station”
9″ x 12″ oil on linen panel

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Art, gouache, Landscape, Painting, Plein Air, Portland, Sauvie Island, watercolor

more painting outside – a little farther from home

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The hunting season is over on Sauvie Island, and I headed over to paint last weekend. Unfortunately, when I was half way there, I realized I had forgotten to pack any panels to paint on. This is the second time I’ve done this. I suppose age is catching up with me. Rather than turn back, I continued on knowing that I had my watercolor paintbox and sketchbooks along.

"Multnomah Channel" 7 x 10 watercolor
“Multnomah Channel” 7 x 10 watercolor

I went to a part of the island where I haven’t painted for several years and found a nice spot along the Multnomah Channel ( a narrow side channel of the Wilamette River, and started the piece above as several sailboats and fishing boats came and went. While I waited for the colors to dry on this one, I started the one below, of the same subject.

"Multnomah Channel sketch 5 x 8 watercolor and ink
“Multnomah Channel sketch
5 x 8 watercolor and ink

I moved on down the road and did one more from a spot I painted a few years ago. It’s a view of the famous ¬†volcano, Mt St Helens, across the cow patures.

Mt St Helens from Sauvie Island gouache
Mt St Helens from Sauvie Island
gouache

I was hoping for some cows but they didn’t show up until later

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Art, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Plein Air, Portland

Painting outside

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Deck-Chair-4-2013-2
“Deck Chair”
6″ x 8″ oil on panel

The weather has been especially wonderful in Oregon this spring. Although I’m tied to my home office during the work week, I’ve stolen enough time to do a few little studies outside. These two were painted from the deck of my office.

"Shrub" 6" x 6" oil on panel
“Shrub”
6″ x 6″ oil on panel

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

South Park Blocks

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"South Park Blocks" 18" x 24" oil on linen panel
“South Park Blocks” 18″ x 24″ oil on linen panel

This relatively new neighborhood sprung up seemingly overnight on the South West shore of the Wilamette River in Portland. The most prominent resident is the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. The main hospital is on a hill overlooking the river and the two campuses are connected by a tram (not pictured here).

I’ve done some sketching from the upper campus, looking down to this one. Here is one¬†I did in 2010, when there were fewer buildings.

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Art, Landscape, Painting, Study, Urban Landscape, watercolor

Monkey Ward on a rainy night

Alex, if you’re reading, I tried to answer your email but my reply was returned. You may have mistyped your email address.

Montgomery Park in the rain - 6" x 8" watercolor and ink
Montgomery Park in the rain – 6″ x 8″ watercolor and ink

This old Montgomery Ward store was converted, years ago, into Montgomery Park and is now used as office space and convention center. When it was built, in 1920, it was the largest building in Portland.

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

OIL, WATER and INK opening reception tonight

REMINDER. The opening reception for

OIL, WATER and INK: Artistic Interpretations of the Built Environment

with paintings by Shawn Demarest, prints by Beth Kerschen and paintings and sketchbooks by me is tonight,

Feb 7th from 5:30 til 8:30

at

AIA Center for Architecture. 403 NW 11th Ave Portland. (NW 11th and Flanders).

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'Red Dumpster in NW PDX'  10" x 12" oil on linen panel
‘Red Dumpster in NW PDX’ 10″ x 12″ oil on linen panel

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