Tuesday, December 28, 2010
NEW WORK by RANDALL DAVID TIPTON
January 5 - February 21 2011
Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 South State St.
Lake Oswego OR 97035
[entrance and parking in the rear]
Reception, Saturday January 8, 2-4 pm
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
From a few years ago.
It`s been a struggle to get some painting done. Christmas isn`t the problem, I`m finishing up my show which begins Jan. 5. It`s in the non-profit Lakewood Center for the Arts, which means I`m artist, publicist, installer, framer, designer etc. It`s not such a chore, I just miss open ended sessions to work. Our dark, wet winters with their long nights are so good for painting.
My website was updated too! Anneliese Dehner and Jeremy McWilliams did a stand out job again. They are a joy to work with, very professional and reasonably priced. Their email addresses are in the side bar.
Happy holidays to us all!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I may have found a bridge between Yupo and traditional watercolor paper. It`s paper made for airbrush; acid free and very smooth and tough. Worth playing with maybe. It took the paint nicely and had good lift too. Seems versatile.
BTW, it`s called coated Airbrush made by Canson, acid free, 152 lb.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
It can`t be more than a half mile from the dam holding back the lake to it`s finish at the Willamette River, yet Oswego Creek`s entire brief stretch is unbelievably gorgeous. There is a wealth of material to work from there.
To install a new sewer system the city has drained 70% of the lake this winter. When the draw down was happening kayakers were running the rapids where John is standing in the photo. I was worried that my new discovery had been destroyed by the force of the water. Needlessly. Just a month later we were back there and it was as lush as ever.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I`m enjoying working on flat unstretched canvas but photographing it is another story. The weave is too apparent and when I shoot the picture, I`ll see transparent diagonal lines across the image. ?? Sometimes these will also show up in a thumbnail but not the enlarged photo. I may finally have to read the manual.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I keep coming back to this tiny little canyon where Lake Oswego spills into a creek. It has everything; cliffs, pools, a waterfall, huge mossy boulders, quiet water with reflections, amazing and diverse vegetation and I`ve never seen anyone else back there!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Because this is a large painting, all but the final photo was taken in my studio. The lighting is great for painting but not photography. I hope the progression isn`t frustrating to follow with the fluctuating values and color. As always, I begin by just getting something, anything, down. Something to react to. I had a vague idea for a composition in mind but it took a really long time for something to spark. Basically I just keep re-painting the design, layer upon layer, until an insight or accident engages me. Then it`s a matter of balancing my intention, here the sensation of being in dense undergrowth, with the primary need for an aesthetically competent execution.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
When conditions are right, the ground saturated with rain and the winds wild, one of our towering evergreens will lose it`s grip on the earth and topple, literally uprooted. If undisturbed the trunk will become a 'nurse' log and support abundant new life. The root system, now exposed, will take decades to break down. As it does it becomes dramatically sculptural.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
On my easel is a giant canvas where a forest is finally coming together, but I`ve been taking some breaks to do small things. This is from a new walk I`m enjoying. It`s a former quarry, now a vertical park clinging to the side of a mountain. Much of the steel used to build early Portland, came from the iron mined here.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
I`ve been living with this painting in my bedroom and think it was the best thing I did in my residency at Sitka. It`s subtle but I got what I love about a northwestern beach in winter.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The actual section of cliff along Oswego Creek is only about three feet long making my painting 'larger than life'.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Another Daily painting.
Soon I expect to be working larger again.
In January 2011, I`ll be having an exhibit at the local Lakewood Center for the Arts. I`m happy to show my work in my new community, Lake Oswego.
Also, in the spirit of 'Do It Yourself' I`ve decided to offer some quick 'daily' work for sale here. A link is in the sidebar.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
A daily painting.
Suddenly, I`m showing some work at Ojo Sarco Pottery in New Mexico. I`ve known the owners, Kathy and Jake, for years and we decided to give it go. The gallery is in the Sangre de Christo mountains on the high road to Taos. It`s a breathtaking location. Take a look at their gorgeous, functional pottery.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
From a tiny study done in 2008.
Last weekend two talented painters drove up from California to work with me. Specifically, me and Yupo. I have developed a way, maybe attitude, allowing for more control and versatility. I found it a worthy thing to do because as a long time watercolorist, I loved how the brilliant white surface shone through the paint. But, being plastic, it`s tricky. We had great fun and although I`m not a teacher, they said it was just like a workshop. I do know I talked a lot. Sometimes in conversation with other artists, I startle myself with the intensity of my opinions.