Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Recent Small Landscapes

                                      Small Coastal Forest watermedia on Yupo 9x9"

                                          Morning Slough watermedia on paper 8x8"

                                          Forest Marsh watermedia on Yupo 6x12"

                                             Autumn Noon watercolor on Yupo 6x6"

                                            Black Clouds watercolor on paper 8x8"

                                             White Tree watercolor on Yupo 6x6"

These aren`t really studies, they are more like doodles in their mindlessness. Between projects and especially after disappointing efforts, I work small. With little intention other than keeping me in the game and restoring my confidence. I have to make something.

Lynne Cunningham kindly included me in her new book "Nature in the Abstract". In it she describes a variety of 'attitudes' and new ways to think about capturing the true essence of the landscape in a fresh abstract manner. Lots of photos of her ideas made visual, are included. It is well worth a look!

In November, after the Portland Open Studio Tour, I`m planning on having an open studio demonstration on the second Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 am. If this is fun and worthwhile, I`m intending to do it every month on the second Saturday. There seemed to be interest last year during the Tour when I did a demonstration every morning. I`ve decided to back away from outright teaching but in demonstrating my techniques and approach, I can show how I do things while answering questions. It truly is an improvised way of working that is difficult to break down into 'steps' while I`m painting. Maybe someone will take something away from it they can use and if not, at least it will be free.

Portland Open Studios Tour Oct. 11&12 and Oct. 18&19

work for sale in my studio


Jo Reimer said...

I'll be at your first second Saturday demo, for sure. and afterwards I'll stop by the Sitka Invitational... it's good timing and I'm glad you're offering an opportunity to watch you work. Thanks!!!!!!!!!

E.M. Corsa said...

I'm so in love with the Forest Marsh. These are so incredibly fresh. I sure wish I could see you work.
Thanks for sharing all of these.

Libby Fife said...

Well, I like all of them I admit, but Morning Slough is my favorite.

Informal demonstrations with immediate questions and answers would be helpful. Sometimes a structured class isn't quite right for everyone.

And I have been trying to do something similar to what you described with those studies/efforts. It's not possible to run a marathon every day. (At least I don't think it's possible...)

RH Carpenter said...

Well, if these are just little doodles, you are the king of doodles - each one is a little gem of a painting and the colors! Your palette is so delicious and it's your own, no one else seems to combine these colors in the way you do. Keep on keeping your hand in because it's wonderful to see - and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I, too, would love to see you paint but, alas, it's a bit too far for me to travel to watch for a day :(

Lynne Cunningham said...

Randall, I appreciate your mention of my book! It's so good to read another artist's descriptive summary on what "Nature in the Abstract" is about. It was a pleasure to include your work in the chapter "Abstracting a Form" . . .let's stay in touch. My best,Lynne.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

these are wonderful!!

Cathy said...

I just LOVE what you do!!! You have such a refreshing way of painting landscapes! You're totally giving a new definition to the genre!! And that's really a compliment!! It's always a pleasure to come to your blog!

Randall David Tipton said...

Yes! thank you Cathy, that is a very nice compliment!