Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Plein Air Iron Mountain

                                                               Iron Mountain watercolor 26x40

 I was on location painting for two days of the recent Lake Oswego Plein Air Festival. There is an entire culture to painting on site but it`s never been critical to my studio practice so I just do it for fun.
It wasn`t the size of this painting that was so tricky, it was that dappled light falling on the paper as well as the path. The composition was straight forward so I filled the surface with paint and manipulated it as it dried. If something wasn`t working, I`d re-emulsify it and do it over. Revisions are easy with the slick plastic paper Yupo. Still, the light falling on the surface made it confusing and I was about to stop when my pal Mitch objected. That bit of faith kept me going.

                                                                 Before the Park watercolor 12x12

 A couple of days before, I was with Bert Jarvis shivering in the cold as we painted at the edge of Tryon Creek State Park. We saw two other painters on the only day the park was available to the festival painters. Too wet, windy and frigid!
 A reception will be held Oct. 7, 5-7pm at the Museum 510 in downtown Lake Oswego.


 I told him he was on sacred ground. That both Jackson and Lincoln had sat there before him watching me floss. He indicated he understood and accepted the rights and responsibilities of being my cat.

                                                                       Caio Fonseca

 Caio Fonseca is an interesting painter in that he works backwards. With negative shapes. He explains it in this video. I`ve been told this is a sculptural impulse, removing something painted to reveal the image. I do this at times with scrapping. Ciao paints something then paints over it again with flat color leaving behind in shapes, the original painting.

Call me stupid, naive and foolish, but after watching the first debate last night, I think my country is going to get very lucky. Who else could withstand year after year of withering attacks and still be standing? Still willing to fight for what is needed? I don`t think she wants war, I don`t think she`s a pawn of Wall St. I don`t think she`s a pathological liar. She`s tough and effective and I think one day will be beloved.
Be sure you are registered to vote!

This is the last week to see my show "New Landscapes" at the Coos Art Museum on the southern Oregon coast. It ends Saturday Oct. 1.
Thank you to those who saw it!

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RH Carpenter said...

I like the 2nd painting but I adore the 1st. It is a true master work and I am amazed at how you captured that light and the path and touches of blue/green color. Oh, my!!

Hal Wright said...

I haven't painted often much on yupo as I don't much like it. . .could be because I haven't given it much of a chance or maybe because my results have been poor. So I marvel at what you are able to accomplish on this tricky surface. I've like many of your past paintings, and today's may be my favorites. Well done, Randall. You are so, so talented.

Libby Fife said...


Your results from your time outdoors are pretty amazing especially considering the conditions under which you were working. It's not for me but you really captured some mystery there.

Lyndon seems to be fitting right in. Cats know what to do don't they?

Caio's work looks interesting. I have never been able to work in this kind of way, what I think of as a reductive process. I like the idea of it being described as sculptural too. I'd like to read or hear about what's behind this way of thinking.

I am voting for Hillary. Again. She has been around so long that I feel like I have "grown up" with her. It's hard for me to respect any other decision. I only hope our country can move in the right direction.

Again, good job on painting outdoors. Hope you had a good time.

E.M. Corsa said...

My new favorite Randall - Before the Park. I can hear a gentle wind rustling through those leaves, a bit of which filters down and floats across my face. THAT's why I like plein air work. You just can't get that in a studio.

But the best pic is Lyndon. What a beauty. It looks like his tongue is just peeking out; my orange cat Kizzie used to do that. He's a love.

Sharon Leahy said...

Smiles and peaceful greetings! I've been to the Coos Art Museum six times to see your landscape show -- just being in the room has the same effect on me as an hour of meditation -- soothing, serene, uplifting, mellowing. freed of extraneous baggage and saturated with wholesome glorious color. Please put me on your email list re workshops.... I'll even try the very challenging yupo!