Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Skies! - Water Woods and Stone

                                         Laramie to Lander 2 watermedia on paper 24x18

 I came out of my self imposed retirement from teaching to work with the Buffalo Grass group once again. They ask good questions, are very respectful and pay well. Instead of haranguing them about the importance of drawing again, I thought maybe a simple topic might be fun. As a landscape painter, I use the sky as a pivotal yet flexible element. It is usually the first thing I concentrate on because if it doesn`t set the right tone, there`s no use in proceeding. I like to think of the sky as the emotional architecture of a landscape. Everyone knows clouds come in an infinite variety and nearly every color known at some point appears in the sky. Often it seems like an after thought in many landscapes I see and it`s a lost opportunity. You can get away with putting all sorts things up there! I love how Ferdinand Hodler used clouds to frame and heighten the majesty of the Alps.

                                     The Lady of the Isenfluh 1902 - Ferdinand Hodler   

This guy is one of my favorite painters, well worth checking out. Thirty years ago I was a tourist in the Bay Area and wandered into the art museum at UC Berkeley and was bowled over by his huge symbolist paintings. Like this;

                                                       Ferdinand Hodler, Day (Truth)

 So that painting up at the top was a practice piece  I did the night before the class. It had been months since I had painted in watermedia and thought I should be prepared. My first demo was on Yupo:

                                                 North Slope watermedia on Yupo 26x20

The next was on Arches cold press 140lb;

                                                       Updraft watermedia on paper 24x18

 Speaking of Yupo, here is a tutorial on my Holy Grail of watercolor; mounting the Yupo on a cradled panel so there is no mat, frame or glass to come between the viewer and the art. Working on paper is such a joy but the whole traditional framing expense is just daunting. And what we usually pay for is glass that gives off an annoying glare! When oh when will museum glass become affordable?

Here is a little video featuring Richard Cartwright and his lyrical landscapes. They are like dreams;

                                           "Sailboat at Midnight" by Richard Cartwright

Look at Fabienne Verdier`s brush!

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tualatin Riverbank - Last day of PDXOS 2015

                                                                 oil on canvas 30x24

 This is the demonstration painting I`ve worked on this week.
One more day to visit some artists on the Portland Open Studios Tour; Sunday Oct. 18 10am to 5pm

Randall David Tipton
5373 Lakeview Blvd
Lake Oswego OR 97035
[close to I-5]

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Demo - PDXOS

                                              Wind Through the Trees oil on canvas 24x24

 This was the demo I was working on last weekend during the first part of the Portland Open Studios Tour. There`s a whole lot of color going on that I may have to tamp down. Below is a view of part of the studio. Note how tidy and clean, that won`t last long.

 Here is some other work on view this final weekend of the tour;

                                                Shallow Spring oil on prepared paper 24x18

                                                Brush Creek Ranch oil on canvas 40x54

                                                Feuchtwinterwald watermedia on paper 14.5x9

                                                        Poppies watercolor on Yupo 26x20

                                                 Late Summer Stream oil on canvas 36x36

                                             Tangerines and Tulips watermedia on paper 24x18

                                                       November Dusk oil on canvas 20x20

                                                               Riverlight 2 oil on canvas 20x20

                                        Downstream Tahquitz watermedia on Yupo 26x20

#8 - Randall David Tipton
5373 Lakeview Blvd
Lake Oswego OR 97035
[close to I-5]

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Late Autumn Flooding + Portland Open Studios 2015

                                                    Late Autumn Flooding oil on panel 20x16

 The muddy gorgeous confluence of Fanno Creek and the Tualatin River. This and the paintings below, all from the last nine months, will be in my studio during the Portland Open Studios Tour; Oct.10,11 and Oct. 17,18 10am to 5pm

                                                      Within Bryant Woods oil on panel 12x12

                                       Winter Morning-Fanno Creek oil on Yupo 26x20

                                               Rainforest Morning watermedia on paper 14x11

                                                    Over the Sea 29 watercolor on paper 7x5

                                                  Tualatin Flood Study watermedia on Yupo 6x6

                                                       Magnolia 2015 oil on canvas 12x12

                                                      Hiver Marais 1 watercolor on Yupo 12x9

                                                      Hiver Marais 2 watermedia on Yupo 12x9

                                                           Blue Tree watercolor on Yupo 7x5

                                                           Summer Creek oil on canvas 20x20

                                                      Sky and Sea watercolor on paper 8.5x11

                                                  Oswego Creek Pool watermedia on Yupo 12x9

                                                 End of Winter Study watermedia on Yupo 8x8

                                                        Sauvie Island watermedia on paper 18x18

Randall David Tipton [#8]
5373 Lakeview blvd
Lake Oswego OR 97035
[close to I-5]

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                                                                 goodbye little dude

Monday, October 5, 2015

Spring Rainforests

                                          Spring Light Bathes the Alders oil on canvas 30x24

                                                  Rainforest Equinox oil on canvas 20x16

 Coastal alders in a different season but new and on view during the Portland Open Studios the next two weekends. Maps are available at Muse Art Supply, New Seasons Market and I have some too.
I`m #8;
5373 Lakeview Blvd.
Lake Oswego OR 97035
ph.# 503 380 4731

 Yesterday I was laying down in the afternoon with my sick cat and we heard something in the driveway. We looked at each other and thought "What?". A very embarrassed woman and her family arrived a week early for the Open Studio. I told her I was honored to be her first stop. I was.

 That`s Jackson, the one with 'issues', the one with the Roman nose, demonic voice and kinky tail, the destroyer of shower curtains and throw rugs, the medicine for a previous broken heart, and my end of the day joy. He has cancer or kidney failure and won`t be here much longer. I took this the other day when doing a workout. He likes to lay beside me and get his stomach rubbed between exercises. Such short little lives.

 Listen to Tom Waits read a beautiful short poem by Charles Bukowski.

And here is a great little video from PBS Art Assignments on the Psychological Landscape, which also explains very clearly the 'figure/ground relationship'.  The featured artist, Robyn O`Neil is terrific.

                                         Wild Turkey by the marvelous Edith Dora Rey

 Though I still can`t find an obituary, it seems the wizard of watercolor Nicholas Simmons died last week. 47, how sad is that? Some tributes here on Wet Canvas.

                                                    my article in Artists on Art

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