Spring Canvases

4″ x 4″ each, Acrylic and Ink

I’ve been working away in my new garage studio and now the pieces are finally out in the sun and for sale at  STASH downtown Corvallis!

As plants and flowers all around me begin to bloom, my eyes soak in all the colors and textures. I love creating these tiny worlds, all the color and feeling of a spring day, contained in a 4″ square!

I am working on more sizes, variety and magnets!  Until then, I hope these provide you a little sunshine and spring color on  those grey days between the sunny ones!

Heading Back to the Studio!

Just returned from a three day workshop retreat in Port Townsend, WA. Inspiration and gratitude in full force – more about that soon!

But first; another class tonight! I’ve enrolled in an Oil Painting class with the local community college, the first college course I’ve taken since graduating with my Illustration degree. I am thrilled beyond words to head back to the oil painting studio. Some of my favorite memories of college were the hours in the painting studios…the caked on layers of paint on the old thick rusty metal easels…the scent of turpentine and spirits…the soft glow of the spotlights on the model or still life in the darkened room. Concentration and imagination filled the air. Completely opposite of the florescent lit chair filled lecture rooms that filled the rest of my schedule. Yes, the studio classes were always my favorite retreats.

Below are a few of my favorite paintings from my early oil painting classes. I am ready to start today, learn more and keep the creative ball rolling!  Looking forward to sharing more of my work as the class progresses!

What are some of your favorite college classes? What moments do you crave and cherish from your school days?