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Snoqualmie River Arts Tour – October 15 & 16, 2016

Please join us this Saturday and Sunday for the Snoqualmie River Arts Tour!  My studio is open and ready for visitors!  My good friend and jewelry artist, Inga Rouches, will be sharing the studio with me;  I can’t wait to see her latest creations.  Please find below all the information you need to make your way to my studio.    Hope to see you soon! – Lolly

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Rattlesnake Cove – Indirect Painting Techniques

Here is the finished painting of Rattlesnake Cove!   The process for completing this painting went like this:  I started with a vine charcoal drawing, using a golden section grid to “scale up”  (enlarge)  my graphite study onto the larger panel.    Next, I completed an underpainting, using a mixture of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.  Then, when this was completely dry, I began the slow process of adding thin layers of opaque and transparent paint, waiting between sessions for the surface to dry.  My medium for this piece was a mixture of refined linseed oil plus sun-thickened linseed oil plus turp.  As the painting progressed I thickened the medium mixture (or reduced the quantity of turp) to stay true to the fat over lean principle.  It was a challenge to create the illusion of sunlight breaking through the tall trees and illuminating the willow bush in the water below.  I will never forget that image when I first saw it last summer at Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend, WA.  You can read about earlier phases of this painting on this blog in a post called “Color Sketch of Rattlesnake Cove.”


landscape of trees and water, reflection, lake, indirect method

Rattlesnake Cove, 19.5 x 12

Harvest Moon – Nocturne

Blue night landscape painting

Harvest Moon over Mt. Si, 8×12

On September 18th we had the full Harvest moon.  I started this painting outside at the base of Mt. Si and finished it later in the studio.  Try painting in the dark sometime!  I had a headlamp on, but my eyes had a hard time adjusting back and forth when I looked at the view vs looking at the brightly lit palette.  Since then I have purchased the Mighty Bright light ( that has led lights and it attaches to my palette box.  Can’t wait to try it out.  For this painting I used a very limited palette of: chromatic black, viridian green, transparent earth yellow, shale, indanthrone blue and lead white.


For this plein air study I used a very limited palette of titanium white, cad yellow medium, yellow ochre, Indian red, alizarin crimson permanent, ultramarine blue, viridian green and ivory black.

Bird house 7″x7″ oil on linen on board


Plein Air on the Deschutes

I just returned from a week of plein air painting on the Deschutes River in Eastern Oregon.  It was 105 degrees – really hot and dry!!   Between jumps in the river I managed to do a couple of oil sketches.

My very limited palette consisting of the following:
titanium white
yellow ochre
Indian red
ultramarine blue
permanent alizarin crimson
cadmium yellow medium
viridian green
ivory black

All of my panels were toned medium gray which I do not recommend for plein air.  It’s nice to be able to do an underpainting first and to be able to choose a color, say, a warmish red or reddish-yellow, that goes with the overall feeling of the light.  In this case the light is very golden on the eastern shores of the state and the gray tone did not help emphasize this.   Next time I”ll head out with un-toned white panels and I’ll have more flexibility to respond to the conditions at hand.  Live and learn!

Here are the paintings:

This first one is the boat we use to cross the river.  It is attached to an overhead cable and if you squint into the painting you can just make out the purple-colored cable overhead.

Boat Crossing 8×10 Oil on panel

On this day it was 105 degrees!  I sat in the shade of the cabin to paint the view looking upriver through the trees.

River Sense 8×10 Oil on panel

Sitting under a tree with my feet in the river I managed to stay out of the sun the whole time painting this one.

River Sense 8×10 Oil on panel

Stay tuned for more works from the Deschutes River!  There is so much to paint (and draw) there!!!!!