Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Painting

"Clover Field: Carlton, Oregon" Oil and wax on linen, 48x48, $2890

Monday, March 6, 2017


My newest work, "Slash", 38x42 oil and wax on linen. This will be on display at INEUGENE in April.

Frank Okada's RED

  This is Frank Okada's RED. Frank came in to the bookstore one day in 1992 and we started talking about reds. We played with paint right out of the tube, mixing and sampling. Then Frank took a bit of Alizarin Crimson, Napthol Red, and Cad Red Light each (all M.Graham) and mixed them up. We both smiled and he said "OK, 15 tubes a Alizarin, 20 tubes of Napthol, and 15 tubes of Cad Light" 
He had done a series of red paintings back in the mid '80s and was looking for THAT red. He may have forgotten the formula and was trying to find it. He found it. Frank's work can be seen all over the northwest in museums and collections, such as Horizon House in Seattle, where I am also collected.
I am constructing a new painting using Frank's RED now. 
This is a detail from a 38x42 oil and wax on linen work that is very close to DONE.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Women in Stone

“Women in Stone”
Robert Canaga
Last year we took a trip to Ireland. The first day, while my wife was at work, I went to one of my all-time favorite museums, the National Gallery only to find HUGE storm damage had closed all but two galleries.
Sean Scully was having a small show in the rotating gallery space they had set up. I had seen his work of and on over the years but never thought much of it. This time I had a visceral reaction to it. I disliked it on many levels: dead colors, sameness of mark, quality of the paint. 
I walked through 5 times making sure I was not just in a bad mood but the looks on the guards faces told me they agreed.

In the next room were photos he had done  of the rock fences and walls on Aran Island. These were the beginnings of his paintings and they impressed me.
We left the east and drove up to Sligo for a few days, then down to Glin on the Shannon River. I took pictures of wall, fences, burial mounds, city walls, and just about anything made of rocks all along the way.
On a day trip to Limerick I saw a wall made of white rock with brick where a fireplace had been.

The shape and color reminded me of a figure. When I got home I went through some of my recent files and found photos of models and began inserting them into the rock photos.

The result pleased me so I hired models and finished the series you see here.
I hope you enjoy them.
All work is in an edition of 50.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Going to be a Great Year

So far this year one of my favorite photos and two paintings have sold, and it looks like more will sell by the end of the week.
The show will be up at Oregon Wine LAB until the end of February.
I have shows at Saginaw Vineyards and INEugene in April then in May the Saginaw show continues and I hang a show at Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg and the Women in Stone show at Bodywise in Portland.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Busy Week!

When I got home from a short trip last week I found a puzzle in my studio. My able studio assistant had stretched a few new canvases for me and one was of particular interest: It was put together with two 50 inch bars and two 48 inch bars. The problem was that the two sizes were opposite each other. I thought about it for a while then hung it like a diamond. This is the result.
Down in the Valley

I am very pleased and surprised at the results and may have to repeat this mistake.
Now one to a more standard approach: This one is a little smaller but is very energetic. It took all day slaving over a hot easel to get this one where I want it.
This whole series has connected me to the wines and vineyards of Oregon and I can't wait to find out where they will take me.

Looking South

Friday, November 4, 2016

Arts and Business Alliance Project

Four the last several months we have hung work by Lillian Almeda and Kirk Lybecker in the 1200 and 1600 buildings at Valley River office complex. Campbell Realty manages the buildings and we are hoping to expand our base and hang more art where the public can see it in their daily lives, not just in museums and galleries.
Today I will be hanging 5 of my paintings in the 1200 building (also known here as the upside down pyramid) including these two new ones. Hope you get a chance to see them in person.
"Seasons Change" 40x40 oil and wax on linen

"Tractor Road" 24x48 oil and wax on linen