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

Thursday, November 3, 2016

My Work at Horizon House

"Taking Root"
I was honored to be accepted into a very impressive and important collection of Northwest artists in Seattle. This 5'x5' oil and wax on mounted linen will hang with such notables as Frank Okada (my teacher), Jacob Lawrence, Mark Toby, Jim Dine, Dale Chihuly, Morris Graves, and so many more. I felt like a kid in a candy store! Everywhere I looked I saw work the moved, intrigued, or astounded me.
This is a huge honor. I hope many people will get to see it and I hope they respond.
Morris Graves
Mark Toby

Kenneth Gilkey

John Grade
Dale Chihuly

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Some new and old work.

This afternoons folly. 72x18. I will gradually add opacity and shift colors.
This one is 16x16 and one of my favorite quick and simple ones. Only took two years;)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Robert Canaga Installs Oregon Bounty Exhibit at Oregon State Capitol

Robert Canaga Installs Oregon Bounty Exhibit at Oregon State Capitol

Salem, Ore. – “Oregon Bounty” an art exhibit comprised of large oils and wax on linen mounted on American Easel panels (made in Salem) will be displayed at the Oregon State Capitol West Galleria from August 23 to October 20, 2017. The art, by Eugene-based artist Robert Canaga, depict Oregon vineyard landscapes and represent an understanding of terrior – how environmental factors play a part in crop’s epigenetic qualities. This exhibit aligns with the Capitol’s October 8 event titled “Oregon’s Bounty: A Celebration of the Harvest.”
Canaga has done a lot of work in Southern Oregon and his solo exhibit at the Coos Art Museum landed him a space in their permanent collection which is how he came to be selected to exhibit at the Capitol. This exhibit also fulfills a lifelong dream of Canaga to see his professional works at the Capitol.

“The reason it has been such a dream is that Gov. Tom McCall had one of my watercolors in his office in 1968,” Canaga explains. He had sent it to the Governor when he was just a child and remembers seeing it on the wall of his office in a photograph.

Canaga was born in Oregon and is known as one of the state’s most experimental printmakers. He currently focuses on abstract painting in oil, raw pigments and wax. His involvement in the arts community spans decades. He is current chair of Travel Lane County, and former curator at The Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene and at Opus6IX Gallery. His work is collected nationally. Canaga is also owner of Robert Canaga Studio in Eugene. More information about the artist can be found at http://opus6ixgallery.blogspot.com/.

Canaga will be available to meet during an artist’s reception at the Capitol on Thursday, September 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information about the “Oregon Bounty” exhibit, please call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or visit www.oregoncapitol.com. The exhibit is free and open to the public during building hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays. Parking around the Capitol is metered.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Anam Cara Cellars Show

New show of my Vineyard paintings is now up at Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg through August 19th. All work is oil and cold wax on mounted or stretched linen
"Bench Lands" 30x60
"In Vinia III" 60x30
I had the pleasure of meeting Shilla and Nick back in 208 while gathering wines for  Oregon Mozart Players (one bottle from nearly every vineyard in Oregon), I drove up the the farm house and met her and the dogs, had a nice shat then headed out to gather more wines. Each time I tasted a wine, met someone new, or visited a winery, I would make a link back to their site and if possible, write tasting notes.
I collected my one bottle from her for three years and kept in touch.
Last year they came down to Eugene to take part in the Oregon Truffle Festival and show their wines at the Sunday afternoon event at the Hilton Hotel.

 My large paintings have been on the walls there for many years and she saw my name. She really had no idea what I did besides drive around gathering wine so it was a bit of a surprise to see the name! My wife and I came and tasted and Shiella ask about my paintings. From there we decided to do a show.
The paintings I did for Anam Cara Cellars will be featured as the first  art show at the Oregon State Capital from August 21-October 22.