Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Times Square

"Times Square", Oil on canvas, 36"x48", $2600

As I sit at the computer this morning it is 0 degrees F or -18 C.
We usually have a cold snap like this once or twice a winter and
thank goodness it does not last long. The high today is supposed
to be 7 F, with a wind chill factor brrrrr. Last night I woke up feeling
a little short on oxygen and Kirby was already awake coughing.
Does something happen to the air when it gets this cold? It's very
dry I am thirsty all the time. You must understand I grew up in a
temperate environment where right now they are all complaining
because it is down in the 30's.

The good news is I am spending my time in the studio. Yesterday
I rearranged the studio and finished a painting. Fun!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all of you here in the USA. I am very
thank-full this year. Thank you for following my art and being in my life.

Oh, by the way, I think this painting is done.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Terry Jarrard-Dimond -Art and Meaning

"Forrest Floor", 78.75" H x 78.25" W, Hand dyed fabric, freehand cut,
machine pieced and machine stitched

"What is the meaning of doing art for you?"

The making of art is my passport to happiness and self-fulfillment. This
activity has been the most constant passion in my entire life and it takes
me places that I can not get to any other way. When I am really focused
on my work there is a feeling of joy and excitement that I do not feel any
other time. It puts me in a state of knowing that my creativity is my gift
and the studio is my place. The results of this art making allows me to
connect with other people and opens doors to relationships that would not
have been possible otherwise.

Terry can be contacted at:
Her website is:
Her blog is:

Friday, November 12, 2010


W.I.P., Oil on canvas, 30"x24"

Well finally I am back at it in full speed in the studio with 2 paintings
going at the same time. I have the darndest time being consistent in
my style! That is what galleries want, a consistent show, in style, that
is. Do any of you artists out there have the same issue? I mean artists
are supposed to be creative right? Oh, don't listen to me, in some
ways I supposed it's good for me as it pushes me to keep going, keep
working the painting until it works with the rest in some way.

I am in the process of going back and looking at paintings I have hanging
around the house and asking if I love the painting and if I don't I am going
back in and reworking it. That is what I am doing with this work in process.
I felt it was the weakest piece in my Satellite Gallery show so now it is
completely changed and already I like it better even though it has a ways to

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"Innerspace" Oil on canvas, 30"x48", $2000

Finally I have gone back into the studio. It was easy when it was raining last week
but it was sunny and perfect for election day. With winter on its way the studio holds
very little appeal on sunny days. I did finish a painting though.

Carol Wiebe of the blog Silver Spring Studio did a fabulous feature on me.
It was a total surprise. You never know what you are going to find when you open
your email. Check out her blog but also go to her website and look at her lovely art,
she makes cracked paper quilts (which I know nothing about, but find intriguing).

Her blog:
Her website:

Monday, October 11, 2010


W.I.P, Oil on Canvas, 24x36

I am now in the process of getting the garden and the house ready for winter.
Then I will kick into gear for my show in Portland in April. I do have a piece
on the wall waiting for attention right now. I think it is 24 x 36.

I just finished my first interview. Richard Speer the art critic in Portland tried
but I was closed mouth with him. He called me enigmatic. I consider Richard a
friend so I would probably give him one now. This one was written, which made
it much easier. Anyhow you can see it on Mary Ann Wakeley's new site, The link for the interview is

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Painting, Gallery Show and a Brochure

"Deep Sea Diving", Oil on Canvas, 36x48, $2600
If you are interested in purchasing this painting please
email me at

"In my case all ...... painting is an accident. I foresee it , yet hardly ever carry
it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don't in fact know
very often what the paint will do and it does many things which are very much
better than i could make it do. Perhaps one could say it is not an accident because
it becomes a selective process which part of the accident one chooses to preserve."
Francis Bacon

My friend Cindy Bilotti sent this quote to me this morning and I love it! It states
perfectly my relationship to paint!

A couple of months ago I submitted to Guardino Gallery's call for artists for 2011.
Yesterday I received the news that I will be showing for the month of April with
sculptural artist Maria Wickwire. I am excited. I showed at this gallery many
years ago, a showing of my drawings. I really like the the gallery, the location
(Alberta St. in Portland), and the gallery owner, Donna Guardino. I have never
seen Maria's work in person but went to her site and saw her beautiful work.
The other part of this that excites me is the fact that I have a deadline and have
to paint. Deadlines are a real motivator for me. Pathetic how difficult it is for me to
get to the studio otherwise! I posted Deep Sea Diving as I walked into the gallery
with a few paintings and I believe this is the one that sold here

On another front I have finally finished the brochure I have been working on for
my other profession and it is published on line at
Check out the lovely blog of M. Heart, she has posted a mention of the brochure in
her posting "links for lunch" today.
Today I plan to order the printing of the actual brochure. If you want a copy or
know the perfect place for a stack of them feel free to email me.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


"Florabunda", Collection of Tara & Chris Jennings
Wow, two days in a row. What's going on here? I have
been struggling with this piece for a while now. I think
it is finished. Feel free to tell me what you think. Getting
away from the studio and going to Portland and getting
my brains image bank refueled helped a lot in allowing
me to breakthrough with it. I need to get away more

This piece was a paint over on an old painting of Cindy's
and my collaboration. Part of the reason I had such a
difficult time with it was letting go of the parts of the old
painting that were 'precious', always a challenge.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Commission in place

Ron, The Witness II and Gail

I have been taking a break from the time I spend on the computer.
This has meant a break from blogging, as that is where the time
really gets gobbled up. I have recently returned from a trip to Portland.
Coming from a county with a population of 25,000 to the city is an
awesome assault of the senses. It was so inspiring to be around all
the creative energy in that city. I went out to eat, visited galleries and
storefronts, bought art supplies, and delivered 14 pieces to a beautiful
furniture store. I house sat so I had my time all my own. It was so
peaceful to be solo for a time. I had incredible dreams, waking up
wanting to create art.

For those of you in the Portland area the art is at Parker Furniture, a
few blocks east on 10 from 217. At one time I showed at Roche Bobois
(furniture store) and did very well. Since then I have wanted to find
another opportunity like that. The opportunity arose with one of the
lovely women I worked with at Roche Bobois offering to represent
me at Parker. Furniture stores are not gallery representation but they
are a great venue as people can see the art in context of a mock living
space. Also I will be showing until we decide to end the arrangement,
not once every 2 years.

The commission has been hung in its new home and Ron and Gail are
very happy with it. They sent me the attached photo. They look like ol'
friends the three of them!

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Witness II

"The Witness II", Oil on Canvas, 60"x48", SOLD

Yesterday was the big day with my commission. I received a very enthusiastic
final approval on the piece and now it is just a matter of the painting drying and
it will be on the way to Seattle. It is a strange thing doing a commission, wondering
if the client will love the painting. Really you don't want anything less. And this
was a large painting!

I am still trying to come up with a name on the abstract. It is usually much easier,
but for some reason this one is not as simple. I think it is because the associations
I am having are much deeper than is usual.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Shakti, Oil on canvas, 48"x48"

I am close to finishing two of the paintings I have been working on.
Both of them are large. The commission is getting very close. I
hope it is ready to sign tomorrow. I would love any feedback on
this painting, and if you like it as it is, what would you name it?
This painting has been a challenge, maybe because it is square?
It is 48"x48". As you know I love painting large. Well enough
said. If I go on anymore it will just be rambling.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Caroline Havers- Art and Meaning

Salt Marsh Bloom
Mixed media on 120x120 cm (47x47 inches)
325 gsm gessoed Saunders Waterford watercolor paper

"What meaning does doing art have for you?"

I believe that art is giving meaning to my life, allowing me to be me
and thus making life worthwhile for me. It’s about capturing what is
beauty, in my eyes, and celebrating it. Passing it on.

I have a fascination with the phenomenon of nature, I want to
explore it.

The series of paintings “Cocktails at the Pond” is a good example
about where the fascination with an aspect of nature can lead to.
The inspiration for these works can be found on and around the
edge of water, kissing the earth or land and can be big or small.
When approaching bodies of water, enclosed or vast, set into the
land or mighty rivers on their way to oceans and seas. It is there
that it happens .. the magic. They can morph into mirrors reflecting
the skies, or gaps making interruptions in the landscape. They look
like mysterious portals, doorways to undiscovered worlds.

I am the first one to see it as it is at that very moment. A nano
second later it has changed already. Maybe a ripple from the wind,
the evaporation of a drop of water, a fleck of dust has landed on the
surface, specks of light found a new rhythm , a different dance. The
surrounding air changes the mood of the body of water, a bird flies
across and paints a disappearing shadow. There is enthusiasm and a
sense of first, I witnessed that very moment , through my very own
eyes, I am the only one.
I am the only witness to this moment of pureness of nature.

I am a painter and all I can do is capture this happening and celebrate
it. It is my enjoyment of the place I want to share through my paintings,
I believe that the source of my interest lies in early childhood experiences.
In discovering nature and fantasizing about it using it as an escape from
the harsh realities of life. Sitting on the edge of a body of water, observing
the never ending movements on their way, on their own journey of life,
enough room for metaphors.

To capture and celebrate, giving meaning to that very place. All that I
picked up on in that very spot feeds into my painting. What I hear and
smell, my thoughts and the sounds of that very moment, my knowledge
of culture and history, the applied metaphors, the atmosphere. A quest
for giving meaning to my own life.

To convey a thought, a smell or sound in a painting is difficult to do and
hard to explain. I believe that the enjoyment in the act of painting and
the medium of paint itself makes it all possible. It is the energy and
freedom in your very own mark making, the randomness of paint splatters
and splattering. Putting one glob of paint next to another. It is about
knowing your ingredients like a great chef does, the knowledge of how
they will react when mixed up or put next to each other. Developing
something unique, something brand new, a new taste ... like that very
unique moment on the edge of water and land.

Nature, as a source of inspiration, is vast and never ending, the ongoing
capture and celebration of it in my art is my task.
One of the works Caroline recently finished in her 'Taste of Summer series
Taste of Summer #11 (Go for It)
acrylics on 120x120 cm (47.25x47.25 inch)
gessoed 300gsm Saunders Waterford watercolor paper

Caroline's website is:

Monday, August 2, 2010


"Conquistador", Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 40x30, SOLD

Well, no, as a matter of fact I have not finished a painting,
in fact I still feel a ways off on all three that I have up in
my studio. So I am posting an older painting.

I was thinking that I need a new title for my blog. It is
now called Treffinger Daily and it certainly is not been
daily as of late. Any ideas?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Commission in Progress

Commission in Progress 60"x48"

It feels like forever since my last post! On these hot Summer days
the last thing I want to do with my cool mornings is sit at my computer.
The rest of the day Kirby has the computer for work. I have been
painting some, working on the commission and a 4' square abstract.
I have a smaller piece going but I think my resistance to small has reached
an all time high and the painting keeps getting worse.

Yesterday we had the best of Summer drama weather. It was 80 degrees
out and I noticed black clouds coming from the west so I sat down
outside and watched and sure enough the lightening and thunder started.
After a while the wind started and then the dust storm and then the hail
came pouring down and then the rain poured as hard as it ever does here.
Too hard for the gutters to handle. Then it all stopped and it was 60 degrees.
Sunday night we had one of the best sunsets I have ever witnessed.
Nature as you see has been creating some sensational art.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Susan's Day at the Beach

"Susan's Day At the Beach", Oil and Wax on canvas, 40"x30"
Collection of Dr. Susan Allen

I have been on my Summer pace lately which is not creatively
very productive I am embarrassed to say. It is difficult to stay
in the studio on these warm sunny days, besides I am doing
quite a bit of thinking about where I want to go with these 2
large canvases staring at me. I do way too much of that. I also
have been transforming my other blog as I get ready to make
the next step in promoting my healing profession. Now that I
have given you all my excuses I have posted an older painting
that is oil and wax. The proportions are not right on the image
but I do not know how to fix that in Photoshop.

It is Cherry harvest time and the tractors are driving by with their
trailers filled with crates filled with cherries to deliver to the 'Cherry
House' where large trucks will pick them up and take them out in the
world. I love this time of year when there is so much activity and the
pickers are living in our small town.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I am trying something many artists do, and work on several paintings at once.
This is a challenge for me. When I was a kid I would attack Thanksgiving dinner
methodically and eat all of one thing before going to the next thing on my plate.
That about says it all. I like to finish something before starting something else.

So I am working on this 48x48 inch canvas alongside a 24x18 inch canvas and
my commission. I worked on this piece yesterday and am liking what is happening.
Now that makes things more difficult, as it makes what is happening on a very
unfinished painting precious and I am going to have to bust through that. The colors
are a little earthier than I usually do. I like that. There is a tempo, a movement that
I like. There, however, is a sureness and complexity that is missing so far. Any input
is welcome.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Stan Kurth- Art and Meaning

"Magma", Acrylic on Yupo, 24" X 18"
"Magma" won the David Gale Memorial Award (2nd Place) in the 35th Annual
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition 2010 hosted by the
Utah Watercolor Society and the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West
Valley City, Utah.

"What meaning does doing art have for you?"

What a question! The answer is a bit elusive and for me has evolved over the
years, but the constant challenge of answering it in my mind is part of the
answer. I am rather introspective, so in line with that, I have this ongoing need
to understand why I am so compelled to make art. I have been painting, drawing
and looking at art for as long as I can remember. Often making art is frustrating,
but ultimately I find it rewarding. Art making is an inner calling; I was created in
the [spiritual] image of God and from that my purpose derives. If I don't do art,
I'm opposing the spirit within me and this creates a void. But I was born for this
purpose and I am driven by it and cannot deny it. I must make art. Thus far it
has been all about the process since I can never "sum it all up" in a single work,
or a multitude of works for that matter, and I don't have an end in sight. Does
any artist have an end in sight? All of us have heard at least one story of an artist,
weak and near death, yet still making art. My worst nightmare is becoming a
commercial success, painting daisies or doggies, or anything else repetitiously.
At my best I am in a trance; I am a medium spewing this abstract language of
marks and symbols from the deepest recesses of my soul, and maybe some from
the shallow recesses as well. All the art I have made from childhood to today has
taken me closer to a more profound answer to this question; I doubt it will ever
be fully answered. Art is my language and it has taken sixty years to impart the
communique in my work.

"The artist’s eye should always be turned in upon his inner life, and his ear should be
always alert for the voice of inward necessity. This is the only way of giving expression
to what the mystic vision commands." -

Stan's website is:
His blog address is:
His email:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


No this is not a finished painting!~
I was having a conversation with an artist, Phil Brown via email about art
and he stated "One thing I am discovering- being reckless with marks and
splashes at the beginning "reveals new directions you never thought existed".
This inspired me to share my process on my commissioned piece. What I
have painted thus far on this 5 foot by 4 foot canvas is simply paint to respond
to. This is how I start my paintings, just apply paint. I am thinking there will be
a lot of dark values in the final painting so I kept the underpinnings fairly light
and bright. This will allow for more value control and interesting scratching.
Otherwise I just applied paint to keep with my motto "break the illusion of
control!" I will continue with this philosophy through the entire painting process.

Looks a bit like a kid's birthday party at this point doesn't it? Now I will let it
dry for a bit, not all the way as I like the resistance that is created at a certain
point of tackiness.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ready to Paint

"The Witness" Oil on canvas, SOLD

I am back from Portland and am inspired now to get going. I wish I could
say I visited galleries and the museum and saw tons of art. I did not, as I
was way too busy. I did see the delightful art of my friend Cindy Bilotti.
The pieces I saw and loved are on Cindy's Flickr. I really enjoyed her faces.
Check out her website:

"Crossing the Blues", Oil on canvas, 24x18, SOLD

At one time I showed my work at Roche Bobois in Portland, a high end
furniture store and sold tons of art. I have been wishing for another,
similar, situation with great people like the ones managing my art at
RB. The ex-manager called me and she works at another high end
furniture store in the Portland area and she wanted to represent my
art again. So we met and she took a painting I happened to have in
the back of my car. I am thrilled to be working with Jill again and to
be showing in a nice furniture store. I think people can really respond
to art when they see it in the context of living spaces.

"Jubilee", Oil on Canvas, 24x18, SOLD

The reason I had the painting in the back of the car in the first place
was to meet with Donna Guardino of Guardino Gallery to submit my
work for her 2011 calendar. Submissions are still open and I won't
know until the fall, but I am under consideration. I did an exhibit of
my drawings several years back at this gallery and would love to
show again. She was complementary of the work, which is always a
great thing to hear.

The other cool thing that went on while I was there was the phone
calls from Willow Galley in Walla Walla telling me I had sold 3 more
pieces of art. Rockin'!!

So off I go to paint. Have a great day.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Willow show.

I am afraid that I don't have any new art to show for myself
and there probably won't be for the next week. I am going through
a million changes and am very busy. Wednesday I am going to
Portland until Sunday or Monday. Yesterday I went to Walla Walla
to replace a piece of art that sold. "The Green Room" is off to Seattle
or Palm Springs, the new owner had not yet decided.
Since only a few people were in the gallery while I was there I snapped some
pictures but they didn't turn out very interesting.

I am feeling very fortunate about this show having sold this piece and getting
the large commission. And, of course showing at this lovely venue!

Happy Summer Solstice my friends.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Julia Kay- Art and Meaning

"Sun Dances with Monstera and Me", Acrylic paint on canvas.
49" X 49"

"What meaning does doing art have for you?"

"Let the beauty we love be what we do." Rumi as translated by
Coleman Barks

Sometimes I think my visual cortex is tied more strongly than
usual to the pleasure centers in my brain. Looking - at rich color
combinations, warm low light on autumn afternoons or cool light
on late winter mornings, multiple reflections on glasses at the dinner
table, or layers of peeling paint on an old wall, makes me really
happy. The process of seeing enriches me. I can get stopped still
at odd moments, staring at a slice of light down a narrow alley
between buildings or the accidental juxtaposition of colors as strangers
pass each other on the street.

At the same time, I feel like I haven't really seen something until I've
drawn or painted it, so making art is a way of seeing better, and thus
making myself happier since the seeing itself jazzes me. I also feel the
pull of what the photographer Eldred Davis referred to as a 'visual call
and response' similar to some traditional dances and certain kinds of
jazz music. I see beauty and it thrums in me and I need to respond, my
response is the art-making process. It's my way of dancing with the

Of course I love it when other people like what I've made, but what
really pleases me is when I like it, and I have something new to look at,
thrumming and humming with the rhythms of the world.

For more of Julia Kay's work go to
Her blog is:
Her email is:

Julia Kay is the instigator of the Julia Kay Portrait Party. The Portrait Party
currently has more than 250 artists from around the world who are about to
top 2900 portraits of each other in less than 4 months. Here's a link to a slide
show of the party:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Drawing after Lucien Freud

"Drawing after Lucien Freud", Charcoal on paper, 24x21, framed, $395
If you are interested in purchasing this drawing please
email me at

I have been so negligent of my blogs lately. It has been a busy time for
me. I have started working on a screenplay with Kirby. Since it is my
story, I am having to lay the foundation. Needless to say I have not
been spending much time in the studio. When I do go to the studio I
have been getting nothing but frustration as the piece I am working on
is definitely not cooperating. I am going to have to start kicking into
creative gear soon as I now have a commission. A lovely couple from
Seattle, referred from the show in Walla Walla visited my studio this
weekend and told me what they wanted and it will be a large painting.
It is a bit ironic because I did a whole group of smaller paintings for the
show against my desire to paint large, and here the sale is a large painting.

Follow your bliss!

What do you think of the new blog template?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Galleries and Dealing with Rejection

"Spring Moon", Oil on canvas, 24x30, $900 ($675 today)
If you are interested in purchasing this painting please
email me at

I have been having a discussion with Annell Livingston
about how to approach galleries. In the process she
asked me how I deal with rejections. I spent so much
time on the answer this morning that I thought I would
post it.

Annell: "Rejections." Certainly nothing new to artists.
How do you handle it?

Katherine: In 'On Writing' Stephen King said that he put
a 10 penny nail in his office and put his rejection notices
on the nail as he received them. The nail was full by the
time he sold Carrie, his first published novel. I think of
that. I do get a little bummed but then I pick myself up by
the bootstrap and remember that every no is one step
closer to the yes and the most successful people in the world
are the ones that have had the most nos and kept going. I
would like some responses. Mostly I hear nothing.

My partner is a screenplay writer who has not sold anything
but his follow up is remarkable and as a result he has several
production companies that will read anything he puts in front
of them. The head of the Academy of Motion Pictures gets
right back to him. While I have been selling tons of art he
has sold nothing but he just keeps getting more and more
confident. You think galleries are tough, try Hollywood! He
has been making these phone calls for over 10 years and has
a prestigious agent (the only way he can get read. His agent
does very little by the way. If he had not done the pursuing
he would be no where.) His attitude puts me to shame if I get

On another note. Today is the last day of my 25% off sale.
That is a large cut if you are interested in any of my pieces.
Check out my website. The
prices on the site do not reflect the sale reduction.

Yes I am still painting. but nothing I am ready to show yet.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Annell Livingston- Art and Meaning

Desert Poem #970 10" sq gouache on w/c paper

"What is the meaning of doing art for you?"

The "doing" is the "art". We see the finished work and
we think that is the "art". But the finished work is only
the visible by-product of the process. We go into the
studio and we begin the ritual, hopefully, with grace,
because everything shows.

And that is where I am and where I must stay. Each
morning as the sun rises above Taos Mountain you will
find me at work in the studio. It is a problem unsolved,
that turns into another problem unsolved and I must
continue. I am responsible to the process. It is my life, my
breath. Whatever happiness is, I could not be happy
without my work. It is what I do. It is what I am. It sustains
me in all weather, be it sunshine or shadow.

My favorite quote is Henry James, "We work in the dark,
We do what we can, We give what we have, The rest is the
madness of art."

The journey is unknown, winding, and full of danger, but the
rewards are great. And what else do we do in life, that we
sign our name to?

Stumble, Stumbling, Stumbled

It's never easy for too long.
It seems, sometimes we stumble,

--We right ourselves--

Perhaps return to a safer place,
Perhaps jump to the next stone,

--We get clear--

This is what I want
And this is not.

--We begin again--

It's never easy for too long,
For sometimes...................we stumble.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rainy Week Sale

"Painted Pony", (Painted over)

We here in the high desert of Eastern Oregon are
having an unseasonable amount of rain. I am beginning
to think it might have something to do with the
Volcano that went off in Iceland. I am also wondering
what happens to Desert Sage in this much rain.

Anyhow, I have decided to have a sale on my art, just
to lift the gray sky spirits. Everything on my website
that says to contact me if you are interested in
purchasing the piece of art is 25% off. This sale is good
until midnight of the 9th of June. It even includes the
collaborative work and the prints. Sales are first come
first serve and the price does not include shipping.


Since my website has a bit of a lag in coordinating
photos with info please be patient to make certain you
are getting the correct info. If you are interested in a
piece I will send a photo with the info to make sure
we are clear.

The current prices listed on the site are not
the sale prices!!!!
So take off 25%. Prints are also
25 % off but the half off offer for the second print is only
good with the normal price. If you have any questions
feel free to email or phone me.

Happy June to you all.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Willow show announcement

Place + Context

June 4 - July 31

Artists' Reception + Art Talks
Friday, June 4
5 to 8 p.m.
Art Talks by Ursula Curran
and Anne Hysell
begin at approx. 6 p.m.

exhibiting artists...

Ursula Curran, Walla Walla, WA
Abe Geasland, New Orleans, LA
Andrew Geasland Walla Walla, WA
Anne Hysell, Walla Walla, WA
Katherine Treffinger, Cove, OR

"Canyon de Chelly, Arizona" by Ursula Curran
(carbon print)

Geasland Bros.
"Superceded Optimal Scenario"
by Andrew and Abe Geasland
(reclaimed metal)

"Nature's Gold" by Anne Hysell

"Sonata" by Katherine Treffinger

Friday, July 2
Willow open from 5 to 8 p.m.

2 E Rose ST
Walla Walla WA 99362
509 876 2247

proprietor || Kary Beckner
curator + preparator || Colleen Sargen

Friday, May 28, 2010

Rocks at Sea Ranch- Rachel Schlueter

"Rocks at Sea Ranch", Oil on panel, 10"x12"
By Rachel Schlueter

My friend Rachel is posting my coyote and a statement from
me about my relationship to Humboldt County on a group
daily blog from Humboldt County in Northern California.
It is one of the most gorgeous areas on the west coast.
The Blog address is

I decided to post a painting of hers again as a trade of sorts.
I couldn't get a price from her but I believe it is for sale.
I swear, artists! (Just teasing you Rachel) Also, I think this
is an awesome painting. I own one of Rachel's seascapes and
it is a prized possession. It is very different from this, not any
where as expressive. Rachel just came back from a trip to
Mendocino another gorgeous area in Northern California,
where she stayed with a group of artist friends at Sea Ranch.
This painting came out of this time.
Rachel's blog is:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Julia Kay's Portrait Party

"Flyn Ryon" oil on canvas 6"x6" by Rachel Schlueter

A wonderful occurrence is happening on Flickr.
Artist Julia Kay has started a portrait party and artists
that are members of the party are painting each other.
No self portraits are allowed. People are posting photos
of themselves and artists are drawing, painting and
whatever other ways of expressing their take of the
photos. Most of these artists have not even met each
other. Go check it out: Portrait Party If you want to
see the photo the portrait is based on there is often
a link under the portrait,

I chose to post Rachel's wonderful new painting because
I love it and because we are good friends and I could call
her up and ask for permission to post.
Go check out Rachel's blog and her Flickr.
And the photo this was based on:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bill Gingles- Art and Meaning

"Red and Gray", Acrylic on canvas, 16"x12"

"What is the meaning of doing art for you?"

If I'm doing art it means I'm alive! I say that because
I really don't know what it feels like to be anything
other than an artist. Painting for me is not something
I do in the way, say, a hobbyist collects stamps. A
hobbyist can stop or change hobbies. That option is not
there for me: I have no choice but to make art. It's
what I am and what I do comes from that, sometimes
easily and sometimes not! I have to make images and
painting is the medium in which I choose to make them.

Bill's website is:
His email is:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Drawing (after Jerry Orbana)

"Drawing (after Jerry Orbana), Charcoal on paper, SOLD

I was going to post the card for my show today
but alas the scanner is not working. Therefore you
are getting one of my drawings. I worked off a
wonderful photo.

I, of course, am considering some slight tweeking
of yesterday's painting. Is anybody surprised?
Any suggestions?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vision Quest

"Vision Quest", (painted over)

After a great pouring rain last night it is sunny today.
I love Spring! Ahchooooo! No really I do! Ahchoo!
The allergies are big here this year as we had an
unseasonably warm couple of days and the trees ran
to catch up pouring pollen into the air. My friends cat
came home thickly coated in yellow.

So anyhow, sniffle and paint, sniffle and blog, I do have
a new painting for you. A new nursery rhyme? What do
you think? "Vision Quest" was, in its last incarnation
"Hanuman". I had a great time reworking it, I actually
felt like an artist again.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sue Hodnett- Art and Meaning

"The mineshaft in the garden", St Ives, Cornwall. April 2010.
Watercolour pen and ink on watercolour paper
22"X30" (SOLD)
"What is the meaning of doing art for you?"

For me, art is more a way of seeing than doing. It is a daily
attitude rather than a final solution, so I'm looking at and
working out a journey with colours, shapes, smells, lines,
tones, forms and feelings and how they relate and work
together all the time.

I'm not a gregarious or expressive person so painting is my
outlet and I'm often surprised at the colourful outcome and
other people's kind responses to it. I paint because I want to
and I enjoy the process and freedom of it. I'm not a tortured
artist - I live and work in beautiful and historical surroundings
which I hope comes through in my work. I get a huge thrill to
see the final piece, as I never know what the end result will be.
Of course not all results are good, but I revel in the challenge
to improve, and aspire to become a better artist.

Sue Hodnett

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sutter's Mill

"Sutter's Mill", Oil on Canvas, 40x30,
Collection of Prem and Binnie Arcot

I am still working on my brochure. Jeez what a task!
As a result I have not been in the studio. Everyday
I tell myself I am going to go in and work, but I either
have something happens, like allergies, or I have an
inspiration with the writing. What I am trying to say here
is I still have nothing new to post so you are getting an
older piece that I am fond of. Something about the green.

It's a beautiful day here, I hope it is wherever you are.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ruth Armitage- Art and Meaning

"Wetland" Watercolor on Yupo, 28"x40"
"What is the meaning of doing art for you?"

For me, making art is a way to communicate. It is better
than using words because for me the images carry deeper,
more personal meaning than words can convey. Colors and
shapes and marks all combine, like poetry or music to make
something that has both meaning and beauty for me. When
a client responds to my art and makes a purchase, I know
I have reached a place inside them, that they can truly hear
my voice, not just my words. Making my art is a way of
putting a little bit of me into the world.

Ruth's website is:
Her blog is:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Grotto

" The Grotto" Oil on canvas, 24x18, $540
If you are interested in purchasing this painting please
email me at

I have been writing a brochure so I have not been
painting. I do think I am finished with "The Grotto"
so here it is. For some reason this piece has been
difficult getting the values right. It has been looking
good in photos but in person it has been too dark.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Pow Wow

Yesterday I went to a Pow Wow here in La Grande,
Oregon. As an artist I am a great believer in going
out to places where I feel my image bank in my
being will get restocked. I was not disappointed at
this event for it was not only a visual feast, the
drumming and chanting fed my soul on a very primal
level. I wish I was a better photographer, but here
is a taste of what I saw. Click on the pictures for
larger image, the people and their outfits were quite