Friday, April 30, 2010

Sha Sha Higby

I have emailed this artist and asked for an art and meaning
statement, but I have not received a response. I understand.
Sha Sha Higby is very focused on creating. I am a big fan of
hers although I have only seen her perform once. I am posting
a video of a visit to her studio and some clips of performances
so you can see why I am such a fan. Sha Sha imbues her art
with meaning.

Please have patience downloading, it is well worth it.
For a video of one of her performances please visit

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chasing Stars

"Chasing Stars" Oil on canvas, 10'x4'7", $8250
If you are interested in purchasing this painting please
email me at

Today I am posting a painting most of you have seen.
"Chasing Stars" is the 10 foot painting I painted before
falling and breaking my ankle. It is the largest painting I
have ever painted. I am quite fond of it and it is sitting
rolled up in a corner of my home where nobody sees it.
So, I thought it time to honor it again. I hope you enjoy
it. I can't wait to paint another large piece.
(Painting "Chasing Stars")

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's the full moon!

"Selene", Oil on canvas, 48x48, SOLD

In honor of the full moon today I am posting this old painting.
I believe it was purchased for a hotel lobby in Arizona
(When it showed at Roche Bobois in Portland, OR)

I actually made it into the studio and painted yesterday.
I have nothing to show for it, but I showed up. My mind
was else where yesterday and if the angel was there, I don't
know that I would have noticed.

Do some howling tonight if the sky is clear enough, or
howl even if it isn't.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Drawing, Charcoal and conte on paper, 35x22 $150
If you are interested in purchasing this drawing please
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I hope some of you are enjoying all these drawings
I am digging up. I really had such a fabulous time
when I was drawing during the period I was studying
at the Drawing Studio. I knew I was in for it the
first time I called to ask when classes were starting
and Phil said the first class of this season is in session
right now. Hurry and come down. I said but I am still
in my pajamas. He replied we don't care if you wear
your pajamas, just come. I started the next class. If
I had known the way things were there I might have
gone in my pj's, it would have only added to the fun.

I don't remember the name of the artist that did the
painting this is after. Do you recognize it?

Monday, April 26, 2010


"Ruth", Charcoal on paper, 20"x22", $200
If you are interested in purchasing this drawing please
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Today I will be brief as I have an appointment this
morning and I slept late. Last night I downloaded
so more of my drawings. It was great fun, bringing
back many memories.

Todays drawing was done fro a model and I am
afraid I have cheated. This drawing has been cropped.
It is a huge relief for me as it went from being a
failure to being (in my eyes) a success. Her right knee
and leg were wrong and I did not see that it could be
remedied until I took it into photoshop. So any how
here it is.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


"Munich", Charcoal on paper, 35x17, $495 framed
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I am on a roll, dusting off the images of my drawings.
It has been really fun cleaning up and labeling the digital

Today's drawing hangs in my studio. For reasons I am not
clear about it is my favorite of the drawings I still have. I
never tire of it. This is another drawing that I did at
The Drawing Studio with a live model.

Hopefully I will make it into the studio today and throw
some paint at a canvas. It is always hard for me to re-enter
the creative process after reaching a deadline.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


"Megan"Charcoal and conte on paper, 30x22, SOLD

J.B. Krost responded to my drawing yesterday by asking
if I had been hiding my charcoals. Funny, but I realized
since I had moved to Eastern Oregon I had not been
working from models. Thus there were no new drawings
coming forth. Well except animals from photos. There
is something so spontaneous and lovely working from a
model. Cindy Bilotti and I paid models to come to my
studio and regularly worked from these lovely people, and
we did have incredible people come sit and stand for us.
Todays drawing is one such person, a very talented artist

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

After Aristide Maillol

"After Aristide Maillol" Charcoal on paper, 30x22, $495
If you are interested in purchasing this drawing please
email me at

I have been so busy lately doing all the things I put off
getting this last batch of paintings ready that I have had
no time for the studio. But there is still plenty of art of
mine I have not posted.

I did this drawing while I was still in Portland and it is a
study of a drawing of Aristide Maillol, a French artist
mostly known for his sumptuous sculptures. I love doing
studies of others drawings as I learn so much.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Georgia (after Alfred Stieglitz)

"Georgia (after Alfred Stieglitz) Charcoal on paper, 11x8.5, SOLD
I did no art this weekend. Had a lovely visit with Colleen
Sargen, curator of the Willow Gallery in Walla Walla and
talented artist. We met in town and on the way to my studio
we saw a herd of 8 Prong Horn Antelope. Awesome!
We stopped and got out of the car to get a closer look
and they were so curious they came toward us. I found out
this weekend that they go an entire lifetime without drinking
water, they get enough moisture from the plants they eat,
which includes desert sage.

I was looking through my pictures of art to see what I
had not posted on my blog. I found this drawing I did
9 years ago from a photo of Alfred Stieglitz's of
Georgia O'Keefe. It sold somewhere along the line.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, aside from a torrential
downpour including winds and lightening and thunder, we had
a beautiful sunny weekend.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Crow Speaks

"Crow Speaks" Charcoal, Conte and Gouache on paper,
30x22, $250 If you are intersted in purchasing this drawing
please contact Pendleton Center for the Arts (541.278.9201)

I spent yesterday working on The Grotto and then went
and had a spectacular bodywork session. So far the
painting has gone down hill but that is often the case.
I have to mess it up before I get it better. It is all
about risk taking. Sabotage the work to hopefully
make it better, more interesting.

Today I am posting a drawing I have posted before.
I have recently brought the price down on it to $250.
It was $395 I believe.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


"David, Charcoal on paper, 35x22, $200
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email me at

Well, of course, after sending yesterday's painting out
into the blogosphere I went back into it with thinner.
I pulled color off it because I decided it was too dark.
So that is my task if I make it to the studio today.
I am getting a bodywork session today so it may be a
day off. Good way to spend tax day don't you think?

This is a drawing I did while studying at the Drawing
Studio in Portland. I have been itching to draw lately,
so maybe that is what I will do next time I sit down
to create.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Grotto

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

I had a pretty good day in the studio. It's funny how
much of a struggle it is for me to create, but I do seem
to succeed creating that is. Most of the time, I don't
really, honestly know how good I am at it. I am not
being falsely modest. I just feel like I am my own worst
judge. Not always, sometimes I hit it, and I know I have
hit it. But then again not everyone agrees with me even
then. I guess it all boils down to art is subjective. I am
always open to feedback so if any of you want to give
me an opinion feel free.

This painting is a repaint of an older painting. I love
doing that, making an old painting new.

The Musician

"The Musician" Charcoal on paper, 30x22, $200
If you are interested in purchasing this drawing please
contact the Pendleton Center fo theArts (541.278.9201)

I have just lowered the price on a drawing I posted
almost a year ago. Since I don't have any new
art to post as of yet I will let the Musician play for
you again. I drew this while I watched him play.
It was so much fun!

I am in the middle of 2 paintings right now. They are
both too awkward to even show as works in progress.
Maybe today the angel will show.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Zao's Garden

"Zao's Garden", Oil on canvas, 48x36, $2200
If you are interested in purchasing this painting please
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Today I am posting an older painting that I have already
posted. I just can't believe it hasn't sold. It is large, so it
is expensive, but it is the last of many textured pieces I
painted. The only reason I still have it is that it was my
favorite and I kept it in my collection for years. It is one
of two paintings in my home that when people visit they
go to immediately and stand in front of it. I am talking about
people that don't get abstract. They love it. I don't know
maybe I am supposed to keep it?

I have been working at developing a strong internet presence
for the last few years so my art can be found. I discovered
through a friend of mine this weekend that when you put
Katherine T into the search engine and pause a second, my
name is one of about eight choices that drop down to
choose from. At Tre it comes right up. I was amazed!
It doesn't feel so long ago that I was trying to figure out
how to have my website be one of the first things that would
come up on my page in the search engines. Alright I am
bragging, but I am pleased.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Thea Schrack- Art and Meaning

"Blue Willow" Photography with encaustic wax painting,
23x23 inches.

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

"For me creating art is an ongoing investigation
and connection to our natural world. To be in
the presence of that mystery on a daily basis is
what I live and thrive on."

Thea Schrack April 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sale and Quotes

"Tin Drum", Oil on canvas, 9"x6" $55
If you are interested in purchasing this painting please
email me at

I discovered yesterday that the stretcher bar
on this painting has a very slight warp
making it so it doesn't lay entirely flush against
the wall. Before I re-stretch it I thought I
would put it 'on sale' and see if that works.
First come first serve...get your red hot painting!!

I have been reading a book of quotes I checked out
from the library. Here's one that made me laugh out
"I smoke cigars because at my age if I don't
have something to hang onto I might fall down."
George Burns

And then an inspirational one:
"To keep our faces toward change and behave like
free spirits in the in the presence of fate is strength
undefeatable" Helen Keller

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Green Room

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

Well the angel showed up yesterday and I was able to
get a lot done in the studio. For this I am grateful, for
the wonderful curator of the gallery I will be showing
in is coming tomorrow. I feel ready now and yesterday
I didn't.

Today's painting is named after My experience of riding
the 'Green Room' a white water rapid in the Snake River.
It is the largest standing wave in the Snake and I believe
in this country. It was one of the most exhilarating
experiences in my long life. The only other one I am
remembering at the moment that matches it was flying
and landing an adult Golden Eagle off a leather gauntlet
when I was working with a project at the San Francisco
Zoo to retrain Birds of Prey for release. We had different
birds come stay with us when they were not feeling well,
including Thor, a Red Tailed Hawk and Harry, a Great
Horned Owl. Harry had the annoying habit of sitting on
one's knee and biting the corners of whatever book you
were reading. What a bird! Beautiful!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Little Bear Fishes

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

The painting I am sending today may or may not be
finished. As, I believe, I have mentioned before, I
often paint something, think it is a breakthrough
only to realize later it is not even finished let alone
a breakthrough. This is one of those paintings. It
went through some veryawkward stages where
I was completely lost.If you want to tell me I might
have lost it on this one feel free.

Now as for the title. I see a little bear and a hill in
it. It reminded me of a rafting trip I took the
summer before last on the Snake River.Ohhhhh
what a Divine experience! Anyhow in the first
few moments we were in the river a baby bear
came scurrying down the very steep hill, a wall
of Hell's Canyon. He went to the river, stuck his
paw in and to our utter amazement pulled a
large fish out. He put it in his mouth and scurried
back up. No hesitation! Wow! Beautiful.

Visit my new metaphysical blog if you feel so

Friday, April 2, 2010

New eBay- Dockside

Oil on canvas, 9"x6" SOLD

The wind is howling outside and there is 100%
chance of rain forecasted. A good day to
stay inside and paint. I am still a little perplexed
as to the next step on my painting so I might start
on another one.

I was going to lay off eBay for a while but I have
too much fun with it so I have posted one of my
new little paintings. As usual the starting bid is
1/2 the asking price.

Best to you on this Good Friday for those
of you who honor it.

Visit my new spiritual blog if you feel so inclined

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fools

Out my front window.

Is April Fools a tradition in Europe? If so how is
it celebrated? We in the US do tricks on people
that are supposed to make them laugh and one
or the other of those involved ends up looking
the fool.

Here in Cove the trick is on us. Just when we
thought we were fully swinging into Spring the
Weather system started coming from the other
direction, the one it usually comes from all
Winter...Alaska. This Winter it came from
This is what my view from the side is:
Please make someone laugh today. JB I am blaming you!