Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting two of the cutest lovebirds, Kirsten and Dillon.
The forecast called for rain, but that didn't slow down these outdoor lovers. We met at the lovely greenhouse next to the Bush House Museum. A couple minutes after we arrived, the clouds broke up and some blue sky made an appearance.
Meandering through the greenhouse and the heritage rose garden with the gazebo was full of laughter, snuggles, and kisses. I can't wait to capture all the joy and love on their wedding day.
Last year was my first time to the Pendleton Round Up and I had fun taking photos from the stands. One of the photos I took, I entered it (and a couple others) in the Let'er Buck Photo Contest. The super exciting part is that the one photo won the contest! So, this year I got to attend the rodeo and Happy Canyon with my husband, John. It was John's first time to the Round Up and for my second time I got to have media credentials, which meant I got to go to a platform right next to the chutes! I hope you enjoy the moments of excitement I captured. There was saddle bronc riding, Indian relay races, bull riding, barrel racing, and wild cow milking, plus the Native American dancing in the park area.
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Have you been wanting to learn more about horses so that you can draw them more realistically? Have you been wanting to learn how to paint in watercolor?
Well, if so, you're in luck! This fall I'm teaching Drawing Horses 101 and starting my series of Watercolors Made Easy classes. The classes will be held in Keizer and Newberg, Oregon, but if you are interested in taking private classes or hosting a Watercolors Made Easy party class, please let me know!
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Drawing Horses 101
Fridays, starting October 20 from 9 am - 12 pm at Keizer Art Association
6 classes for $150
Watercolors Made Easy: Red Fox
Friday, November 10 from 6 pm - 9 pm at Anvil Academy
All supplies included for $75
Watercolors Made Easy: Red Barn in Snow
Friday, December 8 from 6 pm - 9 pm at Anvil Academy
All supplies included for $75
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At the Oregon State Fair this year there was an acrobatic equestrian performance (twice a day almost everyday!). It was Cirque Ma'Ceo. Of course I took my camera and trusty 85mm to capture the action and grace. It was such as treat to watch them perform and the trust between the performers and horses showed as true partnerships.
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I am part of the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) and every year there are two conventions, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. About 2 ½ years ago I volunteer to co-chair the Fall 2017 Convention. Over the years I've been working on venue spaces for the weekend long convention and the week long workshop the juror does.
This convention's juror is Paul Jackson. He does amazing watercolors and I also volunteered to be his assistant during his workshop (I can learn, but my first duties will be to assist and run errands as needed).
I really wanted to create a couple new paintings for the art show that coincides with fall convention, but with the move and no studio set up, I decided to look through my current line of paintings. Back in November 2015 I created a new body of square watercolors that featured the Drum Horses and rescue horses that I love to visit. I had two favorites that I hadn't entered in shows yet, so I decided to enter them.
Last night I received an email stating the 156 artists entered 276 paintings for Paul Jackson to jury and only 80 are chosen to be included in the show. To be in the show is a great honor, and I'm excited to announce that "Holly" has been selected to in the 52nd Fall Watercolor Exhibit Columbia River Colors at the Mount Hood Community College's Visual Arts Gallery!
I am not only excited that she will be in the show, but also that Paul Jackson chose her out of hundreds and that I will be learning what I can from him the week after the convention during his workshop!
I will be posting more details as the time gets closer. And if you enjoyed this journal entry, please leave a comment and share it with your friends!
In June I relocated from Gresham to Salem, not just because it was in the path of totality for the eclipse, well, it was definitely a perk. I could have watched it from my own front yard, but instead my husband and I left in the morning hours (to bypass potential traffic) to spend the day at my family's farm near Brooks and Gervais.
It was a wonderful day spent with family and I didn't want to stress out about getting the perfect photo of the eclipse. I never bought a filter, instead I made a pinhole viewer. But with my photography loving cousins, we created two filters from one pair of eclipse glasses, a scissors, paper plates, and electrical tape. With our DIY photography filters I captured a couple images of the eclipse and then with no filter, I captured totality. I didn't have a specialty lens for this, I just used my 24-105mm L Canon lens with manual settings and focus set to infinity.
And here is my favorite photo I took which is commonly known as the diamond ring shot. It was my favorite before I even knew it had a special name.
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I hope you stay awhile. This is my journal where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.