Sunday, June 23, 2013

Plein Air Paint-Out at the Park

Perfect Painting Weather at Smith Rock Park

 This is the view that greeted plein air artists from all over Oregon Saturday June 22. The Smith Rock Park 1st Annual Paint Out was the event that drew over 60 artists to the park near Terrebonne. For several hours the area was dotted with artists and their easels spaced out along the canyon rim. 

Park Ranger
The event consisted of an art competition to choose 25 paintings to be displayed in a 3 month long exhibit at Robert’s Field Airport. All the artists started their paintings at 9am and by 1:30  had finished and framed their paintings for the jurying. The HDAL judges picked 25 paintings in various mediums and sizes and then chose 3 paintings  for awards, plus 1 more chosen by the Park Ranger for Best of Show - all 25 paintings to be exhibited in the Airport during the summer months.

The winners who received Award Ribbons are:  Denise Rich - Best of Show, Sally O'neill - 1st place, Scott Gellatly - 2nd  place, and Kime Smith - 3rd place. 

Helen and Jacqueline demonstrate their Arts
During the morning 4 members of HDAL demonstrated their painting techniques, while nearby the Art Station was set up for children to enjoy some art projects. David Kinker did an acrylic painting while visitors watched and asked questions, and Vivian Olsen painted her scene in oils in the shade of the tent cover. Jacqueline Newbold and Helen Brown set up their outdoor studio on the park table and explained to onlookers how to paint watercolors, and create a travel journal.
Vivian with her acrylic demo painting

This event was so successful and well attended that there will probably be many more to come. Watch for us next June.

David Kinker shows how its done
Janice Rhodes, Helen Brown, & Jacqueline Newbold -
"May we stamp your canvas?"

 The Paint Out was presented by Bend’s High Desert Art League, Smith Rock Park, with partners Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport, Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places , Cascade A&E, and the Art Station.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Recently I have been fascinated with old photographs of women. These two pastels are from this series.
I enjoy figure drawing and portraiture. Every Friday I go to a three hour figure drawing open studio to hone my drawing skills.


I am a pastel painter that also has a fondness for encaustic art. I began doing encaustic paintings after taking a workshop in 2007.  When I start an encaustic work, I sometimes don't know where it will take me. Along the way, the process requires that I use my knowledge of basic design but I also know that I must follow my intuition.
I have a studio where I am able to open doors and windows when I work, and the bees come in attracted by the beeswax, reminding me of where this material comes from and that it is an ancient art that I am putting my contemporary spin on.
My encaustic paintings vary from purely abstract to figurative, often with whimsical touches.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

High Desert Art League member, Pam Jersey Bird will be showing at Franklin Crossing in Bend, OR for the month of June. The reception is Friday, June 7th during Bend's First Friday Art Walk. Pam is showing with artist Judy Hoiness. The artists have know each other for 13 years and both are former art educators. Their work has evolved over the years but both have moved in a more abstract direction. The show was curated by Art Consultant, Billye Turner who has also hung their work at the Oxford Hotel in Bend. The show will move on to the Sunriver Lodge during the month of July.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Aspen Lakes Lodge Hosts HDAL


Twelve amazing artists, all unique and successful, have each come to ‘sense their places’ in the realm of art. They have achieved a level of artistic expertise which enables them to share with others their timeless pieces of art. All are members of the High Desert Art League and are exhibiting their art at Aspen Lakes from June 2 through October. 

"A Sense of Place" is the theme of this exhibit where all 12 artists are displaying their recent 'Artworks in a Series' paintings and photographs. The afternoon Reception was held on June 2nd in the beautiful Aspen Lakes Lodge just east of Sisters Oregon.  The sun was brightly shining on a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountains, the appetizers and wine were divine, and the artwork excellent! 

Jacqueline Newbold, Janice Rhodes, Connie Cyrus, and Barbara Slater
David with Pam Bird and Jacqueline Newbold
Vivian Olsen
Joren Traveller

The exhibit will be shown through October 2013 with changes to the art at intervals during that time.