Thursday, January 7, 2016

Other blog

Check out my other blog where I have been posting my daily painting's for the month of January 2016. I'm up to 6 little studies so far.

The website there is a work in progress. I've been gradually migrating my other site over to this FASO site where it is a monthly fee rather than a lump fee at the beginning. Much more manageable for me at the moment. And I like the cleanness and simplicity of the new site. Not flashy and as colorful, but perhaps it suits my style better at the moment. Once I pull the plug on the other site it will be fully functional and the name will switch back over to Not exactly sure what is keeping me from pulling the plug, but it is something I really need to get done here rather quickly.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dufur View of Mt Hood

"Dufur View of Mt Hood" 10x10 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Mt Hood painted from a viewpoint near quaint Dufur, OR before the wheat fields were harvested. The mountain was under a bit of cloud cover and partially obscured. This is a lovely area especially in mid summer when the hills glisten with the ripening wheat. They host a Threshing festival there in early August, using old fashioned techniques to harvest some of the crop.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Furrowed Fields

"Furrowed Fields" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
This was painted on location looking down the Webber Canyon on a hazy winter day before the fields filled in with lush green. On a clear day you can see both Mt Adams, and Mt Ranier.

We've had haze this summer from the wildfires. With the exception of the lack of green, the scene is quite similar.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Rattlesnake Mountain at Golden Hour (sold)

"Rattlesnake Mountain at Golden Hour" 8x8 oil on board, © Laura Gable, SOLD
As the Autumn day was fading towards evening these lovely peach tones appeared on the horizon and flooded the land with it's luminescence. I was privy to be there painting this scene, and added the golden tones before they faded away. The air was brisk with a slight chill - perfect and lovely Autumn weather. A fabulous afternoon spent painting with a dear friend, was a welcome reprieve from a taxing day.

Pleased to have sold this painting while it was on display at the Anelare Winery in Benton City. A beautiful place to sip wine and enjoy artwork. Visit when you can.

Long Shadows

"Long Shadows" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
There is an area along the Yakima River called Horn Rapids where the river takes a wide turn almost back the way it came. There are dirt roads leading down to the river where many a fisherman finds solace; and kayakers let their crafts in and out along the waters' edges. We enjoy going out that way to paint when it's not too hot, as it is quite exposed. It was especially colorful this afternoon as the sage brush was climbing out of it's slumber, gathering color, and shrub oaks along the water were turning a fiery red. It was an idyllic afternoon.

Clouds Overhead (sold)

"Clouds Overhead" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable SOLD
I've been doing quite a bit of plein air painting this year. I set out around late December in 2014 resolving to complete at least 2-3 paintings a week. I didn't go so far as to require one per day, because I know what that does to me and my creative psyche. So during the cooler, less colorful months, it was interesting to see what colors I could see in these sueded hillsides and the surrounding toned trees and brush. This was painted from an overlook near the Columbia River where the Yakima River merges into this expansive waterway. The largest mountains in our area are treeless. An odd claim to fame, but even Wikipedia acknowledges that fact regarding this Rattlesnake Mountain.

Rattlesnake Mountain (Native American name LalĂ­ik meaning "land above the water") is a 3,527 ft (1,060 m) windswept treeless sub-alpine ridge overlooking the Hanford nuclear site. Parts of the western slope are privately owned ranchland, while the eastern slope is under the federal protection of the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve, a unit of the Hanford Reach National Monument, managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Rattlesnake Mountain is often described as the tallest treeless mountain in the world, but this claim appears to be without foundation.[2] The highest winds recorded on Rattlesnake were around 150 mph (241 kilometers per hour).[3]

Just yesterday winds up on Rattlesnake were clocked over 100 mph. Glad I wasn't up there with an easel. ;-)

Sage Bouquets

"Sage Bouquets" 5x7 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Living in eastern Washington, we are surrounded by rolling hills complete with clumps of sagebrush. The tones of the hillsides swing towards lavenders and gold at times. This little bouquet was begging to be painted.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Water's Edge (sold)

These lovely ponds are tucked in the Amon Basin area in Eastern Washington. I hiked in a short distance to find this viewpoint. Not much was happening this day, until 2 bicyclists came zooming past and startled me. For the most part it was just me and the water and the ducks and the sage and the rabbit brush and the trees. A lovely soliloquy for a winter's day. Perhaps I will return there again soon to see what nature provides. Softer colors I'm sure since I pushed these a bit brighter than our true hazy mid-winter tones.

"Water's Edge" in it's final revision. 9x12 oil on board, ©Laura Gable

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Amon Basin Marshes

Yesterday I got an opportunity to paint en plein air. As I was heading south on Leslie Rd, the sun peeked out from behind it's cloud cover, and my car veered left toward Amon Basin Preserve. There is this lovely pond there on both sides of the wide path. I set up looking towards the north and did a quick painting. I like the drama of the water in the foreground as it went almost dark purple then faded towards the soft marshes in the back. The reflections were stunning and the distant trees very soft. After about an hour, when the sun ducked out again, my scene quickly changed and it was time to stop. Nature has a way of keeping us from being too fussy!!

"Amon Basin Marshes" painted plein air ,
8" x 10" oil on board, ©Laura Gable

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After the Rains (sold)

"After the Rains"
12"x12" oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Welcome back to my blog. This is a painting I recently did in the studio. Most times my camera is with me, and I was thrilled to capture this lovely scene off Wheat Road in Kennewick, after the storms blew through in the springtime. Our horizons are mostly soft rolling hills of sage, rabbit brush and cheat grass. I love the way the clouds and their energetic movement seem to contrast with the rolling landscape. And of course, who doesn't love the orange and blue contrast. I'm pleased that this painting is heading to nearby Yakima for exhibit in the 59th Central Washington Artists' Exhibition at the Larson Gallery. It will be on display there for a month.

I painted this on an Ampersand Aquaboard (intended for watercolor). When I prepped the board with a thin wash of oil paint mixed with medium, it made for a lovely surface for oil paint--with enough tooth to catch the paint and yet still allow blending. Hope you enjoy this painting.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Storm's a Brewin' II

"Storm's a Brewin' II" 4" x 6.26" oil on card, ©Laura Gable
This was painted the same day as the previous post. In an area off the highway and near a new hospital where there is a lot of new housing construction in progress on these pristine cheat grass and sage covered hill sides. The clouds were quite dramatic as they skimmed the surface of this distant hill, leaving the close grasslands quite strongly naples yellow toned with bits of bright green. We have a lot of these smooth sided hills in our region. I don't recall the name of this one, but the one further south, out of view, is Jump Off Joe. The one I was perched on the side of is Thompson Hill. And others in the area are Badger Mountain, Little Badger Mountain, Red Mountain, Candy Mountain and Rattlesnake Mountain. The final one's claim to fame, I once heard, is that it's the tallest mountain in North America with no trees on it. Perhaps the locals can correct me if they know any different. I've always found that a bit fascinating.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Storm's A Brewin' I

"Storm's A Brewin' I" oil on card, 4" x 6.25", ©Laura Gable
A couple weeks ago we had some terrific wind as a storm passed through. The cooling of temperatures were welcomed, as we'd spent a record number of days in the 100's. "It's like the old days, before all the irrigated farming" the locals would lament. Some loved it, but this wilting flower wasn't one of them. I got in a quick oil sketch while these clouds passed over. Some of the playfulness of color in the foreground was brought up while in the studio a bit later.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tulip Duet

"Tulip Duet" 8x10 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
A pair of tulips in a lovely Russian vase, cast some interesting shadows on the back wall. Sometimes when it's too hot to go outside, an inside still life is just what is called for. I enjoy these still lives and vow to do more of them. They are a good exercise in seeing color. Placing the still life outside on a lovely day with shifting light is my next challenge. I have a dandy collection of tea cups that I'd like to paint sometime soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Harvest Time III

"Harvest Time III" oil painting, 6" x 6" on 3/4" cradled board, ©Laura Gable
This is the final in a 3 part series representing our local wheat fields that were recently abundant with grain and ready for harvest. The clouds are especially energetic in this painting, perhaps becoming the star of this particular story. The golden fields provide a firm foundation. I enjoy the freedom of the color and contrast here. (This painting is being auctioned on the Daily Paintworks site:

Here is the trio of paintings, hung together. They are small - only 6" square each - and being made as a cradled panel, they just forward from the wall 3/4".

The 3 paintings from Harvest Time hung together. 6x6 inch panels each.