Friday, February 21, 2014

Storyteller

"Storyteller" 11x14 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
This old tree has stories to tell, of days gone by when times were simpler and perhaps more isolated. She stands with poised attention, overlooking the inlet at Sacajawea State Park here in the Pasco / Burbank area. Relatives of hers were likely present during the times when Lewis and Clark visited the area along the Columbia River. Though I've been told the river was narrower since dams weren't present then.

I painted this a few years back in the summer, and recently updated some of the shadows during winter studio time. "Storyteller" 11x14, oil on board, ©Laura Gable

Friday, February 14, 2014

Paper Birch Bouquets (sold)

"Paper Birch Bouquets" 12x12 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Our snowfall was quite lovely this past week, starting on a very frigid evening. But all together we had a little over 6-8 inches over 3 days, a rarity in this eastern dry shrub-steppe region of Washington state. My attempts to paint out of doors yielded a small study, which I evolved further in the studio. I'd like to say this was painted fully on site, but much studying of the scene was done at later times using my super powers of observation. Well anyway, it was a lovely scene on a overcast day of these soft shadows and paper birch trees clumped together like bouquets.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Caught in the Ether

"Caught in the Ether" 5.75" x 5.75", oil on 3/8" thick Art Board (natural maple boards), ©Laura Gable
This was painted on a Sunday, after a skirmish involving some rather hasty fellows and watermelons ...
Perhaps you see your own interpretation in this lively play of color and pattern.

Anyway, just something a little playful for the weekend. Just needed to get into the studio after a hiatus and push some paint around. Today I opted for colors I'm fond of - periwinkles, magentas and luminous blues. This little non-representational piece has a lightheartedness that I was after today.

Come journey with me,
As I take lighthearted steps, beyond
and into the Ether of the regions that border
the areas I've grown long familiar with.
A step now made into the unknown,
I look ahead with a joyful soul.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lively Hills

Here is another homage to early springtime in the hills. The wildflowers are in profusion and the back hills add a lovely backdrop to the scene. I have a hankering for these lovely impending Springtime days - but must wait a bit for the color to return.

This painting was done on the back of a small bamboo box. These boxes are sold in the decor stores and used normally as a drawer divider. They make nice painting surfaces when gessoed over and painted on the backside with oil paintings. The box sides are painted yellow ochre. The last view below includes a bit of the side, and texture


"Lively Hills" 6x6 oil painting on cradled bamboo box, ©Laura Gable




Monday, February 3, 2014

Over Yonder

This oil painting of a colorful hillside in springtime, is heavily textured as I used a palette knife and stylus while painting it. It was painted on the back of a small bamboo box. These boxes are sold in the decor stores and used normally as a drawer divider. They make nice painting surfaces when gessoed over and painted on with oils. The box sides are painted black, and the last view below includes a bit of the side. 

"Over Yonder" 6x6 oil painting on 2" cradled bamboo panel, © Laura Gable
Close view showing texture of "Over Yonder" 6x6 oil painting on 2" cradled bamboo panel, © Laura Gable

Saturday, February 1, 2014

JANUARY CHALLENGE PAINTINGS

I set out to do 30 paintings, but only completed 16. Several of which were painted on for a few days. So all told it was a successful challenge. With a lot of creative sloshing of paint, sketching out of ideas, experimenting with new techniques, and some journaling.

Leslie Saeta pointed out that these collages can be simply made through picmonkey online. Check it out here http://www.picmonkey.com