|Towards Bow. ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Canvas. 30"x30".|
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
|Selah Canyon 1. ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 16x20".|
Saturday, February 2, 2013
|Toward the Islands. ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 22x30"|
This is a painting I started nearly a year ago and struggled to finish. Most recently, the water didn't convey what I wanted. Yesterday I rode a ferry out to a nearby island and watched the water carefully, telling a friend what I was seeing. This morning I was able to complete the painting.
Monday, January 28, 2013
|Study for Railroad Cars. Graphite on paper. 2013.|
For more than a decade I worked in environmental policy and politics. I haven't mixed that work into my paintings. No reason, it's just that I've painted the landscapes that I love and that's not the direction I've gone.
However, that's changing.
This summer the Whatcom Museum is hosting an exhibit called Nature in the Balance: Artists Interpreting Climate Change. I'll be submitting one painting and I've given it a lot of thought. For a landscape painter the changes we see - including strange and epic storms - are worth thinking about and capturing.
Peabody Coal and SSA Marine want to build North America's largest coal export terminal in my county, at an aquatic reserve. They intend to turn a high bluff above the Pacific - beautiful land that is a burial site for the Lummi Nation - into an 80-acre coal dump site. I oppose the project for many reasons but it's been on my mind. A lot.
This is a study based on a drive I took several years ago to Spokane. There was a long coal train on my right for miles. Later that day we drove through dark storm clouds, that later turned into brief and intense showers.
Friday, June 8, 2012
'In the field'
a group show of northwest landscapes
Exhibition: June 7 - July 29, 2012
Reception: Saturday, June 16, 6:30 - 8:00
Lucia Douglas Gallery is at 1415 13th Street in Bellingham. I'm thrilled to participate!
|'Year after year, spring comes.' ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen, 24" x 24".|
This painting is on display in the show and it's my third painting of the Twin Sisters. Spring arrived while I was observing.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
|'Summer Field'. ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 16x20".|
'Summer Field' is one of the latter challenges. I believe I started this nearly a year ago. And then my vision for it faded. But I've always watched fields go by out the side window of the car. I find them compelling and I wanted to capture that quick glance. A few months ago, rather than start a new painting, I picked this back up and sanded it down, built up new layers, sanded them down. I like the texture and I'm satisfied with the colors and the sky.
I finished 4 paintings last weekend, and this is one of my favorites. I just dropped it off for a show called 'In the Field' at the Lucia Douglas Gallery in Bellingham. The show opens June 7th with the reception June 16th, 6:30.
|'Mountains at Dusk'. ©2012 L McShane. Oil on Linen.|
I don't usually order my frames with a gold edge. In fact, this is the first one I deliberately ordered that way. But I did, and it's perfect.
Just FYI, in case you're thinking about framing.