Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Desert Dusk. ©2014 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 6"x12"
This is one of a small series of desert nocturnes. These are images that I have seen countless times on long drives and road trips in the west: a silhouette of hills, vibrant sky, the lights of something that slips quickly by.

I've always been interested in those glimpses of other lives, especially the quick images you see at dusk. Dusk is a time people transition from work to home, turn on lights and settle in. To me these quick glimpses seem like a view into another universe.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Horse Heaven Hills Evening

Horse Heaven Hills Evening. ©2014 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 20" x 30"
We visited McBee Road atop the Horse Heaven Hills twice in one day last Fall, when the light was long and saturated. This is the view looking towards the Columbia River.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Horse Heaven Hills Morning

Horse Heaven Hills Morning. ©2014 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen Panel. 20"x30"
This is one of my favorite vantage spots in the state of Washington. It's so stunning that I am always surprised that it's not crowded with people. Instead, it's just my husband, me and sometimes people target shooting in the distance.

Last week I flew to DC on a clear day. It was clear nearly the width of North America. We flew very near Mt. Rainier as if Google Directions said "turn left at the mountain" and then east across the Yakama Reservation and above the Horse Heaven Hills. It was a thrill to see the areas I paint from the air: Union Gap, Rattlesnake Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills. Wow.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Paintings of storms, Lucia Douglas Gallery, 2014.
This is a snapshot of a few of my paintings in the gallery. After this was taken we tacked my sketches next to the painting which made the overall exhibit interesting. The painting on the left, Summer Storm, is sold.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

'Badger Moon.' ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen Panel. 15"x15"
There are many, many nocturnes in my upcoming show at the Lucia Douglas Gallery. This is a profile of a hill visible from Bookwalter Winery in eastern Washington. For the past year I've been focused on nailing the color - and lack of color - that we take for granted in the evening sky.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lucia Douglas Gallery Show this Thursday!

'Morning Rain.' ©2014 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 18"x36"
This will be in my upcoming show that opens this Thursday. I dropped off 27 paintings - a year's worth of work - earlier today. I am beyond excited to show these to people.

Opening reception January 30th, 5 - 7 pm
Lucia Douglas Gallery
1415 13th Street in Bellingham

Exhibition dates are January 30th - February 22nd. I hope you can stop by!

Monday, December 9, 2013

More storms

Downdraft over the Lake. ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 24" x 24".
This past year I've been looking up - literally. I've been working on a series of paintings of storms. I'm keenly interested in the way clouds and extreme weather impact the light and color of our world.

This painting will be in my upcoming show at the Lucia Douglas Gallery in Bellingham. It opens late January and I'm nearly ready!
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