Tuesday, November 30, 2010

River Triptych

River Triptych. Oil on Linen Panels. 9" x 21".
This is a small triptych I painted for a holiday show at the Roby King Galleries. The opening of the show is this Friday so if you're in the Bainbridge/Seattle area - head on over!

What's that you ask? Where did I get that beautiful frame? It's made to order by Mountain Edge Frames, click here for their website.  They make amazing frames. I have another one I love even more that I'll share with you later this week.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Slice of Yakima — Landscape painting bound for US embassy | Yakima Herald-Republic

Slice of Yakima — Landscape painting bound for US embassy | Yakima Herald-Republic

We stopped at a 7/11 in Yakima today to pick up several copies of the newspaper - my painting is front page, below the fold. It reproduces well in newsprint! Love it.

One correction - I didn't grow up on the family wheat farm. My dad was in the Air Force, I lived in many places. But it's a great article! Thank you Ross Courtney and the Yakima Herald!

Monday, November 22, 2010

River of Light

River of Light. ©2010 Lisa McShane. 16" x 20". Oil on Linen Panel.
Another painting of the Skagit River - this one is on display at the Allied Arts exhibit in Bellingham through this Saturday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sun Sets on Horse Heaven Hills heads to the US Embassy in Yemen

Sun Sets on the Horse Heaven Hills. Oil on Linen. 20" x 36".
Last month I wrote about the Art in Embassies program. Well the curator selected Sun Sets on the Horse Heaven Hills and it is now on its way to Sana'a, Yemen. 

This painting is based on a sunset visit to the top of the Horse Heaven Hills this August.  While the photo in the link is of Rattlesnake Mountain to the north, the picture with my husband and dog is the view I painted. It looks south toward the Columbia River and from here the Horse Heaven Hills are a long, slow slope to the gorge.
Atelier 4 is the art shipper who came to take my painting. Fascinating! It took them just a few minutes to wrap it up. They have been on the road for 7 weeks picking up and delivering art. You can see all the wrapped paintings in the back of their truck, below.
Staff with Atelier 4 packing my painting in the living room.
My painting is loaded in  the truck. But check out all the other paintings in there!

The truck on my 1890's street. And off it goes to Yemen!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls. ©2010 Lisa McShane. Oil on Canvas. 36" x 36".
This one is a favorite of mine. Palouse Falls is in a remote area of southeast Washington. It's not a place you accidentally stumble upon. People go there intentionally.

I was there in August intending to see the falls with the idea of painting. It was everything I'd hoped and more. But the high winds kept me from setting up my easel there that day - instead I chose a somewhat less windy and barren field 20 miles farther down the road near Starbuck.

For years I've been looking at paintings of Kaaterskill Falls. It's in New York and the Hudson River painters used it often as a subject. Here's Thomas Cole's wonderful version. And one of my favorite contemporary painters, Stephen Hannock, tackled the subject again with an amazing result. Click here to see a previous blog post on Hannock's 'Kaaterskill Falls for Frank Moore and Dan Hodermarsky (Mass MoCA#11)', 2005. 

But of course Palouse Falls with it's sharp basalt edge, columnar basalt walls and bottle-green bowl is simply a more stunning subject. 

This one will be in an upcoming show, Lay of the Land, at Allied Arts in Bellingham this Friday. The opening reception is 6 to 10 on Friday and the show runs through November 27th. If you're near, I'd love to see you there.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Quiet Valley & Show Next Friday

Quiet Valley. ©2010 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 12 x 20.
This is just framed and ready for the show Lay of the Land, at Allied Arts in Bellingham this Friday. The opening party is 6 - 10.

This painting is of an area above the Snake River canyon in southeast Washington and it's a lonely, melancholy area but a place of sweeping beauty. There are beautiful abandoned houses and historic barns falling into ruin. Side valleys leading to the Snake reminded me of the valleys in Donegal in northwest Ireland.

It's a dryland wheat area but it's unusual - they don't plow the fallow fields. I'm used to seeing a patchwork of brown and gold, fallow fields and this year's crop. But high above the Snake the fallow fields aren't plowed and are silver in the sun. It's a patchwork of silver and gold.