Sunday, September 18, 2011

Portland Ship Yards, Night

Portland Ship Yard, Night. ©2011 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 9" x 12".
Last month I was in Portland and spent a wonderful evening with my brother-in-law and his family. After dinner we watched the moon set from the Willamette Bluffs overlooking the ship yards. It was a beautiful night.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Road East

The Road East. ©2011 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 24" x 24".

Mid-August our youngest son left for college in Wisconsin and my husband drove him there so that he could take his bike and his guitar and amps. My husband is a geologist and he maintains a fascinating blog called Reading the Washington Landscape. (Note to artists: you don't want to know how many visitors a geology blog receives relative to one of ours.) Along the way he sent me a photo of the road, the hills and a cloud.  That inspired this painting.

So this is the road heading east, to where my children live.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The River

The River. ©2011 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 20" x 30".

This is where the John Day River meets the Columbia along the gorge. 

Last year I purchased a book of historic photos of the Columbia and I refer to it when I paint the river paintings. The book is "River of Memory, the Everlasting Columbia" by William Layman. The photos are black and white and show the river before the dams. 

This would have been rapids. According to Layman, the rocks were removed by the Army Corps starting in the 19th century to allow for easier barge transport. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

River Bend + Show Announcement

"River Bend", ©2011 Lisa McShane, Oil on Linen, 20" x 30"
I've got a show coming up in two weeks so I've been hard at work finishing paintings.

This is a bend in the Columbia River and is one of several river paintings that I've been working on in preparation for a larger series. I'm practicing. I've also been experimenting with more texture and have added an impasto medium from Natural Pigments to my palette.

The show:
September 24th & 25th
at Bookwalter Winery
for their annual Catch the Crush celebration

I'm looking forward to it!