Friday, June 8, 2012

Announcing 'in the field', at Lucia Douglas Gallery in Bellingham

'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".
Some paintings come together quickly and some take a great deal of time, week after week. Then others can sit for months or longer on a shelf in the studio gathering dust, challenging me to figure out their issues.

'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, Framed

'Mountains at Dusk'. ©2012 L McShane. Oil on Linen.
I have most of my frames made for me by Steve Whalen at Mountains Edge Frames. They all look great but every once in awhile, there's a remarkable match between an image and the frame.

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.

Monday, June 4, 2012

'Lonely Field', ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 20" x 12"
I don't usually paint my dreams but an intense visual memory came back to me recently and so I captured it.

Years ago I rode my husband and I rode our bikes across France camping in fields. He's a restless sleeper but I didn't really know that then. One night I awoke alone in a field with a full moon and fog. It was hard to see very far. The memory of that has stuck with me.