Award Winning Motorcycle Paintings

Desmo Details - oil on wood

Desmo Details – oil on wood

This month has been a busy one. I am in two shows, one in Laguna Beach and the other right here in the Portland Area. The show here at home included two of my motorcycle oil paintings. The show is a juried annual group show called BAM! or Beaverton Arts Mix. It is housed at the Beaverton City Library in a large convection room.

I volunteered to help hang the show and met a couple of other artist that I am hoping to keep in touch with as well as getting to see the art as it arrived. To create enough wall space for all the art we had to assemble metal grid walls in the middle of the room. The finished set up flowed well and proved ample enough space to showcase all the art.

After a long couple of days traveling to Laguna Beach for my art show there, and a day on the range teaching new motorcyclists to ride for Team-Oregon, I dragged myself tired and weary out to Beaverton for the opening. As soon as I walked in the energy of the room woke me. There were lots of people mingling and enjoying the art. I hadn’t had time to make any expectation about the turn out but was quite pleased with it. I started working my way clockwise around the room looking for my work. Down one side and then U-turn back toward the start and there they were, together.

Award Winning oil painting

So nice to be appreciated.

I hadn’t been aware of or expected there to be awards for this show, and lucky me, I actually won Honorable Mention, displayed by a big red ribbon under my painting Desmo Details.

I stayed close to my paintings for the next hour and every person that looked at my work pointed and moved closer, taking in the extreme details and realism. It made me feel really great to see strangers and possibly not motorcyclists appreciating my skill.

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This is an Introduction

I’ll start this section with a house warming, or rather a studio warming.

Setting up in my new space

Setting up in my new space

Today, I am settling in to my new studio and this is the first day that I have started a painting in this room. It was conceived, prepped, and primed here. I sit back on my metal folding chair and look across the three or four feet to my easel where an outline of orange Prismacolor pencil stares back at me. The sun’s sneaky descent behind the western tree line paints pinks and purples across the northern clouds I see out my studio window. Rush hour has passed, and the steady hum of engines and tires fades between so that I can clearly hear the bouncing of a basket ball at the court across the street. Occasionally, a child yells to another and the ball bounces with more force.

I have two easels set up waiting for my attention. Here they are opposite each other, unlike my last studio where they nestled side by side. I have yet to decide if this will help or hinder my production. Lighting has proved challenging with this arrangement, as I now require two areas of light. The even natural light from the north window slides across both canvases equally, but my large easel receives a bit of western light in the evenings. I prefer not to rely on natural lighting, as it can change dramatically through out the seasons here in Portland, and I can’t be disturbed by the sun’s fickle moods and changing sleep schedule. Perfect lighting is still a work in progress for this space. Hours asking Google to solve my lighting issues have narrowed the field slightly, and my home owner boyfriend’s desire for LED bulbs adds complication to the mix. “Let there be light” will be my number one studio task for the year.

Need to organize a bit more, and there are still several more boxes of supplies and art coming.

Need to organize a bit more, and there are still several more boxes of supplies and art coming.

The room itself contains less square footage than my last, a fact that is a constant thorn in my side. We’ve even taken the closet doors off in an attempt to mitigate my self imposed claustrophobia. My struggle over size echos my pride in and dedication to my craft. In my apartment after only a month I ceded the master bedroom to art and contented myself to house my bed in the tiny second bedroom. After so many years of studio ruling the throne of my home, it feels like a major demotion to loose the foothold of master. The only practical issue with the diminished space is a difficulty working large scale, the glass ceiling has been lowered. An intangible controversy I have with the lack of space is confinement of my mind, I don’t have room for other projects or random creative outlets. It does not feel like a laboratory or workshop, but more of an incubator. Perhaps it will keep me focused, or perhaps I will go mad running arms flailing from my studio into the wide open air of landscape painting. While I don’t see this happening soon, I do think this compacted studio will only encourage me to work harder so that I may someday surpass it. Echoes of my studio in my Oakland apartment breeze through my mind.  It was more of a large pantry than a bedroom, yet on my days off I sat in there baking in the southwestern sun producing large paintings that hardly fit the wall behind them.

This studio and I have a long way to go together so I better get used to it. Change is inevitable and it’s best to learn to live with it because if you fight it, it will only slow you down.

Brushes in my new studio

Brushes in my new studio

Bonneville

Triumph Bonneville Art

Retro Bonnie – oil on panel 8″ x 10″

While I was over at the Gladstone Triumph dealer I snapped a shot of this bike, which will be the first of many more Triumphs to come as they are currently showing my paintings. This painting ended up taking a lot longer than I had expected, but once I got into it, I couldn’t help capturing all the details of all the shiny bits. Here are some of my process photos. I also made a time lapse of this one while I painted so that you can see close up as the painting came together. That will be coming soon.  This painting is currently up for auction on my Daily PaintWorks Gallery. The starting bid is $275

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