Portland Open Studios – Experience Creativity
“River of Dreams” 22×15″ Acrylic on Paper, Ruth Armitage, ©2016
Join me for two weekends of Open Studio, in my beautiful Oregon City studio:
October 8th & 9th and October 15th & 16th, 2016, 10 am – 5 pm each day.
The tour is organized by neighborhood, and our own Community 8 boasts some creative and beautiful artwork. I love the fact that you can find paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics on this tour. Something for everyone.
Artists will be demonstrating their techniques and available to answer questions about their artwork. It is a great opportunity to meet the creators in your community, listen to them speak and see their latest body of work. I always love the opportunity to peek behind the scenes where the creation takes place. (more…)
The hot weather we are expecting makes me long for Petrichor: the smell of earth after rain. The title of this painting evolved as I worked. I knew I wanted to contrast the delicate, shimmery texture of the pastel areas with something dark and heavy. The brilliant orange accents also provide contrast to these areas.
I loved the pastel areas so much, it was difficult to cover them. But, I also am enjoying the drama of the large dark shape. Let me know your thoughts.
I wanted to make the dark and grey areas represent the rain and the chill. In contrast, the light and warm areas represent the smells of the earth. Whenever I sense this fragrance, it conjures a vivid memory from childhood of walking barefoot, across a dusty gravel driveway.
I remember it as the first time I noticed the smell of rain on the dry earth. My sisters and I often had the job of waking up the farm hand that stayed in the bunk house on our farm. Smells seem more powerful in the morning, and in childhood. As adults, I think we often don’t take the time to notice.
“Petrichor” ©Ruth Armitage 21×29″ Watercolor on Paper
In Other News…
There is still time to enter my giveaway… You may be the lucky winner! Click here to enter to win an original oil & wax painting.
Also, in case you missed it, I have new workshops listed! You can paint with me this November in Portland, or next November in Maui! Check out all the details on my workshops page.
Somehow, the realistic paintings of tropical islands never really seem to capture the wonder, beauty, smells and sounds of the paradise that is Hawaii. I’m hoping to inspire you to express the things that make a trip to Hawaii wonderful: relaxation, sweet fruit, warm sunshine, gentle breezes… you get the idea.
In case you’re wondering how my artwork looks installed, here are a couple of photos! Last night I helped hang several pieces in the Barrel House Tasting Room of Tumwater at Pete’s Mountain: the site of the 2016 Street of Dreams PDX. The event opens July 30th. The homes are beautiful and I love getting decor ideas. My paintings will also be in Quintessence on Lot 5. What a great home to showcase contemporary style. I hope you’ll get a chance to see the show, through August 28th, 2016.
Here is “Golden Shore” a new abstracted landscape. I enjoy sharing new artwork here, knowing that my readers will provide feedback. This painting took a long time to mature. It began as a classroom demonstration, and sat unfinished for weeks. This past week I needed to get back into painting. Rather than start fresh, I decided to experiment with this one.
Golden Shore ©Ruth Armitage, 2016 15×11″ Acrylic on Paper
I had not been happy with the color on the original painting. It leaned toward the sallow gold you see near the bottom. I decided to try glazing over it with layers of more pure yellow, and yellow mixed with Golden High Flow Acrylic in white. The lines in the grey blue area are made using the same high flow acrylic.
I wanted to preserve the feeling of a golden landscape yet not become too realistic. As I painted, I tried to recall a song my grandmother used to sing. I couldn’t come up with the tune, but I hope I got the feeling. I hope the painting feels warm, almost fantastical.
“Creativity is like the ocean: sometimes it is an unstoppable wave bursting forth, crashing onto the shore, and overwhelmingly flowing with no hope of restraint; other times it is completely still, lingering aimlessly and endlessly, seemingly devoid of any inspiration.”
My mentor, Katherine Chang Liu has juried my painting “Two Sides” into the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia exhibition. It is an honor, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other 79 works that were selected from a pool of over 500 entries. The show runs from September 16 through October 23, 2016 at the Foothills Art Center, in Golden, Colorado.
“Two Sides” ©Ruth Armitage 2016, Acrylic on Paper 30×22″
Question for my readers: do you enjoy an abstracted artwork more if you know what inspired it, or what it refers to? Leave me a comment!