The world is busy. We all are busy.
I don't need to give examples as I'm pretty sure everyone acknowledges the fast pace and technology driven nature of the world.
One activity though, reliably soothes the spirit of those seeking calm and peace...yes, hiking in nature.
For me, hiking near water augments my experience in nature. I am a water woman and am naturally drawn there.
Had breakfast on the Salmon river while sitting on a boulder and watching the sun coming up.
As you walk into nature you are entering an environment that encourages self reflection and deeper thoughts. When I'm not distracted with life, ideas and insights flow.
When hiking near the rivers I am filled with the sights, sounds, and smells encountered on these journeys which ignite my imagination and stimulate creativity!
The changing landscapes, vibrant colors of flora, and diverse wildlife all serve as inspiration for artists, writers, and musicians.
A fun hike with Bill and Angel, our wonder dog, around Lost Lake. Other photos of the Metolius River hike this Fall.
Hiking, and immersing oneself in the beauty of nature, we tap into a wellspring of creativity, gain valuable insights into our lives, and develop appreciation for the world around us.
We can rejuvenate our souls, find inspiration in the simplest of things, and discover a renewed sense of purpose and wonder.
So as the year ends and 2024 insists on new goals and health reforms, consider lacing up and hiking in all this incredible nature, that surrounds us!
Your experiences will be unforgettable and you'll find yourself returning time, and time again. I do!
PANTHER CREEK FALLS
It's been 6 months since I hiked up to these falls in Washington. Since that time I have painted six large paintings and eight 12x12 paintings!
This has been challenging yet filled with artistic growth and understanding, with appreciation for these powerfully surrendering waterways.
Here are my 12x12's which are framed and now showing at the "SALEM on the EDGE" gallery in Salem now until December 24th. They are $350 each and you can contact Melanie at 1(503) 884-0635 in the gallery, if you are interested in purchasing.
for your continued support of me and my work this year. I am entering my painting season and will have many more works to show you in the new year. Visit my website to view my work now.
I hope you are enjoying my newsletters. Please feel free to send them to other Art lovers you know. That would be awesome!
I am very involved while painting and there is alot of good juju that is brushed onto each canvas. I like to think this positive energy is present and adds the joy into the room. This is true for me in my home.
Have a blessed holiday season.
So what's the difference between Oil and Acrylic paintings? I've been asked this often and it sounds like a good teaching moment. But ahhh... my title indicates I have a preference, and I do; having worked with both popular mediums.
The big difference between the two is drying time. Oil paints can take weeks to dry thoroughly where acrylics dry quickly... sometimes too quickly. I'm fond of a glazing medium I add to the paint which allows me to blend and work with extra time. Since oil paints have linseed oil in them they produce a glossy finish and acrylics are more of a matte. Glossy varnishes help to obtain a rich finish when both paintings are done. The reason I chose to stop oil painting was because of the toxicity and clean up. I had to make sure I painted in a well ventilated area and needed turpentine to clean brushes. Watercolor, and now acrylic paints, are water based so clean up with soap and water.
Oil paintings have been around for hundreds of years. The German chemist, Otto Rohm, synthesized a water based polymer emulsion in 1901. Eventually acrylic paints were developed commercially in the 1940's and became quite popular due to drying times, water solubility, and characteristics that mimicked both oil and watercolor. This flexibility provided artists with unlimited possibilites for expression.
Anyone recognize this American artist? Of course...ANDY WARHOL.
He was one of the first in the Pop Art movement to embrace acrylic paint. He explored relationships between artistic expression, advertising, and the celebrity culture...hence, Marilyn, here.
DAVID HOCKNEY, an influential British artist, also recognized the potential of acrylic paints, utilizing it's versatility to capture Vibrancy
GERHARD RICHTER, a German acrylic painter, is well known for his freedom to explore various techniques from realism to abstract with amazing textures and effects.
And finally, PATRICE CAMERON, a contemporary painter of PNW rivers and waterfalls. (I just had to do this)
Art is always evolving.
Artists experiment and create.
Acrylic paint is a diverse medium available to enable inspired expression.
Keep your eyes on contemporary artists as fresh new works make their way into the art scene.
A big Thank You to those who attended the Local 14 Exhibit & Sale at The World Forestry Center earlier this month. It was my pleasure to meet some of you.
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 24
These framed 12x12 waterfall paintings will be part of
the artist's group show sale at
Salem on the Edge gallery
featuring Small Works.
It's been an amazing Spring thru Fall exhibition schedule for me. I look around my gallery and studio... and where the walls were once filled with artwork...now are kinda bare. No worries though, Winter is my focused painting time and I'll be in the studio daily. And yes, using my Acrylic paints!
I'll be posting new paintings in each upcoming newsletter, or you can pop onto my website!
Have a turkey-iffic Thanksgiving!
Artificial Intelligence has been around for years and we've been using it in forms of Google searches and Netflix recommendations. About 10 years ago, art creating AI emerged and were able to process images, recognize color, texture, and text. They edited existing images or generated new ones.
Last year they created original images from language prompts, to generate unique art, influenced by previous art movements. I found one that is abstracted with Expressionism.
How do they do that?
Keep in mind, I'm a curious artist, interested in AI and artistic outcomes. Here's what I understand...
It's a machine that learns mathematical algorithms. It is trained using an incredibe vast amount of computer image data. Humans collect and input the data or written instruction, but the power of creation comes from the process of the machine.
How's that for taking a complex topic and defining it 'simply?
And yes, I'm glad you asked... there are pros and cons using AI in art. It's definitely faster to type in specific prompts and have an image create within minutes. And there are many more variations that can spark inspiration and ideas in an artist. I like that collaborative function.
But, since the machine is creating from an algorithm...there is a lack of 'soul' created. AI can't express themselves. For artists, we are pretty big on authorship of our work and the ability to have it copyrighted. AI has been denied copyright by the government and there is controversy as far as who created the painting... the data input personnel or the AI. Sounds messy and glad I don't have to worry about that.
There are AI specifically for writers, movie industry, musicians, illustrators, architects, and the various artists and many phone Apps and all this makes AI available for everyone's use.
Here is a recent painting I completed. Thought I would use specific prompts to see what AI would generate.
This is what I put in: Diagonal ,rapid river movement, light blue, swirling water, white water, foreground boulders
I think it turned out quite nice.
As most of you know....I hike the PNW rivers and immerse myself in the experience by listening to the surroundings and water, feeling the warmth of the sun and resultant peace and contentment. This is all part of my story when I paint. All those appreciations and emotions are brushed onto my canvas. The intensity of my hues altered to reflect the well being I still feel, in the studio.
That's the secret sauce of fine art, my friends....emotion, depth, and meaning.
There is so much more on AI and art. Will write more in another newslette
Some of my river paintings can be viewed at:
SALEM on the EDGE Gallery
156 Liberty St. NE
Have a wonderful Autumn,
What art movement do you see in my work?
This will be a fun newsletter to write and I'm going to start with an historic art story.
Monet and Renoir were friends and during one summer they painted plein air, (or outside) the Seine River. Back then, they had bathing establishments where people would gather, connect, and swim in clothing that covered most of their bodies.
They sat side by side and painted the same landscape.
Bathers at La Grenouillere by Claude Monet, 1869.
La Grenouillere by August Renoir
Monet paints wonderful, tiny details. Some say he paints with an urgency to what he views. The landscape occupies the top half of the painting and the waterscape the lower half. This painting does have a human element with women chatting and small figures in the water, but Monet's painting is always more about the water, wind, light, and reflections. He is a systematic, loose painter, and paints with big brushes and makes the same strokes with thick paint and covers the entire canvas. Look at all those horizontal and vertical strokes.
Renoir's version has many more figures which is his preference. This particular bathing establishment is where gentle folk would go to drink and party the afternoon away. Renoir captured the softness in the receding landscape and flowey materials of his subjects clothing. His paint strokes are rounded and plump and he utilizes a variety of strokes. He has a much more controlled style.
They both were Impressionistic painters using light brush strokes, everyday subject matter, and movement.
Which brings me to a contemporary comparison.
I rather enjoy writing about myself and my river hiking artist friend, Sarah, in the same context as Monet and Renoir! Ha! Please allow my folly.
Patrice paints with acrylic paints on canvas and utilizes a glazing technique to add watery dimensions to her paintings.
Sarah is a watercolor expert who paints shapes in spectacular colors on high quality paper. Her weaving of shapes creates the movements she experiences in watery scenes.
Sarah and I are in our third year of exploring all aspects of water flow and falls, movements, reflections, and calm. We arrive at our location early and have breakfast and coffee at riverside. We do not set up and paint plein air as Monet and Renior but will each wander off our own ways to observe, take photos and videos and make notes, for studio painting later.
One morning Sarah sent me the above image she had just finished. I immediately recognized the very place and sent her the image of my version, which led to discussions, which led to the both of us obtaining a two person show at the Dee Denton Gallery in Lake Oswego this coming July.
We will display our work and although our approaches are quite different... we do share the desire to paint our world, appreciate, and recreate near some of the finest waterways.
I think that makes us more alike than different!
If you are in the mood to see art up close...
my art is at the following locations:
Salem on the Edge
156 Liberty St NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Emerald Art Center...May 2 thru June 2, 2023
500 Main St
Springfield, Oregon 97477
Dee Denton Gallery... July 1 thru July 30, 2023
368 S State St
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
Painter's Showcase Exhibit & Sale
Grand Hotel Bridgeport... August 25-27, 2023
7265 SW Hazel Fern Rd
Tigard, Oregon 97224
Have a wonderful May!
My (art) life review...It was a cold and cloudy morning. (Ha!...what a great way to start a newsletter!)
I had been out walking Angel, the wonder dog, when I saw my neighbor friend, Kathy, jogging towards me. We catch up and share our lives often, on local residential streets. She asked me about a recent Open Studio & Gallery I had and I eagerly told her about the group that attended the scheduled art talk I gave. She told me I was courageous. It's always fun connecting with her.
My mind kept revisiting our conversation. Was I really courageous? I know I can be laser focused when I'm interested in something. Now if you have been reading my newsletters, you know they sometimes contain my vulnerable perspectives. Warning: here I go again....
I sat back and experienced a mini (art) life review. I was in my studio two years earlier and viewed my watercolor paintings with appreciation. Then I decided firmly to give up this area of expertise... and become a novice painter of acrylic on canvas. A huge re-direction.
My last watercolor painting.
I just began, and quickly progressed through trial and error. I knew all the elements of art so it was a matter of re-applying them to a new medium. These new beginnings were fun and joyful but I couldn't help but compare the new me with my established art groups, and feeling how much of a novice I was! Very uncomfortable.
Back in the studio, my joy would return as I focused on landscapes, brush work, blending, and every day I painted.
One day I hiked down to a stream and challenged myself to go from painting a 10"x10" canvas to a 24"x30". I figured out a different way to sketch that large, and created a real beauty. Actually, this first large painting was recently purchased by Multnomah County for the downtown Portland's permanent art collection!
This is the painting Multnomah County purchased for their permanent collection.
My confidence was boosted and I was in the studio all the time. Bill would come down and ask, "Are you going to eat today?"
My life review was very quick now, creating a large body of work, successful sales, Open Studios, speaking opportunities, and prepping for gallery representations.
Is this courage or perhaps the willingness to bump into discomfort and make more forward progress, in spite of it?
Well, I certainly have focus and believe in myself. My art has lovingly brought out characteristics which I have exercised to my advantage and ability.
Kathy calls it courage.
I accept and appreciate that kind compliment.
So, how courageous are you?
If you let your mind wander a bit...you may reveal some wonderful surprises you have taken for granted.
Enjoy that reflection!
Hope to see many of you at the Lakewood Center for the Arts Show & Sale April 21-23.
Many people are intimidated when going to galleries or museums as they don’t feel confident in how to view and appreciate art. What do I look at? How do I understand what I’m looking at?
There are actually many articles available on art appreciation, but it’s important to realize that your raw perceptions are valid. You see the world... and art... through your life experiences, beliefs, and emotions. It’s OK to enjoy or dislike certain art work. Feel what you feel. It’s all good and right.
The painting on the left is by the famous Salvador Dali.
They are surreal and he paints many of his dreams, which are technically spot on ....but, I dislike his paintings. All. Of. Them. And I don't apologize for it. Looking at his work gives me a feeling of unease. I know he is famous... but not to me.
The awesome painting on the right is painted by the emerging artist Patrice Cameron.
Wait!!! That's me!
I happen to really love everything about this artist's work!
Here is another of my favorite artist's recent painting for your viewing.
Here are some easy ideas to help you broaden your viewing skills….
Looking at art on your computer or phone is not the same as viewing art in person. Standing in front of artwork gives you the opportunity to really look at it.
What do you see at first? The color, the scene, figures, or figures in action, in the art? Notice the texture of the paint on the surface: is it smooth, rough, interesting? Some art has movement that helps you to wander to different areas in the painting. Many times the artist will purposefully bring your attention to what they want you to see through bright color, dark line work or flow of a brush stroke. This can take you to the focal point, or most important part of the painting. What is significant about this area?
After you have studied the art close up: stand back and take in the entire scene from a short distance. Take in the big picture and check in with how you feel.
Does this artwork provoke thoughts or wonder? Move away and look at it sideways. I paint on a canvas with a 1 ½” depth. This is perfect to continue painting the sides so you can see the painting as you are walking past it, in front of you, and as you walk away. That is called a gallery wrap.
I saw a movie about artist JMW Turner, entitled Mr. Turner, and watched as he had himself tied to the mainmast of a large ship before the ship sailed into the middle of a violent storm. Turner wanted to experience and 'feel the power' of the elements. He then painted from a place of 'feeling' and 'knowing'.
I look and wonder about the story of paintings. It’s always juicy to get insight into an artist’s intention.
Viewing art can lower stress and makes us feel good. Immersing yourself in a few art pieces that interest you, and taking a little time to explore them may benefit you in surprising ways.
Go ahead… appreciate art, your body and soul will love it!
Here is the perfect opportunity to come and view art in person!
Bring your favorite people to learn more about art.
I've invited Susan to be my guest and show her amazing abstract, encaustic paintings. She'll be there to discuss her technique and give us all more information about how to get the most out of viewing abstract paintings.
So come and join us for this mid winter event. Practice your 'art assessment' in the comfort of a small gallery, with two live artists, to answer your questions!
It will be a pleasure to see you once again.
I appreciate your support.
Blessing to you all,
It's a quiet Christmas morning and I'm reflecting my art events of this past year.
I had thoughtfully designed four art goals I would focus on for 2022 and decided to share them, and progress made, with you:
(1) I planned to paint on larger canvases,
(2) I would create 20 of my river series paintings,
(3) I would write the story of each painting.... why I chose that particular scene and the significance of how it made me think, or feel. and
(4), I wanted to figure out how to obtain Gallery representation... and wonderful working relationships... with those galleries.
Here is my first 40"x30"x1.5". Ha...I take my goals seriously! I figured out that adding a grid pattern to my reference photo, and my mid-toned canvas, made all the difference when sketching in a large scale. The depth of the sides are a generous 1.5" so I continue to paint the scene around and onto the sides. This has given the painting a wonderful dimension when you walk by.
Years ago I set up this space with a gallery hanging system. It is located right outside my art studio. My reasoning to do so was to display my watercolor paintings so I could easily choose them for competition submissions. I also wanted to keep the framing intact without storing my paintings on the floor, next to each other.
Since then, I have opened my studio and gallery to those interested in purchasing and to the public during advertised events. The river series hangs beautifully...which leads me to my next goal.
I sometimes quietly wander around my gallery. My paintings speak to me. They remind me of wonders I had seen and how small (yet significant) I felt in the largeness of nature. When I sit quietly by the river, thoughts born of solitude inspire greater meaning.
One early morning the soft pink light caused a brilliant reflection between the rocks. I came to this spot and studied the relationship of rock, water, and foliage. Sky, along with nearby trees, added a wonderful abstraction. That pink light, though, surprised me...it was in the shadows, illuminating rocks under the water, and adding pink on rocky reflections. Penetrating beauty available for the awareness of it,
I love to paint.
As an artist I have had opportunities to submit my work and jury into competitions, have articles published about my paintings, and exhibit. I've created websites, online presence, and have opened my studio and gallery for events. All of this has been valuable, as I clarify what is important to me. I love to paint!
And so this is where I will be focusing my energy. The past several months I have been writing about my art and myself. Creating a biography and artist statement has allowed me to become very clear what and why I create and...giving me direction. I choose to immerse myself in the creative process and contract with professionals to promote, exhibit, and handle sales.
How do I do this? I have a mentor guiding me through the process and will have more information to share as I begin approaching galleries in January. It's work... but exciting...as I envision my goal of more river hikes and happy studio time.
Moods of the River......Towards the end of 2021 I wanted new artistic challenges and decided to change my medium from watercolors on paper to acrylic paints on canvas. A novice again, but that 's OK...it's what I needed and wanted.
All the art supplies were new and I entered into this process with persistence and motivation. It was during this discovery time I would hike out to Oregon and Washington rivers to relax and enjoy. I'd take photos of the water and, one interesting painting later... a passion was born! I took many hikes to many rivers and have been painting, painting, and painting throughout 2022! A novice no more.
This entire year I have been working on a body of work, (defined as a cohesive series of artworks which are all linked in style and theme) and have been focusing on the 'Moods of the River'. I've mentioned this before in these newsletters and at my open studios, but today I'm going to share some of my experiences and writings with you.
I've been very consistent with my painting practice and am delighted to say I have finished 23 water works with my intention goal of obtaining Fine Arts gallery representation in this new year.
Totally Transparent is such a trendy contemporary saying but I chose this title for the beautiful transparency in the water... the pale green down the falls and show of the under water rocks.
Did I see the delicacy of this while sitting there observing and experiencing? No. While there I merged my awareness in the fast moving waters...the smoothness to turmoil. I love that term since it frequently describes the movements of these waters.
The turbulence and sunshine both contribute to the color and light you see in these rushing waters. And... let's not forget that I am the creator of my dreams and can add red rocks whenever I am inclined.
"WATERS OF REFLECTION"
Reflections are calming, some say healing.
They soothe and make me sigh. Water reflects the beauty surrounding it.
There is much happening in this painting and at first it seems the rocks and boulders take center stage but, looking further you may become aware of how the water settles over and around the rocks with its own unique information. This results in an abstracted realism which interests... before its entirety calms.
This is my favorite characteristic of water and the quality I witness makes each hike and visit to the water's edge surprising. A gift. To be painted.
ALL THE RIVERS RUN
And here I have captured a common and reoccurring attribute of water...its ability to adapt and adjust.
This last hike I brought my breakfast of hot coffee and goat cheese stuffed dates, wrapped in bacon, to eat while I sat on the boulders and studied the water. Yes, an odd breakfast but I wanted to try my son's recipe, and it was portable. I watched the flow around obstacles and became enchanted by the swirling designs water makes leaving the flow, only to course correct and eventually blend back into the current. Enjoying my dates I realized, here was a teacher...reminding me not to take myself so seriously and be more at ease with life, and course correct as needed.
The river somehow accesses an openness to wonder and thinking for me. This inspires me to paint what I see and capture how I felt.
And now I've shared three moods of the river with you. Perhaps you can sense the joy in my process. There will be more to share, stay tuned.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese
12 pitted Medjool dates
3oz goat cheese
6 strips of bacon
1. Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheet with parchment
2. Fill dates with 1-2 tsp goat cheese
3. Cut bacon in half and roll around stuffed date 1 1/2 times and stick a toothpick in the middle to hold it together
4. Bake for 10 minutes then flip dates onto their sides and bake another 10 minutes...or until bacon is crisp... but not too crispy.
I've included the recipe as this might make a tasty appetizer during your holidays.
Happy Holidays to you!
I enjoy a good parody.....which is a comical imitation of another's work.
The Greeks started all this back in the day when a song or poem imitated the style and flow of the original song or poem. The Greek word 'par' means beside and 'ody' refers to ode or song. Over centuries, this method of absurd imitation would affect literature, music, film, and art.
Here are examples of some famous parodies in Literature:
The Hunger Pains: A Parody (Hunger Games)
Bored of the Rings (Lord of the Rings)
Fifty Shades of Earl Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Anyone remember Weird Al Yankovic? Ha! He made his career making fun of popular music back in the 80's! Here are a few of his parodies:
Eat It (Beat It)
Like a Surgeon (Like a Virgin)
Steve Martin also did a parody on the King Tut exhibit that traveled around named: King Tut. I'm dating myself as I remember that one too.
Young Frankenstein (Frankenstein)
Austin Powers (James Bond series)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
And now we come to my personal favorites. I have a few to show you. They are creative and whacky, sometimes making a statement of the times, drawing attention to a social need, and I'm sure just creative fun.
DaVinci's "Mona Lisa" with a newer contemporary look
Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and parody just in time for Halloween!
Parody... an odd little area of the art scene, and it's interesting to me to see how various expressions come out of one pure art form. Imagination is a wonderful thing!!! Hope you enjoyed it too.
I'm entering my winter painting season now and have plenty of photo references from my summer and fall river hikes. I am planning to write about each of my paintings and will share that in future newsletters.
You can see my new work on the website:
My next Open Studio & Gallery will be the first Saturday in February. I have invited Susan Greenbaum to share my space and show/tell/sell her beautiful abstract paintings. More info to follow.
Be well and appreciate beauty,
Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.