Crows, crows, and more crows

I became smitten with crows and am finding them everywhere. One rainy afternoon I sat in my car at the Road’s End beach and snapped a few photos of a stalwart crow on a sign. Then I used that image for an exercise for the oil painting class I taught this week. And, the same bird appeared in several of my paintings. I have a feeling I’m not getting past this love affair for a bit now. Anyway, here are the photos, and some various ways I put the feisty little bird into paintings.


Now, the same bird, in various situations:

And more,



And at the seashore:

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It’s February —

During the entire (only 28 days, but that’s enough) month of February, my paintings will have a special display wall at the Co-op Gallery here in Lincoln City. I put everything up this morning and am now just waiting for accolades. Or Kool-aid. I’ll take whatever!  Anyway, I hope people enjoy viewing the art. I’ll be doing “live painting” every Saturday during February, painting on my easel at the Gallery from 11 till 1. Stop and chat!


Salmon River

New art at the Artists’ Co-op Gallery in Lincoln City this week:  my 36×36-inch painting of the Salmon River. The Big Blue Wave found a collector, so it went off to Portland and now Salmon River takes its place. Terry took a photograph last summer when he was fishing there and I tried several versions. This one I like the best. I particularly like the snippet of guardrail along the highway, in the upper right.

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Salmon River  36×36-inches, oil on stretched canvas. $459

Bliss (and little bliss)

This was really fun to paint. I did the 8×10-inch version first, loved it, so tried an 18×24-inch version. It’s a landscape fantasy, but would be fun to visit. I guess I can visit it every time I sit and gaze at the painting. That’s the joy of being an illusionist, er, painter.

Thanks, Mom

WaterfallThis is a childhood art piece of mine that my mother saved for years. Lots of years. I did it sometime in the primary grades, and it was part of a card I made for her. I was doing those Bob Ross-happy birds early-on, and still like to stick them in when no one is watching me paint.  Also, a still life of red roses, done about age 8 or 9. Crayola crayons on newsprint. So precious. Thanks a lot, Mom, for saving stuff like this. It makes me happy to remember the joy making art has always given me.

Still life


Wave Painting

Back on December 18 I posted the beginning of this painting, with my photo and blank canvas. It’s still winter here, although not at all like the East coast is enduring. Nevertheless, indoors is good, heat and light are good. Here’s the finished painting. I like it–will keep it around–and start something new.



How to Decorate with Paintings

Use the guidance of Feng Shui experts to determine what sort of painting and where to put it in your home for the best results. After all, you want art to create feelings and atmosphere–not just decorate a space. Here’s an article from a prestigious art gallery, with ideas we can all put to use. Grab a hammer and get ready to redo at least one wall for the New Year.

Park West Gallery has some great ideas. Click here for the article

Decorating with Feng Shui

Adhering to the practices of feng shui leads to harmony and positive moods in one’s life, but finding the proper way to include art without disrupting that flow can be difficult. To assist in finding that perfect balance, here are some tips on how to achieve feng shui with the art of Park West Gallery.

1. Choose art according to the feng shui energy you are in need of.

For artwork to be hung in the living room or office, look for images that portray activeness and vibrancy. For artwork to be hung in the bedroom, look for soothing or sensual images. Don’t hang artwork that suggests anxiety, sadness or hopelessness. This will only block the energy you are hoping to achieve.

  • When looking for artwork to create an energetic feel, Park West Gallery artist Peter Max’s vibrant and colorful artworks are sure to brighten up any space.
    "Flower Blossom Lady" (1999), Peter Max - Feng Shui

    Flower Blossom Lady” (1999), Peter Max

  • Looking for something more calming? Artist David Najar creates a peaceful and tranquil environment with his serene landscapes.
    "Start of Fall" (2012), David Najar - Feng Shui

    Start of Fall” (2012), David Najar

2. Be sure to keep artwork balanced.

This will create a clean look and will not overpower your energy.  Instead of scattered artworks, look for images that can coordinate and create a gallery feel. When it comes to creating a gallery, create space between each work so that they can also stand alone visually.

  • Dominic Pangborn offers a colorful variety of paintings on a large scale, sure to stand out in any room when creating a gallery wall.

3. The northern wall in your home corresponds to your career and success. 

Choosing images with water elements will help to improve these areas of your life. These artworks can include scenes of oceans, waterfalls and even marine life.

  • Park West Gallery artist Guy Harvey will have you hooked on beautiful marine wildlife artwork, offering a glimpse into the depths of the oceans.
    "Hawksbill Caravan" (2015), Guy Harvey - Feng Shui

    Hawksbill Caravan” (2015), Guy Harvey

4. The south wall represents the feng shui symbol of fame and life (fire element).

Here it is recommended to hang artwork that represents the “Light Within.” This means finding images that depict what one wants to be known for or what they want to bring to the world.

  • Artist David “Lebo” Le Batard offers artwork with stories and narratives that lean toward hope or hopefulness, an expansion of his own pursuit for more harmony and consciousness in his life. However, he prefers to let the viewer interpret their own narratives.

    Heart to Heart and Soul to Soul” (2013), David “Lebo” Le Batard

5. The east wall is a place for hanging artwork that provides a symbol of health and life (earth and wood elements).

To enhance these effects, hang images that depict happiness and joy, or ones that remind you of happy memories. Poor reflections on your health and family will have a harmful impact on all aspects of your life.

  • Cherished memories are evident in the paintings depicted by artist Pino, reminding us of the importance of family and keeping those treasured moments alive.
    "Childhood Dreams" (2007), Pino - Feng Shui

    Childhood Dreams” (2007), Pino

6. The western wall reflects upon one’s creativity (metal element).

For art enthusiasts, hanging artwork that represent avant-garde movements such as cubism, abstract expressionism or even pop art, are perfect ways to push some creative boundaries and unleash one’s own artistic mind.

  • Park West Gallery artists Patrick Guyton and Chris DeRubeis offer a variety of paintings and gold or silver leafing on metal, perfect for fashioning a creative atmosphere.

7. Walls directly facing a bed should have images of scenes that inspire and make one feel more confident in their abilities.

The bedroom is a place where you can go to unwind, so it should make a person feel at ease. Any artwork that pushes against these feelings can negate the feng shui needed for healing at the end of a long day.

  • Simon Bull can inspire anyone and prove that love is the key as his canvases attempt to enrich the lives of those around him.

The artwork that you hang in your space should mix harmoniously so that there is an overall balance between the elements. However, at the end of the day, one of the most important things to remember about feng shui is to go with your gut.