Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blog Hop - Linda Rothchild Ollis

Detail of Old Tug 13
by Linda Rothchild Ollis






















Detail of Old Tug 14 (See entire painting in earlier post)
by Linda Rothchild Ollis






















When Blenda Tyvoll, my artist friend, invited me 
to participate in a Blog Hop for artists, I thought; 
“What a brilliant way to give a shout-out for artists 
I admire and learn more about their process!” 

This is how the Blog Hop works: each artist answers 
three questions about their art and then continue 
the “hop” by linking to three other artists who do the same. 
I check Blenda’s blog to enjoy her creative marketing 
ideas and delightful posts…the post about humming birds
in July includes remarkable upclose photos. 
Thank you, Blenda for sharing the 
amazing photos and another great networking idea.
Here are my answers to the Blog Hop questions:

1. How does my creating process work?

Creative expression brings me joy. 
So, it is in my life everyday. 
Developing several paintings at a time provides 
a “wow” factor of new discoveries. As I move 
from one painting to the next, the process stays fresh. 
Each mark is a fascinating part of the game of 
problem solving and creative thinking.

Old weathered boats, discovered in ports, in 
Washington and Oregon inspire me. I have great 
respect for the nautical heroes that face the 
challenges of the ocean in these vessels. My 
paintings remind me of their lives, the forces of 
nature, and the ocean’s energy.

Details from my recent “Old Tug Series”, above 
show texture discoveries and subject matter I enjoy.
Using photo editing to experiment with darks, lights 
and color intensity, when a painting is in-progress 
is a valuable part of my creative process.

2. How does my work differ from others of its Genre?

Each artist has a unique, authentic voice, when 
they summon the courage to let go and let their 
creativity guide them. This is my intention when 
I paint and why I believe my interpretation of subject
matter, differs from others of its genre.

3. What am I working on?

Layering color with different combinations of masking 
materials. Frog tape with less tack for delicate surfaces, 
and Pebeo drawing gum, poured, splattered, roughed-up, 
are used to create mystery paintings. The energy created 
by playing is an important part of my daily studio sessions.

“Autumn Moment” below was created from this energy and
a similar intuitive, playful, start. Lace and stencils were 
used first and then the figure was discovered.
Title: Autumn Moment
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis


Now, it is my pleasure to introduce the three artists I’ve chosen for the blog hop!

At the Cascade AIDs Auction reception, two years ago, I met Karl Kaiser and his charming wife. New, unique, sculptural techniques set Karl’s encaustic pieces apart from other encaustic painters. I am most impressed with the way he reveals layered colors in a 3 dimensional carved presentation that stops viewers in their tracks. His Portland Open Studio October 2013 post is an up close look at the brilliant color pots, brushes and his studio. See more of his work on his website, at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria and Attic Gallery in Portland.


Congratulations to Gina! She just opened her new studio/classroom. I admire her for making her dream come true. Her students, are fortunate to study with an award winning artist who has a gift for adding glowing light to her subject matter, whether it is a floral or a mountain scene. The glow of her paintings and dramatic use of a full range of values, caught my attention at a Watercolor Society of Oregon Exhibition, years ago. Check out her Steel Bridge painting which was juried into the 72nd Northwest Watercolor Society International Exhibition, in Seattle. Her class flyer will get you started for those of you interested in learning her technique. 


Alexandra’s dynamic delivery of paint evolves into a watercolor painting of a seated figure, right before your eyes. As she moves back and forth, in front of her easle, she skims the paint over the surface of the paper in a graceful dance. The rhythm of her movements adds an authentic quality to her work that I admire.
Her painting Study with Red Scarf , was juried into Au Naturel 2013 and Chrysalis was juried into the National Watercolor Society Show in 2013. 
On this link for Alexandra’s website you will see the happy folks
who have commissioned her to paint their portraits.






Sunday, August 10, 2014

Old Tug 14 Art and Industry Exhibition Port of Portland

 Title: Old Tug 14
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 26" x 38" 




















This is the second of the Old Tug series that is part of the
Art and Industry Exhibition sponsored by the Port of Portland.
You can see this painting and others done by the 50 selected
artists at the Seaport Celebration at Terminal 4 on Aug 16, 10-4
I have seen some of the art that will be included in this show!
Definitely worth stopping by to see: Map/directions to the event

Monday, August 4, 2014

Old Tug 19 is in the Exhibit at Seaport Celebration, Port of Portland, Oregon

Title: Old Tug 19
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 33 x 23  inches























Continuing with the Old Tug series has
provided another exciting opportunity.
The Port of Portland in Oregon, juried
my work into their Industry & Art Exhibition.
As one of 50 Selected artists Old Tug 19 is one
of two paintings that highlight the working
waterfront. The Industry & Art VIP Preview
Party and Awards Ceremony
is by invitation only, but the Seaport
Celebration is open for the public to enjoy.

Come join the fun of a jet boat ride, welding,
delicious food demonstrations by professional chefs
and an opportunity to view the fine art of some
of our top local artists.  Saturday Aug 16, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Old Tug 10 Juried into 46th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition

Title: Old Tug 10
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Media: Watercolor
Size: 20x20 inches  Framed: 28x28 inches

























The Columbia River, Oregon, offers a few places that
combine a great walk by the river with old vessels
to observe.
My walks inevitably turn into opportunities to research
possible painting subject matter. My reference photo
of an old tug inspired this painting. Just love the
light and the interesting shadow you see in this painting.

It is always an honor to have a painting selected by
juror, Judy Morris. She juried this painting into
the 46th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition.
It will be at the City of Brea Art Gallery in California
Oct. 11 - Dec. 14, 2014.
http://www.cityofbrea.net/index.aspx?NID=203






Saturday, May 31, 2014

Before and After Image - Artist Jenny Armitage


Artist: Jenny Armitage
Title: Bike Lucca
Before
























Critiqued by Phyllis Meyer
Photo Edited by Linda Rothchild Ollis
After























Please respect the rights of the artist's work
shown in both images. All copyright laws apply.

Following the Watercolor Society Convention
in April, I was asked to post online the
"before and after" images from my
Stronger Design Session.

Names of artists were drawn from the first 40 artists
to sign up for this session. You will see some
of those images in my blog posts over the
next few weeks.

Here is a quick overview of how this
presentation came together:
Once the names were drawn, artists were
contacted and asked to send me an image to
be critiqued.

The image was sent to one of the
award winning panelists.

The panelist critiqued the
painting, sent it to me and I followed
their instructions by editing the image
using Photoshop Elements.
We corresponded until the critique
met the panelist's approval. All of the steps
were shown in the presentation.

Just the before and after images are shown above for
the artist Jenny Armitage. The critique was done
by Phyllis Meyer.
See more of Jenny's work at:
www.jennyarmitage.com/blog 

Visit Phyllis Meyer's website at:
www.artistliszt.com/phyllismeyer

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Who Is That Guy in the Electric Light Outfit?

Mark Allyn - Light Artist




















One of the perks of being juried into the
Cascade AIDs Art Auction, earlier this month, is
meeting artists like Mark Allyn.
Here he is with my friend Jodie, the evening of the auction:




















Want to know more about Mark Allyn?
He explains how he uses LED lights and
spoons to turn his bicycle into art, in the
(link) interview below by Greg Raisman:


Click on the link below to check out his art:
http://www.allyn.com/lighted/lighted.html


Moment of Hope
Acrylic on Cradled Board
12 x 12 inches
SOLD























Some of you asked about my painting "Moment of Hope"
 (from an earlier post) that was juried into the art auction.
Many thanks to the patron who bid over $600 to purchase it.
A great way to donate to a worthy cause!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Buffalo Grass Artists Workshop Cont'd

Bill





















Here are more photos of artists at my
Acrylic Transparent and Opaque Workshop
that I taught in February.

Sunny























Muriel





















Pam




















Debbie




















Mikie and Debbie




















Pam's photo of Linda's Demo

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thank You Buffalo Grass Art Society

Mitch






















Chris
It was a treat for me to teach an experimental
acrylic painting class at the
Buffalo Grass Art Society Workshop, at the end of February.

Go to their link www.buffalograssartsociety.com
to see the amazing work of each artist.

Once you see the paintings on their website, you will
immediately understand why I have admired the artists
in this group for years. Thank you Buffalo Grass
for your enthusiasm and the opportunity to share
my latest transparent/opaque texture techniques.

Their art show is one of the best in the Portland metro area.
The Information link on their site will give
you an easy way to sign up for their newsletter, so you
can watch for their annual art show.

 Today and tomorrows posts will show the
the Buffalo Grass Artists at work and play.


Carol

Airi and Amanda

Sandy



Terri

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Moment of Hope" Juried into CAP at Memorial Coliseum

Title: Moment of Hope
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Medium: Acrylic on cradled board
Size: 12 x 12 inches 























Great news! "Moment of Hope" was juried into the
Cascade AIDS Project 25th Annual Art Auction.
This is a gala event held at Memorial Coliseum in
Portland, Oregon.
Click on this link for more info:
http://cascadeaids.org/events/art-evening-auction
 $600,000. was raised in 2013.
It is an honor to again be part of the community
of artists that contribute to this worthwhile cause.