Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Joy to You in 2015!

Title : Newport 925
Size: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolor / Acrylic
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

The wonderful response (on Facebook and in the
last two posts on this blog) to the first two paintings
in this series led me to this third painting.

Interesting to note that the vote was almost even.
Ten voted in favor of the predominantly cool painting
with the dark horizontal band at the top.
Twelve voted in favor of the predominantly warm
painting with the "L" shaped composition.

After seriously weighing each comment, I decided to
combine what I learned from you, to create this third painting.
The new passage and color on the left side of the
painting, as well as the seagulls add the suggestion of
a scene I have witnessed many times...the seagulls
waiting for a meal.
As the fishermen clean their salmon for customers,
they often toss the unwanted parts of the catch to the

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Compare Two Compositions Side by Side

Newport 625 and Newport 625-2
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

Thank you to all of you for your input!
I appreciate your comments and opinions (on this blog and on Facebook) 
about these paintings. They have been very helpful.

Liz Walker suggested I share the compositions side by side,
so the comparison would be easier.
Susan Greenbaum only received one of the images, so this
post lets you see both.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Newport 625-2 & Which Design Do You Prefer?

Title: Newport 625-2
Size: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolor and Acrylic
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

Using interesting cast shadows has been a recent new
direction, which started this summer
with "Old Tug 10" (see June 30, 2014 post).

The first painting (see Nov. 28, 2014) using this subject
matter was painted using a horizontal band design.
Compare the horizontal band of color across the top of the
composition (the darker colored shape on the top of the image)
to the upside down "L" shaped composition above.

Sometimes my family members ask, "What do you mean
by an "L" shape? All we see is an orange cord on the side of
a fishing vessel, with the numbers 625".
I tell them, "If you squint you will see a dark sienna colored
shape on the left and top of the image.
Together these shapes form an upside down "L" that
frames the orange cord and the lightest part of the painting.
This is one of the ways an artist can direct the viewer's eye to
a specific part of the painting".

So which do you prefer, the horizontal band or the upside down L

Friday, November 28, 2014

Newport 625

Title: Newport 625
Image: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolor
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

Monday, October 13, 2014

46th Annual Watercolor West Exhibition - Joyful Moments

Francesca Brayton, Vickie Rothchild, Sharon Kale holding
the award envelope.

It just made my day to receive these photos from my
sister, Sharon Kale. She and my mother, Vickie Rothchild
traveled to Brea for the show opening and to see my
painting in the 46th Annual Watercolor West Exhibition.
Francesca Brayton, President of Watercolor West,
presented the awards at the opening.

Vickie, with my painting, "Old Tug 10" Transparent Watercolor

Chris Stubbs won an award at this show.

It meant a lot to me that Chris, an artist friend, that
I have admired for years,
greeted my mom and sister at the show.
Click on the link below to see her work:

Thank you to the Signature Members for their
contributions to this award. Leslie Cheney-Parr,
one of the signature members on this list.
is also from Oregon and won an award at this show.

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.