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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Before and After Image - Artist Jenny Armitage

Artist: Jenny Armitage
Title: Bike Lucca

Critiqued by Phyllis Meyer
Photo Edited by Linda Rothchild Ollis

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: 

Visit Phyllis Meyer's website at:

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:

Moment of Hope
Acrylic on Cradled Board
12 x 12 inches

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


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





Mikie and Debbie

Pam's photo of Linda's Demo

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thank You Buffalo Grass Art Society


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
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.


Airi and Amanda



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:
 $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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! Sending Positive Energy to You for 2014!

Julie Hawthorne with one of her assymetrical sculptural forms

Enjoying the creative energies of the
Hawthorne Gallery - Port Orford, Oregon, is a great way to
start the new year! 
It was a pleasure to talk with Julie Hawthorne about her
work as an artist and study her sculptures, which incorporate
worlds of shape, texture, whimsy and movement. Thank you, Julie,
for your generous hospitality.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch
at Julie's award winning Redfish restaurant.

Here is the link, for this "not to be missed" eating experience
the next time you are in southern Oregon:
This is the link and an excerpt from the Hawthorne Gallery link:

Julie Burt Hawthorne says, "From a very early age I remember
encouragement to create on all levels - - painting, quilting,
music-making, sculpting purple and green frosted cakes --
always keeping the creative juices flowing."
Born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Julie received
an early education in sculpture and drawing at the Cranbrook
Arts Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1976, after moving
to Oregon with husband Chris Hawthorne, she fell in love with
clay and set up her own ceramics studio. She studied under Carol
Vernon, John and Andrea Gill, Richard Notkin and Paul Soldner.
During the 1980's Julie and Chris traveled to Pilchuck Glass School
in Washington and became very excited by glass.
"After years of working in hot and fused glass, and with our
children now in school, it brings me great pleasure to devote all my
time to my first real love: soft, cool, moist, sensual clay."
Julie now creates large asymmetrical sculptural forms made most often
from coils and slabs rolled by hand with minimal wheel throwing.
Surface textures are rolled or pounded into the clay. "My work reflects
contemporary images of the human form and body language. My pieces
are completed while wet, sprayed primarily with a simple three or four
part glaze, and fired once."

Monday, December 30, 2013

Playing With Fire - Coos Art Museum

Continued from yesterday's post -
The Chihuly and Pilchuk influence on the artists in the
"Playing with Fire" Exhibit at the Coos Art Museum:

"After a head-on collision in 1976 which blinded his right
eye and a body surfing accident in 1978 which hurt his
shoulder, Dale Chihuly began to employ a series of
Pilchuk artists in the actual production of his glass art
pieces. From his vision a whole movement has sprung
up, sometimes called "The Northwest Glass Art Movement",
and many of the artists represented here in this current
show are directly involved with that movement:
Richard Royal and Martin Blank have blown glass for Chihuly;
Joseph Gregory Rossano was the manager of Chihuly's
studio; Cappy Thompson and Preston Singletary are both
currently listed as faculty at Pilchuk; Dick Weiss and Paul
Marioni (father of Dante Marioni, also a world-famous
glass blower) were among the earliest influences in the
Northwest Glass Art Movement. Jenny Pohlman and
Sabrina Knowles, Ann Gardner, Linda Ethier, Catherine Newell,
Karin Richardson and Chris Hawthorne are all Pilchuk alumni.
The Coos Art Museum is pleased to be able to bring to our
region this historic exhibit of glass art in the Pacific Northwest".
The above is posted on the sign you see as you enter this

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Victoria Tierney - "Playing With Fire" Curator

Victoria Tierney with Martin Blank's Glass Sculpture

I am so grateful to Victoria Tierney, for giving me a personal tour of
the amazing - Playing With Fire: Glass Art in the Pacific Northwest.
See it at the Coos Art Museum until February 15, 2014. Here is the museum
link for more information:

While you are there, don't miss the Hawthorne Family Exhibition (upstairs),
to see Chris and Julie Hawthorne's work. They were featured on
Art Beat on OPB. More on the Hawthorne family art coming in a future post.

Victoria's ability to pull together this world class show,
Dale Chihuly's influence on this exhibit, and the extraordinary, new,
innovative, ground breaking developments in glass art amaze me.
Eager to share it with you, it is the focus of this and my next post.

The glass sculpture above was created by Martin Blank. His video:
shares the technique used to create this tree sculpture
(about 6 minutes into the video) as well as other glass blowing techniques.
At the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, his outdoor water sculptures are part of
the permanent collection and can be seen online at:

The Northwest Glass Art Movement is described on the
museum sign, as you enter the first room of the Playing With Fire Exhibit:

In the summer of 1971 a thirty year old sculptor named DALE CHIHULY
offered a summer program in glass blowing on a tract of woods about an
hour north of Seattle owned by Ann Gould Hauberg, an architect and
philanthropist, and her husband, the timber heir John Hauberg. Chihuly, a
Tacoma, Washington native, had a Masters in Sculpture from the Rhode
Island School of Design and had also studied with master Venetian glass
blowers in Murano, Italy. From that beginning was born PILCHUK GLASS
SCHOOL which has become an international center for the creation of art
works ---some intricate and some monumental in scale - which have
completely transformed our appreciation of what it means to work glass.

At the heart of the Pilchuk campus is what is called the "The Hot Shop".
The name for this show, "Playing With Fire", grew out of the technique
of blowing glass whick involves heating the glass in what sculptors call
"the glory hole", and then shaping the molten glass by blowing into the red-hot
sticky substance as it is whirled about in a wild dance by artists who must
be athletes as well. (See Martin Blank's video, "Repose in Amber" in the main
gallery.) The glass pieces that are created, which are so cool and still, are
mute testaments to transformations by inferno. be continued in the next post