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Daily Oil Paintings of Kathryn Townsend. The paintings posted on this blog are a journal of process. Daily practice, exploration and experimentation are the life blood of the artist's way.

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“A man learns to skate by staggering around making a fool of
himself: indeed he progresses in all things by making a fool of
himself.” --George Bernard Shaw


Friday, July 31, 2015

Roses with Orange



"Roses with Orange", 12 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

Another painting from my recent "roses" obsession.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Two Roses


"Two Roses", 6 x 6 In, Oil on Museum Board

Between all the trips and plein air painting, packing and unpacking, driving to far away places, the heat and the cold and carrying the gear--sometimes its a relief to be out on the deck with a couple of flowers, just smusching the paint around.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Athabasca River


"Athabasca River", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

Because of the forest fire in the Maligne Valley in Jasper that started the week were painting there, Jeanne Edwards and I decided to leave Jasper early and spend a day driving down the Jasper-Banff Highway. It is 144 miles between Jasper and Lake Louise and has been described as one of the most scenic highways in the world. Early on during the day we stopped at a spot along the river to do our final painting for the trip. It was beautiful and cool in the early morning air and a perfect spot with an amazing view of the mountain behind the river.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Edith Cavell, Sketch


"Edith Cavell, Sketch", 10 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

At the end of our second painting day in Jasper, at the foot of Mt. Edith Cavell, I was tired! I had done one painting facing the mountain and one facing the other direction. But I wanted to do one more! This very fast sketch of Mount Edith Cavell was the result: one of those impetuous and "pray the devil-may-care painting gods will be with me!" And after 20 minutes or so, I just said, "put it in the box and for heaven's sake, don't look at it!" But when I do look at it now, this magnificent mountain and the story of Edith Cavell come back to me.

Wikipedia: Mount Edith Cavell

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pyramid Mountain


"Pyramid Mountain", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

This was my first painting in Jasper National Park last week and it was painted close to where were were staying at Patricia Lake. We had beautiful weather, but by the end of the week an intense forest fire in the Maligne Valley filled the valley around Jasper with haze.  Because of the weather, there was little snow on the mountains, but the color of this mountain was beautiful with its reddish rock.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Red Roses White Vase



"Red Roses White Vase", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

Continuing my exploration of my lovely silk roses out in the sunlight on my back deck.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Palouse Walls





















"Palouse Wall", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board, Plein Air

Painted on my trip with Plein Air Washington to the Palouse in May. How I love Eastern Washington!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Road to Artist Point



"Road to Artist Point", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board, Plein Air

Another painting from the bend in the winding road up to Artist Point. I had painted the two main vistas and I was too tired to pack up and go to another spot. So this was the view!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

View from Mt. Baker Road




"View from Mt. Baker Road", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board, Plein Air

We stopped at a sharp bend on the winding road up to Artist Point at Mt. Baker.  The view to the Southeast was of Mt. Shuksan.  The view more to the North was this one and I tried to figure out the names of the peaks by looking at the map when I got home.  If anybody knows, I'd love to hear.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Mt. Shuksan from Artist Point


Painted on my trip last week to Mt. Baker, this was actually the first painting of the day. Mt. Shuksan--so iconic and so different from Mt. Baker.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Table Mountain

"Table Mountain", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board, Plein Air

This was painted nearly Bagley Lake on the Mt. Baker road up to Artist Point. We hiked in maybe half a mile.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Roses with Orange



"Roses with Orange", 12 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

With this painting and with the warm weather, when I'm in my studio that means the back deck! So nice to have my silk roses that never die!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mt. Baker


Mt. Baker, 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board, Plein Air

This was the second painting on the first day of our painting trip to Mt. Baker/Mt. Shuksan. Sometimes, because of time, sun, mosquitos or companions taking off for other spots, there is more of a feeling of painting with abandonment--of not second guessing every stroke of the brush. This was such a painting.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mt. Shuksan

"Mt. Shuksan", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Musuem Board

I spent the last couple of days with a group of Northwest artists up at Artist Point, between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. The days were warm and the sun nearly blinding. No snow at Artist Point, which is an anomaly for this time of year. We are praying for incessant precipitation next winter, because we do like our glaciers!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bennington Lake

6/18/15 "Bennington Lake", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board, Framed

Bennington Lake is located near Walla Walla in Southwestern Washington. We painted there on our final day of the Palouse paint-out with Plein Air Washington.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wind on the Palouse



"Wind on the Palouse", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
The title of this painting came from the fact that the painting was done in a high wind with gusts so strong they moved the brush! So I can truly say the wind was my mentor in this painting!  Strangely, as soon as we stopped painting, the wind died down!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Upper Palouse Falls


"Upper Palouse Falls", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

The 2nd day of the Palouse Falls paint-out, we hiked to the Upper Palouse Falls. The hike involved a steep trail from the upper embankment down to the river. It is not as dramatic as the main falls, but equally beautiful.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Palouse Falls

"Palouse Falls", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board

I painted with the Plein Air Washington group last weekend at Palouse Falls. The dry earth has amazing color and I'm always so excited to be up over the mountains to the east of our wonderful green and often wet Puget Sound region!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Watching

"Watching", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

This is another in my portrait series. I'm experimenting with certain things and I'm not at the point where I understand it enough to talk about it. That may seem counter intuitive, because the mind says that I ought to know what my goal is, but changing the processes of the eye, the hand and some notion in the mind is not particularly straightforward.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Girl in Dark Dress


"Girl in Dark Dress", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I never fail to enjoy painting my daughters.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nisqually Sky


"Nisqually Sky", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
Every year our artist group goes out to the Nisqually Reach, where one of the main rivers of the region, the Nisqually, flows into Puget Sound from the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier. The delta has been restored in the last few years and now has a raised board walk out over the tidal marshes.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dana Passage


5/13/15 "Dana Passage", 11 x 14, Oil on Museum Board, Unframed

This is the view from my studio and back deck--ever changing tides and sky. It is always there to paint!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Girl in Purple Dress


"Girl in Purple Dress", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

It is good to do a series, such as this portrait series. Eventually I come to something of a procedure, and then finding that, can have the notion of doing it very differently. I am still coming to that point--

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Zangle Tideland


"Zangle Tideland", 8 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board, Unframed

To paint over and over what is directly in front of you--that is the exercise of a lifetime.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Girl in Yellow


5/5/15 "Girl in Yellow", 14 x 11, Oil on Museum Board, Unframed

Sometimes I have a an unquenchable thirst for painting my daughters, even when I've painted from the same photo before.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Across to Whidbey


"Across to Whidbey", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This was a fast 45 minute painting from Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend looking across the channel to Whidbey Island. I was teaching an outdoor painting class to a group of wonderfully spirited women painters. It was intense and a lot of fun--

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Blue Pitcher - NFS


"Blue Pitcher", 20 x 20 In, Oil on Canvas

This is another painting from the depths of my closet. Strange it is that I've not only lost track, but I don't remember my state of mind or how I was approaching painting at that time.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nisqually Barns


"Nisqually Barns", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board

This was painted out on the Nisqually Delta with my friends from Plein Air Washington. The barns are an historic remnant of the old dairy farm that used to be here when the Delta was diked.

From http://NisquallyDeltaRestoration.org: "The Nisqually Delta represents the largest tidal marsh restoration project in the Pacific Northwest to assist in recovery of Puget Sound salmon and wildlife populations. Over the past decade, the Refuge and close partners, including the Tribe and Ducks Unlimited, have restored more than 35 km of the historic tidal slough systems and re-connected historic floodplains to Puget Sound, increasing potential salt marsh habitat in the southern reach of Puget Sound by 50%."

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Zangle Gray Day

"Zangle Gray Day", 6 x 6 In, Oil on Museum Board

The last Zangle Cove painting was done with a palette knife. This very small painting was done with a big round brush. The experiment is the joy of painting.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Zangle Cove


"Zangle Cove", 6 x 6 In, Oil on Museum Board

Since I'm working to protect Zangle Cove from industrial geoduck aquaculture, I've decided to do a series of Zangle Cove paintings!  Its always there, ever changing and beautiful.  And across the way we have a pair of Bald Eagles sitting on their nest.  They often come to this tideland to feed--the site of the proposed geoduck farm.

To learn about industrial geoduck aquaculture, read "This Isn't Your Grandfather's Oyster Farm" at this link:
http://coalitiontoprotectpugetsoundhabitat.org/?p=479

All proceeds from sales of my Zangle Cove paintings, and I've done many in the past s well, will go towards legal costs of protecting our beautiful cove.

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