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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


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fisherman Bay Preserve NFS

"Fisherman Bay Preserve", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is one of the paintings done on Lopez Island at the San Juan Preservation Trust paintout.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grand Canyon - Sold

"Grand Canyon", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
The Grand Canyon always holds a fascination for me. It is one thing to see the breadth of the Canyon from the rim, but another thing to go back in time by traveling through the Canyon on the Colorado.  As you go down from Lee's Ferry, travel on the river is through an uplift, so to the Inner Gorge, the rocks are older and older until you reach the schist that is like black marble in some places.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Desert Tree

"Desert Tree", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
Sometimes I just pick a photo from my travels and see if I can bring back the memory of the place.  The Escalante in Southern Utah is one of those memorable places--we rented a 4-wheel drive because the roads were so rough and the owner gave us a satellite tracking system in case we got lost in this vast remote area--he didn't want to have to find us or his jeep without knowing exactly where we were!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Desert Autumn

"Desert Autumn", 11 x 14 In, Oil on Museum Board
There are so many colors in the desert! It is so different from the colors of a wet area like Western Washington, where I live.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mt. Stewart

"Mt. Stuart", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
Mt. Stuart is the second highest non-volcanic peak in the Cascade Range in Washington State.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Two Roses - SOLD

Sometimes its fun and a big break to do fast and small still life paintings.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dana Passage Calm Day - SOLD

"Dana Passage Calm Day", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
Some days are calm here on South Sound and this was one of them. Since I generally tend to do brushy paintings, I thought I would try to do this one in a different way.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Utah Backroad

"Utah Backroad", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
Just like the Alaska photos, sometimes I like to pull out the photos from our Utah trip a couple of years ago. I painted every day driving through south central Utah and my favorite areas were the Grand Staircase Escalante and Capitol Reef National Park, both without the tourist buses of Bryce. The Esclante is vast and we rented a jeep from a local guy that had a GPS device with locations of Indian ruins--and the GPS was also in case we got lost! Capitol Reef is an amazing 100 mile long waterpocket fold in the earth running north and south.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Alaska Sky

"Alaska Sky", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
I've been to Alaska twice to paint with my buddy Marybee Kaufman, who lives up near Denali. Sometimes I want to remember the big landscape spaces, so I pull out my photographs.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Zangle Clouds -- SOLD

"Zangle Clouds", 11 x 14 In, Oil on Museum Board
I am so fortunate to have such an amazing view out the backside of my house and big picture windows in my studio. Every day and every hour it changes, if not so much the weather or the atmosphere, then the tide and always the light.



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Storm over Methow

"Storm over Methow", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
The Methow Valley is an extraordinarily beautiful place, but we did not expect so much rain. The changing skies were a highlight of the experience.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

North from Sun Mountain

"North from Sun Mountain", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
There is a beautiful resort in Winthrop called Sun Mountain. Because a dirt road behind the lodge only said "no horses and no pets," my friend Jeanne Edwards and I decided cars were OK. We drove up to the water towers, soon followed by a young resort employee who was very nice and said "this one time."

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Touchet Valley Clouds

"Touchet Valley Clouds", 14 x 14 In, Oil on Fredrix Panel
When I was actually there along the Touchet River I did a smaller version of this painting, but the group was on the move and I wanted to go to the new location, so it was a very quick study. This is my interpretation of that study.

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