First missing painting

Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304”,

little boy with ice cream headache while at the state fair
Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304

is a portrait inspired by a memory of a cute little boy that I saw getting an “ice cream headache” in front of the rides at the state fair just over the border in Oregon. I noticed him during my walk out to the RV after closing my own “facepainting” booth for the night. I did face painting at five state fairs every year for awhile, just another venue of art explored by this artist.

facepainting

 

tracing whereabouts of lost art

In October 2007 these paintings were donated to  “Holy Family Hospital” and placed in their Shamrock Gala auction, Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304”, “Seven Horse Spirits K404”, and “Koolau’s Haiku K504”.

The mystery of where the 3 missing paintings ended up afterwards begins after they are placed in Holy Family Hospital’s initial “Shamrock Gala” fundraiser auction. The event was held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane WA in March of 2008. A beautiful affair that I was graciously given a ticket to attend. Tuxedos and formal dinner attire were required to a sit down meal with table center pieces that had tree branches painted gold, foliage and tubular lights intertwined.  I have a souvenir wine glass from the event pictured below,  “Latah Creek” and “Shamrock Gala” on it. Here is a link to more information about the event that was rec’d later.

Shamrock Gala wineglass Shamrock Gala, Latah Creek wineglass

Two paintings, Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304 and Seven Horse Spirits K404 were not sold at the auction and I don’t know what became of them. Contacting the hospital to request  information about their outcomes has not been successful in locating them so far.

One of the paintings did find a home, Koolau’s Haiku K504was purchased during the course of this auction by a sweet couple who I was able to meet afterwards. I  recall that they live somewhere here is Spokane WA but I regret that I never did think to get their names or contact information when I was introduced to them.

I would like to be able to locate these missing children (lost oil paintings) from the beginning time period of my oil rub-outs career so I can complete the information for my records. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again also. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have to help locate them.

3 paintings donated to charity are lost

In October 2007 these paintings were donated to  “Holy Family Hospital”, Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304”, “Seven Horse Spirits K404”, and “Koolau’s Haiku K504”.

Where are they now? I don’t know. Do You?

I would like to be able to locate these three lost oil rub-out-oils. Not knowing where they are almost feels like a missing child to an artist. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have to help locate them.

Size does matter

BTW. Four foot wide just doesn’t fit inside small vehicles for transport. These large guys had to travel on top of my Subaru, wrapped in tarps and tied down for the trip. This is where I learned that, “Size really does matter!”

These beginning large “rub-out oil” paintings had been admired by many who attended the art shows I was in

Don’t Rush a Good Thing I304”, “Seven Horse Spirits K404”, and “Koolau’s Haiku K504”.

There were often returning prospective collectors obviously in the throes of decision making, some even following me from one show to the next measuring and discussing transportation possibilities. This was followed by phone calls and emails. But the interest did not result in sales and as time went on it became apparent that there was going to be an insurmountable difficulty in finding anyone with a large enough home or business space to hang these 4ft x 4ft paintings.

Back at the studio, things became more and more cramped in my studio as my husband and I continued to build a new home and after work and on weekends. Every time I returned from a show I found myself repairing these large paintings because they were getting scratched and dinged during transport.

I had to decide to donate the 3 largest oil paintings to charity because they were too difficult for me to move around show-to-show and find enough storage space for them in-between the shows.

Rub-Out Oil beginnings

After the Louis Maestas seminar weekend in 2004, I felt totally inspired and no longer afraid of using oil paints in my studio. Lou had told me that he could see that I already had what it takes, and I should use my talents now. He suggested some next steps to take and advised that I  “just start doing large oils”. My husband was inspired too by meeting him and seeing his beautiful work, so he went into action building self framing large board canvases to paint on. I textured the first canvas’ right away and began painting from the heart.

There was a total of 4 really large ones that I did immediately after the weekend spent learning with Louis Maestas.  One of these large northwest landscape oils was entitled, “Horseshoe Lake Boat Reflections L604“. It was sold to a local collector so my records are complete and I know it’s present day location.

Lakeside boats casting reflections on the water in a northwest shoreline.
Sixth rub-out oil painting done.

My small studio became very busy and full of drying oils as I went on the road applying at and touring art galleries, and setting up my art at events.

 

Learning oils… from Louis Maestas

I learned how to do rub-out-oils in 2004  when I took a seminar by Louis Maestas, at the gallery in Sandpoint, Idaho. You can see more information about this technique at Lou’s gallery link. He is truly a gifted and inspirational artist mentor and if you ever get a chance to see his work or go and meet him I suggest that you do!  He is a self confident artist with no ego, and his talent is a blessing that he has no worries about sharing it with others.  I strive to become like him in any way I can. I still feel a great love for this artist and his beautiful work, from just one weekend spent learning from him.

Rub-out is a fun and simple method of laying a layer of oil pigment on the canvas and rubbing back off the highlights with cloth and fingers. Prior to this I had painted mostly with watercolors and acrylic or concentrated on drawing, avoiding oils, finding them quite confusing and difficult to use.  I still do a lot of watercolor work but oils are my favorite medium for larger works, and rub-out is the foundation block of how I go about painting with them.

Here are the 2 paintings done during that weekend seminar in 2004.

The “onion” was the first oil painting I did as I learned how to use oils. Lou laughed at mine saying I must be an “artist” because I was the only one who painted the onion cut open. everyone else had simply painted the sphere shape. I have a naturally creative artist mind. Yep.

onion rub out oil
first oil rub out done at Louis Maestes seminar 2004.

We went home and started a second painting of our own subject that evening, that we packed up and brought back to the class and finished the next day with his help.

Hillyard skate park oil rub out
second rub out oil done in Louis Maestas seminar 2004

This is the second oil rub-out done at Lou’s class that weekend. “Hillyard Skate Park G104”.  Lou laughed again when I showed them my painting because I didn’t choose a simple subject for my second attempt at oil painting. “No.” I chose to paint a skate park landscape filled with a dozen or so figures performing aerial stunts. Yep, that ought to be easy. We artist’s are crazy people aren’t we?

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Day #10

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Daisy Forest G1711 $95 (unframed), $195 (framed)

Forest path in a field of daisies

24″w x 18″h oils on canvas board. Oil rub-out technique of the Northwest forest with a floor covering of Shasta daisies.

 

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On The 7th Day of Christmas…

Storm Approaching H0309 – $95 (unframed), $195 (framed)

StormApproachingH0309

24″w x 18″h oils on canvas board. Oil rub-out technique of the darkness of a seaside storm coming to shore.

 

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 Sun Thru Snowy Trees L804 $95 (self-framed)

 

Sun Thru Snowy Trees
21.75″w x 27.75″h x .75″t oils on board. Oil on board painting of the illumination by sun rays through forest trees on a ski slope as you take the lift up for another ride down the mountain.