HJ Andrews Residency Day 3: work in progress

HJ Andrews Residency Day 3: work in progress

HJA Residency Day 3 Work In Progress Beetle Drawing Day 3 Work in Progress The struggle with gouache has begun. The darker thick lines 3/4 of the way up the painting is part of a ‘drawing’ that an insect made in wood in the creek. In the afternoon I went to Blue Ridge. This site had been cut some time ago, then burned. It’s teaming with life now. There are a lot of rhododendrons, bear grass, insects, and little... Read More
HJ Andrews Residency Day 3: Spine

HJ Andrews Residency Day 3: Spine

HJA Residency Day 3 Spine In progress – an under painting using watercolor and ink Spine Since I’ve been here in the forest, I’ve been thinking about the spine of the project, as choreographer Twyla Tharp calls it. The spine is usually more for me to know than it is for the viewer. It’s acts as a grounding devise. When things start to spin off on tangents, get messy and out of control, the spine is what brings you back to the center. It’s the idea that supports a project, that unifies a project and gives it consistency. It’s not usually something that I... Read More
HJ Andrews Residency day 2: supporting more life in its death

HJ Andrews Residency day 2: supporting more life in its death

HJA Residency Day 2 Supporting More Life in its Death Beetle Drawing Beginning. Charcoal on paper Supporting More Life in its Death Much of this morning was spent trying to figure out how to turn my lack of studio space into a passable studio space. I am in a 2-bedroom apartment. One bedroom has a large desk. It was the obvious choice. In anticipation of the lack of studio I bought a bunch of non-oil paint stuff that could be used just about anywhere. Last weekend, as I waited for the clerk at the art store to finish ringing up my new paints, she finally looked up at me and said, ‘So…. Have... Read More

Fire

I have been waiting for this for months. Finally the prairie has been burned. I started to doubt it for a while because it hadn’t happened, but we’ve gotten a few considerable rains already this fall. It’s all about timing. The first place I headed toward was the viewing platform, a large deck off the parking area that overlooks the patch of land sectioned off to be a native wetland prairie at the Finley Wildlife Preserve. The edge of the deck was singed. I wish I could have seen the actual fire event. How high do the flames get? How fast does it spread? Does it spread in a... Read More
Wetlands in the Spring

Wetlands in the Spring

My left borrowed rubber boot had a little hole in it. Sarah and I stood calf-deep in muddy water by the edge of the Coyote farm site. She bent over one of her PVC well stems, dipping her Crayola streaked tape measure down the stem to measure the groundwater depth. I stood next to her, pad of paper in hand, ready to record the numbers she read to me. The depth of the water in the well is visible on her tape where the marker streak remains intact. We had only begun a long day of this when I realized my left sock was already wet. After measuring the depth, she then pumped the water out of the... Read More
Fern Ridge Project

Fern Ridge Project

Fern Ridge is a wetlands area west of Eugene.  This is the area that Sarah Marshall, a good friend and Oregon State University PhD candidate is studying.  I’ve accompanied her several times as she has visited her many data locations at four sites: Coyote, a rye grass field and restoration area; Dragonfly, a second restoration area; and Fisher Butte, a nature preserve and most ‘natural’ site.  She has placed multiple PVC piping wells throughout each site in which she can measure the depth of the groundwater.  Last week I helped Sarah carry her brand new infiltration wells out into the cracked... Read More
Fall Creek in February

Fall Creek in February

My show goes up at the end of March.  As the time gets closer, getting into my studio to finish the last painting is becoming more and more of a chore.  This show is mostly paintings from my last show.  But the problem is that after that show came down I’ve been mentally done with it.  Since last summer I’ve felt in limbo.  This month’s show did not offer me enough time to develop a new body of work, but that’s what I’ve been wanting to do.  Painting old ideas is not fun. So, on the last day of February, less than a month before I install the new show, I... Read More

New Look

The River Notebook has a new look (and address).  The old still exists at http://leahwilsonfineart.blogspot.com/, but here’s where you will find all new posts. Read More

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