In Tumalo Art Co.’s November show “Earthly Delights”, Helen Brown and Marty Stewart show scenes from nature that delight the eye and also move the viewer to interpret these scenes as precious earthly assets we all need to protect. The show opens during the First Friday Gallery Walk November 2, from 5-9pm.
Helen Brown’s current work is a form of batik in watercolor. She draws her images on Ginwashi rice paper, begins with a light, colorful wash of watercolor, and then protects the lightest areas by painting them with molten wax. The wax resists all subsequent layers of paint. After about 6-8 layers of painting followed by more wax, she irons out the wax leaving only a watercolor image on paper. The subjects in her November show range from mountain scenes in Central Oregon and Glacier National Park to her more familiar tree scenes.
From deep colorful canyons and vast meadows of flowers to trees and gentle creatures, Marty Stewart’s new work gives the viewer a rich assortment of scenes to enjoy. “Animals and birds proved to be nice additions to my usual landscapes.”, says Stewart. For Marty, painting has become a way to look deeply into the nature of things, whether landscape, figures, animals or abstract images, to see what can be learned there and shared. She often paints en plein aire in Central Oregon or on extended camping trips throughout the West with her husband.
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery located in the heart of the Old Mill District; 541-385-9144; www.tumaloartco.com.
Artist and curator, Marlene Alexander, who has been teaching art to children in Central Oregon for over 40 years, was recently chosen as best Children’s Art Teacher by Bend Nest: