Tag Archives: landscape

Contemporary landscape painting of a farm landscape “West Hills Farm”

contemporary landscape painting of a farm with hay bales by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “West Hills Farm,” acrylic, 30″ x 24″ x 1.5″

“West Hills Farm”
by Carolee Clark
30″ x 24″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
$1260 (plus $75 shipping & handling within the US)

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I pass this farm about five days a week and for the last few weeks they have had these huge hay bales in the field.  I really wanted to paint the scene before the bales are removed so I finally took a few photos and did some sketching.

I did something different than my usual procedure and worked on a colorful under-painting.  One occasionally gets some interesting surprises doing it this way.  I sketched with black gesso on top of this.

underpainting for West Hills Road by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, Under-painting for “West Hills Farm,” acrylic, 30″ x 24″

Contemporary landscape painting of trees and a river “Spring Melt”

contemporary landscape painting of trees and a river by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Spring Melt,” acrylic, 24″ x 30″ x 1.5″

“Spring Melt”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
24″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This is the Similkameen River in Manning Park, British Columbia.

Clothesline Sale of Art 2014 is only two weeks away!

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Benton County Courthouse Lawn
120 NW 4th Street, Corvallis, Oregon
Saturday, August 2, 2014  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

I forgot to show you this first step in my painting!

first step in my painting of Birch Banter

© Carolee Clark, “Birch Banter, Step 1”

In my excitement to show you the finished product, I forgot that I was going to post the first phase of the painting.  Starting with black gesso, I get the image onto the canvas.

Next I cover the rest of the white canvas with transparent paint, mixed and unmixed with other transparent colors. I don’t coat any particular color over the entire surface. At this stage it looks gaudy, bright and ugly. Much of this will be covered up but I do leave hints of it here and there.

Finally, I come in with opaque colors, covering up much of what was initially there.  And here is the final piece (which was posted a few days ago).

contemporary painting of birch trees by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Birch Banter,” acrylic, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″

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Large contemporary painting of birch trees “Birch Banter”

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© Carolee Clark, “Birch Banter,” acrylic, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″

“Birch Banter”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
36″ x 36″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I did a companion piece (Birch Banter Echo) for this one.  It also measures 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″.  Here they are together.

diptych painting of birch trees by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Birch Banter” and “Birch Banter Echo”, acrylic, 36″ x 72″ of painted canvas

Contemporary landscape with a building painting “Lazy Afternoon”

contemporary landscape building painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Lazy Afternoon,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Lazy Afternoon”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

A few weeks ago I was painting at Finley Wildlife Refuge.  This is the second painting that was started at this location.  It is the Cabell Lodge which was built circa 1912 and is now used by the headquarters office for the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The little black cat I added for a touch more life as I didn’t see anyone else around and it seemed a shame that such a fine building didn’t have a little more activity.

Contemporary landscape painting “Talking Waters”

contemporary acrylic landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Talking Waters,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Talking Waters”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This was another “Vistas & Vineyards” site.  Talking Water Gardens is an engineered treatment wetlands and has only been open for about two years but is already quite spectacular in what it does and its beauty.  In a few years the oak trees which are tiny at present, will provide more shade and cooling.  The water that flows through the 50 acre site is treated waste water but needs further cooling before being discharged.

It was my first time at the site and I was very impressed.

Contemporary landscape painting “Woodpecker Loop Trail”

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Woodpecker Loop Trail,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Woodpecker Loop Trail”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I finally made it to a “Vistas & Vineyards” outing last week and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful.  This is a plein air group that goes out once a week from May 15 to October 15th to paint on location.  We went to Finley Wildlife Refuge and I started this painting on site, finishing it in the studio.  I actually did a lot of sketching too!

Cropping a painting, sometimes less is more, sometimes not

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Late Summer,” detail, acrylic on paper, 7″ x 7″

One of my favorite things to do is go through old paintings and get rid of them.  Clear out clutter to make room for new things.   It is cathartic and feels wonderful.

It also gives me new ideas.  I’ll look at a painting in a new way since I usually haven’t seen the piece in a while and I’ve released my attachment to it.

These old paintings don’t actually take up much room as they are on paper, but they do take my time and energy.  They take time when I am looking through them for a particular piece or when I am cleaning or moving things.

I started ripping up this painting (full sheet, acrylic on paper, circa 2005) and realized that I liked the half that I was holding.  Then I took a little 7″ x 7″ frame and separated this core of the painting.

Which do you like better, the cropped piece or the half sheet?  I do have an opinion, but I’d love to hear what you think!

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Late Summer,” acrylic on paper, 22″ x 16″

This final version is from Susan Brehm’s suggestion which might be the best crop yet!

© Carolee Clark, "Late Summer" 22" x 7"

© Carolee Clark, “Late Summer” 22″ x 7″

 

Contemporary landscape painting “Pepper Pike Farm”

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Pepper Pike Farm,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Pepper Pike Farm”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Contemporary landscape painting “Namaste Vineyards”

contemporary landscape painting of a vineyard, Namaste Vineyards by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Namaste Vineyards,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Namaste Vineyards”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This painting was done in response to the DPW challenge posted by Bhavani Krishnan.  She took a photograph of Namaste Vineyards just outside of Dallas, Oregon.  This is practically in my back yard!

Thank you Bhavani!

Contemporary landscape painting “Cover Crop Patterns”

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Cover Crop Patterns,” acrylic, 28″ x 22″ x 1.5″

“Cover Crop Patterns”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
28″ x 22″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

“Orange Acres,” contemporary landscape painting

contemporary landscape painting study by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Orange Acres,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Orange Acres”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Painting added to growing collection

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

This painting was added to the collection of Joan Baker & Terri Houde. I was pleased to see some of the other work in their collection which were these gorgeous paintings on glass from Italy. I’m in good company! (See below)

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

© Joan Baker & Terri Houde

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“Wanderers Welcome,” contemporary landscape painting

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Wanderers Welcome,” acrylic, 30″ x 30″ x 1.5″

“Wanderers Welcome”
by Carolee Clark
30″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
$1575 (plus $78 shipping and handling within the US)

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“Kalorama Road,” contemporary urban scene painting

contemporary urban scene painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Kalorama Road,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Kalorama Road”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This painting is a submission for the Virtual Paint Out blog.  The area of concentration this month is Washington, DC.

“They’ve Got Swish,” contemporary painting of ornamental grasses

contemporary acrylic painting of ornamental grasses by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “They’ve Got Swish,” acrylic, 30″ x 30″ x 1.5”

“They’ve Got Swish”
by Carolee Clark
30″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
$1575 (plus $78 shipping and handling within the US)

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“Dark Trees,” contemporary landscape painting with trees

contemporary tree painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Dark Trees,” acrylic, 48″ x 48″

“Dark Trees”
by Carolee Clark
48″ x 48″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
$4000

Available from Xanadu Gallery

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“Treescape,” contemporary tree painting

contemporary tree painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Treescape,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Treescape”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

“Bend in the River,” contemporary river landscape painting

contemporary landscape river painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Bend in the River,” acrylic, 18″ x 24″ x 1.5″

“Bend in the River”
by Carolee Clark
18″ x 24″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Available from Xanadu Gallery

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Sketch for painting:

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“Upper Silver Creek,” contemporary landscape painting with trees and a river

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Upper Silver Creek,” acrylic, 36″ x 48″ x 1.5″

“Upper Silver Creek”
by Carolee Clark
36″ x 48″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Available from Xanadu Gallery

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“Road Ribbon,” contemporary landscape painting

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Road Ribbon,” acrylic, 22″ x 28″

“Road Ribbon”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
22″ x 28″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

“Calapooia River,” contemporary landscape painting

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Calapooia River,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Calapooia River”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

This was a little study done for a possible larger painting.
Sketch is below:

© Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark

“Tree Tangles,” contemporary landscape painting of trees

contemporary landscape painting of trees by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Tree Tangles,” acrylic, 48″ x 48″

“Tree Tangles”   sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
48″ x 48″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

“October,” contemporary landscape painting

contemporary landscape painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “October,” acrylic, 30″ x 30″

“October”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
30″ x 30″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

“Terwilliger Cottage,” contemporary urban scene painting with house and its surroundings

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© Carolee Clark, “Terwilliger Cottage,” acrylic, 20″ x 20″

“Terwilliger Cottage” sold_dot sold
by Carolee Clark
20″ x 20″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas