Reception for the 8×8 Art for the Heart Gallery (with a Twist)

The twist this year is that artwork did not have to be 8″ x 8″ or even square. 100 artists, 150 artworks, the Corrine Woodman Gallery full of little wonders. I love this kind of shows for all the different styles and subjects gracing the same square surfaces, but breaking free from the traditional squares made the this show look even more interesting. The reception yesterday marked the official beginning of the Art for the Heart fundraiser. More info here:

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“Conversation” for 8×8 Gallery with a Twist at The Arts Center in Corvallis

Conversation – mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 8″

My 8″ x 8″ piece, “Conversation”, is  a part of this year’s Art for the Heart Gala at The Arts Center in Corvallis. The opening reception is on Thursday, September 28, 2023, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. There are 150 small artworks to choose from. All sales benefit The Arts Center that does a lot of good work for the community.

All artwork will go on sale after the reception through the Art for the Heart 2023 Catalog. Preview price is $75. You can get the event or free online catalog tickets to purchase your favorite artworks at 8 p.m. on September 28 (following the reception). For those pieces that do not find their collector during the preview period, the art will be for sale at the Gala for $40 starting October 7. 

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Sunrise Tree for Twitter Art Exhibit 2023

Good Morning – black ink and colored pencil, 7″ x 5″

Sent my 7″ x 5″ contribution off to Canada today. It is colored pencil and black ink on mixed media paper. It will benefit Urban Native Youth Association. UNYA has a philanthropic goal of $6 million to build the Native Youth Centre. Every contribution they receive will help them create a community of caring in support of Indigenous youth.

If you are in Vancouver, BC, or close enough to make a trip, here are the dates for the live TAE show at The Pipe Shop:

Opening Reception: June 24, 1-8 pm PDT
Exhibition Continues: June 25, 11 am-6 pm PDT

Please head to TAE’s RSVP page if you plan to attend either day.

Online Sale will be held Jun 26 – Jul 24, 2023, at

And no, I am not a sunrise person, so my knowledge of that time of the day is mostly theoretical. I was planning a sunset, but the drawing had its own idea, and I went with that. Arguments usually do not lead to a good result.

This year’s beneficiary of the Twitter Art Exhibit is Urban Native Youth Association.

We strive to empower Indigenous youth to make positive changes in their lives by offering a wide range of services, resources, and opportunities.

In everything we do here at UNYA, we take into account an understanding of trauma, aim to accept youth without judgment, and respect youth as experts in their own lives.

Spring Fling Art Festival 2023 at the Pioneer Community Center

This year, the Spring Fling Art Festival will be Saturday, May 6th, and Sunday, May 7th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days. Come to the Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City, OR 97045 to see a diverse collection of art and fie crafts and perhaps pick a gift or two for the upcoming Mother’s Day!

I will have new originals and reproductions at multiple price points and new art jewelry as well!

CPSA DC 201 31st Annual Colored Pencil Art Exhibition

I’m pretty excited to have “Russian Ridge View” and “Outburst” accepted into the annual exhibit organized by CPSA DC 201 31st Annual Colored Pencil Art Exhibition.

If you in the area or close to it, come to see this show. I dropped my art yesterday, and the pieces I saw as they were being hung or waiting for their perfect spots were wonderful. More were still expected. Happy to be included in this show.

Show dates

31st Annual CPSA DC 201 Colored Pencil Art Exhibition opens March 30, 2023 through May 2, 2023.

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 1st, 2-4 p.m. The annual raffle to benefit the chapter will be held in the classroom with raffle tickets $1 each or 6 for $5.

The Judge for the show is James F. King.

Show Location and Hours

The show will be held at the Keizer Cultural Center, 980 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, OR 97303 (map). The Keizer Art Association gallery is located on the second floor. An elevator is available on the back of the building.

Phone: (503) 390-3010
Websites: and

Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays:  3 to 7PM. 
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 1 to 5PM 
Saturdays: 11AM to 3PM
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Photos from the Reception

Damascus Open Studios 2022

Visit artists’ studios in and around Damascus on May 20, 21 & 22, from 10 am till 5 pm each day!

Once again, I will be a guest artist at Brenda Scott‘s Muddy Fish Studio with another guest artist being Cheri Bosserman of Jewelry Art 4 U. Brenda makes wonderful wood-fired pottery, and Cheri creates unique jewelry with gemstones and silver.

Brenda’s studio is #1. See the map with all 6 open studios on the Damascus Open Studios website or on Google Maps.

Visit all six studios to win a $100 gift certificate to be used to purchase art from any of this year’s participating artists.  You can see all artists and their creations at

See you there!

30th Annual CPSA DC 201 Colored Pencil Art Exhibition

I’m very excited to be a part of the annual exhibit organized by my District Chapter 201 of Colored Pencil Society of America. The show will be held June 3 – July 16, 2022, at the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath, Oregon.

Show dates

30th Annual CPSA DC 201 Colored Pencil Art Exhibition opens June 3 and runs through July 16.

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 4, 1-3 p.m. Masks are encouraged but not required. Refreshments will not be provided; however, you may bring your own snacks and beverage. A raffle will be held; raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5.

Show Location and Hours

Benton County Historical Society Philomath Museum, 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon

Phone: 541-929-6230

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed Sunday through Tuesday)
The building has a wheelchair accessible ramp available at NE corner of building near the bicycle rack.

Spring Fling Art Festival 2022 at Oregon City Golf Club

My first time at this show, should be pretty good! There will be over 20 artists, all members of Three Rivers Artist Guild, with arts and crafts for every taste.

Spring Fling will be Friday, May 6th, from 12 – 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 7th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oregon City Golf Club (20124 S Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045)

Updated May 6th, 2022

Updated May 9th, 2022

Got Juried into Beaverton Arts Mix! 2021

These three have been juried into the 2021 BAM! Art Show & Sale. COVID struck again, and the show is going to be virtual at The BAM! Art Show & Sale will be live for a little over 2 weeks, October 1-17.

There was real hope to do it live before Delta, but oh well! It’s still going to be pretty good, and I look forward to see new art by artists I already know and those whom I haven’t discovered yet.

“Outburst” at the Pretty Petal Exhibit

Outburst - colored pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 9"
Outburst – colored pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 9″

Dropped “Outburst” at the Valley Art Gallery today for the “Pretty Petals” exhibit which will be up April 23 – May 22, Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Valley Art Gallery is located at 2022 Main Street, Forest Grove, OR.

Stop by if you can, it’s a wonderful place!

Valley Art Galley windows in the evening light with street reflections
Valley Art Gallery

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Magnolias for Twitter Art Exhibit 2021

Drawing of blossoming star magnolias. Flowers were done in white gel ink pen, branches and young leaves were done in black felt tip pen. Colored pencil was used for add pink to flowers, various greens to leaves, and earthy colors to branches. Background is a warm, slightly green shade of gray with visible small fiber parts in it.
Magnolia Melody ~ colored pencil and ink on toned gray paper, 12 x 16 cm

Got a word yesterday that my 12 x 16 cm drawing made it to the 10th Twitter Art Exhibit that this year is helping Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs.

The show was going to be held in Myrtle Beach, SC but is now in limbo due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I do hope that there still be an option to buy the cards online like in previous years, no matter what the fate of the live show. Then we still do good and all is as well as it can be.

Every volunteer who helped with the show is very much appreciated, as are many artists who sent in their little creations.

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Updated July 13th, 2021

My card for the Twitter Art Exhibit 2021 has been sold! The live one-day show happened later than originally placed, it happened the Cheltenham Racecourse and was a big success. There are still cards available at 100% of proceeds from TAE21 Postcards goes to The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund – LINC. (

Juried into Water Media Spring Juried Show at OSA

Memories of Utah - pen and ink on Bristol paper, 9" x 12"
Memories of Utah – pen and ink on Bristol paper, 9″ x 12″
Yelena Shabrova ~ On the Racetrack III - pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5" x 8.5"
On the Racetrack III – pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5″ x 8.5″

My two drawing have been juried into the latest art show at the Oregon Society of Artists. I know, neither one looks like it should be in this kind of a show, but any media that could be diluted with water was eligible, and my ink was 🙂

The show can be appreciated in person and online at, whatever is more convenient to you!

Now, looking at all the amazing art in this show online, I feel like maybe I should pick up a brush and get lost in many shades of black ink again!

The online version of the show can be found here:

Show dates:
March 4 – 24, 2021

Gallery location: 2185 SW Park Place, Portland, Oregon 97205 (directions)
Open: Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 p.m.

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Colored Pencil Bouquet

Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Polycolor pencils, freshly packed at I’ve Been Framed

Excuse me while I gloat real quick over here. These are 287 lightly used Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Polycolor pencils I’ve got today from the ever awesome I’ve Been Framed store in East Portland (, @ivebnframed), lovingly packed and adorned with a ribbon. Prairie, the store owner, is this wonderful, and the tin was free because reasons. It’s literally a colored pencil bouquet. The cost per pencil is a small fraction of a brand new one practically anywhere, so it’s a birthday and a Christmas rolled into one and such an awesome hoard that I still cant’ believe my luck.

It started at a very reasonable $1/pencil public announcement, then I found out nobody has snatched the whole lot yet which is unbelievable as I am always late to the party, then because I was taking everything the price became a joke. I tried to give the store more money. They declined on the grounds of me being a loyal customer. Go figure. Deep down I feel like I’ve committed a daylight robbery, but my grabby hands are so very happy!

End of Day series – how it was created

“End of Day” is a short series of three 6″ x 6″ drawings on clear gessoed wood created for the 6x6x6 Community Art Show at the Alberta Street Gallery. As it often happens, small format lends itself nicely to experiments, and the main thing I wanted to find out here was how well multiple layers of colored pencil on a primed wooden panel would accept ink.

The answer is: not really well if it is a felt tip pen, better if the tip is a soft brush, but an actual brush dipped into India ink is the easiest way. Really, should’ve used a brush or at least a brush pen from the beginning, but I wanted to exhaust all available pen options first. And no, this is not an exaggeration: I went through dozens of different pen brands before one finally sort of worked.

It may be that I didn’t sand the clear gesso enough and that made the texture get in the way of pens. I am going to try the same combination of colored pencils and black pen on clear wood to be sure.

New Trees for the 6x6x6 art show at the Alberta Street Gallery

Drawing of a bare tree silhouette against sunset skies with light clouds and pastel colors
End of Day I ~ colored pencil and black ink on cradled wood panel, 6″ x 6″
Drawing of a bare tree silhouette against sunset skies with light clouds and pastel colors
End of Day II ~ colored pencil and black ink on cradled wood panel, 6″ x 6″
Drawing of a bare tree silhouette against sunset skies with light clouds and pastel colors
End of Day III ~ colored pencil and black ink on cradled wood panel, 6″ x 6″ x

Dropped my new little trees at the Alberta Street Gallery today. They will be in the 6x6x6 Community Art Show along with many other 2D and 3D artworks by talented local artists.

Come and enjoy the show if you are in or close enough to the East Portland, there will be many little treasures to see and maybe take something home with you!

Show dates:
March 1 – 25, 2021

Gallery location: 1829 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon (directions)
Open: daily, 11 am – 7 pm

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Dream Beyond COVID Exhibition

Mixed media artwork, tinted pieces of tracing paper with pen an black ink drawings of flying birds, a bare tree, and a landscape placed on a paper collage made with old book pages and torn tissue paper of warm earthy and green colors

Mixed media artwork, tinted pieces of tracing paper with pen an black ink drawings of leaves, bare a tree, and mountains placed on a paper collage made with old book pages and torn tissue paper of warm earthy and green colors

“Piecing It All Together” I and II have been juried into the “Dream Beyond COVID Exhibition” organized by the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council. The exhibition will be held online at

All artworks are available for sale at

It’s a very nice collection of local art, see if something speaks to you!