Entries by Rene Eisenbart

Insects & Creatures Oh My!

9 of my paintings (below) are available for sale at Paxton Gate,  just in time for Halloween.  They are smallish and with classic black frames. Paxton Gate is a very cool place,  if you have not yet been introduced.  It contains all things weird and beautiful, from nature —  bones to butterflies.  The Portland store […]

White Flowers

Last Sunday I was at the OSA booth at “Art in The Pearl”,  doing a demo on white flowers.  There was a time when I avoided painting white flowers, especially with white backgrounds…  it was difficult to give them interest and definition.  But that was because I thought shadows should be gray. Then I discovered […]

August Botanical Workshop

I’m delighted to say the 3-day botanical workshop at Oregon Society of Artists went very well.  Here’s a painting in progress, 10 x 10 inches, started during the workshop. Preparing for a workshop gives me an opportunity to try things I’ve been wanting to try! This time it meant acquiring a bunch of lilies to […]

Painting at Peninsular Park Rose Garden

The covered area overlooking the garden was a lovely place to gather on a slightly damp day. I brought several roses from home. The cherry parfait roses with their frilly red edges on creamy white petals and are fun to paint. Notice how everyone’s unique style shows through in their work. Jane is deep in […]

Painting at Hoyt Arboretum

Last Friday we painted needles & cones. It was a perfect day — so sunny we were happy to have some shade. Here are a couple of studies I worked on… A pine cone… Some from the archives… Tomorrow we’re off to the Peninsula Park Rose Garden to paint (of course) roses! It’s supposed to […]

Painting Rhodies at Chrystal Springs

Last Friday we began the “Paint In The Garden” series, at scenic Chrystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Seven intrepid artists joined me in painting. I first did a demo, painting a rhody in my journal (right), followed with everyone painting their favorite blossoms. Below are images of work in progress: Heidi’s painting  We were in the […]

Inspiration Underfoot

Treasures: on Black Stone In the collection of Sanda Smith Camping on an island with my husband, both sons and their girlfriends last September, I found myself unable to take my eyes off the ground. It was littered with every shape and color of stone and shell you might imagine — and then some! Upon […]

I’ll DEMO at Dick Blick’s Grand Opening, Jan 27

Dick Blick has opened a grand new store in Portland’s Pearl District, and to celebrate they have events planned January 25th through February 5th. While this store doesn’t have every item in their extensive catalog, what they DO carry is impressive. To honor Oregon Society of Artists and Watercolor Society of Oregon, I will be […]

IRIS Lesson Plan

While visiting my sister, Theresa, in Texas just before Thanksgiving, I prepared art for 12 paintings, each 10 x 10 inches, sketching them on Crescent watercolor board. I chose this size because I’d found a source for the gallery frames. They came with plexiglass, which I’m just tossing and will use acrylic mediums to protect […]