I’m busily planning my booth for the Painter’s Showcase art show & sale. If you’re not already familiar with the event,
it has been happening for at least 35 years, and this will be my second year to participate.

Photos from 2014…

You’ll see a whole new slate of paintings this year, and I plan to have prints to sell, for the first time!
And cards, of course.

Where: The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club

4805 SW 229th Ave
Aloha, Oregon 97007
503. 649. 8191

When: September 18th, 19th & 20th 

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 am to 8 pm

Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Reception: Meet the Artists
Wine, Appetizers, Music

5 to 8 pm Friday & Saturday night 

Admission: Free

Parking: Free

Drawing: Chance to win one of eight original paintings

Website: www.painters-showcase.com 

Facebook Page: Painters Showcase of Portland 

Here is the postcard…
Check out our Facebook page

I know I will show “The Dance” which is 22 x 30
She is marbled over the painting and then painted over that.

And these northern gannets painted on marbled paper, 
painted at Menucha during the Creative Arts Community camp. 
“Love Struck” 14 x 14, framed 20 x 20
I’m working to finish unveil a new painting of a brown pelican, 22 x 30

I DO hope to actually be painting there as well — considering I plan to be there most of the time and still need to prepare paintings for my portrait breakout demo in Hermiston for WSO, October 3rd.

Maybe I’ll see you one of those places!

I decided a year ago to join the experimental group, ISEA — seemed like a good fit for me! And I noticed I could join as a lifetime member. So I took the plunge 🙂 and started entering. Nothing the first year — you know how it is.

But this year I am one of four Oregon artists whose work made the show in Traverse City, Michigan — I recently packaged my painting and sent it off. You might enjoy seeing all our accepted work. How diverse each piece is!


Geoffrey McCormack

“Science for a Changing World / Blue Water.”
This painting is created digitally and printed.


Susan Greenbaum

Yes! Look at that texture… it is so beautifully layered. And the color palette


Rene Eisenbart

Marbling, of course, for me. This piece helped me get NWS acceptance. It was the painting that was NOT used for the Home & Gardens poster (the original poster art was a gift for editor Sandra Rowe). 
You can see it before marbling HERE.  MUCH better after!


Airi Foote

It’s “painted” with rust and coffee — no actual paint! How cool is that?!!!

Summer may be over,
                but it was certainly memorable. 

We had a ton of fun in my backyard with the summer marbling workshops!

Pretty amazing work came out of the marbling bath. No surprise there — I was working with some very accomplished artists. Note the LARGE pieces on the line!

Intense lighting during the first workshop made photographing a challenge — not to mention I was preoccupied with teaching. Still, this will give you a flavor of the experience.

Lots of room outdoors for rinsing and drying.
Lining the walls and carpet inside with plastic and tarps worked perfectly!

Everyone had their own counter-height table.

Smaller trays inside, and we got out the big tray day 2 outside (below)

 The quality of work was amazing and magical — even backlit you can see it!

This lovely piece by Donna Jarvis, “Tea and Incense”, took a prize at Painters Showcase. She said it transformed a painting that wasn’t working before. Isn’t it magical?
Sue marbled this cat wine bottle and gifted me with it — full of white wine! After consuming the wine (it was Tom’s birthday after all!) I repurposed it with a pour spout.
After the class I experimented with marbling on prints from my Canon on photo paper — and it worked well! That’s one way to test out patterns before you commit to marbling over an original. 

And I marbled this nandina on a 12 x 12 cradled panel. It sold at the Creative Arts Community gallery at Menucha.

Our second group with their favorite marbled pieces.

A few examples of student work from the second workshop…

The feedback on this workshop was very positive! 

Here are comments about the experience:

“I’m a realistic painter, and wondered how i would use marbling. My hope was that I could “improve” my art with marbling. It was a very hot day, but we were in Rene’s cool basement, but had sunshine for our papers to dry outside.   
Rene prepared for what felt like days and days to make us comfortable, and to have the whole adventure go smoothly. She was patient, accommodating, cheerful, and extremely knowledgeable about all that she shared with us. It was all so much fun, I almost didn’t realize how much I learned in two days. 
It was an all round great experience, and I hope to do it again sometime. I am now spending time thinking about my work and which pieces I could marble, and all the effects I can create. 
Thanks, Rene, for all you did for us.” 
                   Kris Preslan 

I was so delighted with the results of the marbling over my two “losers” that I am matting and framing them and bringing them to the Painters Showcase Show.  I also embellished another plain marbled sheet and will show it also.

I want to be counted as one who thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and appreciated all the extra work you went to, to keep us cool.”

                   Donna Jarvis