These were painted during and after an online course given by
Johannes Vloothuis at Artist Network.
“Richard Gaffield’s mixed media paintings take us to timeless rural country settings. Wire fences wrestle with sage brush in one open scene, while a flowering pink tree celebrates spring in another. Like favorite passages of oft-told stories, they take us back to another time and place.”
The paintings are on the 2nd floor of the Oregon City Community Development Building at 221 Molalla Ave for three months and then at Citizens Bank, 19245 Molalla Ave until the end of June.
“Man in a Canoe, ” my latest oil, is part of a fine show honoring OSA volunteers at 2185 S.W. Park Pl, Portland. Gallery hours 1-4m, Mon thru Sat.
Photo by the very steady handed Tim Mahoney.
Imagine your artwork on display in a historic home-like setting. A warm fire crackles in the massive brick fireplace, inviting you to relax and read, while rows of dark-toned bookcases envelope the room with riveting subjects to share. Has your artwork been sold to a local book lover? In this case, no! It’s on display at the pARTners in ART gallery space at the Oregon City Library!
Eight of our artists are participating in the January-March rotation, and it’s fascinating to see how the unique literary surroundings add context to their work. Historic subjects, such as Eric Griswold’s photographs of the abandoned Blue Heron Mill or Susan Schenk’s mixed media interpretations of the Donald and Newberg mills, take on extra significance in the century-old library space. Architectural subjects, such as the monumental bridges inspiring both Anita Reuther’s and Eileen Holtzman’s paintings, harmonize beautifully with the strong architectural features of the gallery room. The nostalgic landscape in Richard Gaffield’s “Abandoned View” seems especially compelling as the vacant log cabin and rusty antique sedan take us back in time along with their historic venue.
(2 paragraphs and a photo by Beth Daniell from her Three Rivers Artist Guild February newsletter. Bolded font my idea. Thank you Beth.)
Come to the Goose Hollow Days Street Festival this Saturday and visit the Oregon Society of Artists (OSA) gallery close by.
“Spring Valley,” plein air mixed media on view at OSA gallery.
“i love how the pink sits on the branches begging for a conversation with the clouds drifting in the distance. the tranquil field reminds me of a childhood of travel where nature played an integral part in who i became today. i close my eyes and the beauty of solitude wraps its cloak around me and i am still. i can taste the pancakes with the maple syrup, the grits and collards and last but not least, my mom’s gizzards swimming in onions, peppers and red wine. yes, my friend of more than 30, i feel the warmth as i am paraded through a history that you weren’t a part of but you sparked in your portrait of life. peace.” Terrance L. Carney, Facebook
“Moments like this make life worth living, and then, with your words, TLC, reliving.” Richard Gaffield, Facebook
When I returned from Chicago I started thinking about keeping a promise to my friend, Jim Childs, who sent his oils, easel and brushes from the East coast. I found a couple 5 x 7 canvas boards and then stumbled upon 2 boxes of small tubes of oil paints I used as a teenager. It seems there are things that last for a long, long time. More to come.
Two 5 x 7 inch oils, Cloudy and Farmhouse, will be shown at Three Rivers Artist Guild in Oregon City through August. Reception will be July 16, 1 -3pm.