Wednesday, October 21, 2015

We got on TV! Baker and Shuksan paintout

It was one of the more challenging paint outs logistically, but our facilitator, Karen Bakke ably handled it with enthusiasm and aplomb. Many of us stayed in the Mountaineers' Baker Lodge, together with another group of artists from Canada, and a photography group. It was a blast to see so many artists staying together under one roof, even for just a couple nights. I think PAWA got the other artist groups beat when it comes to wine consumption :).

(photo credit Susan McMamamen)

This is the second time I've been on a paint out at Baker, and the views are just spectacular.  The paint out was over the weekend. Saturday was a bit rainy and chilly, though people managed to come up with some spectacular plein air work anyway.

Sunday, we got much nicer weather! With the sun out and blue skies.

Among the guests at the mountainteer's lodge was Diane Lewis filming some of us for Evening Magazine -- and so PAWA got on TV! It's really fun to see the Evening Magazine segment, with much insights from Jan Jewell and Michael Hopcroft. I particularly liked Michael saying that "art is infinite."

Thanks again to Karen Bakke. One of the mountaineer's volunteers was talking about how they run the lodge, and he said that usually people trickle in Friday night and he usually had a few hours Friday afternoon to prep the lodge. "But this weekend, someone was there waiting for me when I arrived!" he said, incredulously. And Karen was like... "That was me!" Thanks Karen, your efforts made this one of the best paint outs of the year.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Featured Artist: Emiliya Lane

Emiliya Lane is a multiple award winning artist living, painting and teaching in Seattle, WA. She was born in Russia, and has been drawing and painting since she was three years old. Emiliya's parents were very supportive of her artistic gifts and enrolled her into art school at age 7. She has been constantly surrounded by the visual arts ever since.

After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Lane was simultaneously accepted to Ural State University and offered a job at a local film studio as an animator. So, the artist accepted the position at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio. After a 15 year career in commercial art, as animator and Illustrator, and earning a Master degree in Fine Art and Art History, she relocated to the United States and continued to improve her painting techniques with such masters as Scott Christensen, Jeremy Lipking, Pam Ingalls, Rob Liberace, Ned Mueller, Jim Lamb, John Bodicin, Ovanes Berberian, Kathryn Stats, Zhaoming Wu.

“I found a real joy in painting ‘ala prima’, directly from life, in the Russian Impressionistic tradition. The combination of color, light and brush strokes provided me with an intense sensation. Painting became both a profession and an obsession! The subtle effects of light upon a form or capturing the emotion of a very simple moment on canvas never fails to amaze me."

I really do think that there is really something about Emiliya's application of color, and handling of paint, that I cannot help but stop and look and wonder at her paintings.

Emiliya is affiliated with Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America , American Impressionist Society, Women Painters of America , Plein Air Painters of Washington and The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. She is a Signature Member of Puget Sound Group of North West Artists. She is represented by, Kronos Gallery and Brackenwood Gallery in Langley, WA. Her website is

Speaking of wonderful artists, Michael Situ, this year's juror for our Meadows to Mountains show, is also doing a workshop November 8th and 9th. It's a wonderful opportunity to study under an amazing landscape artist. More information here.

Monday, October 5, 2015

More Congratulations

I just learned that a bunch of PAWA members won awards during the recently concluded Paint the Peninsula event, so more congratulations are in order. Congrats especially to Robin Weiss who won 3 awards including best of show!

Airstream and Tractors - Robin Weiss

Here are the awards:

Robin Weiss
  • Best of Show for "Airstream and Tractors"
  • Dungeness Light Station Award for "Driftwood Giants"
  • Artist's Choice Award for his overall body of work.

Ned Mueller - Second Place for "Nash's Gas"

Jan Jewell - Olympic Interpretation Ranger's Award for "Righting a Wrong, the Remains of the Glines Canyon Dam"

Susan Ogilvie - Honorable Mention for "Salt Creek Morning"

Steven Hill - Honorable Mention for "Sol Duc Morning"

Jim Lamb
  • Special Sponsor Award for "Beach at Marlyn Nelson
  • Third Place in the Quick Draw for "Industrial Stream"
Melanie Thompson - Special Sponsor Award for "Shifting Waters"


Also congratulations to all who have been accepted to Plein Air Washington's annual juried show. You can see the published exhibit at the daily brushwork website. Everyone's been doing so much good work!