Blog Hop - Linda Rothchild Ollis

Detail of Old Tug 13
by Linda Rothchild Ollis

Detail of Old Tug 14 (See entire painting in earlier post)
by Linda Rothchild Ollis

When Blenda Tyvoll, my artist friend, invited me 
to participate in a Blog Hop for artists, I thought; 
“What a brilliant way to give a shout-out for artists 
I admire and learn more about their process!” 

This is how the Blog Hop works: each artist answers 
three questions about their art and then continue 
the “hop” by linking to three other artists who do the same. 
I check Blenda’s blog to enjoy her creative marketing 
ideas and delightful posts…the post about humming birds
in July includes remarkable upclose photos. 
Thank you, Blenda for sharing the 
amazing photos and another great networking idea.
Here are my answers to the Blog Hop questions:

1. How does my creating process work?

Creative expression brings me joy. 
So, it is in my life everyday. 
Developing several paintings at a time provides 
a “wow” factor of new discoveries. As I move 
from one painting to the next, the process stays fresh. 
Each mark is a fascinating part of the game of 
problem solving and creative thinking.

Old weathered boats, discovered in ports, in 
Washington and Oregon inspire me. I have great 
respect for the nautical heroes that face the 
challenges of the ocean in these vessels. My 
paintings remind me of their lives, the forces of 
nature, and the ocean’s energy.

Details from my recent “Old Tug Series”, above 
show texture discoveries and subject matter I enjoy.
Using photo editing to experiment with darks, lights 
and color intensity, when a painting is in-progress 
is a valuable part of my creative process.

2. How does my work differ from others of its Genre?

Each artist has a unique, authentic voice, when 
they summon the courage to let go and let their 
creativity guide them. This is my intention when 
I paint and why I believe my interpretation of subject
matter, differs from others of its genre.

3. What am I working on?

Layering color with different combinations of masking 
materials. Frog tape with less tack for delicate surfaces, 
and Pebeo drawing gum, poured, splattered, roughed-up, 
are used to create mystery paintings. The energy created 
by playing is an important part of my daily studio sessions.

“Autumn Moment” below was created from this energy and
a similar intuitive, playful, start. Lace and stencils were 
used first and then the figure was discovered.
Title: Autumn Moment
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

Now, it is my pleasure to introduce the three artists I’ve chosen for the blog hop!

At the Cascade AIDs Auction reception, two years ago, I met Karl Kaiser and his charming wife. New, unique, sculptural techniques set Karl’s encaustic pieces apart from other encaustic painters. I am most impressed with the way he reveals layered colors in a 3 dimensional carved presentation that stops viewers in their tracks. His Portland Open Studio October 2013 post is an up close look at the brilliant color pots, brushes and his studio. See more of his work on his website, at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria and Attic Gallery in Portland.

Congratulations to Gina! She just opened her new studio/classroom. I admire her for making her dream come true. Her students, are fortunate to study with an award winning artist who has a gift for adding glowing light to her subject matter, whether it is a floral or a mountain scene. The glow of her paintings and dramatic use of a full range of values, caught my attention at a Watercolor Society of Oregon Exhibition, years ago. Check out her Steel Bridge painting which was juried into the 72nd Northwest Watercolor Society International Exhibition, in Seattle. Her class flyer will get you started for those of you interested in learning her technique. 

Alexandra’s dynamic delivery of paint evolves into a watercolor painting of a seated figure, right before your eyes. As she moves back and forth, in front of her easle, she skims the paint over the surface of the paper in a graceful dance. The rhythm of her movements adds an authentic quality to her work that I admire.
Her painting Study with Red Scarf , was juried into Au Naturel 2013 and Chrysalis was juried into the National Watercolor Society Show in 2013. 
On this link for Alexandra’s website you will see the happy folks
who have commissioned her to paint their portraits.


Ruth Armitage said…
I enjoyed your writing about the painting process. Your enthusiasm for art is contagious! Thanks for highlighting these Oregon Artists :)
Thank you Ruth,
I enjoyed your awesome quicktime video of your painting process. Way to go!