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Portraits in Oil

My goodness, January just flew by, probably because I came down sick for about half of it, so I was only conscious for the other half! February is here and will be gone before we blink as well! It’s been a while since we’ve talked to I thought I’d get up a blog post and reconnect with you all!

So, I don’t know if you guys know this, but I also paint in oil paint as well as watercolors. I love the thick texture you can get with oil paint and the JOY of being able to put a juicy highlight right over a dark section of paint. Here are some paintings from several sessions last spring.

A tricky painting with cool light coming in from the window and hitting the edge of her profile while warm light from a lamp glowed on her shoulders. Also, an excellent lesson in how color bounces around!

A tricky painting with cool light coming in from the window and hitting the edge of her profile while warm light from a lamp glowed on her shoulders. Also, an excellent lesson in how color bounces around!

Another portrait of my friend Sophia, rocking a gold suit against a maroon and cream backdrop. Once again, cool light on one side of the face and warm on the other. I love the pop of orange on the glasses!

Another portrait of my friend Sophia, rocking a gold suit against a maroon and cream backdrop. Once again, cool light on one side of the face and warm on the other. I love the pop of orange on the glasses!

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Close up on a nice thick highlight!

Close up on a nice thick highlight!

I took this picture part way through the painting because I really loved how it was coming along and then I totally overworked it. MAN! But this is another friend of mine and she has offered to let me have another go at painting her in the future.

I took this picture part way through the painting because I really loved how it was coming along and then I totally overworked it. MAN! But this is another friend of mine and she has offered to let me have another go at painting her in the future.

2018 in Review

It’s hard to believe it but 2019 is here. 2018 went by in a blur of painting, planes, and book printing! Thank you to all of you who have liked, shared, bought, and supported me on my art adventure. This is has been my best year so far! Let’s look back a bit on what I got up to!

From January to May, I completed the last 20 weeks of my Artist’s Eye on Spokane painting challenge. The Spokesman Review was a favorite painting!

From January to May, I completed the last 20 weeks of my Artist’s Eye on Spokane painting challenge. The Spokesman Review was a favorite painting!

In February, I did this painting for the Mayor’s Office and was invited to live paint at the Mayor’s State of the City address, a event that had my paintings of Spokane playing behind Mayor Condon as he spoke. His staff bought the original painting for his birthday!

In February, I did this painting for the Mayor’s Office and was invited to live paint at the Mayor’s State of the City address, a event that had my paintings of Spokane playing behind Mayor Condon as he spoke. His staff bought the original painting for his birthday!

In March, the Bozzis kindly let me paint on the outdoor patio of the Paulsen Penthouse, whose remarkable view and beautiful decorations dazzled me!

In March, the Bozzis kindly let me paint on the outdoor patio of the Paulsen Penthouse, whose remarkable view and beautiful decorations dazzled me!

In April, I went on KXLY’s morning show, getting up at 4 am to do so! I painted at the station in between segments and had a lot of fun, though I don’t know how the news anchors are so cheery every morning (Coffee, lots of Coffee).

In April, I went on KXLY’s morning show, getting up at 4 am to do so! I painted at the station in between segments and had a lot of fun, though I don’t know how the news anchors are so cheery every morning (Coffee, lots of Coffee).

In May, I went to Japan. Visiting Mt. Fuji, Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, and Osaka and I have plans to return!

In May, I went to Japan. Visiting Mt. Fuji, Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, and Osaka and I have plans to return!

In June, I spent a short weekend with college friends in Leavenworth to celebrate our 30th birthdays. I did this sketch on the deck on a cold and windy morning, in love with the view.

In June, I spent a short weekend with college friends in Leavenworth to celebrate our 30th birthdays. I did this sketch on the deck on a cold and windy morning, in love with the view.

Fourth of July was spent at my aunt’s cabin in Priest Lake. I’ve been going there since I was born and it has a special place in my heart.

Fourth of July was spent at my aunt’s cabin in Priest Lake. I’ve been going there since I was born and it has a special place in my heart.

In August, I jetted off to the UK-Ireland, England, and Scotland. I was thrilled by the rain and temperatures below 70 degrees. Travel sketching is always a challenge but the challenge of filling a whole sketchbook in the limited time really makes me get creative when it comes to filling the pages.

In August, I jetted off to the UK-Ireland, England, and Scotland. I was thrilled by the rain and temperatures below 70 degrees. Travel sketching is always a challenge but the challenge of filling a whole sketchbook in the limited time really makes me get creative when it comes to filling the pages.

I taught several classes at the Spokane Art School and Corbin Art Center, including a couple sketch crawls through the Garland neighborhood throughout the spring and summer.

I taught several classes at the Spokane Art School and Corbin Art Center, including a couple sketch crawls through the Garland neighborhood throughout the spring and summer.

I made it to several live music shows (a goal for the year) at both the Fox and St. John’s Cathedral.

I made it to several live music shows (a goal for the year) at both the Fox and St. John’s Cathedral.

And the final, crowning achievement! I wrote and put together my book. It was funded on Kickstarter and it is now available for sale to the public at Pottery Place Plus here in downtown Spokane and can be shipped to people all over just by emailing me.

And the final, crowning achievement! I wrote and put together my book. It was funded on Kickstarter and it is now available for sale to the public at Pottery Place Plus here in downtown Spokane and can be shipped to people all over just by emailing me.

Plans for the future? Taking my book and myself to our sister city in Japan, Nishonmiya and bringing back sketches of that city to share with the people of Spokane.  Perhaps a Spokane coloring book and lots of paintings to come. I still haven’t painted half of what Spokane has to offer! If you have any suggestion, don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know!  And in personal adventures: My husband and I am off to India in March. I’ll be bringing my painting gear, of course, so check back here for the colors and flavors of India!

Plans for the future? Taking my book and myself to our sister city in Japan, Nishonmiya and bringing back sketches of that city to share with the people of Spokane. Perhaps a Spokane coloring book and lots of paintings to come. I still haven’t painted half of what Spokane has to offer! If you have any suggestion, don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know!

And in personal adventures: My husband and I am off to India in March. I’ll be bringing my painting gear, of course, so check back here for the colors and flavors of India!

Artist's Eye on Spokane Updates!

Lots of exciting news here in my studio!

The Artist’s Eye on Spokane Kickstarter is 71% funded as I write this and I have 12 days to go! Thank you to everyone who has supported the project whether that has been with money or sharing the campaign. I’m so excited, after a year and half of work, to put this book into people’s hands!

If you haven’t gotten a book yet and want one, CLICK HERE! I hope I can help out with the Christmas gift list for people this year. Know a friend or family member who loves Spokane? They’d love this book!

Here are some new spreads of Spokane neighborhoods that are going to be included in the book!

Here are some new spreads of Spokane neighborhoods that are going to be included in the book!

Perry Street Neighborhood!

Perry Street Neighborhood!

Gonzaga!

Gonzaga!

Kendall Yards Night Market!

Kendall Yards Night Market!

Holiday Shows

My work will be at the Urban Art Coop Holiday Bazaar November 30th-December 2. November 30th is an evening party with all the artists attending with delicious appetizers (I heard that there will be smoked salmon!) for a $5 donation and both Saturday and Sunday are free.

Urban Art Coop Show

My Painting On the Inlander Cover!

Sorry for dropping off the radar recently! I’ve been in the UK, came down with a cold, and working away like mad. My painting on the cover of the Inlander was part of all that work! I was surprised to find that they published the Fall Arts Issue two weeks before October (Fall Arts month in Spokane), but it was a delight to see my work on the cover of the magazine. I always look forward to the Fall Arts Issue and am super honored to have been asked!

YAY!

YAY!

Here is the original painting on watercolor paper which shows how much color shifts when printing, especially when you’re going from white watercolor paper to grey newsprint!

Here is the original painting on watercolor paper which shows how much color shifts when printing, especially when you’re going from white watercolor paper to grey newsprint!

This is the cover of the Fall Arts Pull Out inside the newspaper. Surrounded by wheat and with the way the past few summers have been, it isn’t surprising that this is what came to mind when I thought of fall around here.

This is the cover of the Fall Arts Pull Out inside the newspaper. Surrounded by wheat and with the way the past few summers have been, it isn’t surprising that this is what came to mind when I thought of fall around here.

Live sighting last week at Spokane Art Supply!

Live sighting last week at Spokane Art Supply!

Other exciting news: If you are going to be out and about for October’s First Friday (which I highly recommend!), I have four paintings in Terrain at the Jenson-Byrd Building (It’ll be like a scavenger hunt to find them in the hundreds of pieces of art showing!) and my painting of the Gaiser Conservatory all lit up with holiday lights will be hanging at the Chase Gallery All-Media Show in City Hall. If you want to attend Terrain, I highly recommend going early before the crowds get too bad or buying tickets to the Preview Night on Thursday.

If you’d like to keep up with me more regularly and you do the social media thing you can follow me at Artist’s Eye on Spokane on Facebook (as well as Megan Perkins Art) and as @artistseyeonspokane and @perkins_megan on Instagram.

Take a Class with Me

Hello Everyone! 

I can't believe that it is already October! The days are just flying by! I had a great time at Lucky Vintage Fall Festival. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

A lot of people had questions about whether I teach classes and since I have quite a few coming up this fall, I thought I would share them here. They are all coming up fast so if you want to learn about making art this fall with me check out the Corbin Art Center website.

Intro to Watercolor & Beyond

Ages: 18 Yrs. and over

Fees:
- Fee $69.00

Description: 
6 weeks | Ages 18+ | Dian Zahner Come and learn the basics of watercolor, mixing colors, choosing the right paper, brushes to use, and how to transform a value sketch into a watercolor painting. If you have already taken a watercolor class before, the instructor will help you go on with what you want to accomplish. The instructor will provide photos for you to work off but feel free to bring your own to create your own fabulous works of art. Supply list included with registration confirmation. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $69 

M          10/9-11/13           2-4pm

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Colored Pencil Techniques

Ages: 18 Yrs. and over

Fees:
- Fee $59.00

Description: 
6 weeks | Ages 18+ | Dian Zahner Coloring books for adults are all the craze these days, but what if you want to practice the techniques of layering many colors to produce richer values, texture and depth. The Instructor will provide drawing for you to color and help you with adding shadows and leaving highlights. These colored pencil pieces of art will be so vibrant and 3-dimensional looking that you will want to frame and display proudly. Supply list included with registration confirmation. Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue. $59 

Th         10/12-11/16         12-2pm
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A Creative Habit: Every Day Art

2 weeks | Ages 16+ | Megan Perkins Life is filled with beauty, but often we are too busy to slow down to appreciate it.  Sketching and painting bits of your life like; the view out of your window, your morning coffee mug, or part of your summer vacation.  These are all ways to memorialize little moments in time and bring some creativity and art into your life.  Get tips on drawing and painting parts of your life in a low pressure encouraging environment by making objects and scene sketches part of your day.  Supply list included with registration confirmation.    Class held at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Avenue.  $39

 W            10/25-11/1           6-8 PM

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See my Art in Person!

October is Spokane Art Month and there is a ton of amazing exhibits and events going on! I can't wait to go explore all the amazing things going on in the creative community in Spokane! I am extra pleased to have this painting on display at Terrain October 5-7th at the Jensen-Byrd building! See you all out there!

 

Tuscan Tomatoes