Eve Ingraham: In Studio and Plein Air

“Tree Tunnel” by Eve Ingraham

 Eve Ingraham

I love to paint both in the studio and en plein air. I work in different media such as watercolor, pastel, mixed media and encaustic. I also enjoy personal sketching. Looking at a landscape and deciding which media would best display its beauty is a special thrill for me.

Adding a photograph helps me in my design. I spend time trying out different compositions as I take various pictures. It’s easy to delete what you don’t like. In the editing process, I can also look at different color ways to change the mood of the painting.

However, I have found that sketching a scene or people in real life informs me the most for much of what I create in the studio. I can remember the feeling in the air, the smell of the grass as I lay down my lines in my sketchbook. Also, there is a freedom in sketching as I know that I’m doing it just for me. I especially enjoy sketching while traveling. I can quickly get a sense of place in my travel sketchbooks that often transfers to a great studio painting and even better I have a memory journal of time and place that will always be with me.

Here are a few examples of sketches to studio work painting. 

Sketch

 

Final Painting

 

Sketch

 

Final Painting

 

Sketch

 

Final Painting

 


Eve has studied art at the University of Washington, Frye Art through Seattle Pacific University, and Pratt Art. Eve is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society , the Northwest Pastel Society and Seattle Co-Arts. 

 

Awards Presented for the

2017 Beauty of the Northwest Exhibit

“Moment of Happenstance” by Kathy Collins

First Place

 

Beauty of the Northwest awards were announced on Saturday, September 9th during the artists’ reception. Award winners included a First Place for Kathy Collins for “Moment of Happenstance.” The Second Place Award went to Marcel Schwarb for “Anacortes” and the Third Place award went to Sandy Burnett for “Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm.”

Honorable Mention awards were given to Mary Anderson for “Skagit Valley Farm” and Dimitriy Gritsenko for “Index Washout.”

  

 

“Anacortes” by Marcel Schwarb

Second Place

“Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm”

by Sandy Burnett

Third Place

The 2017 show is composed of 63 pieces of original artwork created by 45 Northwest artists. Gallery North is honored to offer artworks by many high-caliber professional artists from our area in this year’s Beauty of the Northwest Show. The pieces include artistic interpretations of life in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2017 show awards were chosen by well-known artist and workshop instructor Charlene Collins Freeman. Charlene is an award-winning artist who has exhibited her artwork in many national and international competitions. Charlene teaches drawing, painting, and the joy of sketchbooking and also leads workshops around the world. Her newest creative endeavor, Cloud 9 Studios art center, just opened its doors in Bothell, Washington.

“Index Washout”

by Dimitriy Gritsenko

Honorable Mention

 

“Skagit Valley Farm”

by Mary Anderson

Honorable Mention

(Photo from the Artists’ Reception, September 9, 2017)

“Spooky” photos For Baskerville Lobby

 

Photographer and Gallery North member Joan Bowers will be showing a collection of her photographs at the Edmonds Driftwood Players production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. The play runs from September 8th through the 24th. 

All of the photographs (7) being displayed were taken in Scotland and include old churches and ruins that will lend a mysterious aura to the theater lobby.

Elgin Cathedral Ruins

The black and white photographs are Silver Gelatin prints. 

Cloister Iona Scotland

Joan’s work is also on display regularly at Gallery North.

 

Joan Bowers

Photographer

September 8 – 24

The Driftwood Players Box Office is at 3rd and Main in Edmonds. The performances are at:

WADE JAMES THEATRE
950 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020

 

 

 

Peggy Jacobs

Lifetime Member Of Gallery North

Farewell To An Artist And Friend

Peggy Isaacson-Jacobs passed away early Sunday morning Aug 6, 2017 after a week stay at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland. She was just two months shy of 99 years.

Peggy leaves behind a rich legacy of paintings, friendships and acts of generosity that have defined her as a remarkable individual artist and member of Gallery North.

 

A memorial service will be held for Peggy at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

Peggy was a real trooper. She had amazing energy for painting.” 

–Shirley Palm (Gallery North Alumni)

 

“Peggy was one of the first to welcome me as a new member at Gallery North in Edmonds along about 1986.   Not only was I impressed with her beautiful paintings, but also with her ability to sell not only hers, but others work as well . She was a dynamo and a valued member there for many years.   I’ll always be grateful to her for her friendship and her mentoring along the way.”  

–Ruth Handewith (Gallery North Alumni)

 

“Peggy eagerly helped me become a member of Seattle Co-Arts and supported by membership at Gallery North. Her willingness to continue helping at the gallery in her early 90’s and her ongoing contributions were astonishing.”

–Janet Hawse (Gallery North Member) 

 

 

 

Peggy has often been described as a “people-person.” That combined with her love of art made her a natural mentor and supporter of those who were just starting their art careers.  With her bubbly personality and inviting enthusiasm, Peggy made many friends and acquaintances. For Peggy, her greatest reward was meeting all the wonderful people she encountered during her art career.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy’s professional affiliations included: Seattle Co-Arts, Women Painters of Washington, Northwest Watercolor Society, and Gallery North.

2017 Poster Contest Winner Announced

“Ladder Creek” by Karen Bakke

 

Thank you to everyone who completed their registration before July 9 in time to have their work considered for the 2017 poster. This year’s poster winner is Karen Bakke for her beautiful painting “Ladder Creek”.

Registration for the Beauty of the Northwest Exhibit continues for just a few more weeks. Be sure to complete your entry before registration closes on August 10!

We look forward to seeing your representation of the Pacific Northwest. 

Get more information here.

   

 

 

How I Make my Dragons

 

I am often asked how my dragons are made. Folks also want to know how long it takes to make one. I’ll answer the latter question first. Making a dragon takes between 10-12 hours depending on its size and complexity. Once it’s made it must dry very slowly or it will crack–at least 2 weeks, most of the time under plastic. Then it is fired once, glazed and then fired again. So the entire process usually takes at least 3 weeks.

As for how I make them, I’ve taken photos of my process and will go through it step-by-step. I will show how I make a dragon teapot but the process is the same for all my dragons.

Melinda O’Malley


Melinda discovered she enjoyed working with clay when she served as nurse at her children’s school camps and assisted with pottery classes there. She took a year of ceramics at Shoreline Community College and was able to build a studio at home.

She makes some traditional pottery but specializes in sculpting dragons. Most of her dragons have a job, such as serving tea, hiding treasures, or holding flowers. Each dragon takes about a month to make from start to finish. 

Melinda has always loved fantasy, especially dragons. The dragon appeals to her because of its strength, but she also endows them with personality, warmth, and playfulness.  

 

A Step-By-Step Process For A Teapot

Step 1: The body and neck are thrown on the wheel.

Step 2: The head is sculpted and hollowed out.

Step 3: The head is put back together and holes are made through the nostrils for the tea to
pour. The other components are assembled.

Step 4: The body is placed on a flat surface while still slightly damp to flatten the bottom
for sitting. A hole is made in the top for the opening and a lid was thrown on the
wheel (previous photo). I used the orange cap as a guide for both the opening and
the lid. The hole in the front was created when the body was thrown.

Step 5: Some of the components are placed on the body.

Step 6: And then I begin the job of scaling. I cut a roll of clay into diagonal pieces and smash
them before placing them on the dragon. I begin at the back and work forward.

Step 7: When the scaling is done, the piece is sponged off during the time it is drying to eliminate rough spots and to refine the details.

Step 8: After drying completely for at least 2 weeks, the dragon is fired to 1926° F over 13 hours. When it is done, it has changed color and is much less fragile than when it went into the kiln. This is called bisque and it is very porous at this stage.


Step 9:  Glazing is next. The clay’s porosity is really important because the piece will soak up glaze like a sponge.

Step 10: Once glazed, the piece is fired again to 2165° F. During this firing the glaze components melt to create the color and the glassy surface. 

And now I have a functional dragon teapot.

 

Joan Bowers – Photography With A Pinhole Camera

I found this scene to be a calm and inviting image on a bright sunny day. I like the combination of trees and water in the composition.

This was my second time out with my new Zero Image (6×9 Multi Format) camera, pinhole version. The format was set a 6×7,using Delta 100, exposure 3″. Film was processed by commercial lab, darkroom printed, minimal post-processing using Photoshop Elements 9.” — Joan Bowers

The photographs of Joan Bowers are contemporary examples of Pictorialism, an approach which emphasizes the beauty of the subject matter, rich and subtle tonality, soft focus, strong composition, and attention to process. The Pictorialism movement began in the late 19th century in opposition to Industrial Age demands for sharply-focused and impersonal pictures. It demonstrated that a photograph could be much more than just a scientific record of reality. Pictorialism established photography as a respected form of art and raised the role of the photographer from technician to craftsman. Through the use of silver gelatin prints, Bowers demonstrates many of the historical processes that emerged in the early nineteenth century and how they continue to evolve with new technology.

You can view Joan’s work at Gallery North which is open daily.

What is a pinhole camera?

Gallery North member Joan Bowers has used a variety of cameras to capture poignant images for professional display. Currently, she is working with a pinhole camera.

A pinhole camera is not a new invention. It has been around for centuries and its mechanical structure is simply a light proof box with a pinhole on one side and film or photo paper on the opposite side to capture the image that light brings through the tiny aperture.

This type of camera does not have a lens and the image is actually inverted when it reaches the back of the camera. It is, in fact, called a camera obscura and not unlike the devices used by artists and scientists in the 17th century.

 

Volunteer Park

 

Sound View

 

Gasworks Park

 

Beauty of the Northwest Registration Is Now Open

 

  a call to artists

Join us in celebrating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest

We are pleased to announce our eighth annual Beauty of the Northwest Show this September. We are inviting artists to submit either plein air or studio-created paintings and drawings that depict the wonder and brilliance of the Pacific Northwest.

Artwork will be juried for acceptance and the selected work will be on display and available for sale at Gallery North during the month of September. We are thrilled to have renowned artist and workshop instructor Charlene Collins Freeman selecting this year’s Beauty of the Northwest awards!

 

Online Registration

Available Now

Registration Deadline: August 10th

Poster Contest Deadline: July 9th

 

Beauty of the Northwest Prospectus 

The Poster Contest

Last Year’s Poster Winner

Dimitriy Gritsenko

 

 

Enter By July 9th

We are looking for another exceptional painting or drawing that embodies the feeling of the dynamic scenery we call home. The painting selected as the winner will appear on our website, Facebook page, show poster and other promotional materials. The winner will receive $100 from our contest sponsor, Digital Canvas Northwest.

Entries must be submitted by July 9th to be considered for the poster. 

We look forward to seeing your representation of the Pacific Northwest.

   

 

This Thursday Is Art Walk Night In Edmonds

Come and Enjoy the art work of

Sue Swapp and Bernadette Crider

This month’s featured artists’ show includes the beautiful wildlife and landscape paintings of Sue Swapp and the exceptional pottery of Bernadette Crider. Stroll through the gallery and enjoy the work of more than 20 artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet many of your favorite gallery artists.

Refreshments will be served.

Beauty of The Northwest

8th Annual Invitational Show

Last Year’s Poster Winner

Dimitriy Gritsenko

 

 

Submit Entries Beginning June 15th

 In just 10 days on line registration will begin for the Beauty of the Northwest invitational juried show. Artists are invited to enter paintings or drawings that depict scenes or subjects representing the Pacific Northwest.

 This year’s juror will be award-winning artist Charlene Collins Freeman who specializes in watercolor and sketchbooking.

 

Get your Beauty of the NW prospectus here.

 “Three Arch Rocks” by Leslie Ann Hauer

 “Local Color” by Christine Forcucci

 

 2016 Entries

Poster Contest

by Lauriel Sandstrom

Whether it be the hint of light glistening on a deep golden beach canyon or the cool blue shadow cast on a departing sunset ferry, Gallery North is looking for a special painting that suggests the unique Beauty of the Northwest. The painting will be featured on the poster for our upcoming eighth annual juried show.

The painting selected receives the $100 Poster Award sponsored by Digital Canvas Northwest. Owner, Cary Cartmill has sponsored the award for a number of years. He offers professionally photographed images of an artist’s paintings that can be used for producing fine art prints, art show entries and web pages. Entries submitted to the juried show by July 9th will be considered for the Poster Award.

 

Dates To Remember

  • June 15th – Open For Entries On Line
  • July 9th – Poster Image Submission Deadline – 5 p.m.
  • August 10th – Show Submission Deadline
  • August 17th – Notification of Show Acceptance
  • August 31st – Artwork Delivery from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • September 1st – Show Opens
  • September 9th – Artists’ Reception from 1-4 p.m., Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m.
  • September 21st – Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.
  • September 30th – Artwork Pick Up from noon to 4 p.m.