Friday, April 04, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Exhibits Spring 2014

I have two shows happening now. A group show at the David Joyce Gallery and a solo show at the Stellaria Gallery.

David Joyce Gallery

There  are two of my paintings in a show at the David Joyce Gallery at Lane Community Gallery. The show is titled Farm to Table / Table. It is the last part of a three part exhibit. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday April 23, 2014 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Here is a link to great directions.

David Joyce Gallery
Center for Meeting and Learning
Lane Community College
Main Campus
2nd Floor
4000 E 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405

Stellaria Gallery

I have a number of my still life paintings on display at the Stellaria Building in Eugene. They will be on display from March 2014 through the end of April. There will be a closing reception on Friday April 25, 2014. 6pm-9pm.

The Stellaria Building
2nd Floor
150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97401
Here is a map to Stellaria

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Big Flood

Big Flood by John Holdway

I am starting a series on floods. The idea is to draw figures moving through the water in the rain. The idea came from my sketchbook. I was drawing my son while he was playing in the river last summer. It is wonderful to live in a place where a kid can swim in clean water in nature. It is inspiring for my work just to be here. Later I was looking at my sketchbook and the drawing had a melencholy feeling. I saw it differently. The figures are in the midst of a disaster but are past despiration and now just trying to make their way through. I don't want to nail the metaphor down too much but these are the feelings that I have been working through in the studio for the last few years.

If this image stirs up a story for you, please share it in the comments.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Bulldog continued

I am continuing my bulldog painting.

I am working on the eyes a little and a shadow on the body area.

 I removed the gum from the eye reflection and and changed the spot on the right side.

Darkening the darks all over.

I put in a blue gray background.

This basically the finished piece. I am going to look at it for a few days and maybe add a couple touches here and there. I will have a print ready next week. Leave a comment if you want. Ask questions if you want to know more.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Bulldog painting

I wanted to show the progression for a painting of a Bulldog. I think I am about half way done with the painting so there will be more to come as I finish it up.  This is in watercolor. The first step is a rough drawing. Then I drew it again and refined it a little. I added a dab of masking fluid for the reflection in the eye and started washing over with a little yellow ocher and raw sienna. I did a lot of modeling with pencil and I am slowly going to build up the darks and make those wrinkles pop. bulldogs have spots so I have to figure out that as I go. 
Rough sketch above and the tight pencil on watercolor paper below.

First wash.

darkening up, starting to figure out the spots.

deepening the wrinkles with light browns.

Jumping into some darker darks.

I have to stop for now. Getting some darks in is getting me excited to keep going. Check back.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Here are a few pictures from my studio as I am printing some etchings. I want a bigger studio and a bigger press but I make it happen with what I have.

I use a guide that I print with my laser printer for registration. Since the paper has to be wet other things will transfer but laser printed lines will not. I love simple solutions like that.

Here you see the paper after it has gone through the press.

And the finished print hanging up.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Splashing in Oregon

I just released a new print. This one is inspired by by my son and his red rain suit. He and I have been going hiking at Dorris Ranch since he was very little. Dorris Ranch is a unique city park that is a working filbert farm. It is quite large and you walk down to the edge of the Willamette River. It is flat hike so nice for little ones.
Art Prints

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Watercolor Class

Here is a picture from my watercolor class today. I did my demonstration on faces. A new session starts next week.

Beginning-Intermediate Watercolor
on Wednesdays 9:30a-12:30 March 6- April 24

Advanced Watercolor
on Fridays 9:30a-12:30p March 8 - April 26

Petersen Barn Community Center
870 Berntzen Road Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 682-5521

I talked a little about what I do in the classes in this post.