27 Apr

Coming Home 3

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“Coming Home III”
12 in x 18 in, oil on wood
Jessie Rasche
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This painting is my attempt to capture the wild, dramatic clouds that were over Eastern Washington most of our drive home a couple weeks ago. It was really lovely and awe inspiring to see.

The last couple days have been really rough, painting wise. I spent 2 days before today working on this painting… yesterday I started sketching and sketching to get my values and shapes right, and got a sketch I really liked. So this afternoon followed my sketch very closely, and it came together nicely. I started by wiping off about 2/3 of the painting. I really like the nice glow that the gesso-ed wood gets when day-old paint is wiped off, so that was a good start. And while painting I mostly worked on keeping my values straight. I’m really happy with this one.

Eastern Washington landscape painting (Cloudy Sky SERIES)(#3328)

25 Apr

Contest painting chosen

Hi all, you might have noticed the notice on the right (in blog). Just in case, here is the painting for the contest. Note, there is an option to choose a different small painting painted in April. Details below.

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“Light Through the Window”
6 in x 6 in, with a simple frame.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of this blog, I’ll be giving this painting away. To enter, make a comment (by clicking the word “Comment” above any post), or sign up as a facebook fan or for my newsletter.

The Light Through the Window painting is one of my favorites; I hope you like it. But the winner may choose a small (6 in x 8 in) available painting from April instead, if you prefer.

Contest details.

24 Apr

Red Tree, landscape oil painting (Cloudy Sky SERIES) (#3325)

“Red Tree”
8 in x 6 in, oil on wood
Jessie Rasche
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Today was a re-do of yesterday’s painting. Still a little over-vibrant, but I’m happier with the light and shadow on the trees.

Yesterday I decided to paint in the living room in fairly dim light. And yesterday I also started using a more limited pallet than usual (only 3 colors and white) and was really frustrated that I couldn’t get a good green or orange. Anyways, I thought that my yellow was too transparent to hold up against the red or blue. Then I walked into my studio to put the painting up for drying, and was *shocked* by how very green the greens were. Yikes!

As soon as I saw the painting I laughed at myself. Of course yellow disappears first when it gets dark. Ha ha.

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22 Apr

Three Trees, view from the window (#3325)

“Three Trees”
8 in x 6 in, oil on wood
Jessie Rasche

This one’s not quite done yet. This is a portrait of the pine trees across the street. I’ll be doing more of these tree portraits, to get a better grasp of how to paint them. This is the top of a neighbor’s house and three  trees behind the roof peaks.

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21 Apr

Coming Home, landscape oil painting of Eastern Washington by Jessie Rasche

“Coming Home I”
12 in x 18 in, oil on wood

On the way home the clouds and wind were amazing. When we stopped at a rest stop and opened up the truck door, it almost flew off. I wanted to capture that rain cloud and the atmospheric effect. This has some of the same colors as Orcas Island II in the mountains…

19 Apr

Orcas Island 6

Orcas Island VI / 6×8 in / unframed oil on wood.





I started this one en plein air, on  a really windy day, and finished it indoors. I was sitting on a rocky beach on the roots of a big bleached tree which was protecting me from the wind. In the painting is a beach house, and a couple trees and a picket fence. I wanted to capture the wind-blown feeling of those trees, and the lovely effect of the sunlight on the house.(#3323)

17 Apr

Orcas Island V

“Orcas Island V”
6 in x 8 in, oil on wood
Jessie Rasche

On our last day of vacation we went to the big park on Orcas. You can drive up to the top of the hill/mountain, walk a little ways up a steep incline to a tower on the edge of a cliff, way way up (it was too foggy to see how far up we were), and then climb up to the top of a tower and look out to the end of the earth. I have a slight fear of heights and had an adrenaline overload by the time we got back down to water level. But it was beautiful and magical. The fog rolled in and out, giving the place a mysterious, other-worldly feel. This is a painting of my guys walking ahead of me up to the tower. I wanted to capture that sweet hand-holding.

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14 Apr

Orcas Island Sheep

Orcas Island Sheep / 8×12 in / oil on wood / $600
(includes fancy frame shown below and shipping)

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I’m thrilled with this one. I wanted to convey the lushness of the pasture and the enormity and density of the trees behind. There are several sheep, both adults and babies, basking in the sun in the pasture. This was a really beautiful spot on the island.

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impressionism oil painting

13 Apr

Orcas Island II

“Orcas Island II” / Approx. 12 in x 18 in / oil on wood / $600 includes beautiful frame and shipping
Jessie Rasche





I painted this in the studio yesterday. It was based on some photos I took from the beach on Orcas Island, looking across the water at another island and some mountains. It was a peaceful place to be, but also substantial and rugged. I wanted to capture the scale of that mountain, and the subtle colors.

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12 Apr

Orcas Island

“Orcas Island” / 6 in x 8 in, oil on wood / $180





We stayed in a bungalow (Buckhorn Farm Bungalow) last week on Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands. It was really beautiful and relaxing, and I got in a couple of plein air paintings. This is a shed on the farm we stayed at with huge evergreen trees behind it and a fence to the left that surrounded a garden.

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