Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Urban Painting

I painted with two great plein air painters today  on Carlson Drive in Sacramento, CA. The weather had cooled down so it was a perfect place to paint.
Urban painting study - 8"x10" Oil On Linen

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Coffee And A Good Book" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas

This is today's study from Randy Blasquez's class located at Patris' Studio and Art Gallery in Sacramento, CA. 

"Coffee and A Good Book"  - 8"x10" Oil on Linen Canvas

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Results of Today's Head Workshop

Here are the results of the today's  head workshop. We watched demonstrations and moved onto oil paints. It was amazing seeing everyone's progress. Great class and great instruction. Thank you, Terry.
Ivory Black and White

Yellow Ocher, Bright Red, Transparent Red Oxide, Ivory Black and White

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Head Workshop With Terry Miura

I am taking a 3 day Head Workshop with Terry Miura at the School of Light and Color in Fair Oaks, CA. It is a great class. The demonstrations and handouts have been wonderful.
Here are two of my class studies.  I need to work on turning the forms better and this is the right class so that means more practice, practice, practice.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Go Figure Critique

Today's assignment after figure class was to critique your own work. So here it goes... I should take time to  mix the value. I have a tendency to go too dark and should have recognized it. . The drawing shows I have not practiced enough... which is true.  I know better than to draw and paint like this.  One positive note is the brushwork  is better.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

"No Peas - Please" Story Plate

I attended a pottery class at American River College a few years back  with instructor Anne Le Caze.  Two of her class assignments were to design story plates.  I created this piece about a story my three, younger brothers told me time and time and time, again.
I was responsible for cooking their meals when our parents worked. One night, our mother told to me to be sure we had a vegetable. I was making home made pizza and didn't have a anything to make a salad.  So, defiantly I dumped a can of peas on top of the pizza and served it.
Now I made them wonderful meals for years and this is the only one they remember. Peas on top of their pizza. 
Look at the female symbol with  golden hair and motherly appearance holding the pizza with peas and the  three, tall boys standing in unison on the other side with their hand in their pockets. Funny plate and funnier story.
"No Peas - Please" By Eva Marie Tanner Klaas

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Check Out My Work At Crescent Harbor Gallery, Crescent City, CA

I want to thank the collector who bought  one of my paintings at Crescent Harbor Gallery last month. I appreciate your support.

Don't Get Upset. Get Inspired.

Here are my new plant markers for all you pet lovers or you non-gardeners. I think you can figure out which one is inspired by cats who just love my well manicured lawn. Being a cat lover myself, I could never get upset.  Instead, I became inspired.
Available Soon on

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Procrastinating Pottery

I put off glazing as long I could today. I stained about 100 plant markers, glazed a "test bowl" to see if I like the colors and stained and glazed some bird houses. Once everything dries, it is back into the kiln.

Monday, July 15, 2013

I Filled the Kiln Again

I pulled all the bisqued pieces from the kiln and filled it up one more time with greenware.  Bisqued is when clay has been fired once.  Greenware is clay that has not been fired.
I will probably have to fill it up one more time with greenware pieces before I can start glazing and firing the bisqued pieces. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Kiln Is Full

I am working away to get some pottery completed.  There are new plant markers, bird houses, bird bowls and earrings. So, right now my kiln is full and firing. This means I have to start glazing. Not my favorite process but I love the results.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Yet Another Push

I painted this piece quickly to push value and color.   It is the same rocks and tree from previous post but different composition. I think the land mass in the back should be more pink or orange with a shift in color and value.k.
Color and Value Study - Loeb Park, Brookings OR

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Chetco Sunrise"

This is another 5"x7" oil painting of the Chetco River at Loeb Park.  I have to say I love getting up in the morning and heading out to plein air paint.   I decide what and  how I want to paint when I reach the gravel bed. Today, I wanted to push color.
"Chetco Sunrise" 5"x7 Oil on Board

Thursday, July 11, 2013

More Rocks, Trees and Water - SOLD

I continued my study of rocks, trees and water  at Loeb Park.  It was cooler today so I bundled up and  this time there was fog.  Still a beautiful day.
Rocks, Trees and Water Study on an 8"x10" Canvas Board

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Mather Field Lake" - SOLD

Thank you for purchasing "Mather Field Lake".  I appreciate your support.
"Mather Field Lake" SOLD

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Loeb Park View II"

This is the painting I did at the  Loeb Park.  I like to drive my van out onto the gravel bed and set up my easel. If you love plein air, this is a perfect spot and there are restrooms.
"Loeb Park View II" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas  8"x10" Oil On Canvas Board

Monday, July 8, 2013

"Between A Rock and A Hard Place" -UPDATED

"Between A Rock and A Hard Place" 8"x10" Oil On Canvas Board
Yes - I am still painting at Loeb Park. It was another gorgeous day. Foggy in town and clear at the river.  I started this painting with a transparent red oxide under painting and then used transparent paint to block in the darks.
I tried to keep as much under painting as possible and tried to loosen up. When I started to get to fussy, I walked away from the easel.
Here is one of today's paintings.

"On The Rocks"

I painted this rock grouping at Loeb Park in Brookings, Oregon. I am trying to step out of my comfort zone with my paintings.
"On The Rocks" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas 6"x6" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tractor Painting

I am trying to figure out how to  post a picture that isn't gigantic and properly cropped from my new phone. I guess it is time to reach the manual.
Anyway, here is today's painting of an old tractor. This painted at the entrance of Emily Mountain Ranch in Brookings, OR. They sell grass-fed beef and it is a working ranch.
"Oldie But Goodie" By Eva Maire Tanner-Klaas 8"x10" Oil on Canvas Board

Friday, July 5, 2013

A 6 Year Old's View Of A Real Artist

I am absolutely loving the Chetco River. I get out there early and I can paint in peace. That is until everyone else who wants peace shows up. Then it is a happening place with families, 4 wheel drive pickups, swimming and rafting. 

Today, I was convinced I solved the problems with my first study and was ready to start a painting when a 6 year old, young man came up to me and said I must be a real artist.  Do you know why? Well, I seemed to know how to put paint on a canvas pretty good. 
He wanted to know how I knew learned this art stuff.  So I showed him my sketch book. His sister wanted in on this, too.  He, his sister and I talked about relating shapes to landscapes, still life and people using  circles, triangles, square and rectangles. We talked about light and dark. That all seemed pretty simple to them.  And by the time they left, they were convinced they were real artists, too. I love it.
Chetco River Study - 8"x10" Oil with Brush and Palette Knife on Gesso Board

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!
May God bless you all.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Chetco River Day" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas

I returned the Chetco River to paint this small piece before going hiking several miles during low tide. I love pushing the color with these small painitngs.
This is a 5"X7" oil on gessoboard and I named it "Chetco River Day".
"Chetco River Day" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas 5"X7" Oil With Brush On Gesso Board

Monday, July 1, 2013

"Loeb Park View" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas

I took my big van and paint gear to Loeb Park in Brookngs, Oregon. What a beautiful place to swim, camp, fish and plein air paint. It was gorgeous.  I painted this 6"x6" oil painting on gallery wrap and it sold before I could get it in the house. Thank you, Georgeanne!
"Loeb Park View" SOLD