Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thank You!

I want to thank all of you who have supported and purchased my art at Wright's Gallery in Brookings, Oregon. Sales have been wonderful.  There are also more paintings available as of yesterday for all you cat lovers.
I will make more cat clocks this week since they are almost sold out.
Thank you, again.
Cat Tail Clock (SOLD)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's Black and White

Here is a black and white kitty.
"Black And White" 5X7 Oil on Canvas Board

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pink Nose Kitty - SOLD

This is a 6 x 8  inch oil painting of a pink nose kitty. Does it look like anyone you know?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Left Over Paint And Used Canvas Board

I had grey puddles left over from yesterday and decided to paint cats. I used large brushes and didn't fuss too much.   Here are some very quick and I mean quick cat studies.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's A Good Life

Here is my work from the last couple of weeks.

8"x10" Canvas Board with Palette Knife.

Incomplete Study.

Plein Air get together in Oak Park. 8"x10" Canvas Board.

Study that I accidentally dropped on the ground smeared the paint.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I am working to simplify my work to improve my plein air paintings. I tried to make every stroke count in this painting of Harris Beach, Oregon.
"Harris Beach, Brookings, OR"  By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas, 8"x10" Oil On Canvas Board

Friday, October 3, 2014

"Harris Beach Southern View"

I couldn't resist trying out my new paint techniques today at Harris Beach in Brookings, Oregon. What a beautiful day.
This is a south view of Crescent City. I eliminated the houses that you can see because they would immediately be the focal points.
I think I will paint it, again, with the houses to see the difference.

"Harris Beach Southern View" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas - Oil On Canvas Board 9"x16"

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Too Lazy To Clean My Palette

I was just too lazy to clean my palette when I painted this kitty. But... I like it.

"Purple Haze Cat"  By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas 5"X7" Oil On Canvas Board

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Two Slightly Different Styles

So I worked on two different styles today.  It is difficult to see much difference. The one on the left is layering paint color on top of each layer and the one of the right is mixing the color.
It was easier for me to keep the value on the left. Hmm... interesting.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Pretty Precious" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas

What a pretty, precious kitty and this cat knows it.  This is a limited palette painting on canvas board.  I used a large number 8 flat brush to paint it.
"Pretty Precious" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas - 5"x7" Oil On Canvas Board

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Guilty!" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas

This cat is obviously guilty of something. Ripping the couch, climbing on the counters or eating someone's dinner. This is a limited palette painting and to be honest, very fun to paint. 
"Guilty!" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas - 5"X7" Oil on Canvas Board

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Green Eyes" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas SOLD

This is a green eyed, marmalade cat that looks very similar to a cat I had for years. I painted it on a 6"x8" canvas.
"Green Eyes" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas - 6"x8" Oil on Canvas

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Meow-llo" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas - SOLD

Here is another Brookings, OR cat.  I painted him with a limited palette, mixed my black and toned my canvas board with transparent red oxide.
"Meow-llo" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas - Oil on 5"x7" Canvas Board

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pulling It Together

I am trying to take everything I have learned to pull a painting together. So today I worked on brush work and color.   I put down complementary colors around the objects and layered paint over it.    This is painted on a 12x16 canvas sheet.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Black Cat Without Black Paint

I painted this Brookings, Oregon black cat today without black paint and a limited palette. Curious? I mixed ultramarine blue with red oxide to create "black".  I think I should push the purples and blues next time but other than that I am happy with this piece. 
"Black Is Back" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas - 5"x7" Oil on Canvas Board

Friday, September 5, 2014

Where To Go From Here?

I have studied impressionism, tonalism and now I am studying expressionism. I am struggling with the latter.  This does not mean I am giving up but it certainly supports the saying "Life is short. Art is long".

Harbor Study On Linen Sheet

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Wonderful Workshop With The Best Views

I enjoyed a week in a workshop painting on the coast. But sometimes, it is more than just about the painting. 
Lone Ranch Study

Lone Ranch Study 2
Whaleshead Expressionist Study

Boats at the port.

Arch Rock tree with ivy heart,

Low tide.

Starfish washed up on the beach in this pattern. Amazing.
Red moon over the ocean.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Abstract Boating

I painted at the Brookings Harbor Port today enjoying the sunshine and the boats My goal was to start abstract and render the focal point. I still think my values are a little too close together. Tomorrow is another day.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Large Shapes... But How Much Detail? - SOLD

I painted this Colorado mountain study today. I started with big shapes and then tried to determine how much detail I needed.
Here are the two examples.  Any suggestions?
Mountains with details.

Mountains without details. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014


I had to paint this scene one more time - simplified.
6"x 8" Oil On Canvas Board

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Painting Studies Of The Same Subject

I am still analyzing and ocean scene that I like. This time, I painted it larger. I like the rocks much better and I pushed color into the foreground. I will compile what I learned from all the studies and see what happens with the next piece.
8X10" Ocean Study On Board

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Whaleshead Watercolor

 I need to practice my watercolor so I pulled out my supplies and went to work. Here is a mid-value painting of Whaleshead. I used  a limited palette with a large brush.  The whites were scratched into the paper with a sharp blade.
"Whaleshead Waits"  9x12 Watercolor on 90 lb paper

Friday, June 27, 2014

Big Forms, Fewer Strokes, Better Values

My goal today was to practice painting large shape with their correct values. I also wanted to limit my brushstrokes and ensure the forms were successfully described using directional brush work.  The pieces were both painted with limited palettes and I used different palettes for each study.
They are both painted from the same photo except I edited them differently.
I am not sure which one I prefer. I like the rocks in the first painting but the second painting has strong brush strokes. Good exercise.
Painted with phalo blue, lemon yellow, cad. yellow, perm. rose, burnt umber and white.

Painted with ultramarine blue, cad yellow, trans. red oxide, magenta, burnt umber and white. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Color Stages And A Palette Knife

Stage 1 With Pure Color
Stage 2 and progressing to 3
Stage 4 needs refinement.  The bottle has a drawing issue so I will fix it in the morning. 

Fair Oaks' Bicycle Bridge Over The American River

"Bridge Over American River" 8"x10" Oil On Board With Brush
I enjoyed painting this piece on site at the American River in Fair Oaks, CA. First, I blocked in the large shapes and values. Next, I painted the background trees and then painted the bridge on top of the trees. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Moving In A Different Direction

After studying various methods, I am trying to decide where I should go with my art. I am not sure about this style but I am having fun.
First painting early morning 8:30. I stopped when the light changed too much at 10:00. 

Unfinished second attempt  with two interruptions. One was a cat who wanted to sit on my lap and another was a wonderful conversation about children.  I stopped painting at 11:45. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Too Hot To Paint Outdoors

It was too hot to finish this painting - 102 in the shade is my limit.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Paint, Paint, and More Paint

I have painted the last two weeks while trying to process new techniques. Very frustrating but fun.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Tanned and Tired

I painted outdoors every day last week - Monday through Sunday. I am tanned and tired. Here is one paintings I will complete today in the studio from a weekend workshop.  I will adjust the color and finish describing the moss on the surface.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Week Of Expression

I am in day 2 of my learning expressionist painting plein air style. I didn't know how uptight I could be with brush and color until now.  Here is the Tower Bridge in Old Sacramento.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Remembering Our Beloved Veterans

We thank, love and honor our beloved veterans on this day, Memorial Day. You will never be forgotten.