New Drawing

I'm almost finished with the first drawing after my trip to coast. I show it here with the photos I used to create the image. I enjoy the challenge of making the wave "move".

"On the Edge of Safe Ground" 22" by 30" graphite - almost finished.

"On the Edge of Safe Ground" 22" by 30" graphite - almost finished.

Help support a really cool art exhibition this coming June!

As part of a group of Wisconsin and Japanese artists I'd like to announce a major show this coming June at the Promega Center in Madison, WI. We are looking for funding to help pay for meals and lodging for our ten or so distinguished guests from the Tokyo area. 

Soooo, please look at our Kickstarter Campaign (click this link) which closes in only a few days! For your help, you'll receive some really cool rewards! 

L to R: Katherine Steichen Rosing, Pat FIlzen, Rita Yanny, Tori Tasch, Bonnie de Arteaga and Lee Mothes. "Our long artful history together leaps forward with an exciting new collaborative exhibit, “Floating on Waves” to be held at the Artist’s Showcase at Promega BioTechnology Center, Madison, WI June 14 to September 13, 2016."

L to R: Katherine Steichen Rosing, Pat FIlzen, Rita Yanny, Tori Tasch, Bonnie de Arteaga and Lee Mothes.

"Our long artful history together leaps forward with an exciting new collaborative exhibit, “Floating on Waves” to be held at the Artist’s Showcase at Promega BioTechnology Center, Madison, WI June 14 to September 13, 2016."

Back in my Studio

I have finally settled in to doing some new work after my trip. From the hundreds of photos I took on the coast, I've found a few that have that energy I'm looking for. Now I'm compiling parts of them into a 22" by 30" drawing...

From these 8 by 10 printouts, I'm taking the best parts and we will see what happens...

From these 8 by 10 printouts, I'm taking the best parts and we will see what happens...

A Video of Great Waves on the Oregon Coast

A highlight of my trip up the west coast was to see huge waves hitting the cliffs at Shore Acres State Park in Oregon.  I shot a couple of short videos and this is the best one. A half-hour side trip off Highway 101 will get you there!

In Southern California Now...

I made it back from Mexico, after another 3-day drive up from Todos Santos...

I'm showing my work informally in California for the next couple of weeks. Today some friends of mine, who live in this wonderful hand-made house near Ojai, hosted a showing and invited several friends. Their capable granddaughter, Solana, helped me get started!


Showing my work in Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico

After three more days of driving from San Diego, California, I made it the Jill Logan Galeria, where I am showing several paintings and drawings, painting a new piece in the back patio, and getting out to the beach, usually in the late afternoon.

The drive seemed to take forever, but I'm glad I did it. The town is pretty, and looking good after a devastating hurricane came though in Sept. 2014.

I shot a photo of this wave, kind of on the fly, at the beach at Todos Santos the other evening. I'll use it tomorrow to do a demonstration painting for the gallery this weekend. There is nothing like being near the source!

I shot a photo of this wave, kind of on the fly, at the beach at Todos Santos the other evening. I'll use it tomorrow to do a demonstration painting for the gallery this weekend. There is nothing like being near the source!

Trip to West Coast is Under Way!

After driving four days from Wisconsin, I arrived at a friend's house near San Diego. Today I'll cross the border into Baja California and drive another couple of days to Todos Santos, where I'll show my work at the Jill Logan Galeria.  I'm posting details at Oceans and Dreams page on Facebook.   Check it out!

"Big Splash" 36" by 36" acrylic on canvas will be featured at the Jill Logan Galeria. 

"Big Splash" 36" by 36" acrylic on canvas will be featured at the Jill Logan Galeria. 

Minor Squalls

This drawing comes from the Oregon Coast when the storms arrive in October and November. I used three photos I took near Cascade Head, Oregon, to capture a moody day of intermittent squalls.  

Title: "Minor Squalls"

34" by 26" graphite pencil on Stonehenge Paper

$3500

New 16 by 20 inch acrylics on panel...

Just completed, a very bright shorebreak wave, all of foam, ready to crash onto the beach at Big Lagoon, in Humboldt County, CA.  See this one and it's companion painting, "North of Westport" under Paintings.

A drawing from the Oregon Coast

A drawing I began a few weeks ago is now completed. I wanted to capture the dramatic clouds that often build up on the Oregon Coast, and the light that is cast on the water and sand. This is from four different photos I took there last November.

Minor Squalls,  34" by 26" graphite pencil on Stonehenge paper

Minor Squalls,  34" by 26" graphite pencil on Stonehenge paper

Starting a 26" by 34" pencil drawing

Back to drawings...this is the start of a 34" by 26" graphite. I'm cobbling together a composition from several photos - three different skies and one foreground. I've already made changes to the sky, and am now working on the horizon. So far so good...

New Island Book-Signing Party

You’re invited to a Book-Signing Party to celebrate the publishing of Lee Mothes’ New Island Guidebook

When: Saturday Nov. 7, from 6-8 pm.

Where: At the 602 Club in Appleton, Wisconsin, 54911. It's located at 602 N. Lawe St., across Pacific Street from the meat market.

Drop in for refreshments, and I will have much of the original artwork of New Island on display. I'll talk about New Island, and autograph copies of my newly printed  New Island Guidebook. You'll also, receive a free New Island road map with every book!

Hope to see you there!

 

Save these Dates!

On November 7th from 6-8 pm and on November 14th, from 10 am to 4 pm, I'll have two very different art shows in Appleton and Kaukauna, WI.  

More later!

Surf at Big Lagoon Beach

On September 17th, I took about 100 photos of these waves at Big Lagoon Beach, in Humboldt County, CA. I ran as close to the waves as possible to snap them, and then ran back up the beach - a lot of running. The weather was beautiful after a day of rain that helped contain some bad fires elsewhere in northern California.

This and a few other keeper photos will help me with new drawings and paintings!