Last week I began another 22" by 30" drawing, this time of an evening sky just after some rainy weather. The surf is low and will be lit up by a late patch of sunlight. I'm working from four photos I took on the Oregon Coast last winter to create the composition. The magic, to me, is in the subtle grays within the cloud layers, contrasted by the brilliant brightness of the sun-scorched edges. I'll post another update on this one soon!
After returning from the coast, I drew these two 11 by 15 - inch wave closeups. They are framed in maple and I'm asking $900. each for them. A print version of the same size on rag paper will be available soon for $195. each, unframed.
I had an opportunity to visit the California north of Eureka, and did some serious wave-watching.
Of the many pictures I took over a three-day period last week, here are some favorites...
I'll work from the juiciest parts of these photos for a painting or a drawing. We'll see what will happen...
This wave will be 80 inches wide when completed, but will be framed separately. I plan to finish the piece in time for the "Floating on Waves" exhibition this coming June to September at the Promega Center near Madison, Wisconsin.
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".
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!
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...
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!
I'll be giving one-day shows on March 5th and on March 6th, in Arcata, California, a coastal town about six hours north of the Bay Area. My friend Nancy Stephenson has arranged the exhibitions, and has provided a press release, copied here. I'll be present at both shows.
If you're in the Humboldt County area, Check it out!
Artist Lee Mothes is returning to Arcata during a west coast tour featuring his ocean-inspired drawings and paintings at two different “pop-up” shows in Arcata, March 5th and 6th.
Mothes' paintings will fill the hallway that leads to Libation, Willow, Salt, and Arcata Main Street on March 5, during the Farmer’s Market, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 761 8th St. on the Plaza.
The second show will be Sunday, March 6 at The Sanctuary, 1301 J St. in Arcata. The Sanctuary, a creative arts venue and grassroots community center will be open from 5-8 p.m. with refreshments and a chance to learn more about Mothes’ artwork.
Lee Mothes works in watercolor, acrylic on canvas, and graphite pencil to create ocean-inspired works of art. He grew up in California, including a year on outside of Arcata. He returns regularly to the coast from his current home in Wisconsin to watch the surf, get new ideas, and show his work. On this trip he brought several of his newest pieces.
“I have been fascinated by beaches, waves, and the ocean’s energy as far back as I can remember. I grew up on the California coast and began drawing beaches, waves and imaginary places while still in grade school.”
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!
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.
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!
My recently published book, "Journey to Nevermore" is back in stock. I just received the book's second printing of 100 copies, and I will autograph your copy upon request. To purchase a copy, click on "Artwork" and then "Books, Maps and Posters".
My friend Scott Edwards shot a video of me working and talking about my art in my studio-gallery in Kaukauna WI.
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
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.
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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.