Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In Alla Prima Portland: Show of Painterly Paintings from Across Region

Alla Prima Portland has teamed up with Art Factors to present a show that offers Alla Prima paintings* from all over our region within the last year. Thirty-five artists were invited to show in the first Annual Alla Prima Portland Invitational Group Show 2014 and I'm thrilled to have been included.

You are cordially invited to join us on First Thursday:

Reception: First Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6-9pm

Coastal Rocks at Yachats, Oil on Canvas 6"x8", Quin Sweetman

Overall show dates: June 5- July 3, 2014

Art Factors 7035 SW Macadam Ave Portland, OR 97219

*(Alla Prima translates from Italian to "at once".
An Alla Prima painting is usually started and finished in one painting session, but the term is also more loosely applied to any painting done in a direct, expressive style, with minimal preparation).

Sunflowers in Window Light, Oil on Canvas 24"x18", Quin Sweetman

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Iris Galore

The beautiful irises in my yard are all in bloom and my friend's daughter stopped by to spend the afternoon so of course we painted. Fun Day! When she left, I used her leftover acrylics to have some fun with two little panels and my yellow irises.  I think I like them better than the one I made of the purple one as they appear more loose and fresh. What do you think?

My little painter friend, Lexi

My little oil of my other, purple/burgandy iris

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I Love Painting Bridges!

What a day! I am blessed to live in such a beautiful neighborhood and have a group of painters who like to get out and paint "plein air" (Frenchy term for painting outside, like the Impressionists).

Bridge Rhythms (work-in-progress), Oil on Canvas, 20" x 20", Quin Sweetman

Painter buddy from the neighborhood, Jodi Burton

End of the day, light dying, packing up
This is a larger painting for plein air but I'm going to paint larger more often as it is more freeing for gestural brushwork and compositions. Go big or go home!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I Did a Big, Scary Thing

I applied to be represented in an important regional institution. It took me all day to get all the photos, bio, CV, etc., together in a professional manner and I made myself sick to my stomach for a bit. Must mean it matters a lot to me. Now it is done and I'm ready to enter the next big thing with less fear; I hope.

In celebration of this feat, I give you "Dahlias in Mexican Vase." 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

$50 Art Sale Starts Thursday

Fun Show to Sell All work for $50, framed: "88 Strong":  Eighty-eight artists were each given eight 8x8" panels and 88 themes from which to choose. Sale of 500+ works starts Thursday at Goodfoot Lounge & Pub, 2845 SE Stark Street, at 5 p.m. I had fun experimenting with these pieces. See all themes at
 "His Faith in Humanity was Being Tested" - Everything Will Be F***ed theme 

 "Set to Music" -  Excavations theme
"Impressionist Heron" - Put a Bird in Me theme
"She Loved a Boy from the Other Side of the Tracks" - Other Side of the Tracks theme (sold)
"Irises in the Field" - Magic Gardens theme
"Love Song for a Crow" - Put a Bird in Me theme (sold)
"After the Derby" - Bourbon theme
"Lingerie in the Window" -  Roadside Attractions theme (sold)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


"Waiting for Her Moment" 14"x14", Oil on Canvas, Quin Sweetman

Lovely weather is upon us and I am happy to report, I am working on a couple of commissions for new customers. Have you considered having something special painted for yourself or a loved one?

A recent portrait now showing at Broderick Gallery in Longview, Washington
Broderick offers lovely custom framing

Monday, March 17, 2014

Works in Progress

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I've been remiss in posting on this blog lately but I assure you, I have been making art ... or attempting to do so. In winter, I tend to focus on painting still-lifes and figures from life model sessions. I hope to capture my subject's unique essence in a short period of time and the models often move but I try to stick to what struck me in the original pose. For those interested, here are a few works in progress which are nearly complete.

In my studio ...sunflowers 24x18", dahlias 14"x11"

Men can be beautiful too! Loved the graceful way our model posed
 (finishing right side of canvas/patches on figure)

                                                      "Elizabeth in Repose" charcoal drawing, 17x14"

...Oh yeah, I was in the newspaper yesterday. Here's a link to fun portrait I did quite a while ago:
Duluth News Tribune Life Section.  I love to paint portraits of people and animals ... and it pays for more paint supplies/painting trips, so let me know if you'd like me to paint one for you.

Top of the afternoon to ya!