Saturday, December 15, 2012


I'm supposed to be picking out an image for a Christmas/holiday card but instead, I feel like sharing this image in hopes of brightening these dark days.

It was inspired by my good friend's lovely daughter, who was dancing in the rain at Kelly Point Park one spring. (I painted this a few weeks ago for the Big 300 show.) Peace.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Two Exciting Shows this Saturday

I've been workin' away like a busy, little painter-elf ... and this Saturday, I have my work in two shows with deals on affordable, original art in honor of the holiday season.  I do hope you will join me for one or both:

Here in St. Johns, Studio 30 at Cathedral Park Place

Downtown Portland, Peoples Art at Pioneer Place

Just a small sampling of what's for sale in the two shows:

An experimental abstract in the Big 300

Fun, little paintings in unique frames ... perfect for gifting

Plein air painting of Newport's Old Town bay

Would love to see you. Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Downtown Minneapolis Skyline Redux

Using my old, smaller painting as a study for this painting. Photo's not-so-great. Will get a better one in the light before it goes off to its new home in Russia.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hooray! Fine Art Fridays are Back!

I'm so excited to be back with my super-talented, lovely friends at Studio 30. Friday night, we had a great model, Julie, who is also an artist. Here's what I painted (in progress):

The other painters called it "romantic." See what everyone else did at Studio 30 thoughout the day at Fine Art Friday:  Sign up to follow my blog for updates on my work.

Have a fantastic week!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy to have this painting again!

"Jackson Bottom Wetlands" Oil on Canvas/panel, 9x12", Quin Sweetman

Now that I have this work back from the Hillboro Plein Air show, I am able to share a better photo. It really was a joy to paint this, using mostly just a palette-knife, on one of the last summer days in Oregon. Hope you enjoy it too!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Somehow this seems fitting for today:

                                  Zen Man, 24x18", Oil on Canvas, Quin Sweetman (2011)
A large, simple painting which was shown in the Cascade Aids Project's Art 4 Life event in 2011. My inspiration was one of my quick life-drawings from Hipbone Studio. (I may push and pull values a bit more but I like the feeling of calm it imparts.) 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Back to Figure Drawing

The rainy season has officially started so indoors I head (for painting and drawing, at least). Here's the first nude I've been able to draw in quite a while.

The man we drew was named Doc, a wonderful art model at the Brush & Palette. It was both fun and challenging to capture his essence, in just 30 minute poses. (I pushed and pulled the volumes a bit more from memory this morning.) Hooray for rain!

By the way, the Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibit is up at the Portland Art Museum. Cannot wait to go sketch the statues.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hillsboro Plein Air Exhibit
October 2-30, 2012
Walters Cultural Arts Center

"High Noon at Jackson Bottom" (wetland), Oil on Canvas by Quin Sweetman

"Autumn at Jackson Bottom", Oil on Canvas by Quin Sweetman

Celebrate the amazing works created by artists during the 6th Annual Hillsboro Plein Air Competition. Forty-one artists participated in the competition this September, painting the landscapes of Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, the city scenes of downtown Hillsboro and the scenic views of the Árdíri Winery & VineyardsLocal artist and professional plein air painter Eric Jacobsen judged the competition. Paintings from prizewinners, other participants and Jacobsen will be on display during the reception and throughout the month of October.

Join us for an Artist’s Reception and Exhibit at the Walters Cultural Arts Center on October 2, 2012 from 6 – 8 pm to Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Claeys Catering and Songwriters In The Round will provide an acoustic music showcase featuring instructors and staff from Five Star Guitars playing original compositions and telling the stories behind the music.

The exhibit will run through October 30, 2012. The galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Walters Cultural Arts Center is located at 527 East Main St., just two blocks off the MAX Blue line in historic downtown Hillsboro. For further information, call 503-615-3485 or visit the website at

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back from painting the coast

What a lovely and productive two weeks of painting on the Oregon Coast for the Sandgren Paintout. Special thanks to my collectors for helping to make this a reality.



Here is a portion of some of my work in progress:

All of my Oil Paintings on the table.
Some need finishing touches. Will post individual photos this fall when some are in a show.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Excited for this upcoming show:

Broderick Gallery presents an art exhibition entitled On the Deck.  The show features 6 + artists.  Each artist expresses his or her 
individual identity and provides a clear visual statement.

Participants include: Nancy Knowles, Quin Sweetman, Celeste Bergin, Kristina Sellers, Maeona Urban, and  George Broderick. 
Artist George Broderick works in an aesthetic inspired by travel, street culture, natural forms and distortion, a vision he explores in his home studio and Gallery in Rainier, Oregon. Broderick founded Broderick Gallery in 1997. 

RECEPTION: Sunday, July 15, 1-6pm 
Meet the artists. Public invited

OVERALL ART EXHIBIT DATES:  July 15  – August 31, 2012

LOCATION:  Broderick Gallery 313 East "B" St. Rainier. OR  97048

Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm and by appointment.

About Broderick Gallery:
The Broderick Gallery is geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and committed to a culturally inclusive viewpoint. Exhibitions focus on international, national and regional art developments chiefly in the 20th century; seek to present the cultural and historical context of art, and to acknowledge the artistic contributions of under-recognized sectors of the population. Hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm and by appointment. For more about the gallery and its artists, please see or call George Broderick, 503-703-5188

Monday, June 11, 2012

Five of my landscape paintings are included in this wonderful show ...

Hope to see you Saturday for our reception!

·  Show runs June 16-July 15.

                                                ·  Peoples Gallery is always open Thurs-Sunday, NOON-6pm. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Just submitted this painting for the Rose Festival juried show at Oregon Society of Artists.

Keep your fingers crossed! If you would like to see the show in person, it opens Sunday, June 10, 1-4 p.m. and continues through July 6th. For gallery normal hours, etc., see

This 20x 24" painting was one I did during the time of the Ovanes Berberian workshop but not while he was present/teaching (important for juried shows). Learned a lot about color and paint application from him and Kat Sowa, whose still life paintings continue to inspire me.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My show at the delightful Cathedral Park Kitchen has been extended through May. I love this restaurant/bar. Join me sometime for a cocktail!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Painter becomes the painted

Some of my favorite art pals asked me to model, yesterday, for our Fine Art Friday session. Click link to see their work:

See their lovely paintings here

 I am honored to have so many talented friends. Hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Welcome to my new painting blog! I will be posting works in progress and information about shows. Please follow my blog for updates as they are posted. 

Best, Quin