Monday, December 7, 2015

Little Paintings in time for the Holidays

It has been quite a pleasure to paint for this year's Big 500 show. These aren't the best photos of all of my little 8x8" pieces but you get the gist, and if you like one: get there early to snag it for only $40 in this benefit for Oregon Food Bank:

Mum Love, Quin Sweetman
Autumn by the Lake, Quin Sweetman

Becoming Real, Quin Sweetman

Portrait of C. Vu, Quin Sweetman
Dancing with Mum, Quin Sweetman

Redhead, Quin Sweetman

Men Can Be Pretty Too, Quin Sweetman
Back of Quin Sweetman Panels

Mums the Wood, Oil on Wood, Quin Sweetman

Panels in Quin Sweetman's studio

She Wore Her Vietnamese Dress, Quin Sweetman

Snuggling with Mum, Quin Sweetman
        All work created from life -- not photos -- in the Impressionist/Alla Prima tradition. I enjoyed setting up still-lifes of flowers, painting live models (and one landscape) and then pushing past what was in front of me to emphasize the colors, designs and patterns which appealed to me. I feel like these are my best works yet because I had so much fun creating them. This show of affordable art by over 500 artists benefits the Oregon Food Bank, so bring a can of food. (Also, next-door, the new OneDer Gallery features art of all sizes for $100-and-under.) Get there early:

Peoples Art of Portland and OneDer Galleries
Pioneer Place, 700 SW 5th, 3rd floor
Portland, Oregon
December 12, 2-9 p.m.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Black Friday Sale for Supporters - 20% Off

Black Friday sale starts early for supporters who see this post! Use code: STUDIO2 through next Friday and get 20 percent off in my Etsy shop.

Many thanks for your support!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Plein Air Season Wrap

I guess it's been a while ...

Lots happening but here's one of the recent highlights. I participated in the Plein Air Washington County event and won Third Place, overall. With over one hundred great paintings to choose from, I was quite honored (floored actually) that my painting was chosen. I'll post close ups of the completed paintings, soon. Thank you to the organizers at Sequoia Gallery and Juror, Za Vue.

Quin Sweetman with her paintings at Plein Air Washington County

Quin Sweetman paints the model at the Quick Draw event at Plein Air Washington County

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Painting Now Up for Auction to Benefit Efforts to Protect the Arctic

Artful Activism, Oil on Canvas, 16x20", Quin Sweetman
It's official, my painting of the sHell No protest at the St. Johns Bridge is now up for auction to raise funds to protect the arctic. Bid now and please share with your friends and followers to raise awareness:

Prints also support the cause and show your support: 

See the painting and buy prints locally at Peoples Art of Portland Gallery, Downtown, Pioneer Square Mall, Top floor

Many thanks!

Quin Sweetman

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Artivism: My Artful Activism

Quin Sweetman, "Artful Activism, St. Johns Bridge", Oil on Canvas, 16x20"
Here's the painting I made during the protest. It was made on site, otherwise known as "Plein Air Painting" and hence, has an "unfinished" impressionist quality, which I think adds to the feeling of action. Several people have expressed interest in bidding on this work to benefit efforts to fight drilling in the arctic. I will post an auction site soon, but for now, please send me your contact information if you would like to be notified of the auction or purchase a print of my painting. Many thanks! Quin Sweetman, Artivist

Update: Plein Air Today covered my painting and wrote a nice piece about Artful Activism

Friday, July 31, 2015

Painter on the Scene as Greenpeace protesters hang off St. Johns Bridge to block ship's passage - KPTV - FOX 12

Well, I decided if those protesters were going to "decorate" our bridge so beautifully, I could show up and paint it, at least.  Somehow it led the 11 o'clock news. My mom would have loved it! See the news real on this link:

Greenpeace protesters hang off St. Johns Bridge to block ship's - KPTV - FOX 12

Photo from Huffington Post Article

I'd like to help with this effort so let me know if you're interesting in purchasing this painting or a print to benefit Greenpeace's efforts to stop drilling in the Arctic.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Mother's Gift

I'm featured in a lovely eZine, 2nd Tuesday, by Fred Swan this month at

The past year-and-a-half has been quite difficult, as I was losing my mom to liver failure, but this Zine focuses on the positive: The gifts my mother gave me. Please take a quick look and let us know what you think.

Peace and happy gardening, my friends,


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Painting for a Good Cause

My painting was juried into the Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction: pARTy

Quiet Contrapposto, Oil on Canvas, 20x24", Quin Sweetman, $1200
I'm happy that this painting will be sold to benefit a good cause. Cascade Aids Project helps in the fight against HIV/AIDS and also provides important services to people living with the virus. "We depend on the Art Auction not only to fund our work, but to build community in the fight against HIV and to keep awareness of the epidemic alive. This awareness is key to conquering the virus." Last year, 1,500 people attended the Art Auction. We always enjoy this gala affair immensely. Find out more and get tickets at:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Long time, no blog ...

Local Color, St. Johns, Oil on Panel, Quin Sweetman

Here's a painting of my favorite bridge, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I am showing this and five other  paintings at the Northeast Community Center this month, along with fellow Alla Prima Portland artist, Celeste Bergin. I'm always thrilled to show with Celeste as she is both very talented and a delightful person. Her beau, Dave Burbach is a wonderful photographer and very kind to document the hanging of our show and the ensuing shenanigans:

Quin Sweetman and Celeste Bergin at the Northest Community Center,
Portland, Oregon. Quin's paintings behind them.

Quin Sweetman and Celeste Bergin at the Northest Community Center,
Portland, Oregon. Celeste's paintings behind them.
Quin Sweetman and Celeste Bergin at the Northest Community Center, Portland, Oregon, through April, 1630 NE 38th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232

Mon - Fri: 5:30am - 9:00pm Sat: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - See more at: