Susan Luckey Higdon creates signature art for RiverFeast

"Deschutes Serpentine", an acrylic painting on cradled birch board by Susan Luckey Higdon
“Deschutes Serpentine”, an acrylic painting on cradled birch board by Susan Luckey Higdon

I have just completed the signature artwork for the 2016 Deschutes River Conservancy annual RiverFeast Dinner & Auction to be held July 30, 2016. The idea for the image came from a photo taken by Marisa Hossick at Deschutes River Conservancy, of the middle Deschutes River in Central Oregon, looking south from a helicopter. The image shows the serpentine twists of the river as it makes its journey north to the Columbia River.

Painting in acrylic on cradled birch board, I started by working in the color and then rubbing it out creating a stain that becomes the under painting for the composition. This process goes on as the detail is layered in, creating depth and subtlety. The grain of the birch board is so wonderful that I like to use it as part of the overall effect.

Enjoy supporting the river and join Deschutes River Conservancy for a delightful evening of irresistible food, spirits and music. This year, they are combining the best of their two fundraising events, Tight Lines and RiverFeast into one great evening. Bid on this custom art, exclusive adventures and experiences, and other wonderful packages.

I am honored to be the ongoing signature artist for RiverFeast, and event that supports the work of the Deschutes River Conservancy, who bring together the people that use the river, creating solutions for the health of the Deschutes River.

 

Artist Residency at Clearwater Gallery Studio

The studio in the courtyard at Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon
The studio in the courtyard at Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon

I just completed a weeks artist residency in the lovely and peaceful courtyard area of Clearwater Gallery and the Open Door restaurant in Sisters, Oregon. The cozy studios in the courtyard were built by artist/owner Dan Rickards with a vision of bringing artists from all over to enjoy painting where they vacation—in Sisters!

Painting in the studio at Clearwater Gallery in Sisters
Painting in the studio at Clearwater Gallery in Sisters

For me, going to Sisters is only a short drive, since I live in Bend, but it was still a break from my normal busy life. I found that working in the studio, surrounded by lovely flowers, hummingbirds and the gentle background hum of people enjoying their meals, was quite relaxing and helped me focus on ideas in a different way. It was the perfect respite for me and I even got a few small paintings completed!

2015 RiverFeast Art for Deschutes River Conservancy Completed

Metolius Meadow w/ Three-Fingered Jack, and original painting by Susan Luckey Higdon
Metolius Meadow w/ Three-Fingered Jack, and original painting by Susan Luckey Higdon

The Deschutes River Conservancy is having it’s 2015 RiverFeast event at House on the Metolius, on Oregon’s wild and beautiful Metolius River, August 8. I was asked again this year to create the signature art for the event and am very pleased to do so!

The area where the House on the Metolius is, on the spring-fed, fly fishing only, Metolius River in Central Oregon, is where the river widens out into a beautiful meadow, after flowing through a narrow gorge. It is a peaceful place. The last time I painted from here I showed the river with Mt. Jefferson in the background. This time, I am facing the other way and Three-fingered Jack shines in the background. Looking down from the hill above, the meadow with it’s golden grasses and willows, forms an arc above the river, which is a gorgeous shade of blue in the afternoon sun.

This painting is 24 x 30, acrylic on cradled birch board. When it sells I will donate 50% of the purchase price to the Deschutes River Conservancy who is doing great work  with their mission—to enhance waterflow in the Deschutes River watershed. We need it now more than ever!

The painting, Metolius Meadow w/ Three-fingered Jack, will be in my June show at Tumalo Art Co. in the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon, which opens Friday June 5, from 4-8pm

 

 

Fish paintings by Susan Luckey Higdon featured in H2O magazine

The opening spread in H2O magazine, showing "Diversity", a soft pastel painting by Susan Luckey Higdon
The opening spread in H2O magazine, showing “Diversity”, a soft pastel painting by Susan Luckey Higdon

About a year ago Georgio Cavatorti, publisher of the beautiful Italian based fly fishing magazine H2O, contacted me about having my fish art featured. The Spring issue just arrived and I got to see the spreads for the the first time! I feel honored and am so glad to see space given to art in a magazine like this. The article is in both english and italian and five paintings of native trout are shown in glorious color. Look H2O Magazine up online to see the whole pub. Order a subscription while you are at it.

All of the paintings shown are available as limited edition giclee prints on canvas or paper. Contact me for more information!

The third spread in the spring issue of H2O shows a soft pastel "Baby Brookie" and an acrylic "Phantoms of the Spring" by Susan Luckey Higdon
The third spread in the spring issue of H2O shows a soft pastel “Baby Brookie” and an acrylic “Phantoms of the Spring” by Susan Luckey Higdon
The second spread in the spring issue of H2O magazine shows "Clear Creek" and "Golden Traveler" by Susan Luckey Higdon
The second spread in the spring issue of H2O magazine shows “Clear Creek” and “Golden Traveler” by Susan Luckey Higdon

New Natural Abstraction Landscape Painting by Susan Luckey Higdon

Estuary Light is an acrylic on birchboard by Susan Luckey Higdon
Estuary Light is an acrylic on birchboard by Susan Luckey Higdon

The newest addition to my ongoing Natural Abstractions series is called Estuary Light. It is from an image I took last summer while camping at Spencers Spit on Lopez Island in Washington’s San Juan islands. The configuration of light and shadow, when cropped narrowly, becomes a compelling abstraction of the landscape. This was painted in acrylic on birchboard. I kept the strokes of paint immediate and took care not to overwork, keeping the color clear and strong. It was also important to me to let the warm color of the wood come through. This worked well in the mid area of mirrored water.

As I continue to explore this idea of composing landscapes in a small frame of reference, where the shapes become more than a description of an actual landscape and become a natural abstraction of the landscape, I get more and more excited about the possibilities.

To see more of my landscapes, on the land, of the sky with birds and the underwater world of fish see Susan Luckey Higdon’s fine art website!