Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Site

Come visit me here:  www.BethCollinsPaints.com

I am moving from this blog to my new site. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

ALONG THE ROAD

"Along The Road",  30" x 24", oil on canvas.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Title:  San Juans
16"x 20" oil painting on stretched canvas

Title:  Long Shadows
8"x 8" oil painting on cradled wood panel





Friday, September 23, 2011

Goodbye Bilbao

I arrived to beautiful clear, blue skies and today I leave an Oregon climate: overcast with threats of rain. The bus company did not leave me with a feeling of confidence. The driver (with help from two other drivers) could not get the key to reopen the bus door. They boosted one driver through the open driver's window to finally gain access. After we all piled in they promptly asked us all to disembark and board another bus. Today I travel to Santander to catch a flight to Malaga. Not sure whether Nancy will join me. Sounds like her travel is more complicated.

Ryanair, the budget European airlines has am interesting business plan. Dirt cheap fare, however they charge for everything but breathable air. They are ridged and limited with carry on: one item only and that includes absolutely everything but a jacket. The one carry on must fit in the measuring rack at the gate and they make everyone prove it. If it does not fit you pay a hefty fee ($60) to have it checked. Advanced baggage check was around $22, even more than my ticket, which was only $16! During most of the flight they push to sell everything from newspapers, magazines, food, drinks, smokeless cigarettes, candy, perfume and many other items. They even charge for water, $4.50 a bottle.

Grabbed a cab from the airport to my hotel. What a nice change from the last two places I stayed.

Heard from Nancy when I checked email. She arrives this morning. Anxious to hear about her travels.

While the Costa del Sol has 300 days of sun a year, so far this morning it's one of the other 52. I'm sure it will clear later. Update: it started to rain but tomorrow is suppose to be nice.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Takes My Breath Away

The Guggenheim! While the exterior views of the architecture are staggering, the interior does not disappoint. As iwalk into the massive space I am struck by the unique shapes-- nothing but the floor is straight. The immense size of the soaring, curving walls dwarfs any human presence. The walls of glass, stone and titanium undulate and curve, caressing the space with sensuous forms and angles. I find it difficult to come up with adequate adjectives.

The permanent art installations play upon the unique architecture of the Guggenheim as they were commissioned before building completion The artists visited the site during construction and devised their creations to mimic architect Frank Gehry's theme. The result is a beautiful marriage of ideas and efforts that compliment the space.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
I am a woman of a certain age finding myself driven to create art and currently painting landscapes in oils. ​I’m inspired by the beauty found in nature, particularly the landscapes of Oregon. I love the challenge of a blank canvas, in choosing the colors, lines and contrast to communicate emotion and mystery. I’m drawn to the zing of complementary colors, the power of light against dark, the weight of lines and their ability to lead the viewer through a painting. What is beyond the road, what lies just over the horizon? These all draw me in and keep me coming back to the studio. There is always a challenge awaiting, always a need to push further, to expand my skills and stretch against my comfort level.