Friday, November 6, 2009

What a week! What a day! Quick Draw!

Michael Orwick - DragonFire Gallery QUICK DRAW Friday, November 6, 2009 7-10pm Tolovana Inn 3400 South Hemlock St Artists create masterpieces from raw material in only one hour. Once completed, each piece is auctioned; including this years 22nd Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival Original by Walter Share. A light 22nd Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival November 6-8, 2009 WEEKEND EVENTS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2009 DragonFire Gallery 11am-3pm, Artists demos with Michael Orwick & Miska. 4-7pm, Reception with Michael Orwick, Miska, Kathy Steele & other artists. Catering by Inspired! Café. Special exhibit about the Mari Rockett Memorial Sculptor. SUNDAY EVENTS Sunday November 8, 2009 DragonFire Gallery 11am– 1pm: Brunch Reception with Michael Orwick, Miska & Kathy Steele. Music by Lee Clingman, Solo Bluesy Folk Music with catering by Inspired! Café. November 6, 5-9 pm Newberg ARTwalk with the "Tres Amigos" Michael Orwick, Doug Hunt and new to ARTWalk Eric Bowman. See you all Friday. Oh, and Argyle is pouring.Newberg Gallery 115 N. College St. Newberg , OR 503-538-0888, 877-351-5987 (toll free). Studio West This Land Works by Michael Orwick, November 6th, 2009- February 4th 2010 245 West 8th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401 (Next to the Wow Hall) All the Best, Michael Orwick

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

2009 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show

Please join me
Plein Air Painting and show

2009 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show

Paint Out: August 27 - 31

The Pacific Northwest is Plein Air Painter Paradise. Each year, artists gather in the Columbia River Gorge to take in the stunning beauty of its black basalt cliffs, ribbon-like waterfalls, and lush fir forests.

In November 1986, Congress recognized the unique beauty of the Gorge when it made it the nation's first National Scenic Area. In a very small area, there is a diverse range of climate zones for artists to paint.

Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood 32 Artists Showcased

This September, 32 artists will be showcased in the 2009 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show at the Columbia Art Gallery.

Nestled along the Columbia River, the town of Hood River sits between the two snow capped volcanoes Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams which makes it not only an ideal host town for these guest artists, but also an inspirational one.

Paint-Out Dates and Locations

The public is invited to watch these artists in action! The dates of the Paint Out are: Aug. 27 - Aug. 31 and the locations will be announced soon. The gallery exhibition will be open from September 4th through September 27th.

Participating Artists Every year the competition grows as artists vie to be included in this popular event. This year the Columbia Art Gallery is proud to feature these artists:

Mitch Baird - West Linn, OR

  • Celeste Bergin - Portland, OR
  • Eric Bowman -Tigard, OR
  • Gregg Caudell - Republic, WA
  • Leslie Cheney-Parr - Sandy, OR
  • Mary Lou Epperson - Beaverton, OR
  • Jo Anna Frost- Mosier, OR
  • Scott Gellatly - Portland, OR
  • Rachel Harvey - Mt. Hood, OR
  • John Haugse - Hood River, OR
  • Amanda Houston - Cornelius, OR
  • Joe Howard - Hillsboro, OR
  • Eric Jacobsen - Glenwood, WA
  • Larry Johnson - Vancouver, WA
  • Mike Kowalski - Nordland, WA
  • Mark Larsen - Portland, OR
  • Michael Lewis - Othello, WA
  • Peter Mathios - Albany, OR
  • Jan Muir – Husum, WA
  • Michael Orwick - Beaverton, OR
  • Mike Rangner - Albany, OR
  • Cathleen Rehfeld - Hood River, OR
  • Rowena Sandford - Trout Lake, WA
  • Elizabeth See - White Salmon, WA
  • Todd Smith - The Dalles, OR
  • Kat Sowa - Portland, OR
  • Hope Stevenson - Portland, OR
  • Sue Sutherland - Hood River, OR
  • David Taylor - Happy Valley, OR
  • Donna Van Tuyl - Goldendale, WA
  • Beth Verheyden - Boring, OR
  • Bonnie White - White Salmon, WA

  • For More Information For more information please call Columbia Center for the Arts at 541-387-8877 during center hours.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Art of Collecting Fine Art in a Recessed Economy - Wise Investment or Foolish Mistake?

Small part of article. from the great site
Colleene Skinner is an appraiser for PBS’s popular TV program, The Antiques Roadshow. She looks at more than 10,000 paintings a year, and provides tips for those who are thinking about investing in art during this recession:
1. Educate yourself Discover not only what you like but also art as a whole. Take a course in art history—get to know the famous painters and the various art styles. The more knowledge you have, the better your decisions will be regarding what is popular and what will hold its resale value.
2. Watch for local talent Many skillful artists are studying with fine teachers and producing good work but have not yet made a name for themselves. Regional markets are doing well with paintings.
3. Buy the best you can afford Look for the highest quality and stay away from art work that looks worn and tired. No matter how good the deal is on a piece, pass it up if its in bad condition. Like all other investments, when you buy a work of art, time is a critical factor. You must keep it for a certain amount of time in order for its market value to grow.
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also from
The Art of Collecting Fine Art by Ken Joslin
Collecting fine art isn’t all that hard. For example, you don’t have to be an art history expert or art critic to become an art collector. Anyone can collect art. And yes, buying art for fun can occasionally be much more costly than other hobbies—but then again, it doesn’t always have to be. Here are just a few suggestions for new art collectors. 1. Love the art you collect The first, and most important step to becoming a collector, is to love what you collect. Make sure that the work of art touches you. If you see a painting and your heart begins to race, or you get chills up and down your spine, don’t panic. It just means that this may be the piece for you. 2. Buy art for the long term Take into consideration that the art you buy will most likely hang in your home for a long time. Find pieces that you will never tire of. . . choose works of art that will bring a smile to your face on the gloomiest of Mondays.
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All paintings by Michael Orwick
learn more about them at
or please contact
DragonFire Studio and Gallery
123 S. Hemlock StreetEcola Square
PO BOX 1010Cannon Beach, OR 97110Phone: 503-436-1533
All the Best,
Michael Orwick
Orwick Arts LLC
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– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Crazy and Great?!

Hello friends.
Things have been crazy in the studio, but great.

Awakening, Fish Hawk Lake Oregon
36x48" oils on canvas
sold at the Lake Oswego Art Festival

I had the honor of having 6 paintings selected by the beautiful new Allison Hotel in Mcminville Oregon (wine country) and I sold a great big painting at the Lake Oswego Art Festival.

Jonsrud View Point, Sandy, Oregon
30x40 oils on canvas
Sold to the Allison Hotel

Beaverton, Oregon, Wetlands
Demo done at Dragon Fire Gallery
for sale at DragonFire
17x21 oils on panel

Recently I spent 4 days at the ever wonderful town of Cannon Beach painting in Plein Air, during which time I also worked on a 36x48" painting of the area (which is at Dragonfire Gallery).

Beautiful Consensus, 36x48" oils on canvas
Ecola Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Ecola Head, Cannon Beach, Oregon
16x20 oils on canvas

I have been selected as one of two finalists for the large scale art work for the new Lebanon Oregon Library (wish me luck) so I have been getting my final proposal all set and working on a painting that better represents what I would do for them. The paintings I would do are up to four 48x72" landscape images from the Willamette valley area. I grew up in Lebanon, so it has been a great chance to reflect on my child hood and what hold dear from my years there.

As yet this painting has no title.
Morning Light (working title)
24x30 oils on canvas
For Lebanon Proposal

tree paintings

Monday, June 22, 2009

Elio's Funtastic Columbia River Gorge plein air Workshop

Hello painters,
Elio's Columbia River Gorge Workshop quickly approaches and he still has some spots left. I'm looking forward to learning and painting again this year with Elio, he is a great guy, who is so free with his knowledge and his excitement is contagious we painted from sunrise tell sunset on multiple occasions last year.
Breathtaking views! What else can you say about this wonderful location. Simply one of the most spectacular places I have ever painted.
The focus of this workshops will be painting on location from direct observation.
Training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design and color harmony is a vital aspect of painting outdoors. You will learn to address shape, edge, value and impressionistic color to indicate the outdoor landscape.
His goal as an instructor is to give his students the foundation necessary to express themselves .
Elio's second annual Columbia River Gorge Workshop approaches. I absolutely had a blast last year painting from sunrise to sunset with some of you and I am looking forward to another paint FILLED week.
Just like last year the workshop "officially" ends around 4 but anyone interested in burning the candle at both ends can stay and paint till sunset or just sit back and watch.
July 13-17
The Tuition is $450.00 for five days 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday with a break for lunch. Each class will start with a demonstration, followed by individual instruction at each student's easel. To Register online and for more info regarding this workshop click
Hope to see you there,

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

3 great events coming up at Cannon Beach and DragonFire Gallery

Coming up in Cannon Beach at DragonFire Gallery
Please join me for all 3 great events Mari’s Fire Saturday, June 20th
is the not-to-be missed opening of a special memorial show for Mari Rockett. As co-founder of DragonFire Gallery, she was a mentor to many artists and a committee member on the public art project, Sculpture Without Walls. Following her death in March, many artists and staff felt moved to do something to honor Mari and her passion for the arts. The result is Mari’s Fire, a show of work donated by artists in widely diverse mediums, all inspired by memories of Mari. All gallery proceeds from the show will go towards a piece of public art honoring Mari and her contribution to the arts in Cannon Beach and beyond.
Mari’s idea of a great party was the gallery chock full of artists and art lovers enjoying the creative process with live music and good food & drink at hand. Join us and help make June 20th that kind of party. Lee Clingman and Luminos will provide music while Inspired! Café will whip up some memorable food. For those who can’t get to town, there will be a special listing section on the website for viewing and purchasing.
Mari’s Fire burns on…
"Plein Air & More" put on by the Cannon Beach Gallery Group, will feature 15 artists from all over the western United States including several Oregon based artists. These painters, photographers and sculptors will be demonstrating their talents in each of their respective crafts throughout the town of Cannon Beach, in the open air.
Jun 27-Jun 27 2009
DragonFire artist Michael Orwick and many other artists from the Cannon Beach Gallery Group will spend the day painting under the open skies of Cannon Beach in a wide variety of locations on Saturday, June 27. Come join Michael and his peers to learn the process of painting outside. This show is sponsored by the Cannon Beach Gallery Group. At the end of the day, all the completed works of art will be available at gallery representing each artist. Michael will be in town with his easel from early Thursday morning, June 25 to Friday, June 26 to catch the first glimpse of sunrise. You might see him on the beach in the evenings for sunset. Give us a call each day to find out where you can catch up to Michael as he paints. If you miss him, you can find the finished paintings in DragonFire.
Start Date: June 27, 2009 - End Date: June 27, 20 Time: All Day Location: Cannon Beach, OR
Link: Organization: Cannon Beach Gallery Group
Nov 6-Nov 8 2009
STORMY WEATHER 2009 Imagine DragonFire Unveiling the labors of its 125 Northwest Artists. Contemplate demonstrations, music, a collectors' reception where you might watch the artists work and speak with them. Now imagine 15 other galleries with feature shows. Pack all of this into a 3-day weekend - with writers and musicians all around you. Save the dates for Stormy Weather and check the DragonFire website for further details as November draws near.
CALL FOR ARTISTS! 2009 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Painting Exhibition Columbia Center for the Arts
Event Dates: 8/27/09 - 9/30/09
REQUIREMENTS for jurying process, entry deadline is June 30, 2009
HOW TO APPLYSubmit 6 Images online for the jurying process at
Jury Fee (Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show): $25.00Unlike previous Pacific Northwest Plein Air application processes, this year’s will be conducted entirely online. All applications must be submitted by midnight (Mountain Time) on June 30, 2009. Columbia Center for the Arts will not accept applications directly. If you are new to CaFÉ, please allow yourself enough time to become familiar with the application system and requirements. Applicants are asked to submit 6 digital images and an artist statement through
Please visit the website for complete instructions on how to apply. There is no fee to register and use this website.ELIGIBILITYAny resident of the United States is eligible to apply. However, submitted artwork must have been painted on location in the Pacific Northwest: British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, or Montana.
The Pacific Northwest is Plein Air Painter Paradise. Each year, artists gather in the Columbia River Gorge to take in the stunning beauty of its black basalt cliffs, ribbon-like waterfalls, and lush fir forests. In November 1986, Congress recognized the unique beauty of the Gorge when it made it the nation's first National Scenic Area. In a very small area, there is a diverse range of climate zones for artists to paint. Nestled along the Columbia River, the town of Hood River sits between the two snow capped volcanoes Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Only a 10 minute drive to the East takes you to the Transitional Zone where the Cascade Mountain Range meets the Desert. The High Desert and Deschutes River are 35 minutes further. To the West, visitors can wander the temperate rain forest and discover alpine lakes and streams. Portland is 1 hour West of Hood River and the scenic Oregon Coast is 2.5 hrs West of Hood River.Fee: $25.00 (Pacific Northwest Plein Air Show)Event Dates: 8/27/09 - 9/30/09Entry Deadline: 6/30/09
Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2009 :: Fifth Annual Paint Out and Gallery Exhibition held at the Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon. Located in the heart of Oregon's National Scenic Area. Show Reception and Awards Friday September 4, 2009 6-8pm, open to the public.
Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

'Spring unveiling’ available for pre-sale

I wanted to give you guys a sneak peak of a few of the brand new paintings going out to Cannon Beach for the 'Spring Unveiling'
“Early Morning Air”
" Mists of Morning" and “Early Morning Air” both 16 x 20 oil paintings on canvas Raymar , framed in beautiful warm black with gold hand burnished finishes. These are part of my new 'Sun River Series'. they are based on photos I took on an amazing predawn bike with my father in and around the beautiful Sun River Oregon area.
These little pieces will be part of the 'Spring unveiling’ available for pre-sale starting April 30th at Dragon Fire Gallery Cannon Beach Oregon Phone: 503-436-1533 See for more information.
Some of the early reviews are in on these paintings and people have not been shy about their use of exclamation points. Thank you to everyone following on my face book page who gave me early feedback and insight along the way. Friend me on Facebook --> “Very beautiful!! great work!!” “gorgeous!” “amazing!!!!” “…such great representations of Sunriver.” “Breathtaking!!!!!!” "* * * * * (5 star)" “Wonderful atmosphere and composition.” "This is beautiful! WOW!" “…these paintings are outstanding." “…Those are beautiful paintings. Impressive!" "Those are beautiful Michael. Great atmosphere!" "Great work michael - just beautiful" "Damn michael" "This is absolutely beautiful! "Love the contrast between the calligraphy in the foreground with the misty background."
SPRING UNVEILING WEEKEND … MAY 1 - 3, 2009Weekend Schedule: Friday, May 1: Collectors Preview & Sneak Peak from 4-6pm. Saturday, May 2: Artists demonstrations from 11am-3pm. Unveiling & Artists Reception from 4 - 7 pm. Live music by Los Luminos. Food & drink by Inspired! Cafe Sunday, May3: Light brunch Artists Reception from 11am - 1pm. Live music by Lee Clingman. Food & drink by Inspired! Café. Come celebrate the Magic of May with us. Lyrical Silhouettes
Oil on Panel12 x 6
$370.00 Available A small art nouveau style landscape painting. Cool blue grays and purple shaded trees contrast against warm yellow and orange sunset skies. Please feel free to contact the artist to find out about the paintings availability.
Quiet Nostalgia
Oil on Panel
All the Best,
Michael Orwick Orwick Arts LLC And if you're into social networking, I'd love for you to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook.Follow me on Twitter --> Friend me on Facebook --> with me on LinkedIn --> sure to leave a comment and let me knowyou stopped in

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Oregon Art Beat special on collecting and collectors.

Hello friends and art lovers.
romantic paintings

Be sure to mark you calendars for May 14 at 8:00 PM for the Oregon Art Beat special on collecting and collectors. I will be featured in this break through program as one of the blue collar collectors that the show will focus on. This is truly a watermark event in terms of giving credit to people of modest means who have found the passion, disipline and resources for collection great works of art on a budget. If you can't watch the show on May 14th, the program will be replayed on May 17th at 6:00PM.

The project has generated considerable buzz in the local arts community as this is probably the most high profile coverage of working class collectors the region has ever seen. The show acknowledges the importance of support for the arts from all sectors of the local population.

This was an idea I pitched to KC Cowan over five years ago. Her initial reaction was luke warm at best, but two years ago she realize the merit of the concept and started planning for the production of this show. I feel very honored to have been included in planning for the show. I take great pride in being at least partly responsible for championing the idea that art is for everyone, especially in the Portland Art Market. I have said for years that this is the best place in the country to buy art, and this OBT special validates the extraordinary opportunity our regional art market offers the broadest possible audience.

Duane Snider

Friday, March 13, 2009

Hobble the arts and you hobble innovation

"The creative scientist needs an artistic imagination." From Psychology Today As the economy stumbles, the first things to get cut at the national, state, and local levels are the arts. The first thing that goes in our school curricula are the arts. Arts, common wisdom tells us, are luxuries we can do without in times of crisis. Or can we? Let's see what happens when we start throwing out all the science and technology that the arts have made possible. You may be shocked to find that you'll have to do without your cell phone or PDA…. …The fact is that the arts foster innovation. We've just published a study that shows that almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences actively engage in arts as adults. They are twenty-five times as likely as the average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be a visual artist; twelve times more likely to write poetry and literature; eight times more likely to do woodworking or some other craft; four times as likely to be a musician; and twice as likely to be a photographer. Many connect their art to their scientific ability with some riff on Nobel prizewinning physicist Max Planck words: "The creative scientist needs an artistic imagination." Bottom line: Successful scientists and inventors are artistic people. Hobble the arts and you hobble innovation. It's a lesson our legislators need to learn. So feel free to cut and paste this column into a letter to your senators and congressmen, as well as your school representatives, or simply send them a link to this column. One way or another, if we as a society wish to cultivate creativity, the arts MUST be part of the equation!
I first found this great article by reading Alyson B Stanfield’s great Art Biz Blog
All the Best,
Michael Orwick
Orwick Arts LLC And if you're into social networking, I'd love for you to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook.Follow me on Twitter --> Friend me on Facebook --> with me on LinkedIn --> sure to leave a comment and let me knowyou stopped in

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Painting demo at freed gallery Saturday, March 21st 2009

Micheal Orwick Paints at the Freed Opening his month long solo show Saturday, March 21st 2009 Michael Orwick, painting his stories as an "inspired expressionist", will open a show of his impressive work at the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City with a demonstration of painting on location. On Saturday, March 21st painting from 1 to 5 Orwick will paint on location at the gallery, engaging the observers in conversation and demonstrating technique as he works. The Freed Gallery - 6119 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367 Additional Information: 541-994-5600 E-Mail: Midway through his college career, Michael took a short sabbatical from his business classes at the University of Oregon. He moved to Australia where he filled up sketch pads with drawings and small paintings. Michael said “the thought of returning to business classes never crossed my mind”. Michael majored in Illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art and began his professional art career as an animator, moving quickly into illustration where he enjoyed bringing the ideas of others to life. His fine art paintings are narrative in scope and open to interpretation by those who view them. “I love creating art that invites you to wander into the painting and weave your own story." Some new paintings:
Ancient Silhouettes
12x24 oils canvas
Stricken with Light
18x24 oils on Panel
Share shade upon us 12x24 oils on canvas
8x16 oils on panel
Golden Again
12x24 oiols on panel
When Day is Done
16x20 oils on panel
All the Best,
Michael Orwick
Orwick Arts LLC

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Why Paint Landscapes, why paint in Plein air

Why do you paint so many landscapes as opposed to cityscapes or portraits? Painting landscapes has to do with comfort and reverence. I feel comfortable in nature, as if I belong. I can sit or lie down and just be still. I can breathe and take it all in with feelings of gratitude, or I can poke around, explore and learn without feeling nosy. I always feel like a slightly unwelcome guest in the city, where a sigh of relief is maybe muttered by the collective whole each time I leave. Over the last few years, my appreciation for landscape painting has increased exponentially. It’s not just that I get paid to paint, but that I get rewarded to go out and seek and admire fantastically beautiful places. Many of us have watched the sun set. I, too, love to do that. But my work also grants me permission to sit and stare at trees, flowers, rocks, and water in all their forms and moods. With or without my easel and brushes, I watch as the light shifts, the winds blow, and the morning becomes day, and the day becomes night. When I do this in the city, I may well be considered a little crazy. I like people, I really do, and I’ve enjoyed painting portraits. But I feel that a good landscape is like a portrait which shows emotion and past experiences. I often have the feeling of looking at an old oak and feeling like I’m gazing upon a wizened old man-heavy from experience, shaped by personal strength and perseverance. A small sapling can have so much grace as it reaches and searches out the sun with the spirited energy of a young child. I love watching nature change throughout the days and seasons, whereas it often seems as though many of man’s creations vainly struggle to stay the same, as if trying to defy time. In contrast to human constructions, all of nature, even rocks, proudly displays the effects of time and weather, conveying a life lived and being lived in accordance with the natural order. When a landscape painting is going well, it is not so much about the end image for me; it is about being in the painting, being with the painting. I often get lost in my work, losing a sense of time and specific place. Landscape painting is like meditation. While painting nature, I sense calmness, a type of Zen, and the action becomes a prayer of gratitude. I can only hope that the people who see my work share in some of the feelings I get from painting them.
All the Best,
Michael Orwick
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