Category Archives: Nature

Color coincidence

One of the locals in Hawaii called this a “hurricane sunset,” courtesy of Hurricane Lane.

The sunset has a lot of my favorite colors, as seen in the hand-painted papers of my mixed media “Azar” collage that I finished earlier in the summer. 🙂

Riis Griffen, mixed media collage on 8 x 8″ cradled panel.

But paint could never match nature’s glorious, luminous colors!

Celebrating Renewal: Visions in the Forest

The Tillamook Forest Center offers a collaborative exhibition to intrigue and delight visitors this summer. Artists Elaine Treadwell and Beth O’Mahoney are exhibiting sculptures inside the center and have installed a variety of work along the River View Trail, including several “guardian” figures. I’m honored to be invited to paint one of the salmon that are mounted along the trail. Here’s a photo of it above the Wilson River.

Riis Griffen, salmon for the “Celebrating Renewal” installation along the Wilson River.

I’ve always enjoyed the forest center, which is reached by a beautiful drive through the forest. The center itself is an interesting place to visit, with exhibits about the history of logging, forestry and pioneer life in the area. Outside there is a replica of a fire lookout.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the installation that leads visitors to discover a variety of pieces that interact with their surroundings in different ways.

Here’s one more of the fish along the trail. I think this one is my favorite!

The installation is on view until Labor Day.

Solo time at the coast

For the past week I’ve been staying in a little cottage in Waldport all by myself, enjoying silence and creative time and walking on the beach twice a day. It’s been heavenly!

I bought a folding table to set up as my workspace in the dining room and spread out my supplies. It was great to have the whole day–the whole week!–to alternate working on paintings with taking breaks outside. The past few days it was so warm that I took my book about Henry Miller’s watercolors onto the deck and soaked up some sun.

I’m heading home refreshed and restored and with a stack of new work and many, many photos for future inspiration.

 

Snow Days

Nandina berries encased in ice. Photo by Lisa Griffen.

Nandina berries encased in ice. Photo by Lisa Griffen.

Family visitors have left after the holidays and today was going to be my first day of getting back to my routine, but nature had other plans. We had snow yesterday. It was beautiful when it was falling and I love the way it transforms the landscape. It was also quite an adventure driving over to Village Gallery to hang the January show. As often happens in this area, the snow quickly turned to ice and today the entire area was shut down as it was too dangerous to drive. That meant a free day for my family and a postponement of my plans, but I don’t even mind.

Studio Icicles

The ice is bad for driving but possibly even more magical than the snow.

Buds are just starting on the lilac bush but they're currently encased in ice. Photo by Lisa Griffen.

Buds are just starting on the lilac bush but they’re currently encased in ice. Photo by Lisa Griffen.