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.

 

Coming up in October

I’m proud to announce that two of my paintings were juried into Beaverton Arts Mix! I really enjoyed visiting the show last year and seeing the breadth of work, so it’s exciting that my work will hang in it this year.

Here is one of the pieces that will be in the show, which runs October 5-8 at the Beaverton City Library.

“Living on Hope,” mixed media painting by Riis Griffen.

It’s that time of year again…

…and I’m gearing up for the 3rd Annual Affordable Art for Everyone. We have a full show this year and I’m excited to see all of the art and artists under one roof.

I’m also getting my own work ready and making sure I’ll have everything I need for my booth. In addition to paintings, I’ll be bringing some new stitched ornaments and some older ornaments and cat toys that I used to sell on Etsy.

Less than 5 days away!!

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“Let It Be”

Mixed media abstract painting, "Let It Be," by Oregon artist Lisa Griffen.

Riis Griffen, Let It Be, mixed media on 20×20″ canvas.

This is a painting I finished in March. It’s now hanging at the Grand Opening exhibit at Tappen Studios in SE Portland along with several other paintings of mine and work by four other artists. The show is up until the end of July.

Tappen Studios Grand Opening exhibit

I’m honored to be invited to participate in the Grand Opening of Tappen Studios along with four other local artists (Shauna Meiri, Dawn Tappen, Pegguin Pfenniger Reed and Alexis Terry Bouchard). Join us on May 27 to celebrate the opening of this new gallery and workshop space in SE Portland!

Sold!

I’m very happy to find out that my “Sancho” is one of the paintings that have already sold at the Black + White + One show. There’s still lots of art to see at the new Insomnia on Main St in Hillsboro until the end of April!

Mixed media cat painting, "Sancho," by artist Riis Griffen.

Riis Griffen, “Sancho,” mixed media on 12×12″ canvas.

Black + White + One

I have a show coming up with my Westside ArtShare group in April. We decided to challenge ourselves by limiting our palettes to shades of black, white, and one other color. It’s been amazing to see how differently each artist approaches this, and how different the results are! You can see all of the work at the brand new Insomnia Coffee location in downtown Hillsboro, starting on April 1.

If you’re local, stop by and see us at the reception on the evening of April 4! It will be part of the Hillsboro Art Walk.

Big 500 paintings

This is the fourth year I’ve been involved in the Big 500 show and it’s always a great show with a huge variety of work and a ton of enthusiastic art fans.

Because I’m working in a makeshift studio after the tree incident and I’m in the process of getting my real studio rebuilt, I decided to paint five pieces this year instead of my usual ten.

People’s Art has closed but Chris Haberman and Jason Brown, the show organizers, found a new location at the Ford Gallery (2505 SE 11th, Portland). Can’t wait to see all the art in this new space.

The reception will be on Saturday, December 10 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Another change this year is that the show will only run until December 23, so be sure to stop by!