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Outrageous Art Sale

Lestar at the MarketI ‘ve been at the McMinnville Public Market for a year now, which coincides with the one year anniversary for the market.  To celebrate and make room for a new series of paintings, I am offering a SALE through the end of the year.

Original art, up to 60% of savings.  Art pieces range from $20 – $300.  Great prices for one-of-kind gifts or additions to your home.  Visit the SHOP page.

Thank you for all the support this past year.  I will be sharing new paintings soon.

Much Love,

Lester

Humming Birds in Flight

Continuing with the Market series, I finished 2 more paintings of humming birds. The paintings are entitled “Snapshot, Golden Moment” and “Rendezvous.”

These paintings are a reminder for me to be in the moment and enjoying the present. We have many humming birds flying through our home during the spring, summer and fall. I love hearing them as they buzz through drinking from our feeders.

Painting for the Saturday Market

McMinnville has a new market in town — The Saturday Market. Shannon Thorson has coordinated the ongoing event for the last 3 months. It features organic produce, entertainment, visual & literary art, wine, boutique goods & fine food and provisions. There are many vendors coming from various parts of the Willamette Valley, Salem and other surrounding counties. It’s a fantastic mix of personalities and budding entrepreneurs selling their goods.

I have been participating since December and enjoy meeting, talking and hobnobbing with local citizens of McMinnville. I have been showcasing art from my Project 100, my I’Ching series and new pieces that I create weekly. It’s been a great opportunity to have a weekly venue to showcase new work during the winter.

Here’s my current new piece entitled, “Star-Gazer.”

And more pictures from the Market.


Emerge Oregon

So last Friday, I participated with Emerge Oregon Art Series — http://www.emergeoregon.com/. Originally this was a First Friday show at the Coffee House Cafe in Salem, Oregon. Now they are expanding to 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. They showcase emerging artists and for $5 each participating artist can display up to 3 art pieces with no commission taken from sales. Jonathan Boys and Tim Wiener founded this great event and do so to provide a consistent place for emerging artists to showcase their artwork. The shows have averaged over 300 for their once-monthly-single-night event.

For this show, I showcased 3 new pieces inspired by Project 100’s day 39 “Atop The Universe.” Here is Namaste, Warrior and Way Show-er.

Day 2 of Project 100

Day 2 started early today at 5am. I head down to Salem every Tuesday to paint with my friend, Hirofumi Glover, who is an awesome artist. He showed me his unique process of painting and I’ve been incorporating it into my backgrounds. He paints 3 huge canvases at a time, which is the reason for me painting similar backgrounds (with the same colors) 3 at time too. I’m sticking with the koi theme for day 2 – Oh, Koi II. I love this piece and I can already tell how much painting daily is getting my creative juices flowing. It’s fun to see the changes from each day — applying cool techniques I’ve learned from the previous day.

If you like what you see, send me an email. Each painting in Project 100 is available for $100. All paintings are ready to hang on your walls.

Project 100

Welcome to Project 100 — 100 paintings created in 100 days, each available to you for $100! Send in your suggestions. Who knows, you may get that favorite art piece you’ve always wanted for $100 or better yet &mdash all the pieces are numbered, so reserve your favorite number for an art surprise or buy the painting that will be created on your special day (ie. birthday, anniversary, wedding, cosmic event, first tooth, which ever). This is a fun project. Tune in each evening as I present my daily work of art. See something you like, call or email and it’s yours for $100.

Who’s On Third?


This past weekend on July 10th to the 12th, I once again participated in McMinnville’s “Who’s on Third? – Artist Village”. This year, the canopies were set up two streets down on Cowls Street. This was a much better spot because we were in the middle of foot traffic as people went from live concert to the next and visiting vendors along the way. The weather was much cooler than last year, as well. No 90+ degree heat to scare art patrons from melting asphalt. Sunrise Rotary, the sponsor for this event, decided to have the public vote on their favorite work of art — The People’s Choice Award for First, Second and Third. Over 20 artists participated this year which made it an incredible festival of talent.

It was great to see people coming back from last year and remembering me. More than one occasion I was greeted with “I remember you from last year, I love your art” or “I saw you on tv and I had to see your work”. That made this event really special for me. I was thrilled to visit with each of them talk about my paintings. This makes me realize that I am developing a following of admirers and collectors of my art. Thank you to all those that bought art and stopped into my canopy.

Art Walk – Newberg Gallery


This is my third showing at Newberg’s First Friday, Art & Wine Walk. For the month of June, I am featured in Sally Dallas’ Newberg Gallery. Sally Dallas, master framer & certified picture framer and owner of Newberg Gallery, invited me to showcase my new series of paintings on the I’Ching. For this event, I finished another painting using the I’Ching symbol #7 Shih. Shih consists of two trigrams “earth” and “water”, which symbolizes the ground water stored in the earth. I’ve chosen to depict a mountain reflecting itself onto the water surface surrounded by iris’ and the resourceful baby spiders spinning their webs around.

The event was fun and I met lots of great people such as these students from nearby George Fox University. I explained to them about my process of painting and of the I’Ching.

Nest Art Show Interviews

Here is a video snippet of me from the Nest Show Interviews, aired on McMinnville’s local television network – MCM Channel 11. The air times are listed below. Video for The Nest Project was provided by Meadowlake Studios, who create shows throughout the Yamhill Valley exposing the art community to the public.

Cultural Encounter: The Nest Project Part 2
Tuesday, 04-07-2009 8:30 PM
Monday, 04-13-2009 3:00 PM
Thursday, 04-16-2009 11:30 PM

To view the entire 30 minute video (videos loaded into 3 parts), visit here.

Da Vinci Exhibit

Visited the OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry) in Portland yesterday to experience the Da Vinci Exhibit. What a great exhibit! Da Vinci was an incredibly talented man. Imagine creating your own written language written backwards. You can see reproductions of his notebooks containing his language and many poster-sized sketches, drawings, notes at the OMSI.