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Nighttime Drawings

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Untitled 35

I’m happy to say my hectic life has calmed down a bit, & I’ve been able to get back to some nighttime drawings. These are done on heavy weight watercolour paper & I’ve started using some watecolour with them. In the bed!

Anyway, it’s a nice meditative exercise, & I’m glad that I have regained the wherewithal to make them again.

– highly recommended distractions


Monday, June 27th, 2016

Surrender is available!

Part of my Tall Tales, or Tall Paintings series, this nautical themed tallie is available for purchase.  This painting was originally painted in 2008, but has been reworked just recently. The orange starfish have reflective glass beads on the surface. Tall Paintings are meant to evoke: dreams, posters on telephone poles, a teenager’s bedroom, a film strip, all incomplete parts or fragments of someone’s story, snippets of visual poems.

measurement is approximately 36″ x 10″
oil on panel, with frame

Waterloo Sunsets

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
Speaking of Belgium … today is the 201st anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (thanks Denali, for the reminder).
This lovely gouache, espresso, charcoal & graphite portrait is of Albert Dieudonné who played Napoleon in the 1927 epic 330 minute French silent film, Napoléon, which was directed by Abel Gance. I saw the first half of this film in my teenage years at Cinema 21. Also included in this series: Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, Nick Cave, Joe Strummer & the incomparable Mark E. Smith.
Comes in a “temporary” frame.
Silent Napoleon
Icon series, 2014
gouache, espresso, charcoal & graphite
16″ x 12″ image 16.5″ x 12.5″ black & plexiglass frame
Original price: $290
moving to Greece discount: $100

right now: $190

message me if you are interested.



Thursday, June 16th, 2016

banner-os-1I’m mostly recovered from a successful Open Studio Weekend, but believe it or not, there are still some paintings left! In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a smattering of the “available” works.

If anyone wasn’t able to make the weekend (who really wanted to) feel free to message me to set up a time for your own personal viewing, OR perhaps you’re still thinking about “that” piece & want to take a second look? I’m also happy to ship to out-of-towners, who don’t live here in Portland.

The work will be up & out for a while, before it all gets packed away.

… maybe you would like to arrange for a year long rental of a larger work? Something we’re considering.

Wha’d’ya think?


Saturday, June 4th, 2016


You are invited!
Friday Nite Party! June 10th: 6 – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 11th & 12th: Noon ’til 7:00

Please join us for for one last art open studio extravaganza before we set off on our Greek odyssey this autumn. The event takes place over three days here at our home. There will paintings, drawings, prints, & more, of all sizes & prices, spanning about fifteen years. All work will be discounted. Come & take a piece of me. … or just stop by to say hello, or good-bye/ bon voyage.

There will be food & beverages provided: a keg of refreshing beer & delicious homemade wood fired pizza, (weather permitting) as well as other robust spirits and hearty victuals.

Please feel free to invite your friends.

Madame Moitessier

Friday, February 12th, 2016


This year, in my attempt to be more focused, organised & task/goal orientated, I bought a day planner. This week, Madame Moitessier has been staring back at me, wondering just when it is I am going to get to all tasks at hand.


Looking back at her, I am awed at her glowing fleshy splendour, her sumptuous clothing, jewelry & floral adornment, the muted colour arrangement (not to mention, her strange bovine eyes); harmony, tranquility & a kind of timelessness are the pursuits of this painting. … plus a bit of technical bravado.


Painted by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres in 1851, this is the second painting started of the woman with the “terrible et belle tête” (terrible and beautiful head), but the first completed. The initial painting would take twelve years to complete (started in 1844 and completed in 1856, when Ingres was 76).


As I peered over at her during the week, I was pleasantly reminded of my 18th & 19th century European Art History course, where the professor described Ingres love of the poetry of repeated shapes, & the rhyming of shape. … a sort of playing with geometry, creating a compelling composition. In this painting, I see the repetition of the V shape – both skinny & wide, symmetrical & not upright & inverted. If you count, you can find dozens of this shape in all its variations.



Album Cover

Monday, October 5th, 2015

New album cover art for the band Red Red Meat – Jimmywine Majestic

Preview of my Fall Collection:

Saturday, September 19th, 2015




Getting ready for Portland Open Studios this October.
These were gathered on my walk the other day.


About the Dog Painting

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013


I don’t often paint animals, but I must admit I really enjoyed making this little painting. It bought back all sorts of memories of past dogs, of dear departed Pants, & Katie, Heidi …
It reminded me of all the things I love about them – their soft dogs ears, dog mascara & eyeliner, dog whiskers, dog smiles, their rubbery black mouths. pink tongues, wet dog noses, The extra skin & fur/ruff around their neck. … I could go on.

The image is from some long ago discarded page-a-day dog calendar, saved for years in the all important source material file.

Available via the BIG 400! Pioneer Place , Portland, Oregon
Starting December 14th

I Sold Myself!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Gift from The Sea
Sold at Portland Open Studios weekend

Oil on panel with gold leaf & embellishments

Open Studios Time

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

It’s that time of year again! This year I’m participating in Portland Open Studios. I’m one of 96 Portland artists studios!
These two weekends: 12, 13 & 19, 20 in October. 10 – 5

If you’d like to know more about POS, you can go here:

on facebook:

Postcard Project

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

On facebook, as long as the whim lasts

You Never Know…

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

(I know that this might sound like some cliche’ aphorism, but what the hell, maybe there’s a place for a little positivity after all.)

So, I just had this little epiphany – about painting.

(I often have conversations with myself, while painting & listening to music.) Well, one of us said:

That it really is a lifelong journey.

I find myself so impatient sometimes, wanting everything to come t

ogether. I want to feel like I know… that I can control things, but we can’t control much of anything, & we don’t know what our fate is.
The trick is to just keep going, to just keep working. Everything will work itself out, regardless; even if it doesn’t end up anywhere, even slightly near, where we imagined.

So, to quote Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

You never know what you’ll discover in the very next painting. You never know what your final painting will be.
I don’t even know what the paintings (I’m working on currently) will end up looking like – if they’ll succeed or fail. That’s the beauty of it, & the slightly scary part too; the possibilities are endless. …& unstoppable.
Again, it’s applicable to all aspects of life.

Occasionally, I realise how lucky I am to be able to do this:
sit here & paint, & talk to myself.

I feel lucky to have this page also – my little connection to the big wide world. Thank you for being a part of it.

Have a great weekend.

Stay positive & embrace the uncertainty.

You Never Know ( just around the next bend)
oil on canvas


The Globe

Friday, March 16th, 2012

This was made for the CAP auction in Portland.

White on Black

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

I’ve made about twenty of these drawings in the last month, four of which will be available & Weiden & Kennedy this evening at The 100 Show.

January Fun Days on facebook

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Please join me for January Fun Days on facebook.
Answer fun art related questions & trivia, win prints & drawings, or use the points for a percentage off my paintngs.

In My Studio

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Friday, May 27th, 2011

So, all week I’ve been trying to compose a thank-you note for everyone that motivated themselves to stop by my Open Studio. …& to those of you that helped me get ready for it …& helped over the weekend…& those of you that invited your friends…

I wanted it to express my heartfelt gratitude to every single soul that walked through my door over the weekend.

So here I am on Friday still trying to write the perfect note. Perfection is impossible so just let me say this:

Over the last year or so, I’ve had such doubts about being a painter….It’s isolating & well hell, I don’t make a lot of money doing it. To me, the main reward is in connecting w/ people – & there were some people that attended, that truly connected to my work & in turn connected with me…

And that makes it all worthwhile.

Not to mention those of you that put some cash in my pocket, that helps too!

But the main thing is just showing up, something I try to do more & more for my friends, because I’ve come to realize just how much it means.


& thanks to those of you that really tried to attend. I understand that sometimes life gets in the way of our best intentions.

The Big Giant Moon

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The Big Giant Moon ~
white charcoal pencil on black paper
12” x 12”
19, Mar.

From Emily Perry Tresser’s suggestion

The Big Giant Moon

This piece is part of an ongoing series, In Like a Lion, an interactive project for the month of March where works are produced based on suggestions on my
Facebook page:

All works will be available at auction on my blog for one month from their date of completion.

If you’d like to bid go here:

Just Outside Siletz

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

shanon playford drawing

~ Just Outside Siletz ~
Charcoal drawing  9.25” x 6.75” image on 11” x 8” 130lb paper
created on march 7th from suggestion on Mar 6th
No reference material other than suggestion

from Daniel Schulte:
My Mom moved to the country to live off the land in the early ’70s. We raised all kinds of animals and ate some of them. One summer day around 1977, in that ramshackle house there were rabbit skins hanging from the loft, drying…. My brother and I decided to make little caveman or Indian outfits – our Mom (an artist too!) painted our faces – and we got some sticks and hiked to the end our pasture and up to the highway, just outside Siletz, Oregon. When we heard a car coming we’d jump out of the trees and jump up and down with our sticks like wild children. Then we’d run back into the woods. Maybe somewhere in there you can conjure and image. It’s a magical memory for me.

This drawing, Just Outside Siletz, is part of an ongoing series, In Like a Lion, an
interactive project for the month of March where works are produced based on suggestions on my
Facebook page:

All works will be available at auction on my blog for one month after their completion.

If you’d like to bid go here:

The Journeys Of The Clown

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Power Trio

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

See Janus Art Clearance on my facebook page