Josie Mendelsohn Art
Paintings using oils, multimedia, acrylic, cold wax, hand-altered papers and collage, with a variety of subjects and styles.
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Dilemmas of the Angels
Works on Copper and Wood
Cold Wax and Collage
One Fine Summer's Day
Oil on canvas. A painting from my imagination of the Applegate River and Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon.
A small oil painting inspired by Dick Troon (and his vineyard) who drew us here in the late '70s, and who had an huge and beneficent effect on this corner of the world as well as on us.
The Applegate River does not flow along the winery borders; some artistic license is at work here. But I tried to capture the billowy beauty of a Southern Oregon day.
Oil on panel. Our neighbor's pond on a summer day with the Siskiyou Mountains beyond.
It took a lot of layers and experimentation for this painting to reveal itself. I do like the juxtaposition of incipient bloom against the darker clouds to the left giving way to the lighter clouds. Out of pain comes new growth: kind of like birth itself—and/or the creative process—if that's not too hackneyed a concept.
Red Hot Pokers
A plein air painting (painted outside in one sitting.) I was going to paint the Applegate River, but the flowers seemed more compelling!
11" H x 14" W
Applegate Valley C/Artography
This was fun! I mashed up a real topographical map of the Applegate Valley and adhered it to the surface of a rather large canvas. Then, out of the crevices and lumps formed by the paper, I invented false mountain ranges and valleys with paint. (If you look closely you might be able to see a little of the original map and print peeking out beneath the color.) The "river" is an imaginary recreation of the course the Applegate River takes as it flows into the mighty Rogue River (the first Wild and Scenic River in the U.S.A.) So, it's kind of an imagined-map of a real map that has become a non-map due to my machinations. A low-hanging moon/sun observes it all.
17.5" H x 17.5" W
Oil on canvas. Painted from my imagination, then much later I visited cold, glorious, coastal Yachats (Yah-hots) Oregon and saw a resemblance.
Oil on panel. This is one of two magnificent heritage Oregon white oaks on our property. I love its knots, mosses, whorls, giant limbs, and love lying in a hammock under its huge, leafy bower on a warm day.
Oil on canvas. Honey Creek is a real place in southern Oregon, but this is a scene from my imagination.
Lower River Road
Oils on panel. Painted from imagination.
Down by the Riverside
Oil on copper. A painting of the trees along the Applegate River and the slanting sunlight and shadows.
Oils on copper. Two slender trees by a winding road or river, with far mountains. Autumn colors.
Oil on board. Another scene from my imagination, strongly influenced by the landscape here in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon.
On the Pond
Oil on copper. A stand of overhanging trees, reflected in a lightly-rippling pond, and painted from my imagination.
Oil on copper plate. The Kublis (COO-blees) were the original homesteaders in this part of the Applegate Valley. The farmhouse has a gorgeous view of the surrounding valley and mountains. I like the play of sunlight on the right side of the house and lawn with the drifting clouds filtering it.
Oil on panel. An imagined landscape. It could be the Rogue River as well. (The aforementioned Dick Troon*—was instrumental in making the Rogue River the first nationally-designated "Wild and Scenic River". He was the river guide for the governor of Oregon and other dignitaries on a several-day trip that apparently was quite successful in many ways. )
*See the notes for the landscape "Troon."
Mixed media on canvas: oils, acrylics, pen, collage. I think of it as a person or plant, emerging or growing perhaps, with a slightly celebratory feeling—but make of it what you will!
Oil on canvas. Gold Hill is a town in southern Oregon and an allusion to the golds in the painting, especially the "golden hour" at sunset.
Oils on artboard. Painted from memory, but it's a pretty close evocation of a partially-cloudy Oregon day!
Oil on copper. From my imagination: the late afternoon sun coming through the trees and forming deep shadows.
Afternoon by the River
Oil on copper.The Applegate River in Southern Oregon with the late afternoon sun. Some of the glow of the copper plate/support comes through the painting.
Cottages by the Sea
Oil on canvas. An imagined landscape of, perhaps, Ireland.
18" H x 0" W x 24" D
Oils, cold wax, cardboard, altered papers, string, pastel, you name it!
Grants Pass is a nearby Oregon city, surrounded by mountains and bisected by the Rogue River.
24" H x 30" W
Oils, on top of acrylic with papers, on a canvas support.
Sunrise on the River
36" H x 48" W x 1" D
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