Artists work is in the fine details
First Friday Featured Art Walk artist Doug Tope specializes in minute details
Although Doug Tope considers himself a retired artist, hes setting up his first show in Newberg as a featured artist for the October First Friday Art Walk.
He said he was contacted by the Chehalem Chamber of Commerce after someone found an old brochure of his and invited him to display his work.
The thing that sets my work aside from most pieces is the fine, fine work, so fine you could hardly do it with a pen, Tope said. What people like about my work is the detail. Im kind of fussy that way.
Despite the fine detail in his oil paintings and pen and ink pieces, he said he never depicts something exactly as it appears. As his wife Patti Tope described it, he takes an artistic license with his work.
Theyre both challenging. Pen and ink is the kind of art you do (where) you cannot make a mistake. You have to really think ahead with every line you put on it, he said. Theyre both extremely challenging but the thing about oil painting is you can paint over (any mistakes).
He said although he likes both mediums equally, if he was pinned down and had to make a choice, hed choose oil paintings.
One oil painting he will display at the Chehalem Valley Chamber and Visitors Center is a depiction of a no-longer-standing Marion County Courthouse. He said it took several months of research to ensure all the details were accurate.
The best angle I thought it would look is a three-quarter angle to show a little of both sides, he said. Its painted early in the morning after the typical Oregon rain.
His pen and ink drawings have a little more viewer interaction.
My name is hidden in every pen and ink drawing. It could be in the trees, on the ground, a boat, could be on the wing of the bird, so tiny you need a magnifying glass, Tope said. So people really enjoy that.
While he said hiding his name in his work is fun to do, it also came out of necessity.
One time I was at an art show, and a guy took one of my drawings and put his name on it, he said. So it was kind of funny what happened, I was telling him, Well thats really a nice piece of work, and he was telling me all about how he did it, and I said, Well why did you hide my name up here? He had no response to that.
Tope will be one of numerous artists featured during the monthly Art Walk.
It will be interesting this month because we have the Art Harvest Studio Tours, the cultural center show, and then Cusick Picture Frames will have more from (the Art Harvest artists) and the Thompson art show at Art Elements Gallery, said Sally Dallas, Art Walk coordinator.
Art Walk runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit www.newbergartwalk.com.