The art and illustrations of Bonny Wagoner
creating magic with watercolor and colored pencil



I've known my entire life I was a creative.
All of the materials I use in my work are archival quality.
By design my work is meant to last.

Works in progress:
When I finished a series of foundation graphite pencil drawings featuring Timberline Lodge (on Mt Hood in Oregon) last year my grandson asked me an innocent question, "Can I help you color those in?" His question inspired me to create a set of ink drawings for him to color. When my artist friends saw what I was doing they suggested I publish a coloring book. I have to share if I said this project was fun, it would be an understatement. By Bonny WagonerBy Bonny WagonerThe second series of drawings are underway featuring just the newels of Timberline Lodge and will be completed by the end of summer. The book should be ready by the holidays. I was just up on the mountain finishing taking reference pictures of the last newels and I had the chance to talk to the rangers about the two that are so worn I was having a hard time figuring out what the animals were. Now I know. I took some more reference pictures to finish the last of the drawings. Preorders of the second book will be made available with some fun extras only available for those orders.

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By Bonny WagonerWeekly urban sketching outings - we meet at the Columbia Learning Center every Thursday at 10:00am and then head out in to the surrounding areas to draw/paint for a couple hours. Bring a folding chair and your supplies if you would like to join us. All skill levels are welcome.

Please visit my [blog] to see more of my sketching adventures which take me out in to gardens, greenhouses, backyards, along the river, in the forests, up in the mountains, along the coast, in town - really all over so it's more "sketching everywhere".


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Upcoming projects:

June/July 2017 - I will be participating in the Oregon Lavender Paint Out by the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival. I'll be out painting in the lavender fields beginning in June. At the end of the allotted time we will have a show of the resulting works:

July 7th - Artist reception and Invited Collectors Preview
July 8/9th - Art show at the Chehalem Cultural Center Ballroom at 415 E Sheridan St., Newberg, OR.

July 2017 - I am matting and framing several entries for the Columbia County Fair in St. Helens, OR and the Washington County Fair in Hillsboro, OR.

July 2017 - Work will begin on a series of drawings of Crater Lake Lodge in southern Oregon that will be similar to the drawings I made of Timberline Lodge.

By Bonny Wagoner

I had a lot of fun working on this one, from going out to the forest to see the trilliums begin to bloom to being back to working in color after completing the Timberline coloring book.  

It's been a long, hard winter this year so signs of spring arriving were very welcome. 



12" x 16" matted and framed
Caran D'Ache colored pencil
60# Strathmore black Artagain paper

By Bonny Wagoner
11" x 20" matted and framed
Senelier Watercolor and Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencil
140# Fabriano Artistico hot press cotton paper

I decided to draw this view because it will never look the same after this.  St Helens (Oregon) has a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to redevelop their waterfront from an industrial site to a multi-purpose area potentially revitalizing the downtown area.  With careful planning anything is possible.  It is exciting to witness.  So this is before.  An "after" image will have to wait a couple of years. 

By Bonny Wagoner
"Homeward Bound"
12" x 22"
Senelier Watercolor and Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencil
140# Arches hot press cotton paper

Every spring we see a large group of boats fishing in the river signaling the salmon are running. I've been wanting to do a series on salmon for a long time so I decided to begin with this. Reference pictures taken at the Bonneville fish ladders. Apparently someone sits in a room off the viewing area and counts the fish as they go through.

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