A New Year Coming

painting #1 Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness – 2 Corinthians 4:6 – watercolor – 14 x 18 inches

Oh my what a year! I don’t know about you but I am ready to have something better and hopefully 2021 will be better. The painting above morphed into what you see here. Originally I started out using a reference photo of light shining through the woods.

painting #2 Sanctuary Within – mixed media – 8.5 x 8.5 inches

I have the running theme of being at the cusp of giving up on a painting but I stick to my guns and it works out. For the extra sparkle, I used carandache neocolor.

painting #3 The Way of Peace Luke 1:79 – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

This one was so enjoyable to paint.

painting #4 Exuberant Hope – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

I painted this last year and decided to give it more umph.

painting #5 In Peaceful Silence – watercolor – 10.5 x 14 inches

Part of how I paint is to allow the imagination and serendipity to lead in.

painting #6 Dreaming of Forests – mixed media – 14 x 18 inches
painting #7 The Way of Truth – watercolor with opaque white – 16 x 20 inches

The last one for now. Here’s to a new year, keep your hope, heart and mind open to wonderful possibilities. See you soon!! Cheers!

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December Already!

Painting #1 A Melody in My Heart – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

I can’t get over how fast this month is going by. Hopefully everyone is doing well considering the crazy Covid-19 times we are in.

The painting above is a reworked painting and now I am happy, yes indeed!

Painting #2 By His Strength – Psalm 65:6 – 11 x 14 inches

Another reworked painting, it need more umph.

Painting #3 The Father of Heavenly Lights – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches
Painting #4 – Peace Within – watercolor 11 x 14 inches

I truly enjoyed going soft on this one. Sometimes I can get bold and aggressive with my approach, so when I go slow and soft, it’s a realization that I can do this.

Painting #5 Heavenly Host – watercolor with opaque white – 11 x 14 inches

One of my favorites of the bunch. I enjoy painting by my intuition, it is so Me.

Painting #6 Up Again From the Depths Psalm 71: 20&21 – watercolor with opaque white and carandache neocolor

Another intuitive on a reworked painting. I am so happy that I hold onto paintings that I am unsure about.

That’s it for now. Have a wonderful holidays and stay safe! We’ll get through this. ❣️

Time Marches On!

Painting #1 Rest in His Peace – watercolor

What a relief to have the election over! Crazy times with this coronavirus and all the events. Hasn’t 2020 been a blast? I thought that a little humor wouldn’t hurt, maybe it does hurt!

I am happy to report that the painting above has sold, rather will be traded for a pair of unique handmade, old world style earrings from an artist in Italy.

Painting #2 Joy In The Morning – watercolor

Another painting that has sold. This one is based on a photo that I took while motorcycle camping in Sierra County in October.

Painting #3 The Cathedral of Delight – watercolor

I do believe that this photo looks darker than it should but at least you get the idea. The light really glows.

Painting #4 A Journey Awaits – acrylic with collage on canvas

I have been working quite a bit on acrylic and collage painting. I have always loved to experiment and these paintings are quite enjoyable.

Painting #5 untitled – acrylic on canvas

I wasn’t sure able to take a photo after applying the satin finish varnish but I think that you get the idea. I remember when I used to take such care writing my posts but considering the crazy events lately, I don’t blame myself!

Painting #6 – Amazing Grace – watercolor

I painted this particular one last year but wanted to post it again as a reminder of His Amazing Grace. God Bless and keep positive!!

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Time Flies!

#1 Untitled -mixed media- 11 x 14 inches

The painting above is mainly watercolor with a touch or two of acrylic to punch it up.

I didn’t mean to go missing for so long! In the meantime my father-in-law passed away and a trip to the coast and a trip to Lassen Volcanic park.

#2 The Depths of My Desire – acrylic on canvas – 9 x 12 inches

I have been enjoying dabbling into acrylics and I had no plan in mind, somehow a redwood forest appeared.

#3 Expectance – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

Sometimes I run out of explanations, ask any questions and I will answer them.

#4 Serenity – watercolor – 7.25 x 11 inches

Love how these colors blended.

#5 Homecoming – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

I enjoy exploring colors and shapes and I let loose in this abstract watercolor.

#6 Forever Yours – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

I wasn’t sure if this one was going to work out, I continued on until I felt satisfied.

#7 One Morning – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

This is based on an early morning drive to town. The light was absolutely beautiful.

#8 untitled – watercolor 11 x 14 inches

I am planning on getting in my studio to paint more in the next ensuing weeks. I am hoping to buy a new brand of paint, Nova acrylic paints. At least it will be new to me. The company is based here in California.

Until next time! Stay safe, stay positive!

Happy Independence Day!

Painting #1 “Grace Abounds” – 8.5 x 10.5 – watercolor

We need a little grace in our lives, don’t you think? Crazy times of late, though let’s remain positive and forget about all the ugliness and focus on beauty.

Painting #2 “My God, My Rock” Psalm 18:2 – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

I was so surprised how this one turned out. I pushed it until I reached the look and feel that I truly aim for.

Painting #3 “Blessings” 14 x 19 inches – watercolor

I decided to call this done after letting it sit for several months. I should spend more time with describing my approach and technique but I am thinking that I should get to bed, it’s late!

Painting #4 Oregon Creek study – 8.5 x 10.5 inches – watercolor

I am working on a larger piece and I have been working on smaller studies to loosen up. I was pleased how this one turned out though it is quite colorful.

Painting #5 – Inspired by Lassen Volcanic Park – 5 x 7 inches – watercolor

Another little painting to loosen up.

Painting #6 “Crimson II” – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

Last but not least, a minimally painted piece for fun. I often like to stretch myself by doing something completely different.

Cheers!!

June Rising

Painting #1 – Hope Breaking – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

I just sold the painting above and of all things I discovered that the person who wanted to buy it lives within an hour of me and spends every weekend at Bullards Bar reservoir! For those of you who are not aware of it, Bullards Bar reservoir is “a spit and a holler” from where I live. This morning I drove a whole 5 minutes to meet up with her. I feel so encouraged by this sale. Sounds silly to be so excited but I don’t have a clue how to promote myself. If it wasn’t for posting my paintings on Instagram I would not have sold this painting.

Painting #2 Waiting – 12 x 14 inches – watercolor

I absolutely love how this one came together. I would suppose that it is an abstract rather than a landscape. Perhaps a “mindscape”, yes I like that!

Painting #3 Beyond Time – 11 x 14 inches – mixed media

Another mindscape! I love watching how a painting evolves.

Painting #4 Van Gogh Skies – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

I painted this several months ago and I punched up the colors and values.

Painting #5 – untitled – 12 x 14 inches – watercolor

Inspired by my visits to Lassen Volcanic Park north of me.

Continue reading “June Rising”

May End

Painting #1 Diverging – semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

The completed painting from my last post. I am very pleased with the outcome, though I am unsure exactly what it is, I would like to hear what you all think. In some ways I think of the ocean. No matter, I enjoy art that keeps you guessing.

Painting #2 Wonder – imagined landscape – 11 x 14 inches

I am loving the new found confidence and vision that I have for my art. I look at a lot of art and have watched oodles of YouTube videos of people painting but have a distinct reluctance to copy or emulate other artists. I prefer to allow my own style and perspective to guide me.

Painting #3 Radiance – imagined landscape – 11 x 14 inches

I used an opaque white in this one. I am not a purist simply because I never know what a painting needs until it needs it, boy is that a tongue twister!

Painting #4 Untitled – abstracted landscape – 11 x 14 inches

Abstraction is near and dear to my heart. I have always been fascinated and drawn to abstract art. I am waiting on my paint and paper order to arrive next week and I am excited. I also have acquired quite a few canvases and once my acrylics arrive I will be delving into exploring acrylics and mixed media.

Photo of my favorite trail at Bullards Bar reservoir

The photo above is from my favorite trail that I hike at least three times a week. I haven’t been able to paint as much as I would like simply because my paint and paper supply was getting low. That is going to change by next week, yes! Until next time, stay healthy and happy!

Vision of Hope

Painting #1 “Vision of Hope” 11 x 14 inches

I haven’t been able to paint as much as I would like simply because I have been wanting to save my art supplies. I have been busy rearranging my studio space for mixed media and with my husband’s help, we created a wall easel system. My studio is limited in space and I have to think creativity in order to make the best of what I have.

This painting was extremely fun to paint though I always struggle a bit with uncertainty. I have been following an artist by the name of Louise Fletcher on Instagram and YouTube. Louise has helped me to understand what I experience as an artist is quite normal for an intuitive painter who works in the abstract.

Painting #3 untitled

I have been experimenting with painting minimally this past week. I think that I will give this one some time to percolate.

Painting #4 untitled

This painting was inspired by Lassen Volcanic Park though you wouldn’t know it. I decided to abstract it for the emotional effect.

Painting #5 “Dawn Rising”

I absolutely love the colors of this painting. It simply glows with light and feeling.

Painting #6 untitled

I keep thinking that I might do more with this one and yet I like the minimal approach.

Painting #7 wip

Last one of the group. I decided to include a wip (work in progress). Hopefully I will finish this one next week and will show you the completed painting.

Take care and stay safe!

April Gloaming

Painting #1 Vision of Hope – 11 x 14 inches

Oh my what an usually odd period of time that we live in. Thank goodness I live in the country and I am allowed access the local trails. The painting above is one of my favorites. A glimmer of hope and light.

Painting #2 Look to The West – 11 x 14 inches

This particular painting was quickly painted on an old paper that was given to me, Strathmore is the brand, not a favorite of mine but at least I can practice on staying loose.

Painting #3 Enrichment – 12 x 14 inches

This painting was one that had me guessing to the very end. I often have to push a painting to completion. It has been my experience that painting is often not a straight forward process. Since I paint blindly, it is even more pronounced and I have to actively push a painting. I am looking for more than merely depicting a subject. I am striving for more.

Painting #4 Crimson – 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas

A good example of my searching for more, the painting above was elusive and was in an ugly stage for weeks. I kept at it until I “saw” what I would call a Gloaming, a twilight or sliver of light.

Painting #5 Heavenly Focus

An essential part of my approach is to capture the essence of the scene rather than focusing on the subject alone.

Painting #6 Untitled

A fun colorful one, though I do need a title.

Painting #7 Essence – 12 x 14 inches

Last one of the group. Stay safe and positive, I know that this is asking a lot but I prefer staying on the side of positivity than not, more productive. Cheers!

Art is a Safe Haven!

Painting #1 – In Thy Light We See Light Psalm 36:9

Crazy world right now don’t you think? Thank goodness I am always waiting for diaster to happen, after all I live in California! Kidding aside I hope that you all are doing well and keeping a positive attitude.

The painting above wasn’t planned or idealized, my favorite way to paint. I let it simply flow and I worked with what was appearing.

Painting #2 – The Light of His Presence

I love to work on a painting that is mysterious and evolving. I really don’t do well with planning out a painting. I finally have learned that in the past six months.

Painting #3 – Heavens’ Storm

Not much to discuss here, basically brushing on colors, working with what seemed to appear. This one is an alla prima painting. I like to work quick and fast though I also enjoy taking it slowly as well.

Painting #4 – The Hiding Place

Exactly what we need lately, a hiding place! I have my faith and of course art! I am a firm believer in having a good attitude.

Painting #5 – Looking to the Light

I enjoy letting my creative juices flow and not getting caught up in details. Perhaps this painting is a bit kitchsy but at least it was fun!

Painting #6 – On The Horizon

No explanation needed unless you have a question.

Painting #7 – Hope for the Future

Yes indeed! That positive attitude showing up. I had to hold myself back from overdoing it with this one.

Painting #8 – A New Day

Oh so fun! I loved how the colors mixed to get the atmospheric look in the one.

I have a few more paintings but I will post again soon. Stay healthy and safe folks!