Rolling Along

Painting #1 imaginescape

I had painted this several months ago and was very frustrated with it. I brought it out when I was reassessing my wip paintings and I realized that I was judging it too harshly. I didn’t realize how close it was to being finished, a little trust and patience would help. I have been enjoying putting a painting away for a while and then bringing them out to work on. I swear that I keep relearning this!

Painting #2 remembered landscape

I purposely kept my colors subdued and peaceful while striving for a quiet depth.


Painting #3 Tranquil North Yuba

I wanted to continue on with using subtle colors and mood with this one. I am finding that I like to return to realism now and then.



Painting #4 abstract intuitive

I will post only 4 paintings at this time, though I have been painting extensively. I am working on developing a series of intuitive paintings that I hope to eventually show, at least that has been rolling around in my mind.




After much agonizing I have decided to continue on with my own way of painting. I challenge myself every single day with my intuitive painting. I don’t need a challenge that goes against my approach to art.

When I paint a realistic subject I try not to rely on my reference photo to execute a painting. For some reason this challenge of painting the Sierra Buttes pushed me into an area that I avoid and that is being overally critical. It took my husband asking me why was I doing this to myself? He knows that I love to paint the Buttes, but not in the way I was trying.

I suppose I failed, yes! Good! Now I can get back to my own way of painting, the challenges that works for me.

Painting #2 intuitive painting

I was very happy with this one. I wished that you can see it in person, the photo doesn’t do it justice.  I was planning to post more photos but wordpress is acting up and I am out of patience for the moment.

Thank you for your support, now I’ll carry on.



Day 3 #30x30directwatercolor2018

Oh my I knew that painting the Sierra Buttes was going to be a challenge. I felt stretched today and could feel deep despair coming on, so I ignored it and pressed on. There is something so trying in painting this mountain. I think that it is because I want to evolk mood and emotion while trying to stay true to the general geography. For people who are familiar with the Sierra Buttes, they can spot the mistakes. I have to remember that the great artist Chiura Obata often changed his subject, such as when he painted Yosemite. This time around I went dark and moody perhaps because it was how I felt!

Day 1 30x30Directwatercolor2018

Day 1 of my 30 Views of the Sierra Buttes in northern California. I am fortunate that I live about an hour from these mountains. I have painted them so many times, en plein air and in the studio.

I am wanting to raise the artistic bar for myself and concentrate solely on them, wish me luck! Painted fast and loose on Arches #140 14 x 11 in.

Finding My Way

Painting #1 Intuitive abstract

Oh what fun it is to discover that painting intuitively is my true calling. I brushed on a yellow, red and several blues, spayed and then trusted that my painting would appear. I know this sounds crazy but I knew instinctively how to sculpt this piece.

Painting #2 Intuitive abstract

The photo doesn’t do this particular justice. Originally the orientation was one way but as I turned it around, I liked this one. Again, I followed my intuition to the very last. Paintings #1and #2 were painted on Saunders waterford hotpress. I am planning on purchasing more of this paper, it is simply divine working with it. I say working with it rather than on because it seemed like the paper and I were working as a team.

Painting #3 imaginescape

I started this one as an intuitive piece and added the crags as an superimposed image, kind of cool if I must say.

Painting #4 autumn colors in Sierra County

I had been struggling a bit with my reality paintings and was growing frustrated with them. I decided to let it rip with abstracting this scene.

Painting #5 Autumn colors in Sierra County

This one was painted before the previous one and was tighter. I was getting lost in the rocks and that prompted the looser version.

Painting #5 North Yuba past Downieville

One of the tighter paintings while I was in one of my angst over “what the heck should I be doing!?” Haha typical vicious cycle of mine.

Painting #6 abstract

Oh boy, I loved painting this abstract. I was getting to the point that I needed to calm myself down with a little abstraction. It worked.

Painting #7 crazy wild abstract

Oh yeah, so fun to let go and see what happens with my intuition. I am still unsure about that circular shape but then someone pointed out to me that it is the black hole! I never know where my intuition will take me, it is never boring.

Until next time, take time to enjoy what makes you happy, life is short.

May Oh My

Painting #1

I have had some fun these past couple of days enjoying getting back to painting intuitively. For some reason lately I feel that I need to get it perfect and that is when I noodle a painting to death. The above painting was one that I painted while in between these moods.

Painting #2 Sierra Buttes

I am excited because I had garnered some interest with this painting. It might be the one chosen to be used for a concert poster. I sent the interested music group about five different choices, so we will see.

Painting #3 Sierra County meadow

Painting #4 Blair Lake

I haven’t been satisfied with my paintings lately as I mentioned, I feel that I have been over painting them. I am going to take it slower and also I have decided to work on setting them aside for a few days or longer in order to keep my perspective fresh.

Well that’s it for now, enjoy May!

Time Flies

Painting #1 remembered landscape of Bullards Bar Reservoir

I am busy painting as usual but also tackling outdoor clean-up. I have been enjoying some breakthroughs and a few setbacks. I still battle with my perfectionism. I am finding that it really helps if I take the rest of the day off to go hike or work outside.

Painting #2 imagined landscape

Take for instance this painting, I wasn’t at all happy with it on the onset. I have found that putting a painting away for a while truly helps.

Painting #3 semi-abstract of the North Yuba

Painting #4

I started this painting last year and I brought it out to finish it.

Painting #5 Imaginary landscape

This one was painted several months ago and I was ready to crop it but then I decided to paint a waterfall. Now I like it! I used a transparent white paint which works quite well.

I have more paintings to share but perhaps another time. I have been neglecting my WordPress blog, hopefully I will do better this summer. Keep painting and enjoy spring everyone!

To life, health and art!

Painting #1

I was busy with skies this week and this one was my favorite. I am back after the worst bout with whatever illness I had. So good to be painting.

Painting #2

I am uploading these photos from my phone as I am in a hurry waiting for a visit from my youngest daughter.

Painting #3

Another remembered landscape, going for feeling rather than details.

Painting #4

Painted saturated wet on wet. Now and then I like to return to this technique.

Painting #5 semi-abstract

This started out rough, I felt as though I was having an artist brat attack because I wasn’t able to get what I envisioned. Once I threw out my expectations, I intuitively allowed the painting to come forth. The light in obscurity, sometimes you have to trust. My photo doesn’t show the light as well as it should but at least you get the general idea.

Painting #6 semi-abstract

Last but not least. I decided to go wild with color and technique to shake it up. I have another one that I’ll share next time. Until then, enjoy spring!