September Fantasies

Painting #1 “Adventure Awaits” 11 x 14 inches

Off and running into September, can you believe it? The painting above was a venture into my imagination and I had no preconceived idea what or where I was going with it. So fun to discover scenes from my creative mind.

Painting #2 “Deep Calls to Deep” 11 x 14 inches

Another one from my imagination. When and if I frame it, I am thinking that I would crop it a bit.

Painting #3 “Extended Delight” 11 x 14 inches

A bit wild with color but I like it. No idea what was going to show up but I can almost envision dragons coming out of the deep.

Painting #4 “Rising” 11 x 14 inches

I suppose you could say that my imagination went wild these last few weeks, yes indeed! I have several more but not finished yet. Enjoy your week!

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August End

Painting #1 11 x 14 inches – remembered landscape – based on Bullards Bar Reservoir

Yes we made it back home from Lassen Volcanic National Park here in Northern California. We had a safe trip and had the best time. I found Lassen to be one of my favorite places to visit, we were never pushed by crowds and the traffic was minimal. As much as I love Yosemite I prefer avoiding it because of the horrendous crowds. Lassen is laid back in comparison.

The above painting took a side avenue and I am alright when a painting makes it’s own way.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Painting #2 11 x 14 inches based on Lassen

I will use a reference photo for a painting but I expect them to come alive with a little abstraction. I think that if I want to depict an area realistically, I might as well show the photo and forget trying to paint the scene.

Painting #3 11 x 14 inches – looking out towards Manzanita Lake at Lassen

So fun painting this one! There is more atmospheric blue (Managese Blue) in the background and throughout that doesn’t show up in this photo. We camped at Manzanita Lake and we hiked it everyday.

Evening light at Manzanita Lake – photo

Painting #4 11 x 14 inches – mist over the mountain

There are several mountain formations at Lassen and this is one of them. I have yet to figure it out.

Painting #5 11 x 14 inches – Bullards Bar Reservoir

I really like this one. I will be posting more paintings based on Lassen, but for now I wanted to get these posted.

I was terrible at writing about my process, if you have any questions, ask away. Until next time, enjoy!

August Already!

Painting #1 Mendocino #6 11 x 14 inches

I have been working on a series based on my trip to the Mendocino coast back in May. The above painting is on 300# Arches. I am not a fan of 300# simply because to me the paper soaks up the paint and the colors dull down. I received 4 sheets by accident from my favorite supplier and was told to keep it when I contacted them about the mistake.

I have been watching videos by David Dunlop and he mentioned painting on 300# that had been first treated with acrylic gloss medium and I decided to give it a try and I love the outcome.

Painting #2 Mendocino #5 11 x 14 inches

Another one in the series.

Painting #3 Mendocino Skies #4 11 x 14 inches

This is one of my favorites of the series.

Painting #4 Evening Light at Lake Francis 11 x 14 inches

I think that I will give this another try, the colors aren’t the best for a feeling that unifies. Always another day and painting.

Painting #5 Clarity Rising 11 x 14 inches

Just throwing paint around hoping and searching for something different.

Painting #6 Mendocino #7 11 x 14 inches

Another one on 300# Arches primed with acrylic gloss medium. Looks like I will be buying more 300# Arches! So darn expensive though.

Painting #7 Given 11 x 14 inches

An abstract for the bunch, I love exploring shapes and colors.

Painting #8 untitled wip 11 x 14 inches

This one is a wip and I will be taking my time to finish it up.

My husband and I will be leaving for Lassen National Park on Thursday. We will be going on the Indian motorcycle and camping, my favorite way to have fun! We both are going to be celebrating our birthdays at Lassen. His birthday is on the 9th and mine is on the 11th. I am so excited to say the least. Next post will be about our adventures at Lassen. Until then, thank you for stopping by.

The Indian Chief Classic and me

The Man (my husband)

Comments on WP being blocked.

Just to let you all know that I think that my comments on several people’s posts is either being blocked or going to your spam folder. Does anyone know how to remedy this situation? I have written up to 6 comments but they don’t show up at all.

My posting break is going well and I have been having a creative streak lately. So nice not having to post, especially on Instagram. Thank you for reading!

Taking a break in July

Painting #1 “Light in the Woods” 14.5 x 21 inches

This painting was cropped off for some reason but you get the general idea. This was inspired by a section of woods near a trail that I often hike. I decided to allow my intuition to guide me which it ended up being abstracted. The photo doesn’t do this justice at all, there is a glow that really conveys my overall feeling of what the area makes me feel.

Painting #2 untitled 11 x 14 inches

Nothing spectacular with this painting, more of a quick sketch.

Painting #3 “Mendocino Skies 3 11 x 14 inches

I keep returning to painting scenes from my trip to Mendocino county.

Painting #4 imaginescape 11 x 14 inches

Perhaps a little garish but I wanted to go wild.

Painting #5 Mendocino Skies 2

I truly love painting these because it was such a fantastic trip filled with rain, stormy skies and rain drenched coastal redwoods.

As the title suggests, I will be taking a break from posting in the month of July. I need to focus on my art and being creative and hoping to stretch my approach and view. I have a tendency to be tough on myself which I feel can be productive but when my perfectionism dominates and I get depressed, not good. I will be working on this, exploring why and what I can do to steer myself to a better and healthier process. Until next month, enjoy!

A Slow June

Painting #1 “Mendocino Dreaming” – 11 x 14 inches

This month I haven’t produced as many paintings as I usually do because I ran out of paper. Now that I received my supplies I am ready and raring to go. I do have a lot of outdoor work to do but I’ll manage somehow. I have decided to take more time with my painting, slowing down has helped me to be more contemplative with the intent of my creativity.

Painting #2 untitled 11 x 14 inches

The above painting wasn’t as successful as #1 but I am including it anyway. I have a few larger paintings that I hope to finish up soon.

Lately I have been watching quite a few videos of professional painters which helps me a lot. This month it has been 3 years since I have decided to seriously tackle learning watercolor. I have come a long ways!

Today’s post is a short one, until next time, stay creative!

Hello June

Painting #1 “Redwoods” – 14.5 x 21 inches

I can’t believe how fast June is flying by. The painting above was a slow one because I wanted to work on having a strong focal point. I purposely wanted to work on one redwood to completion while painting the other trees to bare bones. I am undecided if it finished or not.

Unfortunately California has been heating up fast, not just weather-wise but fires have been breaking out all over the state. My anxiety level has stepped up, here we go again, sigh. It is the reality of living in California. Maybe I should move to the North coast where it is cool and green and where the fire danger is low! Alright, enough complaining.

Painting #2 untitled 11 x 14 inches

I live within minutes of Bullards and of course I can’t resist painting the area.

Painting #3 “Bullards Bright” – 11 x 14 inches

Just when I think that I have exhausted my ability to paint an area or view over and over, I manage to do it. Sounds like bragging, no! Seriously I think that it happens because of just leaning in with blind determination (and faith)

I have read how Claude Monet painted his pond over a hundred times. I suppose I should have researched that fact. I think that I will once I post this.

Painting #4 “Skies over Nevada City” – 11 x 14 inches

I am including this painting though it wasn’t exactly a success (in my view) because I was trying to capture what I personally saw driving through Nevada City. I hope to attempt this again in the near future.

I will be finishing up a few ongoing paintings while I wait for my watercolor paper to arrive. Have an awesome week!

End of May Paintings

Painting #1 “Mendocino Skies” – 11 x 14 inches – remembered landscape

I had this view in mind not really thinking of the Mendocino area, I realized that most definitely my trip to the coast influenced this painting.

As we drove over the mountains from the Anderson Valley area to Fort Bragg, the beauty was breath taking and I feel that most of what I paint is an accumulation of my experiences. Maybe this is pretty evident to a lot of people but slowly I have been understanding this. I always thought that I had to have a reference photo in front of me to paint a view that I have seen, no!

Painting #2 “Fire” – 11 x 14 inches – remembered landscape

I think that all the stormy skies left an impression on me. Though once I finished this painting, it reminded me of a forest fire.

Painting #3 – untitled – 9 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I slowly allowed this to develop. I am an allaprima painter but I know that there are times that I need to work on a painting in layers rather than working it with gusto. It all depends on the painting or my approach on a particular day.

Painting #4 “Another Day at Bullards” – 11 x 14 inches

Nowadays my favorite brush is a 2 inch Chinese hake. It allows me to remain loose and carefree, my favorite way to paint. I often paint fast, I like to get in there and get out. I suppose I am impatient or perhaps afraid to think about it too much, which always gets me in trouble!

Painting #5 “Discovery” – 11 x 14 inches – semi-abstract

I almost abandoned this painting so I set it aside for a few days. Today I decided to turn it horizontally to work on it. I turned it around to the original orientation and now I like it, go figure! I am open to the adventures that seem to crop up as I create. Well, that’s all for now, have a wonderful Memorial Day.

See you in June!

Springs of Joy

Photo of a coastal Redwood at Hendy Woods State Park

My husband and I were planning on a motorcycle camping trip to Hendy Woods State Park. Due to a change of weather, we decided to take our car. After our initial disappointment, we decided to make the most of it, all in all it was worth it.

After receiving 3.5 inches of rain the largest redwood grove in the park was magical. I will be painting from my reference photos and memory in upcoming weeks.

Painting #1 “Bullards Bar Dreaming” – 11 x 14 inches

This past week spent I focused on painting my local haunt, Bullards Bar Reservoir.

Painting #2 untitled – 11 x 14 inches

Another view of Bullards. I hike there at least three times a week, it never gets old.

Painting #3 “Evening Glow” – 11 x 14 inches

I wasn’t sure if this one work, I kept at it until I got the feeling and look that satisfied me. I am after more than merely painting a subject.

Photo of the main redwoods grove at Hendy Woods State Park

Lucky me, I have been thoroughly enjoining our extended spring. So much inspiration everywhere I look, be looking for new paintings of redwoods!

May Beginnings

Painting #1 “Light Within the Shadows” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I have been so busy lately that I haven’t painted as much as I would like. The above painting is from last year and I decided to crop it and I feel that it has a stronger composition.

Painting #2 “Cleansing” – 11 x 14 inches

Based on a photo that I took of the North Yuba river. I will be having more time for the next week or so to plein air paint.

In about two weeks I will be going to Mendocino county for a motorcycle camping trip with my husband. Be looking for a post about our adventures. There is nothing like motorcycle camping, some of the best experiences I have ever had, oh yes!

Painting #3 “Somewhere Lies Strength” – 9 x 14 inches inches

This is the other section of the cropped painting #1.

My 95 year old father-in-law is doing as well as he can manage. I think that it is hitting him that his health is failing and he is slowly coming to terms with it, though reluctantly. I had the wonderful privilege of being with him in a local restaurant where he had two people thank him for his service. He was a radioman in the Navy in Guadalcanal during WW2.

The photo above is a favorite view along a hiking trail that I frequent. It has been such a beautiful spring this year. Unfortunately it appears that we are working up to an active fire season. I am not looking forward to that fact.

I have several paintings in progress but usually I don’t like to show anything but finished paintings. Until next week, enjoy life to the fullest!