My name is Margaret Parker Brown and I am a self taught artist who lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California. The outdoors have always inspired me even as a child and when I discovered art in the late 1980’s, I naturally gravitated to painting landscapes. Plein air painting has been a passion of mine for the past 11 years. Plein air is basically taking the studio outdoors and painting with your subject in front of you. I list plein air as my first passion though when I work on a portrait it instantly has my first and foremost devotion until I go plein air painting!

In my artist blog you will discover that I not only focus on art and painting, I will also post photos of what I have experienced or ventured while outdoors or what I have been thinking about lately (or discovering). I am within 10 minutes of the Yuba River which is my muse and love. The Yuba River has a tributary of three “forks” though you will not find that use the word “fork” because according to the Yuba river experts, this is inaccurate. I will include my thoughts, feelings or what I have learned about the geology, history or anything that pertains to this magnificent river. Obviously I am not restricting my focus just on the Yuba River but my travels around Northern California and beyond.

My medium of choice right now is pastel though I have been learning watercolor off and on for about 10 years. I have also been learning and experimenting with acrylics. I am very truthful or at least I try to be and I want to have the freedom to explore and learn. I am hoping that those of you who follow me will understand that I am not striving for perfection but rather that I want to become the best that I can be and stay true to myself and have fun! Be sure to check out my book blog here: https://bookwormingalonglifestrail.wordpress.com/blog/


*A word about photos. I always use my own photos except now and then I’ll use a photo from the internet or someone else’s photo. I have either received permission or I give full credit to the photographer (if known). If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and please give me the credit for my own photo. I am free and easy but I appreciate the respect and consideration.

47 thoughts on “About

  1. lovely creative, “from the Heart” art images – both photographic and paintings! It is so evident that you connect to the land; you’re able to convey the essence, the Mood and spirit of the place brilliantly! This is fabulous. I loved looking at all your images, reading the posts. and hope for more………. Cheers, Debi


  2. Thank you! your comments have encouraged me and it is wonderful that my paintings and photos convey my love for nature. I look forward to exploring your blog more, I am very interested in your posts and wanted to spend good quality time doing that. Blessings!


  3. OldCountryGirl

    I love the picture where you are painting on the beach … so gorgeous surroundings. And I share the passion for painting with you! I am looking forward to read more!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Good Morning Margaret, and thank you for looking into Agnellusmirror. I guess Thomas Merton caught your eye. Bro Tom Herbst, who writes the occasional blog for us, is an artist from California; look out for his post on 23rd April on St George, and his own painting back on November 29th. And enjoy all that fresh air! I feel as though I’m forever using brooding skies with blotting paper black clouds when I edit pictures, but this is England, after all!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Margaret, thank you for visiting and following my blog. I love pastels. Seeing your set up reminded of the pleasure I had from working with pastels. I still have them sorted in color and value hoping that I will journey back to them.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pingback: May Madness Day 6: Blossoming | Create art everyday

  7. Pingback: Abstract Watercolor Landscape on Aquabord: May Madness Day 16 | Create art everyday

    1. I am about 16 miles northeast of Oregon House. I am not sure how much it has built up because it isn’t exactly a hubbub. It does have the misfortune of having had several big fires in the past 10 years. It sure is a small world! 🙂 I do live very close to the Yuba river. I love it here.


  8. Pingback: Geometric Abstract: Purple, Pink and Blue (World Watercolor Month, 19/31) – Create art every day

      1. Lola Colleen

        I always let the nominee decide if they want to participate. I have 2 other awards to reply to and nominate recipients for. Not sure when I’ll have the time. Maybe next year? lol

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Lola Colleen

    I hope I’m not being a pest, but…
    I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award. As part of the selection process I’m bestowing the nomination to you. (I couldn’t resist… loving your paintings!)
    Anyway, If you’re interested in participating and nominating other bloggers, you can read the rules here:
    Remember, you’re under no obligation to participate.
    Either way, you may proudly display the award on your blog.
    Keep painting, blogging, and definitely have a wonderful day. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. never a pest…..well, maybe after 10 or more times….hehe….I will have to look over the rules and I like the option of participating. I am always trying to pinch the heck out of my time, that is my drawback. I appreciate your nominating me! thank you so much 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Lola Colleen

        Thanks for your kindness and understanding. Blogging is hard enough for a busy mom, but accepting 3 awards was a bit much. Any more in the near future and I’ll have to decline participating… lol.

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Doc Kandinsky

    Hi Margeret
    I nominated you for the sunshine blogger award on wordpress. I usually don’t participate on this kind of spread letter thing but this time I thought that maybe it could be something nice to spread sunshine over blogs.
    If you’re ok then here’s the “how to” :
    The Rules:
    – Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
    – Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
    – Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
    – List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

    The 11 questions :
    – do you think there’s a difference between art and decoration ? why ?
    – who’s your favorite painter (or writer) ?
    – when you look at art what are you looking for ?
    – do emotions have colors ?
    – do you think that concept art is a joke ?
    – does blogging help you to be creative ?
    – Da Vinci or Van Kooning ?
    – do you believe that artwork (paintings, photos, sculpture, literature, …) is more likely to speak to our mind or to our soul ?
    – what is more important to you : technique or spontaneity ?
    – is street-art vandalism ?
    – how about young children as teachers in art schools ?
    – why do people whisper when they talk inside of museums ?

    I sincerely hope this doesn’t bother you. If you decide not to participate that’s ok

    Uwe Hoche from doctorkandinsky.wordpress.com

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have been gone on vacation and just got into WP….I have been nominated before and I might participate, give me some time to consider this as I have a few days of getting things back in order before I have some free time, by the way Thank you!


  11. Pingback: A Fortuitous Accident – Artistcoveries

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s