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!

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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!

April Ending

Painting #1 “Heaven Calling” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I was able to get some painting in today once I got back from caretaking my father-in-law. I couldn’t help but think of him as I finished up with this painting.

He is mentally preparing himself for life beyond this one. We were able to talk some about heaven and what to expect. Even though he is a ripe 95 year old, life seems to move along rather quickly.

Painting #2 untitled – based on Bullards Bar reservoir – 11 x 14 inches

I always love painting sunsets at Bullards. I need to get out there and plein air paint soon. One of my favorite places, of course I am inspired by it.

Painting #3 Rising Up – semi-abstract of Sand Pond

About two years ago I was at Sand Pond which lies at the base of the Sierra Buttes. I arrived early in the morning and Sand Pond was so beautiful and misty. So far I have based at least 5 or more paintings on the photos that I took. Right now it is covered in snow. I am hoping to get up there to plein air paint once they plow the road. Sometimes that doesn’t happen until May or as late as June.

When I paint from an inspiring photo, I use my imagination and allow my intuition to take over, my preferred method of painting.

I usually share more paintings but I am purposely limiting my posts to the top 3-4 paintings on Instagram and on here. I really like posting only once a week, it keeps me focused on creating rather than using up my time posting.

Have a wonderful week!

April Bursting

Painting #1 – Bullards Bar reservoir – 11 x 14 inches

I will be busy with having my grandson over thru Saturday so I decided to post today. The above painting was painted allaprima and with few colors. I often like to get in and get out but often with watercolors this makes it difficult. I try to retain my whites while painting on the quick, perhaps I am addicted to drama and being under the gun!

Painting #2 11 x 14 inches – Bullards Bar reservoir

Another one of Bullards Bar reservoir which is my playground. I am within 2 miles, I feel lucky to have such a wonderful place to explore.

Painting #3 wip 11 x 14 inches – abstracted landscape of Sand Pond

The above painting is a work in progress, I am hoping to keep the minimal, abstracted look. I often overwork a piece because I want it to be perfect, I still struggle with this tendency. I am hoping that this “problem” will get better and better at leaving that tendency behind.

The update on the care of my father-in-law, the eldest son wants all three of them (three sons) to take two days a piece and leave the 7th day for myself and his wife. We will take turns so that means that I will be not as busy as I thought. Though that means that my husband will be caring for his father on the weekend. I will be going over in the evening on one of those days to spend some time with both of them. At first I felt resistant to this plan but I think that my brother-in-law is adamant that the responsibility lies with the sons, I understand that and I agree. Too often wives take on too much and the guys get off the hook.

Well that’s it for now, have a fantastic rest of the week!

April Blessings

Painting #1 untitled – landscape of Sierra Valley, Ca

I had a fantastic week of painting. I will be a busy with helping caretaking my soon to be 95 year old father-in-law. We are fortunate to live within 15 minutes of his home. As a family we are taking shifts (5 willing and able people). I am amazed how we can work together as a team. My father-in-law is a WW 2 vet who served as a Navy radioman in the Pacific theater. He has some amazing stories.

Now back to art, I already mentioned that I had a good week. I also felt a surge of inspiration which I can partly attribute to the owner of the photo reference for the above painting. I always use my own photos and imagination but every now and then I see a photo that I know I have to paint from. The area that this person lives is in an alpine valley here in Northern California, within 50 miles or so from me.

Painting #2 untitled – Sierra Valley – 11 x 14 inches

Another one based on a reference photo provided by a fellow Instagram poster @Forrest_house. I worked hard in getting my photo of this painting to match the true colors but it was hard. At least you get the general idea. It also looks grainy for whatever reason.

painting #3 – Carson Camp 1 – semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

This is an abstraction of a miner’s cabin in Carson Camp not far from the Ruby Mine where my husband worked as a trammer and then a driller. I hope to explore this subject more.

Painting #4 – Resurrection – semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

I started this with a canyon waterfall in mind but it seemed to morph into what you see here, alright then! I am okay with that.

Painting #5 – untitled – 11 x 14 inches

From my imagination, I love this kind of intuitive painting. One of my favorite painters, Cheng Khee Chee who studied under Edgar Whitney, refers to it as provisional painting, I like that.

Enough for now, have a fantastic weekend and week!