Paint on the Wild Side

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Painting # 1 imaginary landscape

I was hoping to make a post using my computer and uploading from my camera but I ran out of steam. I have been busy with fall chores and prepping to have my 9 year old grandson over for a 4 day visit. I have been frustrated with the quality of the photos that I have been uploading with my Kindle Fire. They are often fuzzy because the photos are so pixeled.  I am thinking that perhaps the irritation using my computer would be worth it if I had better quality photos.

The painting above started out as an envisioned landscape and from there it evolved  over a couple of days. To keep my eyes fresh and allow time for paintings to dry, I had four going at once.

 

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Painting #2 imaginary landscape

Truthfully I can’t recall how this started but here we are! In order to get the dark, rich color I paint wet on wet with thick paint.

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Painting #3 river semi-abstract

We had high winds and lost power and I decided to take my supplies out to the patio to paint. I wanted to create a river scene. Painted saturated wet on wet and boy this was  exciting to paint! We were socked in with a huge amount of smoke, we knew fires were close by but no idea where. In the meantime I created! By the time our power came back on we heard about all the fires, the closest one to us was about 15 miles away.

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Painting #4 semi-abstract of an imaginary landscape

This one is so fuzzy but I hope that you get the general idea of what it looks like. The colors are clear and vivid but you wouldn’t know it by looking at this photo. Oh well. This one was also painted on the patio. I wanted to paint a scene from a memory that I have of the woods in a campground in Oregon on our way to Canada.

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Painting#5 Humbug Creek

This painting was an exercise of sorts exploring values and shapes. Painted saturated wet on wet, one of my favorite techniques.

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Painting #6 Bullards Bar Resevoir

Of course I wanted to try a different take on this common scene of mine.

I hope to post more once my grandson goes home. Until then, stay on the creative side of life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happily Painting

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Painting #1 imaginary landscape

I had no preconceived idea of what this painting was going to be. I brushed on some color and watched them mingle, and that is when I saw my landscape take shape and then “helped” it along, let me tell you, what a joy it is to paint like this!

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Painting #2 Bullards

I am not too much in love with this one, I thought I would include it.

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Painting #3 imaginary landscape

What is truly interesting about this one is that I was trying for a realistic painting of a rocky path with trees. It wasn’t working and I almost gave up when I decided to let go of the uncertainty and my fear. I then saw my scene and how to proceed, mainly it coincided when I worked a beam of light coming down. To me it looks like a shaft of light hitting high mountain crags.

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Painting #4 Lake Francis

One day I decided to paint this scene over and over, this particular painting is one of my favorites. I don’t particularly care for that shore on the right but it is what it is.

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Painting #5 lake Francis

I really like this one though not the way I painted the group of trees on the right.

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Painting #6 Imaginary Landscape

I had fun with this one, I refrained from putting in too much detail. I think that my many attempts at painting Lake Francis influenced me. By the way this is on hot press watercolor paper, I adore hp! I suggest that you give it a try, let loose and enjoy the adventure.

I have more to share but it will have to wait until next time. Happy painting!

 

Painting Into Fall

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Painting #1 Shenanigan Flat

This is one of my favorite paintings that feels totally me, the style and approach that I truly love to paint in. I am thinking that this scene on the North Yuba river enables me to naturally paint this loose and minimal. For some reason not every scene that I tackle enables me to naturally paint in this style. At this point it is a mystery, perhaps I am at a creative cusp of sorts.

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Painting #2 North Yuba river

I don’t exactly love this one but it was a good in between paintings exercise. Painted saturated wet in wet.

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Painting #3 North Shenanigan Flat

See! Easy with this scene! Drives me nuts how this view enables my inner creative to kick in but with a more detailed view, I turn it off. If anyone have any idea why it falls short when I approach a more detailed view, give me your thoughts. I think I’ll figure it out eventually.

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Painting #4 Mist over Sand Pond

I wasn’t sure if I went far enough with this one, for now I’m leaving it alone.

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Painting #5 North Yuba river

I slap dashed this one hoping for looseness and feeling though the river doesnt “sit down” on the right side as it should, easy fix.

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Painting #6 Of Bullards Reservoir

This one is a bit too tame for me but it does have a glow that I really like.

Happy painting! Have a wonderful weekend folks!

Intuitive Paintings

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Painting #1 of Bullards Bar Resevoir

I have been painting up a storm lately and enjoying every bit of it. The weather has changed drastically in the last few days, my husband had gone up to the Sierra Buttes and there was about 4 inches of snow! I hope to get up there soon to paint.

 

 

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Painting #2 of the North Yuba river

Painted saturated wet on wet. If you haven’t tried this technique you have to give it a try, it is absolutely thrilling. There is approximately a two hour window of painting time without having to wait for any layers to dry. It takes a bit to get used to the mushy appearance as you work it but to me it is like sculpting rather than painting. Once it is dry, you go back in to punch up your darks.

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Painting #3 imagined river landscape

What a joy to paint this, I had no idea how it would turn out and I loved that fact, I prefer working this way.

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Painting #4

Again another intuitive painting, I loved playing with the light.

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Painting #5 of Bullards Bar Resevoir

The glow in the middle section is not quite as bright in reality in this photo, keep that in mind. I loved painting this, imagine that!

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Painting #6 a semi-abstract

This painting wasn’t turning out as I imagined so I decided to abstract it to play around with shapes and values, nothing lost in an exercise of this nature. I have three more paintings to share, until next time!

Painting and More Painting

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I have been painting and also getting ready for fall and winter. I have been feeling a desire to get out there to paint en plein air with the weather changes. The painting above is wild and colorful but I wanted to get out of my usual routine. I like to stretch myself to see what happens.

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Another painting testing my colors and being loose, not sure if it works but that is alright.

Painting #3

This one was painted entirely by intuition, my favorite way to paint. This is that same scene that I have painted over and over.

Painting #4

Another view of that ever elusive scene. I didn’t have an idea where this was going until it was happening, I went along for the ride, easier that way. I

Painting #5

This was based on a photo that I took of a reservoir near me. I wanted to go dramatic and here we are.

Painting #6

I wanted to paint serenity but wanted to have a little more interest in the water, I added a little more detail for dimension. I might give this another try it two.

Thank you for looking.

Latest Paintings

I have been researching how to get clearer photos with my Kindle Fire, hopefully I can get some satisfaction with my photos. This painting was pure heaven working on it.

This painting was a “fast and furious” session, maybe that explains that rock on the left. I might go back and soften up some edges. The falls could use more definition, we’ll see.

Oh my favorite scene! Again!

So I am completely undecided about this one. I love the atmospheric appearance but I am thinking it needs more. It was painted totally by intuition and in two layers basically swirling yellow and cobalt blue and indanthrone blue together with a touch of Ultramarine purple. I have no clue why I didn’t end up with green, that is a mystery.

Until next time!

Sorting Through Old Pastels

I should be working on outdoor activities but nope I had to make that decision to go through my pastel paintings to organize and to throw out paintings that aren’t working.

*for some reason these paintings look fuzzy when I use my Kindle to upload these, go to my Instagram account to see my paintings more clearly. I haven’t uploaded two of them on this post but you can follow me on there and see my art more clearly. I’ll be working at finding out why this happens.

This painting surprised me because I thought it wasn’t good enough and now I am very happy with it.

Another “disappointment” ha!!!! I love it now! I am telling you, gold on to paintings, give them time and you’ll either love them or if not move it along.

Another painting that I had a hard time liking, it was too rough in my assessment. Now that I am looser in painting, it warms my heart to see this one.

All these paintings are plein air and it sure gets me hankering to get out there to paint, that is for certain. Going through these paintings has made me acknowledge that I have been on a long journey of creative acceptance.

I want to encourage those of you who often feel discouraged or who feel that you’ll never get anywhere in your art making. It takes time, patience and a personal vision. Goals are fine but vision is more important, it is the heart of the matter, a focus, trusting that you your inner creative will come into full freedom of expression. Don’t stifle your inner creative! By golly!

On a Roll

I have decided to post more often using my Kindle Fire, I wasn’t so sure of the quality of my photos until I decided to let go of that perfectionist desire for clear photos. There you go, onward to my latest painting, finished today.

This one is based on a reference photo that I shot while on vacation in the North coast of California. I took creative licence and changed the scene to suit my fancy.

This was painted on a half sheet of Fabriano hotpress 140# watercolor paper. My second time of using this paper, the hotpress that is. I love how the water and paint flows so wildly and that fits my style totally.

I painted by pure intuition and took many breaks. I felt that it didn’t initially had a focal point at the outset but I allowed it to reveal itself. I am considering that I might work on it more later if I see what needs to be done.

The color choice was by pure instinct and also I added shapes, or lifted as I’m felt inclined. I love how easy it is to lift color on this paper. I have noticed that quarter sheets seem small to me. I can be quite stingy about paper but I feel reluctant about painting on smaller sized sheets.

I often wonder if I don’t spend enough time on my paintings but I am feeling confident that my work style is what it is. I work as I feel led and after all, if it is working, go with it.

See you next time. Keep painting and exercise your  creativity!

Painting Happiness

I have truly enjoying my painting sessions lately. I will be posting from my Kindle Fire and if you want to see the clearer version, drop by and visit me on Instagram. 

Painting #1

The painting above is of Bullard’s Bar Reservoir at evening. I went very dark with it perhaps a bit too dark but I like it anyway.

Painting #2

This one I almost abandoned because I thought I had jumped  little ahead with the layering but I stayed with it to the very end. The trees on the right are a bit static and I will vary the height of one of more trees, an easy fix. This is a view of the Sierra Buttes from the other side.

Painting #3

I wanted to redo the Bullards evening painting a second time. I went a bit abstract with the sky. I used a sprayer to simulate light on the water.

Painting #4

This is on blue tinted Bockingford paper. I went wild and carefree with it, wet on wet and pushed the paper to its limit and boy did I have fun! I love this paper!

Painting #5

Eh so so for me, I lost the dimension and feeling of my rocks but wanted to include it. Not enough value range in the rocks.

Painting #6

On Fabriano hotpress. A pure joy to let the paint flow. I didn’t want a lot of detail I am again going for feeling. I am painting for me.

Painting 7

Last but not least. I almost abandoned this one because of a defect in the paper at the top section. There were two long scrapes and the paint settled right into them. It was a letdown and I was going to flip it over to paint on the other side when I decided at the last minute to crop the painting. It was a good decision because I ended up with a better composition anyway. The trees actually are a deeper green than my photo shows.

There you go, I am alive and well and painting up a storm! Until next time, happy trails!

A Little Experiment And A Hello

I have been painting up a storm even though I haven’t posted here on WordPress. I am not going to fret to see that these photos are blurry. I thought I would try using my Fire Kindle to post, so if the quality is off you will know why. The painting above was completed a couple of weeks ago. 

Another painting of the Yuba, where else?

This one was from last week.I have to admit that I miss WordPress but if you want to see what I am up to follow me on Instagram. I am pearlpsalm37 on there.


This is a plein air pastel from several years ago which I thought was a failure at the time. Now I like the moodiness and unfinished appearance. I have been sharing older paintings such as these on Instagram. 

I hope to drop by now and then to let you all know that I am still alive and well. Until the next post, cheers! 💖