Oh my what a year! I don’t know about you but I am ready to have something better and hopefully 2021 will be better. The painting above morphed into what you see here. Originally I started out using a reference photo of light shining through the woods.
I have the running theme of being at the cusp of giving up on a painting but I stick to my guns and it works out. For the extra sparkle, I used carandache neocolor.
This one was so enjoyable to paint.
I painted this last year and decided to give it more umph.
Part of how I paint is to allow the imagination and serendipity to lead in.
The last one for now. Here’s to a new year, keep your hope, heart and mind open to wonderful possibilities. See you soon!! Cheers!
What a relief to have the election over! Crazy times with this coronavirus and all the events. Hasn’t 2020 been a blast? I thought that a little humor wouldn’t hurt, maybe it does hurt!
I am happy to report that the painting above has sold, rather will be traded for a pair of unique handmade, old world style earrings from an artist in Italy.
Another painting that has sold. This one is based on a photo that I took while motorcycle camping in Sierra County in October.
I do believe that this photo looks darker than it should but at least you get the idea. The light really glows.
I have been working quite a bit on acrylic and collage painting. I have always loved to experiment and these paintings are quite enjoyable.
I wasn’t sure able to take a photo after applying the satin finish varnish but I think that you get the idea. I remember when I used to take such care writing my posts but considering the crazy events lately, I don’t blame myself!
I painted this particular one last year but wanted to post it again as a reminder of His Amazing Grace. God Bless and keep positive!!
The painting above is mainly watercolor with a touch or two of acrylic to punch it up.
I didn’t mean to go missing for so long! In the meantime my father-in-law passed away and a trip to the coast and a trip to Lassen Volcanic park.
I have been enjoying dabbling into acrylics and I had no plan in mind, somehow a redwood forest appeared.
Sometimes I run out of explanations, ask any questions and I will answer them.
Love how these colors blended.
I enjoy exploring colors and shapes and I let loose in this abstract watercolor.
I wasn’t sure if this one was going to work out, I continued on until I felt satisfied.
This is based on an early morning drive to town. The light was absolutely beautiful.
I am planning on getting in my studio to paint more in the next ensuing weeks. I am hoping to buy a new brand of paint, Nova acrylic paints. At least it will be new to me. The company is based here in California.
I just sold the painting above and of all things I discovered that the person who wanted to buy it lives within an hour of me and spends every weekend at Bullards Bar reservoir! For those of you who are not aware of it, Bullards Bar reservoir is “a spit and a holler” from where I live. This morning I drove a whole 5 minutes to meet up with her. I feel so encouraged by this sale. Sounds silly to be so excited but I don’t have a clue how to promote myself. If it wasn’t for posting my paintings on Instagram I would not have sold this painting.
I absolutely love how this one came together. I would suppose that it is an abstract rather than a landscape. Perhaps a “mindscape”, yes I like that!
Another mindscape! I love watching how a painting evolves.
I painted this several months ago and I punched up the colors and values.
Inspired by my visits to Lassen Volcanic Park north of me.
Painting #1 Diverging – semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches
The completed painting from my last post. I am very pleased with the outcome, though I am unsure exactly what it is, I would like to hear what you all think. In some ways I think of the ocean. No matter, I enjoy art that keeps you guessing.
I am loving the new found confidence and vision that I have for my art. I look at a lot of art and have watched oodles of YouTube videos of people painting but have a distinct reluctance to copy or emulate other artists. I prefer to allow my own style and perspective to guide me.
I used an opaque white in this one. I am not a purist simply because I never know what a painting needs until it needs it, boy is that a tongue twister!
Abstraction is near and dear to my heart. I have always been fascinated and drawn to abstract art. I am waiting on my paint and paper order to arrive next week and I am excited. I also have acquired quite a few canvases and once my acrylics arrive I will be delving into exploring acrylics and mixed media.
The photo above is from my favorite trail that I hike at least three times a week. I haven’t been able to paint as much as I would like simply because my paint and paper supply was getting low. That is going to change by next week, yes! Until next time, stay healthy and happy!
I haven’t been able to paint as much as I would like simply because I have been wanting to save my art supplies. I have been busy rearranging my studio space for mixed media and with my husband’s help, we created a wall easel system. My studio is limited in space and I have to think creativity in order to make the best of what I have.
This painting was extremely fun to paint though I always struggle a bit with uncertainty. I have been following an artist by the name of Louise Fletcher on Instagram and YouTube. Louise has helped me to understand what I experience as an artist is quite normal for an intuitive painter who works in the abstract.
I have been experimenting with painting minimally this past week. I think that I will give this one some time to percolate.
Painting #4 untitled
This painting was inspired by Lassen Volcanic Park though you wouldn’t know it. I decided to abstract it for the emotional effect.
I absolutely love the colors of this painting. It simply glows with light and feeling.
I keep thinking that I might do more with this one and yet I like the minimal approach.
Last one of the group. I decided to include a wip (work in progress). Hopefully I will finish this one next week and will show you the completed painting.
Oh my what an usually odd period of time that we live in. Thank goodness I live in the country and I am allowed access the local trails. The painting above is one of my favorites. A glimmer of hope and light.
This particular painting was quickly painted on an old paper that was given to me, Strathmore is the brand, not a favorite of mine but at least I can practice on staying loose.
This painting was one that had me guessing to the very end. I often have to push a painting to completion. It has been my experience that painting is often not a straight forward process. Since I paint blindly, it is even more pronounced and I have to actively push a painting. I am looking for more than merely depicting a subject. I am striving for more.
A good example of my searching for more, the painting above was elusive and was in an ugly stage for weeks. I kept at it until I “saw” what I would call a Gloaming, a twilight or sliver of light.
An essential part of my approach is to capture the essence of the scene rather than focusing on the subject alone.
A fun colorful one, though I do need a title.
Last one of the group. Stay safe and positive, I know that this is asking a lot but I prefer staying on the side of positivity than not, more productive. Cheers!
Crazy world right now don’t you think? Thank goodness I am always waiting for diaster to happen, after all I live in California! Kidding aside I hope that you all are doing well and keeping a positive attitude.
The painting above wasn’t planned or idealized, my favorite way to paint. I let it simply flow and I worked with what was appearing.
I love to work on a painting that is mysterious and evolving. I really don’t do well with planning out a painting. I finally have learned that in the past six months.
Not much to discuss here, basically brushing on colors, working with what seemed to appear. This one is an alla prima painting. I like to work quick and fast though I also enjoy taking it slowly as well.
Exactly what we need lately, a hiding place! I have my faith and of course art! I am a firm believer in having a good attitude.
I enjoy letting my creative juices flow and not getting caught up in details. Perhaps this painting is a bit kitchsy but at least it was fun!
No explanation needed unless you have a question.
Yes indeed! That positive attitude showing up. I had to hold myself back from overdoing it with this one.
Oh so fun! I loved how the colors mixed to get the atmospheric look in the one.
I have a few more paintings but I will post again soon. Stay healthy and safe folks!