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!

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! 💖

Time out for Relaxation and Play

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reflection of leaf in the North Yuba

I’ll be picking up my grandson, Rollin, tomorrow to spend some time with my husband and I until Saturday. I did go out to plein air paint this morning but didn’t care for the results of my paintings. I had a feeling I should had given myself a rest day but I ignored it and chased the light. My paintings aren’t really all that bad but I am tired, so I decided since I am going to have my grandson over till Saturday, I would take a week off from art and rejuvenate my artistic self. I have been failing to take my mornings out on the patio to read my Bible and to meditate.

How did I ever allow myself to get on this “go get ’em” routine? I plan on paying better attention to my spiritual and physical self in the future.

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Ah, gold in that river!