Mendocino and More

“Within” 11 x 14 inches – semi abstract imaginescape

Amazing that I can post this while camping in the redwoods. I finished the painting above a few days before leaving for Anderson Valley in Mendocino county. This post will be a short one.

My favorite tree, coastal redwood

If you ever get a chance to see the redwoods person, do it! Nothing like it, believe me. Tomorrow we will be hiking a redwood grove at Hendy Woods state park.

“Brilliance” – 11 x 14 inches

This painting is based on a photo taken by my daughter while on her job with the Forest Service in the high country in Nevada county.

Our ride, the Indian Chief Classic 2014

Isn’t she a beaut! So fun riding it especially in the redwoods.

See you on the other side!

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Fall Paintings

Painting #1 “When Hope Reigns” 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I have had a wonderful few painting sessions, perhaps it has to do with the good aftermath of the art show in my little community.

I had no idea how successful it would be. I am not talking about sales but rather interest and a good turnout. I had the wonderful experience of speaking to several people about art and creativity. I did sale an unframed tree painting and a watercolor mounted onto a cradled board.

Painting #2 Untitled – 11 x 14 inches – semi-abstract of the Sierra Buttes

The painting above was a quick one exploring texture and color.

Painting #3 “Manzanita Lake ” – 11 x 14 inches

I wanted to see how minimal I could paint this. The far back edge of the treeline appears to descend but in actuality the photo makes it appear that way.

Painting #4 Bullards – 11 x 14 inches

I think that I enjoy trying to capture light on my paintings, a delight indeed!

Painting #5 “Forest of My Dreams” 11 x 14 inches – semi-abstract

My goal was to give you an essence of the woods, a visual forest bathing experience. I prefer to abstract my subjects, more exciting to me.

Painting #6 “Glory” 11 x 14 inches

Again, the light in the sky is the focus. My husband and I will be going on another motorcycle camping trip this weekend to Anderson Valley in Mendocino county. I plan on hiking in the redwoods and to go to Fort Bragg to explore.

Have a wonderful rest of the week. Thank you for stopping by and reading!

Recent Paintings and Art Show

Painting #1 “Closure” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

A bit wild with color but I am the type of artist who needs to experiment with my creativity. The colors are Lunar Blue, Quin. Magenta and Pyrrol Red all by Daniel Smith watercolors.

I will be showing 10 of my paintings at our local community center in Camptonville this coming Saturday, September 22st. I am excited about showing my art. Truthfully I hide away and paint and this will be a wonderful opportunity to get some exposure.

Painting #2 untitled – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

Another one from my imagination. Wild I know!

Painting #3 “Another Day” – remembered landscape – 10 x 10 inches

I decided to crop this painting because doing so strengthen the composition.

Painting #4 “Whisper” – 11 x 14 inches

A seascape based on a beach on the North Coast here in Northern California. Dry Lagoon is a well known beach for sneaker waves and excellent for agate hunting.

Painting #5 untitled – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

One if my favorite ways to paint, thinking of a dramatic sky and an atmospheric landscape and seeing what happens.

Painting #6 untitled – 11 x 14 inches

I have been working on seascape paintings lately, especially with fog. I think that it is an excellent exercise. I have the tendency to be aggressive, I have to learn to hold back.

Painting #7 untitled – 11 x 14 inches

Sometimes I like to try out a technique that I see on YouTube to find out if my way of painting is true to my approach. I am often very picky with a painting and sometimes I get caught up in thinking that I am a perfectionist. I am to a degree but after trying this technique, I discovered that I am digging for more and with that digging, there is a bit of angst.

I am looking for a look, a feeling and this technique fell short. It looks too straight forward. I might give it another go or either tweak it to suit my own creative self. The technique is simply squeezing out several blobs of color and using a credit card to swipe onto wet paper. It is exciting but ( to me) it has a technical look.

Painting #8 wip abstract – 13 x 19 inches

I haven’t even posted this yet on my Instagram account. I will be assessing this for a period of time. I often return to abstraction to explore color and shapes and to stretch my artistic muscles.

I have been kicking around the idea of venturing into mixed media, more on that later. Thank you for stopping by and reading this post.

September Fantasies

Painting #1 “Adventure Awaits” 11 x 14 inches

Off and running into September, can you believe it? The painting above was a venture into my imagination and I had no preconceived idea what or where I was going with it. So fun to discover scenes from my creative mind.

Painting #2 “Deep Calls to Deep” 11 x 14 inches

Another one from my imagination. When and if I frame it, I am thinking that I would crop it a bit.

Painting #3 “Extended Delight” 11 x 14 inches

A bit wild with color but I like it. No idea what was going to show up but I can almost envision dragons coming out of the deep.

Painting #4 “Rising” 11 x 14 inches

I suppose you could say that my imagination went wild these last few weeks, yes indeed! I have several more but not finished yet. Enjoy your week!

August End

Painting #1 11 x 14 inches – remembered landscape – based on Bullards Bar Reservoir

Yes we made it back home from Lassen Volcanic National Park here in Northern California. We had a safe trip and had the best time. I found Lassen to be one of my favorite places to visit, we were never pushed by crowds and the traffic was minimal. As much as I love Yosemite I prefer avoiding it because of the horrendous crowds. Lassen is laid back in comparison.

The above painting took a side avenue and I am alright when a painting makes it’s own way.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Painting #2 11 x 14 inches based on Lassen

I will use a reference photo for a painting but I expect them to come alive with a little abstraction. I think that if I want to depict an area realistically, I might as well show the photo and forget trying to paint the scene.

Painting #3 11 x 14 inches – looking out towards Manzanita Lake at Lassen

So fun painting this one! There is more atmospheric blue (Managese Blue) in the background and throughout that doesn’t show up in this photo. We camped at Manzanita Lake and we hiked it everyday.

Evening light at Manzanita Lake – photo

Painting #4 11 x 14 inches – mist over the mountain

There are several mountain formations at Lassen and this is one of them. I have yet to figure it out.

Painting #5 11 x 14 inches – Bullards Bar Reservoir

I really like this one. I will be posting more paintings based on Lassen, but for now I wanted to get these posted.

I was terrible at writing about my process, if you have any questions, ask away. Until next time, enjoy!

August Already!

Painting #1 Mendocino #6 11 x 14 inches

I have been working on a series based on my trip to the Mendocino coast back in May. The above painting is on 300# Arches. I am not a fan of 300# simply because to me the paper soaks up the paint and the colors dull down. I received 4 sheets by accident from my favorite supplier and was told to keep it when I contacted them about the mistake.

I have been watching videos by David Dunlop and he mentioned painting on 300# that had been first treated with acrylic gloss medium and I decided to give it a try and I love the outcome.

Painting #2 Mendocino #5 11 x 14 inches

Another one in the series.

Painting #3 Mendocino Skies #4 11 x 14 inches

This is one of my favorites of the series.

Painting #4 Evening Light at Lake Francis 11 x 14 inches

I think that I will give this another try, the colors aren’t the best for a feeling that unifies. Always another day and painting.

Painting #5 Clarity Rising 11 x 14 inches

Just throwing paint around hoping and searching for something different.

Painting #6 Mendocino #7 11 x 14 inches

Another one on 300# Arches primed with acrylic gloss medium. Looks like I will be buying more 300# Arches! So darn expensive though.

Painting #7 Given 11 x 14 inches

An abstract for the bunch, I love exploring shapes and colors.

Painting #8 untitled wip 11 x 14 inches

This one is a wip and I will be taking my time to finish it up.

My husband and I will be leaving for Lassen National Park on Thursday. We will be going on the Indian motorcycle and camping, my favorite way to have fun! We both are going to be celebrating our birthdays at Lassen. His birthday is on the 9th and mine is on the 11th. I am so excited to say the least. Next post will be about our adventures at Lassen. Until then, thank you for stopping by.

The Indian Chief Classic and me

The Man (my husband)

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!

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!