Storming February

Painting #1 North Yuba Morning

11 x 14 inches

February has been a month of snow, rain, wind and painting, of course! The painting above is of one of my favorite places to plein air paint.

Painting #2 Shenanigan Bright 11 x 14 inches

I felt that this painting from last year needed more depth so I reworked it, so glad I did.

Painting #3 Break Through 11 x 14 inches

I have been feeling frustrated for the past few days and today I decided enough was enough and to jump in. I think that I have been spending more time on rendering and being careful painting. I do better when I throw caution to the wind and take risks. This is the best way for me to tap into that creativity that I cherish.

This painting is on Schut Noblesse watercolor paper which is a dream to paint on. It supposedly can be difficult to work with but I have gotten use to it.

Painting #4 Another Morning on the Yuba 15 x 19 inches

I decided to go big this time. I am so stingy with my paper supply so I tend to paint on quarter sheets. I need to paint larger because it is freeing. This one is on hotpress watercolor paper.

Painting #5 untitled

An imaginescape which was absolutely fun to paint.

Painting#6 untitled 11 x 14 inches

I have been running out of ideas for titles. Another imaginescape which can stretch your mind and skill, I recommend it.

Painting #7 Yuba Dreaming 11 x 14 inches

I can’t resist coming back and painting this scene again.

Painting #8 Humbug Creek 11 x 14 inches

I was afraid that I over-painted this one, perhaps I did but at least I managed a good focal point.

That’s all for now, I will see you all in March! Cheers!


January Cruising

Painting #1 11 x 14 inches – remembered landscape

The painting above is based on an area on the Canyon Creek Trail in Sierra County. I live about 20 minutes from the trailhead.

I am so happy that the Government shutdown is over for now. I enjoyed having my husband at home but what a relief to have things back to normal.

Painting #2 Overlook to Cherokee Hill 11 x 14 inches

As I am writing this post, I realized that I might have gotten the name of the ridge incorrect. I might have to come back to correct it once I remember.

I am preparing to start a pastel painting of the view from the backyard of the old home of my sister’s. She and my mother lived there since 1979. I lived there for about 4 years.

Painting #3 untitled 11 x 14 inches

This painting is based on a photo that I took several years ago in Sierra County.

Painting #4 “Morning at Goose Lake” 11 x 14 inches

I planned on capturing this scene without tedious detail. I used Phthalo Blue for the first time in months, boy was I scrambling to get it under control! I take it as a good exercise in not freaking out!

Painting #5 “Abundance” 11 x 14 inches – semi-abstract

I initially started this as a fairly realistic painting but it seemed to turn more into abstraction. It is based on Sand Pond which is located near the Sierra Buttes.

Painting #6 untitled –

This scene is based on a photo that I have taken on a local trail that I hike 3-4 times a week. This is the part of the Bullards Bar trail system that my children and I would swim, hike, bike and explore. In that little creek they would look for salamanders. Time flies by because they both are now in their 30’s!

That is all for now, see you in February!

January Chilling

Painting #1 “Cascade” semi-abstract of falls

I can’t believe how fast this month has flown! I finally received my paper and yet already worrying about running out! In reality I have a lot of paper but I am not wanting to hold back for any reason.

The painting above was painted fast and furiously, which is my favorite way to paint. It keeps me from second guessing myself and truth be told I love the excitement of painting by the seat of my pants!

Painting #2 “Clear Skies At Bullards” 11 x 14 inches

I hike at Bullards reservoir about 3-4 times a week, sometimes more. I am planning on painting this area more simply because it is near and dear to my heart.

Painting #3 untitled 11 x 15 inches

I originally had gone out one early morning to plein air paint. I was perched on a slope and I was not having an easy time of it. I decided to watch the sunrise and when I got home, I decided to paint the experience from memory. It was the first time I have ever painted from my memory, now it is my preferred method of painting.

Painting #4 untitled

This is yet another painting of an area along the North Yuba which intrigues me. It is about a 20 minute drive to the trailhead.

Painting #5 “Glow” 11 x 14 inches

Another painting of Bullards. I enjoyed painting this but the slow build up of layers started to get my doubt to churning. I would like to try it again and strive for more dynamic looseness.

Painting #6 “Evening at Bullards II” 11 x 14 inches

I initially liked this one, though the headlands look a bit too uncertain. All in all it is another attempt at capturing my local haunt.

Painting #7 “Time” 11 x 14 inches

A fun painting, an imaginescape as I like to call them.

I think that is about all for now. This month has been stressful and yet fun. Stressful because of not knowing how long the government shutdown will last. My husband has been on furlough for almost a month now. We are lucky to have such a wonderful bank because I don’t think that our savings alone could have carried us this far. I am also happy that our house, car and motorcycle are paid off and in the clear. Thank goodness for that! Here’s to counting our blessings and having more time with my husband and more painting!

January Chilling

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

Today is our Anniversary, we have been married for 33 years! Can you imagine? The years literally flew by. I was tempted to paint today but it will have to wait. This particular one was painted yesterday and very quickly. In fact I suppose you can call it an alla prima painting.

Painting #2 untitled 11 x 14 inches

I was going to write about my upcoming painting that I will be doing for my brother but at the moment I cannot find it. Looks like I need to have my niece resend it to me.

The above painting was painted furious and boldly. I like to paint fast though I have been trying to train myself to slow down.

Painting #3 untitled 11 x 14 inches

Seems like I have been drawing a blank on titles for these paintings. Another fun one. It is moody and dark but my photo doesn’t show the glow that is quite apparent in the painting.

Painting #4 “Vision” 11 x 14 inches

I wanted to hold back on the details and let the lighting be the focus. I truly love minimalism.

Painting #5 “Sparkle of Joy” 11 x 14 inches

One of those paintings that burst on the paper.

Painting #6 “Awareness” – remembered landscape – 11 x 14 inches

After I painted this I realized that it reminded me of an area where I used to cross country ski. It is located up near the hard rock gold mine where my husband worked as a trammer. I would drop my daughters off at school and then drive on up and spend at least 4 glorious (and lonely) hours. I didn’t really think what would happen if I got injured. Ah the days of youth! This area was of course ungroomed, I never saw a soul out there.

Painting #7 “Life in the Shadows” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

Last one for this post. I painted four paintings yesterday and will need to work a bit more on them before calling them finished. I have been trying to get myself to slow down and be more methodical rather than paint in a furious, devil may care approach. Cheers!

January and New Beginnings

Painting #1 Untitled – imaginescape 11 x 14 inches

The above painting came about intuitively and after I finished it, I was surprised that it looks like there is an angel in the sky! My daughter wants this one.

My last post of 2018 was rather melancholy. I am happy to say that I was able to process through my feelings over the Camp Fire here in California. I was not personally affected by the fires but I was emotionally affected.

I have been painting when I can and I was able to complete the portrait commission for my son-in-laws’ mother. She loves it and was deeply moved by it. Whew, ever so happy that now I can focus on my watercolors.

Painting #2 “Forest of Clarity” semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

So exciting when I don’t know what will show up in my paintings.

Painting #3 “In My Dreams” – imaginescape 11 x 14 inches

I suppose that I am in love with landscapes. I enjoy painting portraits though it is the landscape that is close to my heart.

Painting #4 “Shine” – remembered landscape – 11 x 14 inches

This is just a quick painting as a prelude to a more detailed painting based on Bullards Bar Resevoir. I am hoping to get started on it soon.

Painting #5 “The Wonder of Life” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I purchased a few sheets of Arches hotpress and I had forgotten how much I enjoy painting on it. It keeps me on my toes guessing how the paper will react to paint and water.

Painting #6 “Transformation” – semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

Such a fun painting session with this one.

Painting #7 Untitled – 11 x 14 inches

I painted this with pure abandon and bold color.

Painting #8 Another Promise” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I really like this one, I did go back with some Cobalt Blue in the mountains.

Painting #9 wip pastel

This is a plein air pastel of an area on the north coast of California where we often vacation. I have been slowly working on it.

Well, I think that is enough for this post, I have about 4 or 5 more paintings to share which can wait till another time.

This year I have some expectations for myself. I am wanting to branch out and challenge myself with more plein air painting and portraits. I have been kicking around the idea of approaching several galleries. I am horrible at self promotion and have no idea how or where to start. I guess I will learn as I jump in, right?

Until next time, cheers!

A Break Until January

Painting #1 “Fire Skies” 11 x 14 inches

I have decided to take a break and will return in January. I am a very positive person but with the Camp Fire affecting my neighboring communities, I have been dealing with some depression. I was worried the first week about a friend of mine who lived in Paradise. Once I heard that he and his wife were safe and sound, I was relieved. Sad to hear that he had lost everything in this fire.

Painting #2 “Foreboding” 11 x 14 inches

As the fires raged, I couldn’t help but paint what I was feeling. I was a Butte County resident during my college years in the 1980’s. This area is dear to my heart. My husband and I often ride up to Chico and Paradise for the day. It will be forever changed.

Painting #3 untitled 11 x 14 inches

This one was not as successful as I have hoped it would be. Perhaps a little busy. It turned more into a semiabstract.

Painting #4 “Fury” 11 x 14 inches

I just couldn’t get the fires out of my system.

Painting #5 untitled 11 x 14 inches

I don’t know what to think about this one, not sure where this is. Not sure if it success.

Painting #6 “Wistful” 11 x 14 inches

After completing this one I felt that I needed to take a break. My attitude towards my art has taken a big slump. I don’t like having such a negative attitude. I have decided to take a break from posting until January. I do have a pastel portrait to finish and I will continue with that.

I will see you all in January!

November coming

Painting #1 “Free to Dream” – remembered landscape – 11 x 15 inches

The above painting turned out to be more abstracted than I intended and I like it! I will be working exclusively on my portrait commission in November. I was able to flip some failed paintings over and paint some new paintings. I know, I know I need to buckle down and get serious. I will be now focusing on the task at hand.

Painting #2 “The Light” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

Painting #3 Solitude Dreaming – imaginescape – 11 x 15 inches

I almost gave up on this one (typical for me) but kept at it until I felt better about it. I was surprised by how many people on Instagram really like it.

Painting #4 untitled – imaginescape – 9.5 x 14 inches

Painting#5 untitled – imaginescape – 15 x 20 inches

Painting #6 untitled – semiabstract – 15 x 20 inches

I loved painting this one. I naturally paint intutively and when it comes together so easily, it is pure joy and magical.

Painting #7 untitled – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I have discovered that I prefer #140 over 300# paper. The above paper is 300# and it soaks up paint so much more which then turns insipid (to me). I use a lot of thick paint and yet I still have to go back in with even thicker paint.

Painting #8 “Peace” abstract – 11 x 14 inches

Last one for now. This was originally painted months ago and I decided to rework it, I am glad that I did.

Have a wonderful week!

A Break from the Break!

“Out of the Mist” – imaginescape 11 x 15 inches

I am taking a moment to post a couple of recent paintings. I have been enjoying my break from posting and having a blast painting. Unfortunately I have ran out of my watercolor paper. I am suppose to be working on a pastel portrait commission for Christmas. I decided not to purchase any more paper it paint until I finish the commission. Good luck me!

“Interlude” – abstracted imaginescape – 11 x 15 inches

I have been working on focusing on painting without an audience. I have noticed that I fall into that trap especially on Instagram. I truly don’t like that tendency of mine. Part of why I have taken a break was to pull away from that imagined audience. It has done wonders in that aspect.

I am unsure if I will be posting again in October, we’ll see. As I mentioned I will be busy with a commission. My daughters’ mother-in-law wanted a portrait of her and her husband. I am enjoying it so far. They are originally from Mexico and I have been listening to music from their country of origin to set the mood. Very enjoyable to say the least. Until then, enjoy the fall weather!

October Break

Painting #1 “Pillar of Strength” -imaginescape

I will be taking a break from posting in October. I have a lot of outdoor work to do to get ready for fall and winter. I am looking forward to a break. For some reason I have been very picky with my painting lately. I will be painting but not as much as I normally do.

Painting #2 “It Isn’t As It Seems To Be” – abstract

I love returning to my intuitive abstracts, something that allows my spirit and creativity to soar.

Painting #3 “Mist on the Yuba”

Returning to reality work keeps me grounded and bored! I do like to fly with creativity and reality scenes does help me hone my skills.

Painting #4 “The Beginning” abstract

I originally titled this The End but someone thought that it looks like a womb, I think that it looks more like the title should be The Beginning. My sister gave me some of her art supplies and among them were water soluble oil pastels. They are so rich and creamy, of course I had to try them out on a watercolor painting. So here it the results.

Painting #5 untitled – remembered landscape

I just had to paint Bullards reservoir again.

Painting #6 “Everlasting Springs” – imaginescape

I turned over a failed painting and painted this one. I had some paint splotches which I don’t really mind. I used them to create several birds in the sky, not sure if it works but that’s alright!

Painting #7 “Reflections” – imaginescape

I hope that this coming month is productive and fun for all of you. October is my favorite month and I plan to enjoy it, until next time, cheers and God Bless! ❤️

October Around the Corner

Painting #1 “Amber Skies” – imaginescape – 11.5 x 15 inches

I have painted up a storm this month. In fact this week I painted 11 paintings in one day! Crazy!!

Painting #2 “Infinity” – remembered landscape – 10.5 x 15 inches

I love the softness of this one.

Painting #3 “Evening Sky at Bullards” – 10.5 x 15 inches

I always like to return to painting Bullards. I am fortunate that I live just a spit and holler from this beautiful area. I hike the trails 3-4 times a week, yes, I am spoiled.

Painting #4 “Mystic Woods” -semi-abstract – 11.5 x 15 inches

I enjoy exploring my imagination and always looking for what will show up next.

Painting #5 “Looking Forward” – imaginescape – 11.5 x 15 inches

I am so surprised that I can tap into my imagination, I used to think that I didn’t have one! I am continually being surprised.

Painting #6 “Another Day in Paradise” – imaginescape – 11 x 15 inches

I love the light in this one.

Painting #6 “Joy” – imaginescape – 11 x 15 inches

Sometimes I feel like I riding a wave of joy when I am able to paint scenes like this.

Painting #7 “Longing” 11.5 x 15 inches

My daughter wanted this one when she saw it. She said that it is “moody”, what a compliment!

Painting #8 “Abundance” – imaginescape – 11 x 15 inches

I bought a new Daniel Smith color, Green Apalite Geniune and it is a beautiful mixer. Well, that is enough for now. I have so many more to share, I will be doing another post in a few days. I am planning on taking a break from posting in October. I will continue to paint, though I will be working on some outdoor projects. Until then, enjoy your weekend!