Time Flies!

#1 Untitled -mixed media- 11 x 14 inches

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.

#2 The Depths of My Desire – acrylic on canvas – 9 x 12 inches

I have been enjoying dabbling into acrylics and I had no plan in mind, somehow a redwood forest appeared.

#3 Expectance – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

Sometimes I run out of explanations, ask any questions and I will answer them.

#4 Serenity – watercolor – 7.25 x 11 inches

Love how these colors blended.

#5 Homecoming – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

I enjoy exploring colors and shapes and I let loose in this abstract watercolor.

#6 Forever Yours – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

I wasn’t sure if this one was going to work out, I continued on until I felt satisfied.

#7 One Morning – watercolor – 11 x 14 inches

This is based on an early morning drive to town. The light was absolutely beautiful.

#8 untitled – watercolor 11 x 14 inches

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.

Until next time! Stay safe, stay positive!

Happy Independence Day!

Painting #1 “Grace Abounds” – 8.5 x 10.5 – watercolor

We need a little grace in our lives, don’t you think? Crazy times of late, though let’s remain positive and forget about all the ugliness and focus on beauty.

Painting #2 “My God, My Rock” Psalm 18:2 – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

I was so surprised how this one turned out. I pushed it until I reached the look and feel that I truly aim for.

Painting #3 “Blessings” 14 x 19 inches – watercolor

I decided to call this done after letting it sit for several months. I should spend more time with describing my approach and technique but I am thinking that I should get to bed, it’s late!

Painting #4 Oregon Creek study – 8.5 x 10.5 inches – watercolor

I am working on a larger piece and I have been working on smaller studies to loosen up. I was pleased how this one turned out though it is quite colorful.

Painting #5 – Inspired by Lassen Volcanic Park – 5 x 7 inches – watercolor

Another little painting to loosen up.

Painting #6 “Crimson II” – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

Last but not least, a minimally painted piece for fun. I often like to stretch myself by doing something completely different.


June Rising

Painting #1 – Hope Breaking – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

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.

Painting #2 Waiting – 12 x 14 inches – watercolor

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!

Painting #3 Beyond Time – 11 x 14 inches – mixed media

Another mindscape! I love watching how a painting evolves.

Painting #4 Van Gogh Skies – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

I painted this several months ago and I punched up the colors and values.

Painting #5 – untitled – 12 x 14 inches – watercolor

Inspired by my visits to Lassen Volcanic Park north of me.

Continue reading “June Rising”

May End

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.

Painting #2 Wonder – imagined landscape – 11 x 14 inches

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.

Painting #3 Radiance – imagined landscape – 11 x 14 inches

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!

Painting #4 Untitled – abstracted landscape – 11 x 14 inches

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.

Photo of my favorite trail at Bullards Bar reservoir

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!

Vision of Hope

Painting #1 “Vision of Hope” 11 x 14 inches

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.

Painting #3 untitled

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.

Painting #5 “Dawn Rising”

I absolutely love the colors of this painting. It simply glows with light and feeling.

Painting #6 untitled

I keep thinking that I might do more with this one and yet I like the minimal approach.

Painting #7 wip

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.

Take care and stay safe!

April Gloaming

Painting #1 Vision of Hope – 11 x 14 inches

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.

Painting #2 Look to The West – 11 x 14 inches

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.

Painting #3 Enrichment – 12 x 14 inches

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.

Painting #4 Crimson – 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas

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.

Painting #5 Heavenly Focus

An essential part of my approach is to capture the essence of the scene rather than focusing on the subject alone.

Painting #6 Untitled

A fun colorful one, though I do need a title.

Painting #7 Essence – 12 x 14 inches

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!

Art is a Safe Haven!

Painting #1 – In Thy Light We See Light Psalm 36:9

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.

Painting #2 – The Light of His Presence

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.

Painting #3 – Heavens’ Storm

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.

Painting #4 – The Hiding Place

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.

Painting #5 – Looking to the Light

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!

Painting #6 – On The Horizon

No explanation needed unless you have a question.

Painting #7 – Hope for the Future

Yes indeed! That positive attitude showing up. I had to hold myself back from overdoing it with this one.

Painting #8 – A New Day

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!

So Busy!

Painting #1 The Falls – 11 x 14 inches

I have been so busy lately with spring chores and general life that I haven’t been able to paint as much as I like. The painting above is based on a location about 10 minutes down the road from me. It is a well known spot for skinny dipping. For me it is a beautiful spot to plein air paint. It is’nt easy to access but worth it.

Painting #2 Untitled 11 x 14 inches mixed media

I decided to punch up this watercolor painting with using Neocolor II Water-soluble Artists’ Pastels from Caran d’Ache. Long title! I had to copy and paste that one. I have had these crayons for years and I really like them.

Painting #3 Untitled 16 x 20 inches – mixed media on canvas

I used a combination of inks, acrylic and collaged paper to create the above abstract.

Painting #4 Passages – 13.5 x 19 inches – watercolor

The essence of this one is lost in the photo but I simply love this one. Pure watercolor.

Painting #5 untitled – 11 x 14 inches – mixed media

I kept with this hoping that an image or focal area would emerge. Happy now.

Painting #6 Pathways – 11 x 14 inches – mixed media

I was in a bit of a lull and tried some more mixed media. I am not convinced that this approach is me. I see too many mixed media of this caliber. I am treating it as an exercise.

Painting #7 Divine Alacrity – 11 x 14 inches – watercolor

Last one of the group. The photo doesn’t do this one justice. I am still stabbing away at depicting the woods.

Keep safe, stay positive and hang in there people. Crazy world right now but we will eventually see better times, hope is precious in times like these.

Almost Done

Painting #1 Untitled – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

The title of this post sounds dramatic but I am about done with the available space on my WordPress account. Do I open another account? Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated.

Painting #2 – Quiet Composure -imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I worked on the above painting over a matter of several weeks perhaps longer. I lost the foreground several times and I feel that the sky and background is the star. I am not only a fan of lumunism, I adore tonalism. I feel that perhaps this painting leans towards tonalism.

Painting #3 Within the Veil, Hebrews 6:19 – 11 x 14 inches

I worked a little more values in the background of this one.

Painting #4 Fire Skies 11 x 14 inches on cradled board

I painted this one within days of the Camp fire in Paradise.

Painting #5 Who Made Heaven and Earth – 12 x 14 inches

This is a mixed media of which I am slowly getting into to. I have to rework my studio layout in order to have everything ready.

Painting #6 Another View – 11 x 14 inches

This one is gouache over a watercolor underpainting. Though I did leave the sunlit background alone, in other words, just watercolor showing.

Painting #7 – Bullards – 11 x 14 inches

I am planning on mounting this onto a cradled board. My son-in-law has been making me some boards for mounting my watercolors onto. I find that certain paintings excell at being mounted and others are better off behind glass. It seems like it is an extension of the painting process. I really like the look of a mounted watercolor.

Painting #8 Abundance – 11 x 14 inches

Last but not least of the group. Another one from my imagination and I like what appeared. Sometimes abundance shows up in my studio! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend, carry on!

Painting Life

#1 Admission 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

February is turning out to be a busy time of painting. The painting above was painted fairly quickly. I purchased a new color by Daniel Smith, Indian Red which is the best to strike and leave it alone. That’s alright with me because I like to get in and get out.

#2 Untitled 11 x 14 inches – Bullards Bar reservoir

Sometimes I work with a photo, this one is based on Bullards Bar reservoir where I hike and play.

#3 Untitled 11 x 14 inches – inspired by Lassen

This one was inspired by Lassen Volcanic Park, one of my favorite places to go to. I wanted to paint what mattered and forego needlt detail.

#4 Red – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

Yes, a little color right?! Yes! Don’t hold back I say!

#5 Gentleness – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

Less is more! No explanation needed.

#6 – Waiting for Truth – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I enjoyed working with my imagination for this one. Are those trees, people? You decide.

#7 untitled – 11 x 14 inches

Last one of the group. Have a wonderful week, use some imagination!