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!

January Swinging

#1 “Tranquility” – 11 x 14 inches – semi-abstract

I have been really letting loose lately after a few angsty days of trying too hard. I truly am an artist who prefers to follow my imagination rather than focusing on what my art “should” look like. Talk about freedom!

#2 “Brewing” – 11 x 14 inches – abstracted sky

I saw a fantastic photo of one of my friends on Facebook and felt inspired by it. I asked her permission to use it as a reference photo. Heather Anthony Kieley lives in Arizona and the vistas there are quite beautiful. I used a lot of thick paint on a semi wet paper. I used my intuition in order to get the look I wanted.

#3 untitled – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I like to get in and get out when I paint. I have been called a “straight shooter” I suppose it carries over to my approach to painting. This is definitely an allaprima painting.

#4 – “Glow” 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I made up for my angsty days by painting 5 new paintings in one quick secession, one after another and boy was it freeing!

#5 “The Forest Awaits” – 13 x 19 inches – abstracted landscape

Painting from my imagination is addictive! Yes, indeed. The thrill and magic of painting blindly is wonderful, give it a try sometime.

#6 “Essence of Spirit”- 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I kept at this until I was satisfied. It took me a few days to complete it but so worth it. It was as though I was being whispered to.

#7 “Serenity’s Hope” – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

The last one group. Thank you for taking the time to read and view my paintings! Until next time!

Anniversary and More

Painting #1 “A Matter of Perspective” – 13 x 19 inches – imaginescape

I really enjoyed working on the above painting. I have a tendency to rush paintings. I think that I like the excitement and I have found that I paint best by not knowing what is around the corner. But I often allow myself to get too carried away and push a painting too far. I used restraint and intuition while working on this particular one. I enjoyed watching this painting come alive.

Painting #2 untitled – 9 x 14 inches – imaginescape

The photo doesn’t do this justice. The colors are subtle, yes, but richer in reality. Again I wanted a “less is more” look. Sometimes this is hard for me because I have a dramatic, throw caution to the wind attitude with watercolor.

Painting #3 “Peace” 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

As I mentioned I have an aggressive approach with my watercolors. I do believe the reason is that I push until I get the feeling and look I want. I used to do this with my pastel portraits. With watercolor it can be tricky because you can loose that freshness so easily. One thing I have learned is that if you have a confidence and use care, you can push watercolors. Rarely have I lost a painting ( in my opinion) when I work with that confidence. Don’t mess with a watercolor out of dissatisfaction, it will show it, believe me.

Painting #4 untitled – 9 x 14 inches -imaginescape

The foreground was not cooperating and soon it became apparent that the sky was the star. I cropped it and now painting and I are happy.

Painting #5 – untitled – 13 x 19 inches – imaginescape

I had posted this on Instagram and I decided to delete it. I initially loved it but wasn’t too sure about the dark foreground. I am going to put it aside for a while and assess it later when my eyes are fresh. It has an other worldly appearance to me. Also it reminds me of the paintings of Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt, one of my favorite artists.

Our wedding on January 11th, 1986

David and I have been married for 34 years now. He retired last month after 24 years with the Forest Service. He worked as a seasonal for a few years before he was hired full time. This wedding anniversary was a little special because of his retirement.

That’s all for now! If you have any questions about my art, shoot!

A New Year!

Painting #1 “Hidden Treasure” -13 x 19 inches – semi-abstract

A Happy New year to all of you! I loved the painting above. I love the way that Fr. Ultramarine Blue and Piemontite Genuine combines. I love it even better than the blue combined with Burnt Sienna. I thought that I would start a sky painting but somehow it evolved into a semi-abstract of a cleft in a rock? Regardless of what it is, I really love what I ended up with.

Painting #2 “Newness” 13 x 19 inches

I used two colors and by the time the colors mingled and turned into the greens that you see here. It was a balancing act to maintain the individual colors in the sky. I love living on the creative edge!

Painting #3 Untitled – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I wanted to see what I can do differently with a simple seascape. A colorful outcome but I like the drama at the bottom half.

Painting #4 Untitled – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

A little drama goes a long way!

Painting #5 “Desire” – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

One of the reasons I really love watercolor is the granulation one can achieve, especially with Daniel Smith watercolors. By the time I completed this painting, it reminded me of a swamp.

Painting #6 “Humbug Creek”

Once in a while I go back to working with a reference photo. This creek is located near the Yuba River and along one of my favorite trails.

Painting #7 untitled – 11 x 14 inches – semi-abstract

I reworked this one to give it more punch.

Painting #8 untitled – imaginescape

I often let my imagination run about to keep things loose and fresh. Nothing really too serious, perhaps allowing my creative self to get out of the tight restraints of my expectations. I really feel that it is important to play. Well that’s it for now. Stay creative!

December Painting

Painting #1 “Santuary” 11 x 14 inches

I can’t believe that it is December already! The painting above started out with nothing in mind using two colors (quin. Deep gold and a warm black) to start and added a few others (Maganese Blue) to give it the dimension that I was looking for. Once I brushed on my colors, I envisioned a redwood forest. I decided to go for an overall feeling of light rather than focusing on the details. There is nothing like a light filled redwood forest.

Painting #2 “The Essence of Time” 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I painted this several months ago and decided to rework it. I really like how it turned out. I am planning on mounting it to a cradled board and then waxing it to a finish.

Painting #3 “O Thou Who Art Enthroned in the Heavens” Psalm 123 – 13 x 19 inches

This one is from my imagination. The title came to me once I was finished. The book of Psalms is one of my favorites in the Bible.

Painting #4 “Eternal Kingdom” – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

Very fun to watch this appear once I brushed on my color.

Painting #5 “Beyond the Horizon” 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I reworked this one as well and am quite satisfied with it. This is a common theme for me.

Painting #6 “My Pleasure” 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

Painting #7 “A Matter of Vision” 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I wanted a simplistic minimally detail approach. The glow in the focal area doesn’t show up so well in this photo. I love the glow very much.

Painting # 8 untitled 11 x 14 inches – based on the redwoods

I used one of my photos of the redwoods. I liked the initial start but ended up being a little boring to me, simply because it is a little too straightforward. I hope to try abstracting it in order to get a little drama and feeling that I strive for.

I had some difficulty with uploading a couple of paintings on this post. I hope that they work out. Until next time!

Thanksgiving Snows

Painting #1 Haypress Creek – 11 x 14 inches

The painting above is based on our overnight camping in Sierra County with the Sierra Buttes in the background.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving complete with a snow storm, and a power outage. Our family decided to go ahead with our Thanksgiving plans regardless if we had power or not. With the recent planned power shut-offs here in Northern California, this recent outage was a piece of cake. It was fun to be able to see bear prints walking through our property, in fact right by our car. We are bear aware and try to be responsible. We haven’t had a problem yet, well in the last four years at least. Another story for another post.

Painting #2 Another Time – 11 x 14 inches

This one is entirely from my imagination, my favorite way to paint. I try going for a general essence or feeling.

Painting #3 In The Shadow of Thy Wings – 13 x 19 inches

I simply brushed on colors and chased shapes and light. Sometimes this approach takes a while to emerge. Often I have to set it aside in order for my creative vision to capture the direction that a painting wants to go. I have to trust this process which means that I paint blindly. It has taken me a while to understand that this is the best creative avenue for me.

Painting #4 The Secret Place – 13 x 19 inches

I have a fascination with caves, mines, mysterious nooks and crannies within nature. I have been deep in a gold mine several times, as deep as 2200 feet. I have explored the inner workings of the 16 to one mine that my husband worked in. I never felt uncomfortable, hard to explain but I find such places creatively stimulating.

Painting #5 The Light of Thy Countenance – 13 x 19 inches

As I worked on this painting it was as though I was trying to capture wisps of smoke. An illusive searching and at the end, I felt that some expressive brush strokes using transparent white was the last hurrah. I might have already posted this one but wanted to include my thought process while painting it.

Painting #6 Morning Hope 11 x 14 inches

Yes indeed! Glowing light is something that I often chase. I wanted a mysterious feeling with minimal detail.

I will leave you with a photo of my favorite place to hike, Bullards Bar Reservoir. Have a wonderful weekend!

Hello November!

Painting #1 “Healing” 12 x 14 inches

November 8th was the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire in the Paradise area in Butte County. 85 people died and approximately 19,000 homes were destroyed.

I didn’t intend on painting anything to do with the fire but I instinctively reached for hot colors. I painted three paintings that I feel relates to forest fires. This is the first one.

Painting #2 “Everlasting to Everlasting” – Psalm 90:2 11 x 14 inches

I suppose that giving my artwork titles referring to Bible scripture might turn people off but I can’t help when scripture seems to fit or comes to mind. I can’t deny that part of my creative self, let the chips fall, I say!

Painting #3 “Indian Creek” 13 x 19 inches

This one is based on the creek at the campground that my husband and I stayed at on the Mendocino coast. Painted on one of my favorite watercolor papers, Schut Noblesse. The white of the paper is the most brilliant of any paper I have ever used.

The stampmill at the Kentucky Mine Historical Park in Sierra City, California

My husband is retiring the end of this year and his retirement party was held at the Kentucky Mine Historical Park in Sierra City last weekend. He spent 25 years with the US Forest Service in the Minerals Dept.

Photo of my husband’s crew (1990’s era) at the 16 to 1 mine located in Sierra County. It was fun to see this photo at the museum located at the historical park. By the way, the 16 to 1 mine is the longest running mine in California.

Photo of my husband on left and a co-worker and my daughter and her husband.

We camped at Haypress Creek with the view of the Sierra Buttes. The entire campground was open to anyone who wanted to camp after the party, we were the brave souls who did. It was so cold but we had a great time.

Photo looking towards the Sierra Buttes. That glow in the sky is the Buttes. Yes, it was a beautiful morning and this was our view. Until next time, enjoy your November fall!

Power Outages, Oh My!

Painting #1 Temptest 11 x 14 inches

I struggled getting this photo uploaded, I am not surprised because these past several weeks have been a trial.

This latest shutoff was our 6th of an average length about 2-3 days long. Out most recent (restored today) was five days long. Interesting how I was getting used to dealing with it all, never take your electricity for granted!

Prior to our current property, we lived a further 8 miles up the road and at about 3400 feet. We had to deal with quite a few outages and one was a good 19 days long, can you imagine that! Our generator wasn’t working and the pipes leading from our 1,000 gallon water tower were completely frozen solid. I melted snow day in and day out on the wood stove. To help deal with it all, I read Laura Ignalls Wilder’s book, The Long Winter.

Painting #2 Freedom

The reason for the power shut-off has been due to our extremely dry and windy conditions here in northern California. Last November our electric power company was found to be the cause of the Camp fire in Paradise where 85 people lost their lives. To ensure safety for their customers, the decision to cut power has been made on windy and dry conditions. We have been told that this will be our new normal for the next 10 years. Yep

Painting #3 Yuba Shenanigans

I haven’t been able to paint during these outages because of how dark my art room is. I took this opportunity to do more hiking, outdoor work and reading. My grandson Rollin was over during the majority of this time and he took it in stride. We played many games of Crazy 8’s, he was a happy camper.

Rollin, my 11 year old grandson

We had so much fun regardless if we had power or not, we folks make do! Until next time, count your blessings.

Fall, My Favorite Season!

Painting #1

How blessed are those who long for Him – Isaiah 30:18

This past few weeks I have been very busy dealing with getting prepared for the change of weather. Fall is my favorite season. We were out of power for three days and I wasn’t able to paint so I cleaned my art studio.

The painting above was painted rather quickly. I am finding that I love the color combination of Piemontite Genuine and French Ultramarine Blue. I also used Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber.

Painting #2

Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Psalm 55:6

I started this painting while the power was out. I reached for a paint tube that I thought was an earth color but it actually was Quin. Magenta, yikes! I decided at that moment that I should wait until I could see to paint.

When the power returned, I continued with trying to see what I could salvage and I am now very happy with it. I was determined to make it work. Sometimes my paintings start out elusive and ends up being something I would never have envisioned. This one is painted on Arches hotpress which I am surprised that I could build up dimension quite well.

Painting #3

Have No Fear

An absolutely fun one to paint. It seemed to come out of pure obscurity.

Painting #4 – abstract

The Perfection of Beauty – Psalm 50:2

I think that the colors in this photo is rather dull compared to the actual painting but you get the general idea.

That is enough for now. I will be having my 11 year old grandson over for several days and I probably won’t be painting. I have several days of hiking planned for him. Perhaps I will post about our adventures. I have been taking him hiking with me since he was about 5 or 6 years old. I have made him promise to continue to hike throughout his life and in particular to take his own children on hikes. I hope that I can see that in my lifetime. Until next time, enjoy your week!

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!