April Blessings

Painting #1 untitled – landscape of Sierra Valley, Ca

I had a fantastic week of painting. I will be a busy with helping caretaking my soon to be 95 year old father-in-law. We are fortunate to live within 15 minutes of his home. As a family we are taking shifts (5 willing and able people). I am amazed how we can work together as a team. My father-in-law is a WW 2 vet who served as a Navy radioman in the Pacific theater. He has some amazing stories.

Now back to art, I already mentioned that I had a good week. I also felt a surge of inspiration which I can partly attribute to the owner of the photo reference for the above painting. I always use my own photos and imagination but every now and then I see a photo that I know I have to paint from. The area that this person lives is in an alpine valley here in Northern California, within 50 miles or so from me.

Painting #2 untitled – Sierra Valley – 11 x 14 inches

Another one based on a reference photo provided by a fellow Instagram poster @Forrest_house. I worked hard in getting my photo of this painting to match the true colors but it was hard. At least you get the general idea. It also looks grainy for whatever reason.

painting #3 – Carson Camp 1 – semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

This is an abstraction of a miner’s cabin in Carson Camp not far from the Ruby Mine where my husband worked as a trammer and then a driller. I hope to explore this subject more.

Painting #4 – Resurrection – semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

I started this with a canyon waterfall in mind but it seemed to morph into what you see here, alright then! I am okay with that.

Painting #5 – untitled – 11 x 14 inches

From my imagination, I love this kind of intuitive painting. One of my favorite painters, Cheng Khee Chee who studied under Edgar Whitney, refers to it as provisional painting, I like that.

Enough for now, have a fantastic weekend and week!


Cruising Through April

Painting #1 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I have a plan to limit my posting on Instagram to Saturdays and up to 3 of my best paintings of the week. I am not sure if I will do that here but I figured since I don’t post here very often, why limit myself. My hope is to focus more on painting rather than on the posting.

The above painting was in two layers. I wanted to punch it up and shoot for drama. Purely from my imagination where I like to be creative.

Painting #2 – 11 x 14 inches – imaginescape

A fun one, water always seems to sneak into my paintings, mist also showed up, at least it looks like mist!

Painting #3 – Bullards – 11 x 14 inches

This is one that I previously posted but I reworked it to give it more depth in the sky and darks in the landscape.

Painting #4 imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

Last one for this post, I am working on taking it slower with my paintings. I am often fired up and I brim over with creativity and yet I think that I rush paintings to completion before they are ready. I feel that I am an allaprima artist, watercolor needs a softer and slower approach (sometimes!) I will try to be both but with discretion. Until next time, have a wonderful week!

April Rising

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

I can’t believe that March is just about over. The above painting was an experiment using French Ultramarine Blue with Piemontite Geniune. I am in love with Piemontite Geniune, it is such a beautiful, vivid color made by Daniel Smith.

Painting #2 “Brilliance” – semi-abstract – 11 x 15 inches

Another experiment, another session one of jumping in to discover what I can manage to do something different. All l had in mind was to keep my colors clean and pure, I think that I like the outcome.

Painting #3 untitled – imaginescape – 14 x 19 inches

I have been edging into painting larger, only reason I resist it at times is because I am so stingy with my paper. I wished that the epic look comes across but you get the general idea.

Painting #4 – untitled – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

A theme that seems to keep cropping up, I suppose I have a love for skyscapes.

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

I have been trying to paint more methodically and slowly. I am an allaprima artist or perhaps I am an impatient one!

Painting #6 “Morning at Hall’s Ranch” – 11 x 14 inches

Another one that I built up slowly and intuitively.

Painting #7 “Early Bright” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

Just playing around with color and values.

Painting #8 – “Burst” – abstract – 14.5 x 21 inches

I worked on this for over a week, taking my time in assessing it and using my creative intuition to bring it to completion. I think that the universe seems to show up in my abstracts.

I am more and more relying on my inner intuition, for me this is my true creativity, my favorite way of painting. The more I tap into this way of painting, I feel at home and confident. That’s it for now, see you next month!

March Days

Painting #1 “The Future Is Here” – imaginescape – 14.5 x 19.5 inches

I had no idea where this painting was going. I was in an angst while trying to decipher how I was going to paint it. I threw caution to the wind and ended up with a painting that I am proud of. The sky is abstracted and decided to leave it as is.

Painting #2 “Rapids At Shenanigan Flat” – 11 x 14 inches

When I paint a painting based on a real place, I use a photo to jumpstart from but rely on my intuition about 80%. I never thought that I would work this way because I thought that I bankrupt in the imagination department. Ha! What a wonderful surprise to find that I do have it.

Painting #3 “To Catch A Fish” -11 x 14 inches

There is a story to this scene which is based on an area on the North Yuba river just outside Downieville here in Northern California. I was planning for weeks to plein air paint and when I arrived, a fly fisherman had already arrived. I was not going to be deterred from my plan. I was a bit forceful in asking if he was planning on fishing here. Of course that was the plan but I was hoping otherwise. I asked exactly where he planned on standing and in the outset he was reassuring me (and apologically) he wasn’t going to be in my way. Hilarious the fact that he arrived first.

I always think about that experience when I drive by or paint this scene.

Painting #4 “Shenanigan Glory” – 11 x 14 inches

A joy working on hotpress paper painting my favorite scene on the North Yuba river.

Painting #5 “The Calm Within Chaos” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I decided to rework this one. I often will pull out paintings to reassess them. Fresh eyes always seems to work.

Painting #6 “Beyond Knowledge” – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

I worked entirely by intuition with this one. I worked slowly and just enough detail to give it visual grip.

Painting #7 – imaginescape – 11 x 14 inches

Another painting that started out in angst but it seemed to come together magically. I was determined not to be scared off by the uncertainty.

Painting #8 “Mystery” – imaginescape/semi-abstract – 11 x 14 inches

I started this particular painting with no idea whatsoever in mind. Basically using my 2 inch Chinese hake, I brushed on thick paint on wet paper. I “built” my painting as my intuition guided me. I am convinced more and more this is how I paint the best that fits my demeanor.

Until next time!

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!