Fall is Coming

Painting #1 “Guidance” 11.5 x 15 inches – abstract

I am a little resistant to the fact that fall is coming but at the same time I love fall. The colors, the change of lighting. The above painting was intuitively painted, starting with a bold yellow circle of paint. My favorite way of painting. I never draw or plan out a painting, I simply jump in and paint myself out, I guess I like to live on the edge.

Painting #2 “In My Dreams” 11.25 x 14.25 inches – imaginescape

I like to try out different color combinations, it helps me to keep things interesting.

Painting #3 “Faith Rising” 11.25 x 14.50 – imaginescape

I never know what I will get at the start of a painting, I am a person who normally likes to see where I am going but in painting, I like the unknown. Watercolor for me is an exciting partner.

Painting #4 “Living Waters” 11.25 x 14.50 – imaginescape

Followed by intuition to the last stroke.

Painting #5 “What Dreams Are Made Of” 11 x 15 inches – imaginescape

Oh yeah, this one was a thrill to paint.

Painting #6 “Blessings” 11.5 x 15 inches – imaginescape

Painting #7 “Light on the Horizon” 11 x 15 inches – imaginescape

One of those paintings that I derived from the joy of a different color combo.

I have so many more to share but I think that I will have to post more often to keep up with all of the paintings. I feel that I have hit an amazing level of breakthrough lately. I feel blessed. Have a wonderful rest of the week, keep painting or whatever you love to do in your life!


The Last Days of August

Painting #1 “Once Upon A Time” imaginescape 11 x 14 inches

I love painting from my imagination, nothing like it. I prefer not knowing the outcome, crazy because I used to be scared stiff about how a painting would turn out. Thinking about it, our approach to life can benefit from this attitude.

Painting #2 “The Day is Coming” 11.25 x 15 inches – imaginescape

I have been getting a few comments on how dramatic my paintings are. I suppose that I like to push for the extreme in my paintings. I find that ordinary subjects are boring or perhaps I am striving for my paintings to evoke emotion.

Painting #3 “Beyond the Horizon” 11.75 x 15 inches – imaginescape

I wanted to see how Piemonlite Genuine and Payne’s Blue Gray would mix, yes!

Painting #4 “Peaceful Waters” 11.5 x 14.5 inches – imaginescape

I wanted to change it up and boy did I! The photo doesn’t do justice.

Painting #5 “Rest in Me” 11 x 14.5 inches – imaginescape

I was very nervous the day I painted this. My husband went down to buy a new motorcycle, an Indian Chief Classic. The price and opportunity was a right but big purchases doesn’t come easy for a conservative person like myself.

As nervous as I was, it didn’t seem to come across in my painting!

I had to include a photo of the Indian and myself on our first ride together. I am totally in love with this beast of a machine. My husband and I are planning to go up to Canada on this bike, we have a lot of prep and planning to do.

Painting #6 “Around the Bend” 11.25 x 15 inches

I like to paint the Yuba river to keep in practice, don’t you know.

Painting #7 “Natures’Glory” 11.25 x 15 inches

This one is based on the Sierra Buttes though I chose not to be geographically correct in rendering the mountain, I am a huge fan of Chiura Obata and he often depicted Yosemite in his own way, with his distinctive vision.

If you know me well enough by now, you know that I am intrigued by the Asian artists. I share their approach to painting the essence of nature.

That does it for now, enjoy the lazy days of summer.

August and Beyond

Painting #1 imaginescape

“Hope” 11×14.75 inches

I am happy to say that I have an air conditioning unit in my art room. I was able to paint in comfort for the first time this summer. Usually during the rest of the year I paint until 4 pm. During the summer I can’t seem to go beyond 2 pm. So yay me!

Back to the painting. This one was painted rather quickly and without planning. I have found that I rather be under the gun and paint not knowing the outcome. For some reason this enables more magical creativity, this is amazing considering that I am a recovering perfectionist!

Painting #2

“Good Morning Shenanigan Flat” 11×14.25 inch

This is a scene that I like to return to. I think that I have painted it over 20 times. I could easily paint it 20 times more. I painted this on 140# Waterford Saunders hotpress. I am in love with this paper, it is heavenly to work on.

Painting #3 imaginescape

“Enlightened” 10.5 x 15 inches

One of those that was painted quickly. I am considering knocking down that far hill on the right. Seems to be too strident. We’ll see.

Painting #4 imaginescape

Untitled – 10.5 x 14 inches

I loved using Daniel Smith’s Quin. Sienna with this one. I might have to correct some areas along the water, that is an easy fix.

Painting #5 imaginescape

“Purple Haze” 10.5 x 14 inches

Oh yeah, so fun to paint this one. Sometimes I like to change it up and using a different color combo often helps. I have to admit that I often become bored with doing the same thing. All I have to do is try out different colors.

Painting #6 “Sunset at Bullards” 7 x 9 inches

This plein air was painted last year and I decided to re-work it a bit, mainly giving it some highlights.

Painting #7 abstract “Look Beyond” 10.5 x 14.25 inches

I really liked the waffle texture of this paper, no idea which brand, I need to find out which one.

Painting #8 plein air of Shenanigan Flat 7x 9 inches

This one is from last year. I reworked the background a bit.

Well, that is it for now. I have more paintings to post but will catch up at a later date. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

The Last of July Painting

Painting #1 “Abundance” 10.25 x 14.5 inches – imaginescape

I had a creative burst and this painting was the product. I believe that this is one of my favorites of this month. I painted it in one furious layer. I truthfully love to hit it hard and get out with no need to go back to punch it up or with more details. Reason is because I rather get it finished while I am that creative zone.

Even though I do enjoy working in several layers, From the beginning I knew that painting this, it was one of those “get in, get out” paintings.

Painting #2 untitled 10.5 x 14 inches – imaginescape

I did softened certain sections of the water where the light hits but haven’t taken a photo of it. This photo will have to do. If you have an idea for the title, by all means please comment.

Painting #3 “Yuba Glory” 10.25 x 14.5 inches

I painted this last year and never have posted it because I was unsure if I liked it. Now I do!

Painting #3 “Hold On” 14x 19 inches – abstract

Another intuitive painting that seems to follow a similar theme which I never resist.

Painting #4 untitled 10.25 x 14.25 inches – abstract

Again this theme keeps returning in my intuitive work.

Painting #5 “Joy in the Morning” 10.50 x 14.25 – imaginescape

I have so much joy painting from my imagination, there is nothing like it. I think that it helps me to loosen up, not only my technique but it jump starts my creativity.

Painting #6 “There is Hope” 10.5 x 14.5 inches – imaginescape

I like to explore new color combos, I wanted to see how Daniel Smith’s Aureolin and Mayan Blue Genuine would work together. I also used Quin. Sienna to give life to certain areas of the clouds.

Painting #7 “Come to Me” 10.25 x 14.25 inches – abstract

The orientation on this one changed, interesting how that happens.

Thank you for your patience looking through my paintings. Cheers and have an awesome week!

Imaginative Painting

Painting #1 imaginescape – 10.25 x 14.25 inches

“All My Springs of Joy are in You” Psalm 87:7

What joy it is to paint from my imagination.

Painting #2 – semi-abstract – 10.5 x 14 inches


I had a full day of allowing this scene to play out fully on paper. I remember not too long ago when I was afraid of letting go and now it is very comfortable to paint this way.

Painting #3 – remembered landscape – 10.25 x 14 inches

“New Perspectives”

Painting #4 – remembered landscape – 10.25 x 14 inches


There is something about trying to capture an ethereal look that I strive for. It has been a struggle at times but I feel that it is worth it. I have been tough on myself but it was the catalyst that keeps me pushing for what I want to achieve.

Painting #5 – imaginescape – 10.25 x 14.5 inches

“Enduring Waters”

This one really surprised me. My method generally is totally open, no planning or drawing. I know that sounds naive, perhaps it is but it works for me. I go entirely by intuition. With most of my paintings I feel as though I am personally in the scene, it certainly helps!

Painting #6 – imaginescape – 10.5 x 14 inches

“A New Day”

Oh my, this was so fun to paint, I knew exactly what to do.

Painting #7 – imaginescape – 10.5 x 14 inches

“Once Upon a Time’

Last one for now. I have been really enjoying my new found confidence and in general good attitude about my art. Not too long ago I had such a struggle at times and I feel that it was because I was trying to find my way, my approach. Well worth the struggle and time spent.

Thank you for coming by to take a look. Cheers!

July Painting

Painting #1 – “Incomparable Faith” 10.5 x 14 inches

Lately I have been enjoying letting loose with painting from my imagination. I kept working on this one until it seemed to take off. Painting “blind” is teaching me how to trust the process.

Painting #2 – “Electric Dreams” 10.5 x 14.25

The idea for this painting started out with an image bursting on my thoughts upon waking, still dreaming. I love it when that happens, downright magical.

Painting #3 – “Dawns’ Early Light” 10.5 x 14 inches

Recurring shapes keep showing up in my painting, no idea what or why, that’s alright.

Painting #4 – “New Beginnings” – 14.5 x 19 inches

At first I was undecided if this one was finished. I think that as the title refers to, it works. It can be tricky knowing how far to take a painting. Amazing how one can get away with a minimalist approach. I am not a master of it though look up the paintings by Mark Rothko and you’ll see a master.

Painting #5 – “Grand View” 10 x 14 inches

Based on my memories of the reservoir I live by, Bullards Bar. I am a fan of Albert Bierstadt and the Hudson River School and this one makes me think of the style.

Painting #6 – “Finding My Way” 10.5 x 14 inches

I love the grays in this one. I am often carried away with bold color and I prefer grays and a “low simmer”.

Painting #7 – “The Light Within” – 10.5 x 14.5 inches

Oh I adore this one because I was able to paint the majority of it in one attempt. I came back to punch up the darks. I think the reason why I like to paint the majority at first whack is because I am in that immediate zone.

Painting #8 – “Early Morning Bright” 14.5 x 19.5 inches

I worked on this for a few days as it needed to be gradually built up.

Last but not least….

Painting #9 – “His Amazing Grace” – 10.5 x 14 inches

Sorry for the length of this post. I don’t post a whole lot and I had quite a few paintings that I wanted to share. The above painting took a while to show up. I paint on about 4 or more paintings at once and when I turned around to work more on it, I saw immediately how I should proceed.

I love watercolor because it is a medium that fits my serendipitous nature. Have a fantastic weekend folks! Thank you for your patience.

Summer painting

Painting #1 Golden Shores – imaginescape

I was in a tremendous creative zone yesterday and this one literally painted itself, I held on to the brush and away we went! I know I am being silly but it simply was magical painting this.

I am learning that when I allow myself to let go and stop trying to control the outcome, I end up with a painting that truly expresses my creative self.

Painting #2 Yuba Solitude – remembered landscape

One of the 5 that I painted. There is something about this scene that inspires me.

Painting #3 Sand Pond

Painting #4 Another view of Sand Pond

Painting #5 plein air of the North Yuba river Shenanigan Flat

Painting #6 Bridge to Eternity – abstract

This painting changed it’s orientation a few times before the finished product. Truthfully I enjoy the not knowing process.

Painting #7 remembered landscape

This one is another stab at my favorite view. Never boring to me, I think that I have painted this view at least 20 times, perhaps more.

I will be having my grandson over for about 4 days so I won’t be able to paint. Until then, enjoy your summer days!

Rolling Along

Painting #1 imaginescape

I had painted this several months ago and was very frustrated with it. I brought it out when I was reassessing my wip paintings and I realized that I was judging it too harshly. I didn’t realize how close it was to being finished, a little trust and patience would help. I have been enjoying putting a painting away for a while and then bringing them out to work on. I swear that I keep relearning this!

Painting #2 remembered landscape

I purposely kept my colors subdued and peaceful while striving for a quiet depth.


Painting #3 Tranquil North Yuba

I wanted to continue on with using subtle colors and mood with this one. I am finding that I like to return to realism now and then.



Painting #4 abstract intuitive

I will post only 4 paintings at this time, though I have been painting extensively. I am working on developing a series of intuitive paintings that I hope to eventually show, at least that has been rolling around in my mind.



After much agonizing I have decided to continue on with my own way of painting. I challenge myself every single day with my intuitive painting. I don’t need a challenge that goes against my approach to art.

When I paint a realistic subject I try not to rely on my reference photo to execute a painting. For some reason this challenge of painting the Sierra Buttes pushed me into an area that I avoid and that is being overally critical. It took my husband asking me why was I doing this to myself? He knows that I love to paint the Buttes, but not in the way I was trying.

I suppose I failed, yes! Good! Now I can get back to my own way of painting, the challenges that works for me.

Painting #2 intuitive painting

I was very happy with this one. I wished that you can see it in person, the photo doesn’t do it justice.  I was planning to post more photos but wordpress is acting up and I am out of patience for the moment.

Thank you for your support, now I’ll carry on.



Day 3 #30x30directwatercolor2018

Oh my I knew that painting the Sierra Buttes was going to be a challenge. I felt stretched today and could feel deep despair coming on, so I ignored it and pressed on. There is something so trying in painting this mountain. I think that it is because I want to evolk mood and emotion while trying to stay true to the general geography. For people who are familiar with the Sierra Buttes, they can spot the mistakes. I have to remember that the great artist Chiura Obata often changed his subject, such as when he painted Yosemite. This time around I went dark and moody perhaps because it was how I felt!