Thursday, September 13, 2018

Can I Wedge In?


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My husband kindly provided the title for this one. Thanks hon!

Tomorrow he and I begin a road trip down to Lake Powell (on the Utah|Arizona border) for a 5-day kayaking/camping trip with my folks and some friends of theirs. Unfortunately this means once again that I won't be able to ship (until 9.24.18). I'm not bringing my painting gear on this one, but I will take pictures. It should be fun!

Cara Cara


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I got these oranges at the store and was surprised at the red color inside! They are Cara Cara oranges - is that the right color? I guess I've never really paid attention to the names before.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Dangerous Corner


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Here's another attempt at these colorful apples. And some cups. And a knife. In a corner.

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Conversation About the Tiny Cup


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Still life has been calling me again lately, but it's been difficult. Maybe it's just these apples. They are tough! I like them because they are particularly colorful, but DANG they are colorful!! This is attempt number three. I'll try again tomorrow.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Reflecting on Chinatown


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This is a scene from my trip to San Francisco earlier this spring. I know it's a bit of an unusual composition, but when I saw it my brain screamed, "This is awesome - take pictures!" And I try to trust my instinct.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Boulder with a View


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Ok, I had to try one more landscape, for now. This is Garnet Lake, from my first year up in the Sierras. It was a little bit hazy when I was taking the photos, but I'm digging the exaggerated atmosphere. I broke some rules with the composition, but hey, isn't that what rules are for?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Lunch on the Lawn


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Here's another one from San Francisco. This gal was on a hill, in a park, in the spring, with droves of other young, hip people, seeing and being seen, with her snazzy yellow bag, and grabbing a bite while she was at it.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

A Ladies Afternoon


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Here's a swerve back to the city (San Francisco). I used a 6x6 inch panel for this one and I have to admit, after using a lot of larger panels lately, this seems - impossibly small!!!

Monday, September 03, 2018

Running Through Shadow


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This is another one from some photos I took early in the morning in the Sierras. My camera couldn't capture this scene whole, so I took some photos of the mountains, trees and grass, and some of the creek in shadow. Then I worked some Photoshop magic and wove them together just enough to let me see the relationships. It was an experiment, and I'm diggin' the result.

Here is the whole crew from this trip: (L to R) Ernesto, Tia, Bill, Michelle, myself, Paul and Scott (excuse me, but all total bad-asses!!!!)


Sunday, September 02, 2018

Good Morning Trees


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On the last morning of our Sierra trip, when the goal for the day was to pack up and hike out, I got up early and hiked around a bit with my camera. I got lucky in that it was relatively smoke free, and I was able to catch the morning light on everything, including the mountains. For each scene I had to take multiple photos, and then do some fancy Photo-shopping in order to "see" the details/color in the light AND shadow. I'm trying to paint these now, while the Sierras are still fresh in my mind.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Shallow


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I mentioned in a recent post (about my trip to the Sierras) that one day I climbed way up to where it got vertical, and there was a snow bank melting directly into a creek. Well, before it got to the creek, the water formed a small "lake." And despite there being spectacular views (albeit smoky) from way up there, what did I paint? Yep, this. (See my easel set up in the bottom, right corner?)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Morning Mountains


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On one of our mornings up in the Sierras, we woke up to no smoke! It took me a minute to realize just why it was so beautiful, but then I grabbed my gear quickly and painted as much as I could before the light changed too much. I took some pictures and finished it at home, since we never had another clear morning.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Finding a Way Across


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This is my personal favorite from the whole trip (into the Sierra Nevada Mountains). I know you're thinking - she could have painted that anywhere - why on earth did she go all the way into the mountains to paint a little creek?! But I did. And I will do it again.

I have to admit that part of the reason I love this one is because it was a beautiful spot on a perfect afternoon (here is a picture my buddy Scott took of me while I was painting it ). I was mostly alone (my favorite way to paint), and afterwards I packed up my gear and followed the creek  (and its many waterfalls) all the way up to where it met the vertical mountains you see - where a bank of snow was actively melting and forming the creek I had painted. It was peaceful and beautiful and just - the best day ever!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Christmas on the Creek


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On this day (in the Sierras) I started out painting with two of my buddies across the lake from camp. After a crappy little waterfall painting and a seriously mediocre attempt at a grand scene (with way too much in it for an 8x10!) I decided to hike back alone for an afternoon nap. On the way I noticed a little used "trail" heading up between two rocky areas, and decided to scope it out. After a while the trail petered out so I continued on, exploring, and found a whole "upper" meadow with streams and waterfalls and great views. Well, apparently there was another, easier trail from another direction, and 2 others from my group were already there! So we painted there the rest of the day and the next day as well.

I painted this particular scene from the bottom of a waterfall, looking downstream. Some big clouds were rolling in, and I decided I liked the scene best when the back, background was in cloud shadow. The reality though was that the shadows changed constantly, (which is my least favorite time to plein air paint) and to be quite honest I'm not sure you can tell that it's supposed to be sunny in the foreground. But ... I quite like it anyway, and I hope it works regardless.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Outcrop


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This is the same outcrop as in my first painting, "Across the Lake," (see to the right) but from a different location, an earlier time of day, and cropped. This "outcrop," as I'm calling it, is a pretty substantial pile of rock that juts out into the lake. The water beside it is shallow enough to wade in to the knees (but cold!). If one wants to walk around the lake (to other good views) one must either walk in the water, or climb over the whole thing. I've done both. (This painting was also tweaked after I got home.)

Friday, August 24, 2018

Rocky Path


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Here's another one from the Sierras. If you know me, you know I LOVE this format for landscape painting. It's 6x12 inches. But it's tough to see here, so please click the image to see it better. As opposed to the first post (yesterday) this one is not entirely plein air. I definitely tweaked it once I was home, from memory, and using photos I took. I am NOT one of those people who is obsessed with  keeping it "pure," and never rework - instead I am in pursuit of a decent painting, at any cost. And I'm really happy with this one.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Across the Lake


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Well, we had no bears (up in the Sierra's, where I was last week), but the fires caused some trouble. There was smoke every day (often a LOT), and it definitely caused some delays getting home. But it was still a WONDERFUL trip, with good friends, and fantastic subject matter!

This is my first painting, done quickly on the first afternoon, after we dried off and warmed up, after being pelted by hail (and rain) on the strenuous hike in. Fortunately the rain cleaned up some of the smoke, but it was back again the next morning.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Just Peaches 1 & 2


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Tomorrow I will set off for the last trip in a flurry of summer trips. I saved the best for last - I'm headed back up into the Sierra's to paint and camp with friends for 5 days! Unfortunately this means I won't be able to ship until I get home (August 20th). I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and hope that no bears (or fires) eat me or cause further delays.

I am leaving you with two more peach paintings. I decided to really and try to study these guys, without the distractions of other objects. Sometimes I feel like I need to spend a month with each object in order to really begin understanding it.


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Shiny and Dull


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I did this one with a cool light instead of the halogen I used on the last two. Because of it you can see a little more of the blues and purples in the peaches.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Driven to Drink


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Here's my second attempt at these peaches. Actually, it's the third - the second didn't make the cut. These little buggers are more difficult than they appear (hence the title).