"Asilomar Bay", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This was done during the Plein Air Convention in Monterey along with at least 200-300 other painters on the beach below Asilomar. It was a beautiful and windy day. Kind of amazing to paint with that many other painters!
"Mt. Rainier from Spray Park", 6 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
I painted this view of the northwest face of Mt. Rainier sitting on a big rock in Spray Park quite a few years ago. My husband, kids and I hiked to the vast and beautiful alpine meadows of this elevation from Mowich Lake. The painting is a sketch that includes so many memories that its not one I could part with.
"Yellow and Red Flowers", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board
This was done at the Plein Air Washington Paint-In yesterday. The last painting of the day, I worked on it for maybe 45 minutes. I wasn't trying to make it look particularly realistic, just slapping on the paint. That's really what I want to do at this point in my painting life.
"Mt. Blanc", 4 x 4 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is a tiny painting done with a group of painters in France, in 2001. Our mission, as I remember it, was to paint fast and limited brushstrokes. I have always enjoyed painting like this.
"Headlands Path", 18 x 24 In, Oil on Canvas
This is a painting I did in 1991 when I was living in Mill Valley. At the time I could only paint while my oldest daughter was in preschool. I did these larger paintings in two three-hour sessions and now, in my older age, I don't know how I did it! Marin County has some of the most beautiful vistas to paint.
"After the Rain", 12 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is another older painting, done in 2005. It won an award at a show. It certainly represents the weather these days in the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I drove up to Paradise on Mt. Rainier yesterday and hiked with our snow attachments for our boots through dense fog (luckily many had gone before us), maybe to around 6200 feet elevation from 5400 at the lodge which was covered in snow up to the second story windows. The fog miraculously stayed at the lower level and a perfect view of Mt. Rainier was just before us. We could even see Mt. Adams for a moment above the clouds and fog.
"Grand Canyon - Sketch", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
For some reason I've always liked the abstract quality of this sketch, done on site during my first artist trip down the Grand Canyon back in 2005. This is a once in a life-time trip and I've been twice and planning for a third with a group of artists. There is nothing like it--to travel down the river from Lee's Ferry as the uplift of the Canyon walls are at their maximum in the Inner Gorge and you are traveling through the Vishnu Schist, formed 1.75 billion to 1.73 billion years ago.
"Elk Creek Alley", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is another painting from a few years ago, one that painted itself--a sketch really. Of all the paintings I've done over the years, it is one of my favorites.
"Cold on the River, Port Alberni", 11 x 14 In, Oil on Museum Board
Because of some ongoing issues, I have not been painting at the rate and intensity that I have for so many years. So I thought that rather than not posting at all, I would post some older work. This is a painting of a a town in British Columbia. It was sold years ago at a show on the East Coast where it won a prize.
I want to thank everyone who has followed my blog over the last three years. I have found both friendship and support from you! I wish you all the best for the New Year and that we will all continue to find our way as artists--wherever our paths lead.
"Red Rose", 12 x 9 In, Oil on Canvas Board"
Do I dare post this? Any notion of perfection has gone. It is raw and not trying to be anything--abstract, realistic--neither. My neighbor told me that it is actually getting lighter now earlier in the evening, though the solstice is not until the 22nd. He also said that the morning would continue to get darker until early January.
"Pink Rose", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Canvas Panel
Thank you everyone for your advice on abstract painting. You can see I'm finding my way slowly. It so good to experiment with throwing any idea of perfection to the winds--very freeing.
"Yellow Rose", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Canvas Board
This painting goes one step further on my road to abstraction. Its funny how easy it is to revert to the known. To take the leap towards something different--that's not so easy for me.
"Three Roses", 10 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
I began this painting with the intention of making it abstract than the last painting, but basically went the other way. I appreciate the comments on the last painting about how to become more abstract--I will be trying some new experiments!
"Red Cup", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board
As I've mentioned recently, I'm attempting to go more abstract, but it is not easy. I have to make myself stop before the realistic mind comes into play--just leave some things as they are. If anyone has any suggestions about how to approach abstraction, I'd love to hear.
"Pink Rose", 8 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is a study using a big brush to lay down abstract shapes, more or less. I want to go more abstract, but it requires a new process--and I keep falling back on what I know. So this and some of the paintings to come are somewhere in between and in order to not become too particular, I am leaving them in a rougher stage.
"Two Apples", 10 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm back to studio painting. Because of other concerns right now, my time in the studio has been sporadic and of a different nature than in the past. Its a time of transition for me, yet unclear as to where the transition will lead. The good thing about painting is that sometimes its OK to go with the unknowing.
"Canyon de Chelly Sketch 7", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board
On the way back from Canyon de Chelly, my husband and I stopped at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon hoping we would find a place to stay, but all rooms were booked. But we waited until 5 pm and were lucky enough to get a cabin nearly on the rim. The sunset and the sunrise over the Canyon were amazing.
"Canyon de Chelly Sketch 4", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board
The interesting thing about the Canyon is that the land is owned by members of the Navaho Tribe and the areas we got permission to paint on were most often owned by relatives of our guides. There was a beautiful small orchard on this land and behind it the canyon walls.
"Canyon de Chelly Sketch 3", 10 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
The colors of the Southwest are so different from the colors of the Northwest where I live. It is a challenge to paint these colors and I wonder if I made them a little too intense in compensation for my eye which is use to gray!
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