When I set up and started I didn't realize I was standing on an ant hill. About an hour into the painting I was stomping around and doing a dance because I had ants in my pants! I put up with it a bit longer so I could finish my painting. I was sure to check my next location really well before starting so I could avoid the repeat ant dance.Read More
I recently finished a series of small California landscapes. Sizes vary from 5x7-12x16. I painted many plein air (on site) and enjoyed working in a small format. The small format forced me to be bold with my strokes and colors. It's a small surface and every stroke counts. I love working onsite - there is a special energy that can't be replicated in the studio. The wind blowing, the clouds shifting in front of and behind the sun, the birds flying, and possibly raining conditions allows me to see the land in a new way. I am responding to what I see around me and that response and emotion affects the outcome of my paintings. If it was a cool and windy day my strokes may be firmer and bolder. Quiet sunny days may have a calmer and softer approach. I hope you enjoy looking at the work and imagine taking a hike or walk with me through different parts of California scenery.
Works are on display now at Gallery 21Ten - 2110 K St. Sacramento CA - Dec. 4 -28, 2013. Prices range from $150.00-600.00 Please contact Gallery 21Ten : 916.476.5500 - for pricing and inquiries. To see titles and sizes look at my Landscape page under the Gallery Tab on my website.
California Art Club, Greater Sacramento Sierra Chapter hosted its first annual painting retreat. It was a chance for artists to join together for a weekend in the gorgeous Tahoe outdoors - talk, share inspiration and ideas, and paint.
It was an incredible experience to get away and focus on plein air for the weekend. We often painted together and could stop and look at each others work through out the day. We painted mountain vistas, lakes, ponds, gorge, and the Truckee River. The diversity in Tahoe made it an extraordinary opportunity to paint a variety through out the weekend.
Its hard to choose what spot was my favorite to paint. I think it may have been on Sunday when we painted the rocky terrain overlooking Lake Donner. The view came at a price as I had to climb a half mile up boulders with my heavy gear to find the perfect spot. It was breathtaking in more ways than one... The view included beautiful solid mountain stones with wind blown trees and receding mountains in the background. The overcast day also added to the fun and challenge, making it my favorite spot from the weekend.