February 1, 2016

Progress on My Easel, #3

A "bug" has been going around in my family.  So illness has kept me from doing much painting since my last post. I think we've all finally recovered, so I'm back in my studio. This post shows images of recent progress on my newest oil painting. I hope to have it completed this week.  

I have another painting that I'm already working on (in my head and on paper) that I will begin after this one is finished.
# 1

# 2

January 22, 2016

New on My Easel, Day 2

I spent just a little time in the studio today due to illnesses in the family.  But I did get some color spread around the canvas--enough that I can now start building on it.  Also, I think I have a mood expressed that I'd like to try to keep.  Stay tuned.

New on My Easel

I've started a new canvas--just sketched in.  The painting is based on a photo that I snapped while my husband and I were visiting Zuni, New Mexico last spring on our way to Santa Fe and Taos.  We lodged at a bed and breakfast in Zuni Pueblo for a couple of nights and briefly explored the area.  

The subject of the painting is Corn Mountain.  The area has its mystery and magic.  I hope to convey some of that mystery in my work.  I'll post more photos of the work as it progresses, so come back and visit my blog again.  You can see more of my work on my website at

January 8, 2016

Winter Juried Exhibition

I have three oil paintings showing in the Winter Juried Exhibition at Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA. The exhibit showcases artists' work in Whatcom County and the surrounding region -- 64 pieces from 25 artists.  The show is up through January 29, 2016.  Stop by to see it.  It's a wonderful distraction from the winter weather!  And who knows, you may find something to take home.

These are my three pieces that were accepted for the show.

Ann Wallace Paintings, Winter Juried Exhibition, 
Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA

Tunnel View Has a Home and a Replacement

One never knows how, when and why a painting will be purchased!  I must say I like the suspense.  I was in North Carolina this past fall for a family reunion.  While I was there a friend saw my painting Tunnel View on my website and decided it had to be hers.  The painting is now lovingly hanging in a home in Savannah, Georgia.  I love it when a piece inspires joy.

Tunnel View was a painting which I had in a solo exhibit this summer in my home town Bellingham, WA.  So that the new owner could have her painting as soon as possible, I painted a replacement piece to hang in its place.   Does it look familiar?  I cropped the right-hand portion of Tunnel View and created the Three Brothers.  The new painting gets it name from the land formations I depicted named Three Brothers.  This location is in Yosemite National Park.

Tunnel View,  oil, 24 x 30 inches, SOLD 

The Three Brothers, oil, 24 x 30 inches, available


July 31, 2015

Solo Exhibition of New Oil Paintings
(A Visit to Yosemite)
Tunnel View, 24 x 30 inches

Due to travel and life in general, I have not been blogging lately.  I am in Washington state now and settled back in Bellingham.  So I'll be getting back into my studio for new work projects.

This image is the completed painting I posted in May.  It will be the featured work in my solo exhibit in August.  The paintings in the show are inspired by a visit to Yosemite National Park.  The exhibit is showing August 3 - August 31 in the business show windows of DIS, 1315 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA.  If you are in the area, I hope you will stop by to see the exhibit.

May 11, 2015

Tunnel View -- Final Stage

This is almost completed. I'm setting it aside for a few days and have look at it later with fresh eyes.  I'll be able better to see what final tweaks are needed to call it finished.

This is a large painting, 24 x 30 inches. It's been interesting trying to interpret the great distance represented in this work, as well as the atmospheric perspective.

Take a look at my previous post of the sketch and block-in.

April 20, 2015

New On My Easel

I got this roughly sketched and blocked in today.  This is another subject for my Yosemite series.  It is the largest canvas of the series so far-- 24 x 30 inches.  This is a popular site to view Yosemite Valley from. It is referred to as Tunnel View.  If you've been to the national park, you will probably recognize El Capitan on the left, Yosemite Falls (right mid-ground about left of where the red shadow is, and Half Dome in the far distant right.  

I'll keep you posted on progress of this one, as well as the painting from the previous post.   I'm really enjoying working on this group of paintings.

 Phase One, sketch and begin block in

Phase Two, quick block-in

April 15, 2015

The Modernism Movement

I've been out of the studio for a week. My husband and I have just returned from a trip up to Santa Fe and then on to Taos.  It was an art trip mostly.  We went to Santa Fe primarily to see the current exhibit at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum--a private collection of works by Georgia O'Keeffe and some of her contemporaries who were influential in the modernism movement during the first half of the 20th century.  Many of them visited New Mexico and found inspiration in the simplicity and starkness of the landscape, incorporating it into their artistic style of painting. 

Some of the artists besides O'Keeffe who were included in the collection are Marsden Hartley, Andrew Dasburg, Edward Hopper, Cady Wells, Stuart Davis.  An exciting exhibit. 

Of course we visited a number of galleries and artists' working studios/galleries along the way between Santa Fe and Taos. I also found the old adobe architecture of great interest.  My soul is filled to the brim!

April 2, 2015

On My Easel

Here is the next painting that I'm working on related to my visit to Yosemite National Park.  It is blocked in and I've begun to add paint.  It is a very sunny day and I want to keep the colors bright and clear.  Hopefully I can make it work.  I'll keep you posted.  Stay tuned.