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.

March 25, 2015

Meadow Light

I just completed this piece.  I'll set it aside and study it a couple of days to see if I need to make any changes.  

I'm working on a series of paintings influenced by a visit several years ago to Yosemite National Park.  I was very taken by the monumental feel of the place and hope I can convey some of that feeling.  Other works in this series will follow over the next few weeks.

Meadow Light, oil, 20 x 24 inches

March 2, 2015

Mr. Mature -- Phase 5

The is the completed work of the artichoke that I've been working on.  It was accepted into the Gilbert Visual Art League Juried Fine Art Show. The show is up through March 28 in the Gallery at the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ.

February 11, 2015

Artichoke Painting -- Update

I wanted to update you on the progress of my painting of the artichoke.  These images are the several phases of the work in progress.  The piece is nearly completed.  I've set it aside to look at it a few days before giving it some final touches.  I'll post the completed work very soon.  Hope you enjoy the process.

 This is phase 2.

Phase 3

Phase 4

January 17, 2015

New Work -- Artichoke

I started a new painting today.  This is the sketch-in based on a photograph I took at the Desert Botanical Gardens.  With the basic value structure established, I can begin laying in some color.

20 x 16 inches

January 10, 2015

The Best & the Brightest
Opening Reception

What a delight!  I attended the Opening Reception for the new juried show The Best & the Brightest at Scottsdale Artist School.  It is a very strong show.  If you haven't seen it yet, plan to stop by. It doesn't close until February 27. 

Upon arrival I saw that my entry "Cactus Flowers" was sold.  I'm grateful to the art patron who found a place in her/his home for my painting.  You can view more of my work at my website, .

Cactus Flowers
Oil, 20" x 16"

January 7, 2015

The Best & the Brightest
I am pleased to share that my painting, Cactus Flowers, is accepted into the Scottsdale Artists' School The Best and Brightest juried fine art show.  The opening reception is Friday, January 9, 5 to 7 PM at the Scottsdale Artists' School, 3720 N. Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ.  The show and sale closes February 27.  Stop by if you are in the area.

Cactus Flowers
Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
Work in Progress
Well, after being sidetracked by the holidays, I'm back in the studio and finishing up this painting.  With a few tweaks, it may be completed.  I'm going to study the balance of values and color and make some final adjustments.