|Pastoral Reverie IV - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
|Pastoral Reverie III - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
My favorite part of this series has been the many various shapes the trees create. The hazy smoke simplified them to basic outlines, and the groupings created very interesting patterns.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
|Pastoral Reverie II - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
SoldA peaceful summer day leans toward dusk, with the thick smell of smoke from distant fires coloring the sky.
This series has me missing summer. Here in the Tri-Cities we've had about 3-4 inches of snow today, which makes for a wonderful white Christmas and all, but I could do without the cold!
Monday, December 24, 2012
|Pastoral Reverie I - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
SoldSmoke rolls into the Columbia Basin from fires in the mountains, blanketing the farm lands in a thick, warm haze. The landscape becomes more intimate, more simplified, and allows one to slip into a reverie.
Over the summer here in Washington State we had several major forest fires burning at once. All that smoke sank down into my home, the Columbia Basin. Even though it's been two years since I fought wildfires, the smell of smoke still gave me an adrenaline rush and dreams of the paycheck a 120 hour work week brings in.
But this summer I had to content myself with taking pictures, and enjoying the unique atmosphere the smoke gives to the acres of farmland around the Tri-Cities. Less adrenaline, but still quite a bit of enjoyment. I love the way smoke simplifies the shapes of everything, and gives such a peaceful and warm cast over the land.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
|Winter Calm - Oil on Panel - 6x6|
SoldA cold winter fog was cast over Bateman Island while I was taking a walk. I kept looking and looking for something that spoke to me, and then I turned around and saw this bend in the trail and the beautiful colors in the trees. Who knows what I would have painted had I not turned around, but I'm glad I did!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
|Peace in the Foothills - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
I've been sorting through the thousands of photos I've taken over the year, looking for the ones that bring out the same feeling of the day they were taken. The cut wheat fields and foothills to the Blue Mountains are hallmarks of the Walla Walla, WA area. When I visited the air was thick with smoke from distant wildfires, making the distant trees bluer than they normally would be.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
|Down the Gorge IV - 6x6 - Oil on panel|
SoldThe view from the top of the Rowena Crest along old Hwy 30 provides the final scene for my Columbia River Gorge series. The Columbia River rolls 800 feet below.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
|Down the Gorge III - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
SoldAs I drove down the Columbia River Gorge the corridor turns from wooded hills to cheat grass covered desert. The weather system of fog and light snow followed behind me, casting a beautiful atmosphere over the landscape!
Monday, December 17, 2012
|Down the Gorge II - Oil - Landscape - 6x6|
SoldNo amount of expressive brushwork seems to be able to capture the chilling wind I felt at the top of the Rowena Crest when I drove along US 30, the Historic Columbia River Highway. But I tried anyway!
Friday, December 14, 2012
|Down the Gorge I - Oil on Panel - 6x6 - Landscape|
SoldI am so excited about this series! Last week I drove through the scenic Columbia River Gorge to take a class by the amazing Cathleen Rehfeld, and along the way I took as many pictures of the dramatic patterns of sky, earth and light as I could. This one is looking across the Columbia River and deeper west into the Gorge. So no matter how many virtual road trips I take through Alaska, I still love my home state!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
|Along the Parks Highway - 6x6 - Oil on Panel - Landscape|
SoldYes. I do love "driving" around Alaska in Google Maps. Yes, I entertained the thought of living there for about 20 minutes, until my husband reminded me about that whole snow thing they have. I can barely take the occasional flurry we get here in the Tri-Cities, so maybe it's better I enjoy the 49th State from afar!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
|Roadside Creek, Alaska II - 6x6 - Oil on Panel - Landscape|
SoldThis braided creek was flowing down from a mountain valley along a highway in Alaska. The composition I found in Google Maps really caught me! I love the flowing pattern in the stream, it looked very untamed.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
|Roadside Creek, Alaska - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
SoldA view I found on Google Maps! I was surprised at how big a "creek" could be, I'd be virtually driving along and think "What a cool river!" then checking it's name realize it's a creek. Maybe I'm just easily impressed!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
|White Bluffs Winter - Landscape - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
Today I took a little road trip to Hood River, OR, to drop in on Cathleen Rehfeld's still life class. This was my very first time working in still life, and it turns out to be much harder than the pros make it look! But Cathleen is a great instructor, and a lot of the observational skills are very transferable to landscapes.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
|At the Foot - 6x6 - Landscape|
SoldAnother scene brought to you by Google Maps! No, I'll never get tired of virtually driving around the beautiful Wallowa Valley of eastern Oregon. Since the Columbia River Gorge is in HD now as well, you may see some paintings from that area soon too!
Friday, November 30, 2012
|Sun Break - 6x8 - Landscape|
SoldThere is something really touchingly beautiful about the light and shadow pattern created by clouds. I wanted to capture the movement of the clouds and their shadows over the Earth.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
|Forest Shadows - 6x8 - Landscape|
SoldWow! I think this may be the first vertically oriented painting I've done of a landscape. I'll admit, it made me a bit dizzy at first. But when I saw the reference photo it made me want to go take a walk through the trees, and I knew I had to paint it!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
|Teanaway Ridge - 8x8 - Landscape|
I recently finished a large 24" x 36" painting (see it below), and let me tell you, switching gears and painting the little gems was hard! I started to feel almost claustrophobic. So to ease my tension a little bit, I bumped up my size to 8x8, and felt like I had more room to breathe. After the 8x8, the 6x8 and 6x6s came more readily off the brush. All I needed was a little transition I guess!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Almost Sunset - 6x6 - Landscape|
I love big, puffy, interesting clouds! I've been painting a lot of clouds lately, they're endlessly fascinating. I wanted to capture that moment just before the real sunset begins, just as the horizon starts to glow.
Monday, November 26, 2012
|Last Light on Peoh Point - Oil on Panel - 6x6|
SoldThe enchantingly unique Peoh Point, looming over Cle Elum in central Washington, had the most beautiful colors cast on it's face by the setting sun when I visited earlier this year. I loved the time I spent painting in the area, it's very paintable! =)
Sunday, November 25, 2012
|High Desert Rain - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
Sometimes ideas need to percolate before painting them. The reference for this photo was taken last March outside of Bend, OR, as a snow and rain flurry blew past my husband and me.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
|Whimsical Day - 5x7 - Oil on Linen Panel|
SoldI'm not sure why this painting's palette struck me as whimsical, I think it's the purple shadows and vivid gold hill, or maybe all the colors are just a little more pastel than I typically work. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I do think it was a fun palette to try!
Note: Collectors may notice that my shipping costs have gone up! It is because my original prices were set to cover the cost of packaging and shipping USPS First Class, but I've been for several months now shipping USPS Priority Mail for the peace of mind. I am very satisfied with this service, and so I've updated my price to reflect the cost of the upgraded shipping.
Monday, November 19, 2012
|Summer Skies - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
SoldWhile the Northwest is being pounded with wind and rain, I thought that a small reminder of the summer warmth was in order!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|Windy Day Clouds - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
I learned a LOT from this painting. Lesson one: in winds over 30mph your easel is a sail. Lesson two: clouds move REALLY fast in 30mph winds. Like, probably around 30mph. his makes them VERY tricky to paint. Does this mean I'll never try it again? Nope! But now I can be prepared.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
|Along the Wonderland Highway - 6x8 - Oil on Canvas Panel|
SoldI HAD to paint this view from I-5 on Google Maps Streetview for two reasons. One: the gold and blue of the landscape really spoke to me and Two: For some reason, GMaps calls I-5 the "Wonderland Highway." Now, maybe it's just because I've grown up in the podunk hillbilly side of the Cascades, but I've never in my life heard anyone, anywhere, refer to it by that name. It kind of fascinated me, and I knew I simply couldn't resist!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
|Summer Marsh - Oil on Panel - 6x6|
SoldAh, these cold days have me remembering back to when I could paint on location without gloves and a hat! This little plein air piece was painted at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge: a beautiful little marshland outside of the Tri-Cities.
Recently I was hiking around and painting at Dry Falls here in Washington. It's a really beautiful area! I blogged about it here, and here's the finished painting:
|Dry Falls Winter - 11x14 - Purchase Info|
Monday, November 12, 2012
|Evening's Approach - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6x8|
SoldIt's apparent that the days are getting shorter; my plein air paintings seem to have a theme of the last light it's physically possible to paint in! I loved the seeming glow of the rabbit brush with the dusky desert purples I stumbled across while walking along the Columbia River at Columbia Point Park in Richland. Honestly, my favorite detail in this one is the distant radio towers crowning Badger Mountain. Often I leave them out, but I thought they added a little man made intrusion to remind the viewer that this lovely little park is really in the middle of a city.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
|McNary Twilight - 6x6 - Oil on Gessobord - Landscape|
Wow! It's been a while since I've updated. Fear not, I've been plugging away in my studio, intensely focused on a few larger pieces, and exploring the State Parks here in Eastern Washington for the Plein Air Painters of Washington show in 2013 celebrating the Washington State park System's 100th birthday! Here are a couple shots from my adventures:
|Field Springs State Park|
|Painting at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park|
|Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park|
Friday, October 5, 2012
|Kittitas Clouds - 6x6 - Oil on Panel - Landscape|
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
|Crumbling Clouds - 6x6 - Oil on Gessobord|
Monday, October 1, 2012
|Cloud Break Over Hell's Canyon - 6x6 - Landscape|
I spent the weekend with family in Boise, ID, so you can look forward to some paintings from the Idaho foothills in the future!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
|Wallowa Fields - 6x6 - Oil on Ampersand Gessobord|
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
|Teanaway Dusk - 5x7|
Monday, September 24, 2012
|Last Light on Teanaway Ridge - 5x7 - Oil on Ampersand Gessobord|
But on with the art! I really like the proportions of a 5x7 painting, it's a nice medium width; not too long, not too square. This painting captures the last rays on Teanaway Ridge outside of Cle Elum, Wa. The ridge has a very distinctive shape, providing a great backdrop for the vast range lands in the Teanaway Valley.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
|Road to the Wallowas - 5x7 - Landscape|
This painting was painted from Google Maps Street View, there are some gorgeous mountain views in HD around the Joseph/Enterprise, Oregon, area!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
This is another Google Maps Street View Tour painting, Pacific Northwest edition. This little tidal canal was on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula. I've never been to the area before, so it was great to be able to "drive" around.
My posting may be a bit spotty, I have a painting that's a little bigger than I'm used to that I'm focusing on completing. I don't want to say what it is, but I'm REALLY excited about it! My small works will probably be 3-4 per week for a while. I'd rather paint fewer small ones than release ones I'm not satisfied with.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
|Clouds Over the Bay - 6x6|
Oops! Meant to post this little one yesterday. This is the same bay in the photo yesterday, but a bit closer up. I liked the shot because the clouds really gave the sly a lot of depth. The Washington coast has a really amazing variety of clouds!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
|Grays Bay Grey Day - Landscape - 6x6|
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
|Clouds Over Chinook Pass • Oil on Panel • 6x6|
My husband described this painting as "a bit loose," which in his language means a little more abstract than is his preference. But to each their own! I was fascinated while taking my virtual trip over Chinook Pass by the interesting patterns made by the cloud shadows, only letting the sun occasionally peak through. I thought the shapes should take center stage, keeping the whole thing a bit more abstract than my usual work.
Monday, August 13, 2012
|Chinook Pass View • Landscape • 6x6|
SoldChinook Pass is one of the beautiful scenic areas that I have yet to visit. If my tour through Google Street View was any indication, though, I'll need to soon! It's simply a stunning area with looming views of Mount Rainier and those one of a kind, misty, clouds that make the Cascades unique.
Friday, August 10, 2012
|"Storm over Wallula Gap" - Oil on Panel - Landscape|
|Darrington Mystique - 6x6|
This gorgeous view is one I snapped a photo of on our way from Seattle, through the North Cascades National Park, and out to eastern WA. The photo's colors definitely didn't do the blue o f the mountains any justice, so my memory had to help me with some of that! The clouds along our drive only gave the mountains an air of mystery, I wouldn't have had it any other way!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
|Tidal Pool Jigsaw - Landscape - 6x6 - Oil on Panel|
SoldThe most fascinating thing to me about the beach near Ocean Park, WA, is the dancing patterns of tidal pools. Always changing shape, reflecting back the different shades of sand and sky; they're simply mesmerizing!
Like the previous painting, due to the wind while I painted this en plein air there is sand along the bottom. It's a feature, not a defect! The painting captured the essence of the beach, and took some actual beach along with it for good measure.