Friday, October 23, 2015

Pathway to the Beach is Through the Forest!

In September I spent three weeks at the family cabin in Lake Tahoe and it was so relaxing! No cell service, no TV, no interruptions (except for the occasional bear, coyote or deer in the surrounding forest)!

 Just time to paint, read, paint, go to the beach, paint, relax.

I'm loving my "new" outdoor studio.......

I was working on the above painting "Pathway to the Beach" and also my online challenge of 30 Paintings in 30 Days which were "Portals" - windows and doors.

Pathway to the Beach - 30 x 40

It is hanging at the Marilyn Citron O'Rourke Art Gallery in the Benicia Library.  Hope you can drop in and see the various delightful paintings done by the group of painters I belong to Bay Area Studio Artists!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sneak Peek

Suzun Almquist hanging our signage

A new show is now hung at the Marilyn Citron O'Rourke Art Gallery in the Benicia Library - Light to Dark.

 Above is the main wall where three paintings display a high-key "light" painting (by Marcy Wheeler), a balanced medium painting (by Joanne Taeuffer) and a low-key dark painting (by Sharon Tama).

The group of women who I paint with BASA - Bay Area Studio Artists, just hung the show on Friday and will be open to the public through November 19, 2015.

Hope you can drop by and enjoy the art!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

14 Paintings in 30 Days

Leslie Saeta's online challenge to paint 30 Paintings in 30 Days

The month of September was full of learning and letting go.  I have been in the Sierra's for the last three weeks and thought I would have oodles of time to paint since some of that time I was at the cabin alone. 

Number One - I went to a larger size canvas.  In January's online challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days, I used 6 x 6 panels and this time I was using 8 x 10.  Just that little difference made for a longer painting session.

Number Two - I used my own photographs for the most part instead of an artist's rendering which is what I did in January.  With the photograph I had to make my own decisions as to how I perceived the image.....this took longer than the artist's rendering where they have already made most of the decisions for you, like cropping, composition, coloring, etc.

Number Three - In January I was very disciplined about having a daily painting schedule.  There was something about being in the mountains this time that made me think....."I'm on vacation and there will be plenty of time later."

Number Four - Was about cutting myself some slack and being proud of what I did accomplish in 30 days.  I have 14 new paintings that I would not of had otherwise!

I still intend on doing my 30 paintings but now on a more leisurely schedule.  I'll keep you posted!
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