Day Three The weather today was gorgeous again. Temperatures were in the 70′s and 80′s, perfect for painting. After all the rain us Alaska girls had experienced this summer, (Broke the all time record for consecutive days of precipitation) this sun and warmth was a real Godsend for Jeanne and I. Headed up to Mosier [...]
One warm September day in Alaska, fellow artists, Kimberly Bustillos, Talya Johnson and myself headed east. Up the Glenn Highway just past Sutton was our destination. Vistas on either side of the highway made for several photo stops. Here are a few of the shots… (above) Spawning Sockeye Salmon Gorgeous, wasn’t it!? Finally we got [...]
Day Two… After an incredible first day of Pacific Northwest 2010 , I was unsure what to expect for the rest of this adventure. I mean, that was amazing and pretty hard to beat. I was careful not to expect too much. Jeanne and I got up before the sun by about 20 minutes. Not [...]
On my recent trip to Oregon I obtained many reference photos for future paintings. This subject, Cone Flowers or Echinacea, was just beautiful as they lazily swayed in and out of the late afternoon sun. Here I am working on an 8×8 Blick Studio Artists’ Board 3/4″ cradled panel .Â They have a nice irregular [...]
One evening in August I received a Facebook invitation from an artist friend. It was to a Plein Air Event 1500 miles away that started in approximately 10 days. At first the short notice led me to think “how cruel is this!?” … lol well I guess I was thinking out loud as my husband [...]
Some places defy words. Even photos fail at capturing their beauty. This is one of those places.
I often laugh at myself when I do certain things in the name of painting. Three days ago was no exception!
The first week of 70+ degree weather in Alaska means we will do anything to be outside. Throw in some oil paint, some chickens and about 8 kids, the day is sure to get interesting!
Recently a couple artist friends and I got together for a little painting session. Here is the process! On my way to our painting date I swung by the grocery store to grab some painting inspiration. Though the weather is still yucky here, the produce at the store had all the colors and smells of spring that I longed for. It didn’t take long to find an assortment of colorful fruit, tulips, a red onion and one turnip to be our still life subjects.
This morning I awoke to a very unwelcome form of precipitation… snow Yeah, I know it’s April in Alaska and we always seem to get one last hurrah of winter this time of year but that does little to console me. So to combat my weather-related foul mood I decided to paint a flower. Simple pleasures people! Here is an Alaskan Wild Iris. In mid June these gorgeous flowers will carpet meadows with their shades of blue and violet. It is SO stunning!