FOR THE LOVE OF TREES

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Blue Bayou 30″ X 30″

Just recently a student asked me, ” Why do you paint trees without leaves?” Hmm I began to think; I do paint a lot of snags and old dead trees. I like the structure of a tree trunk and the branches that reach toward the sky, why should they be covered up.  But I realized that it had been a long time since I painted a piece that was just vegetation. We have plenty of it up in the mountains of Arizona so yes, I should paint some.  Besides I needed a good example for my student.

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Prescott Sunrise 16″ X 16″

I found a photograph of one of our lovely sunrises that had plenty of trees (with leaves) and went to work. Than I realized how much I love vegetation in fact that is why we (hubby and me) choose to live where we do. This has turned out to be one of my favorite new painting.  There is something about forests that become so sheltering, nurturing, and comforting. I love to hike in them. I love the scent of pine, especially after one of our monsoon rains.

So I have the bug now, I will be painting many more trees with leaves, and probably some more old snags also.  I really do love trees. Painting the Southwest one adventure at a time.

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MONSOON SUNRISE

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“PRESCOTT SUNRISE”  16″ X 16″

I so love the monsoon storms that grace our Arizona Skies this time of year.  The cloud formations make such beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  The front of my studio faces east so each morning I can watch the sunrise. They are magnificent this time of year.  In all the years I have been painting I have painted a plethora of sunsets but never a sunrise so this was the time. I love how it turned out.

All the vegetation was done with a fan brush, one of my favorite tools. To create the depth and density of the shrubs and trees I used varying hues of blue and green. After these colors dried I added a reflection of the sunrise colors to the tips of some of the bushes.

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MONSOON LAKE

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“Monsoon Lake”  24″ X 24″ acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

The monsoon storms have set up a ferocious pattern in Northern Arizona.  It’s wonderful how much rain we are getting. The brilliant sunsets and the thunder and lightning crackling overhead, put an electricity and beauty into the environment that leaves a deep excitement and wonder.  The lakes are beginning to fill again, and the second bloom of wildflowers are starting to push through the soil.   What could show God’s blessing on this earth more than a monsoon?

As an artists this is the season of inspiration.  It is no wonder that I choose to paint one of our beautiful lakes during the monsoon. I love the energy of the monsoon and the colors that imprint on the sky, what better time than now for an artist that proclaim’s Positive-Energy Art.  It definitely resides on this website and here for you to enjoy.

Painting Arizona and the Southwest one adventure at a time.

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CATTAILS… ADDING THE FINAL TOUCH

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“Cattails”  24″ X 24″ on gallery wrap canvas

This is my newest painting that I did during my latest workshop.  It was a demo but I absolutely love it for many reasons.  First, the colors are some of my favorites. PURPLE being number one and then teal is right up there in popularity.

I also love the flow of this piece, it just came together so effortlessly.  My workshop student wanted a pond painting which happens to be a favorite subject for me.  I have always called myself a “water baby”; I grew up on a lake and was nurtured by the sound of waves.

The cool colors with the warm accents always pull a painting together.  Those cattails and the rocks on the shoreline did the trick. Once the warm color came into the piece I knew exactly what was needed, so the final touch was the cattails. Those warm colors automatically direct your eye up to the cattails which is the focal point and title of the painting.

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Road Tripping Again

New Mexico Sunset

“New Mexico Sunset”  11″ X 14″

I recently got back from another road trip to Santa Fe, one of my favorite places.  We traveled with great friends which made it all the better.  I always get inspired when I travel to New Mexico whether it is Taos, or Santa Fe I especially love Northern New Mexico.  We spent a day at the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and wandered through many of the local galleries.  Of course we visited the Loretto Chapel and St. Francis Cathedral and the oldest church in the United States.

I meet a kindred Spirit and fellow artist Tom McGee check him out at https://www.tommcgeeart.com

We stayed in a sweet little place called the “Inn of The Governors” I highly recommend it. The trip was always way to short but I came home with tons of artistic creativity bursting out of me. So I spent some time in the studio this week and created a new road trip painting.  It is a composite of my friend Carole’s sunset photograph and a photo I took on the drive home. The monsoons were just starting to kick in and the sunsets were incredible.

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PARK AVENUE ART

CRANE CROSSING

“Crane Crossing” 24″ X 24″

I have recently been given the opportunity to teach what I love, ART.  This year I wrote an aggressive business plan for my company.  I must admit that when I was through with it I wondered how this would all come about.  My bottom line is that I wanted to make a living doing what I love best, ART.

I decided that I would trust in my partner God, and that I would take all opportunities that he set in front of me.  Not only do I sell my art but I teach it.  I have a small base of students that take lessons from me; I also run workshops 4 times a year.  I have wanted to do more of this work, but have never had enough space in my studio to accommodate a large group.

God has set before me the opportunity to run a thriving school to teach visual arts.  It is at a space very familiar to me.  Park Avenue Arts, it is where Park Avenue Theater has git’s roots, and where I have designed sets for many years. It also houses Debbie Place who teaches vocal lessons  and will be adding Le Anne Lawhead, who teaches flute. Both these ladies are prominent in their fields. I now have the opportunity to teach visual arts in a great space and will start by filling a visual art curriculum for home-schooled students. I will also be doing one day painting retreats for adults and youth.

In July I will be teaching a two-day workshop, “Creating Positive-Energy Art”.  This is the perfect time to experience the cool summer breezes of the Arizona mountains.  We can spill out unto the creek side park for some Plein Air painting.  I am just loving the energy this space creates.  Trinity Presbyterian Church has created this Art Center to fill a gap, a nurturing place for both children and adults to find their passions, their way in life and the opportunity to grow closer to God.

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HEADING THROUGH THE DESERT

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“Heading Through The Desert” from my “road trip” series

Sometimes the most memorable, road trips are those closest to home, the day trips. Being that I live in Arizona that usually means traveling through the desert to get someplace.  There is a certain beauty about the desert.  The arid plateau, bursts forth with wildflowers after a life-giving rain.  That is when I love it the most.  The distant mesas of the southwest, give the desert form and beauty.  I become one with the creation.

Those of you who love to road trip have a plethora of beautiful memories.  I can take that memory and bring it to life as a custom painting for your home.  My standard size is 11″ X 14″, but I will create a bigger size for that special place.  All you need to do is contact me HERE. Drop me a comment and we will make it happen.

 

So here’s to Road Tripping, enjoying life and expressing myself one painting at a time.

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Road To Port San Luis

ROAD TO PORT SAN LUISThis recent painting was done for my “Road Trip” series.  The inspiration comes from my trip to the Central Coast of California and my stopover in Avila Beach.  I took this picture from San Luis Bay Inn.  It is perched high above this road and the ocean below.  From here you have magnificent views of Port San Luis and the harbor.  On this beautiful day many of the fishing boats were out to sea with only a few moored.

I really love painting these small studies, and the memories that bring back times of pleasure and relaxation.  I love to take road trips for the inspiration and the regeneration that they provide.  I always feel full of creativity after a short road trip.

I get lost in the creative process, and visualizing my memories.  Telling my story, and putting it on canvas makes me feel as if I am traveling again.  Jot me a line and send me a picture and I will help you bring your memories back to life. Just tell me your story and let’s see how the two of use working together can create a memory for your home.

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Cruising the Coast

CRUISING THE COAST

“Cruising The Coast” Acrylic Study on 11′ X 14″ canvas

I could paint this picture blind folded, well actually maybe not but this stretch of the California Rte 101 is etched in my memory.  I commuted to work on this byway for nine years.  OK, in the painting I omitted the hotels, homes and restaurants that dot the shore, but I prefer to paint the coast in its pristine beginnings.  All those hotels, and homes have created traffic on the 101 and that is one of the reasons I no longer live there.  These days I prefer my small mountain town to crazy California traffic jams.

I do miss my ocean breezes and the smell of the salt air, walking the beach and fresh seafood, I could go on and on…. So our last road trip was back to the old stomping grounds around Pismo Beach.  It was perfect timing corresponding with my new “Road Trip” series  which I started this spring and will work on through the summer and into the fall. I hope to have a sweet slugh of painting about road tripping since it is one of the things I like to do best.  Road tripping gives me great inspiration for painting my positive-energy art, and many of these small studies will be inspirations for larger paintings.

So heres to Road Tripping, enjoying life and expressing myself one painting at a time.

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“Looking Over Avila”

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“Looking Over Avila”  11″ X 14″ acrylic study

This is an acrylic study of  a view I saw looking at Avila Beach while I was standing on the patio of the San Luis Bay Inn. The inn is situated on the hill above the town.  I snapped a photo and saved it until I was back in the studio.  I had never seen Avila from this perspective.  I thought it would make a great painting for my “Road Trip” series. The road below leads to San Luis Port which is one of my favorite destinations.  I love watching the seals begging for scraps from the fishermen coming into port with their fresh catch of the day.

 

I enjoy capturing these interesting vignettes, which become memories of a life well-traveled.  At a later date I may create a larger painting of this scene. But for now it captures the mood and feeling of that moment.  One of my friends who saw this study said it was “magical”… Yes, I believe it is.

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