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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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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North of Cuesta Grade

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Driving up the Cuesta Grade

Today was a road trip to North San Luis Obispo County. One of my favorite places for wine and frivolity.

I usually schedule a full day for wineries and a stop in Moro Bay. Today started out cold and overcast by the coast but slowly burnt off as we traveled inland.  Going up the Cuesta Grade, just north of San Luis Obispo, we were heralded with patch works of green and bright yellows from all the winter rains dressing the mountains with wild mustard scattered amongst the wild grasses and live oaks.  We noticed that many of the grape vines were pruned down to stubs and new sets had been planted. No doubt due to the bad drought that this area has witnessed for the last four years. Thank God for the winter rains, for everything looks very healthy now.

We were on a mission to pick up our wine club order from Peachy Canyon Winery so that was our first stop.

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Peachy Canyon Winery, the best place to find a Zinfandel 

Peachy Canyon is a small winery that the locals love best where you will find a great Zinfandel. I have been buying from them for years. I joined their wine club once I moved to Arizona so that I could have their wonderful Zins shipped directly to me.

After visiting with the staff, we continued our tastings of some of the other fine vintners on the Central Coast, and then it was time to fill up with food to soak up all that wine. So we headed south on California Rte. 1 to Moro Bay and my favorite lunch spot, Bayside Cafe.

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Bay Side Cafe, always the best for fresh from the sea fish

OK, I had been waiting all day, heck, all week for this.  A fresh Salmon filet on a pretzel roll and their California Chowder. (Basically clam chowder and green Chilies). The perfect end to a great day of road tripping.  I gathered a ton of reference photos and I can’t wait to get back in the studio to paint the memories.

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Road Tripping Day One

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Coming through San Gorgornio Pass

 

Woke up bright and early this morning to start our Road Trip to the Central Coast of California. A full day of driving got us to the coast around 5:30 with check in at the San Luis Bay Inn, in Avila Beach.  It was cold and breezy, with fog hanging low over the ocean; typical for this time of year.

The Drive was one of the prettiest in record years with a wildflower bloom that climbed up the hills and mountains as far as you could see.  This was due to the wonderful winter rains that blessedly fell on California and Arizona this winter.  There is still snow on the peaks around Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

Traffic was light going through the LA basin and the dreaded traffic jams around Burbank on the 101 never materialized. So we made the trip in record-breaking time.

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Pacific Ocean North of Ventura

North of Ventura the 101 opens up to the ocean and the gloom of coastal fog, and we knew we were getting close to our destination.

Road Trips are the ultimate way of seeing the USA.  I hope you will join me as I paint and photograph my way across the Central Coast.

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ROAD TRIPPING

On The Road To Santa FeThis year it’s all about road tripping.  Around this time of year I usually schedule my upcoming vacations.  I got to thinking let’s design a series of paintings.  So “Road Trips” was born.

One of the journeys my hubby and I  will be taking is to Santa Fe, New Mexico; we will be going with some dear friends.  The other night we met together for dinner and a planning session.  We booked our rooms at the Inn of the Governors and worked on an itinerary where we would be sure to stop at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum .  I can’t wait to see what their latest show is.

I was so excited and it brought up memories of our last trip to Santa Fe and the inspiration  for my newest painting “On The Road To Santa Fe” was sparked.  It is a 14″X 11″ study that I hope to enlarge at a later date for another painting.  Studies are great because they are quick representations of an idea.  I can sell them to my collectors at a lower cost and they can have them framed to their liking.

Hubby and I will be heading to our first destination in April. Not Santa Fe, but the Central Coast of California for our annual beach fix and wine buying jaunt. I am sure this will spark some great adventures worthy of my “Road Trip” series. I can’t wait to see what my inspiration will be this year.  Maybe Bay Side Cafe, or Fat Cats two of my favorite seafood haunts, or one of the winerys that we will be visiting .

Road Tripping, Inspiration and Sparks of Creativity. I can’t wait to get started.

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