I am getting ready for the next Les Femmes Show on July 13th in the Marina Room at the Hassayampa Inn. So I decided to paint an old favorite, Thumb Butte with a magical twist. I see this butte every day as I gaze out my patio door. Some nights in the winter celestial sky the moon appears to be right over the butte, with a little imagination I can visualize that now in the midst of summer. When the moon would not reach this point until I was snuggly asleep. You know how much I love colors, this bold, high energy painting brings them all together. I invite you to see more of my new works at Les Femmes des Montage.
Some of you can remember when I did nothing but acrylic abstracts, mostly pours and I worked in metallic. It was fun and it dipped my toes into the world of abstraction. They were mostly non-representational. I am glad I went that route in my journey to find my own voice. It helped me loosen up.
Now days I create contemporary acrylic paintings full of movement and energy. Most of them are landscapes, but sometimes I get that yearning to become more abstracted in my work and this is such a painting. I have been doing a lot of floral landscapes this spring season. Heading into the summer months I have gradually moved back toward my monsoon landscapes, but before I transitioned I had to create a pure abstract following in the tradition of the floral. I call it “Go With The Flow” because of the pure exuberance and feeling of freedom I experienced while creating it.
It’s hot off the easel and I hope you enjoy it. If you want to see me do more abstracts like this give me a shout out. You can see more of my work or start your collection with a free download HERE
Have a great weekend and how about those MONSOONS,
WHERE’S THE SNOW?
I love when the seasons change and right on schedule the temps are starting to dip as Christmas approaches. Now for a little snow to cap off the holiday events. However I don’t think that will happen this year. It has been dry, dry, dry in the West. I see my friends in California watch as their houses burn this past week and it saddens me.
Here in the mountains of Prescott we should be having snow, but all we get are the dreaded winds and more draught. I hold my breath hoping we do not suffer what California is going through right now.
So I go on with the season praying that Christmas cheer will abound and that winter snows will come and that I get all my commissions completed in time for gift giving. As an artist I can paint as much snow as I want and surround myself with paintings of snow, but I am dreaming of making snow angels and snow ball fights.
Musing about snow, one painting at a time…
March of the Trees
9″ X 12″ acrylic on vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.
This is number 12 of my 30 in 30 challenge and today I worked in orange. This challenge has given me the opportunity to explore many different colors that I might not normally use. But fall is coming and it is when I usually pull out the oranges and reds. But for this exercise I decided to make the cliffs orange in this turbulent ocean. As a friend on Instagram said. Beautiful, so much Verve ( which means an energetic style) in this one. Yes, I do have an Instagram page and here it is.
I really do love the energy in this one. It is full of strong brush strokes and bright complimentary colors. As for why I painted it… we had a cold trough set up yesterday and blow through our area. The wind was chilly and so invigorating after a long hot summer. It made me recall standing on the ocean shore feeling the strong breeze and watching the rough waves chopping in the water. It makes me realize that sometimes I miss living by the ocean but that was another time and another journey.
Today I am continuing on this great journey one painting at a time.
An original 9″ X 12″ acrylic painting on vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.
VERGA, STORMS IN THE HIGH DESERT
The monsoons are winding down, and we will have fewer of them as we move through September, our greatest chance for a nice storm will be this week. I love when they blossom into steady rain for our parched deserts here in the Southwest. No, I don’t want flooding like our dear friends in Houston have experienced just a nice gentle rain. I love the anticipation of their approach, the verga in the distance collecting over the mesas and foot hills, the feeling of moisture on your skin and the smell of sage and soil. This is when Arizona is the most beautiful.
The above painting, #3 in my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, depicts this beautiful feeling in some of my favorite colors; turquoise and magenta. So onward with my challenge. I will be painting in the studio on this Labor Day holiday, enjoying the clouds building up in the distance with an expectation of sweet rain returning this coming week.
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Original acrylic painting. 9″ X 12″ on vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.
“Sky Mesas”, Creating a work in progress
I started this painting one afternoon a work in progress. My thinking process was a sunset and mesas.
I had a group of ladies coming by the studio a few days later and I decided to entertain them with a demonstration. I felt it was a good time to continue working on the above painting.
So this is what came next, Phase 2.
I added more definition to the mesas and began to add vegetation to the foreground. It was beginning to take shape.
The following day I put it back on the easel. Not quite what I wanted yet. So started to rework it.
Phase three, developed more detail.
I started to lay in the sunset and define the mesas more. Now I have the under-painting done but there is a lot more before I feel that it is completed.
I put it aside for a few days.
I now started softening the colors adding in more foreground and cacti. I added pops of orange to the bottom of the painting to balance it. I thought it is almost done but I needed to sleep on it another day.
The next morning I felt that the mesas where to dark they needed a more dusky feel so I added sage and hints of orange. The sky was not dramatic enough so i worked it some more by adding softer color.
Now it feels soft and warm yet full of my Postitive-Energy. Just like my vision.