Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sedona Paintings: Bell Rock

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Bell Rock #1 - watercolor - 6 x 9
Bell Rock #2 - watercolor - 6 x 9
Study for Bell Rock - watercolor - 3.5 x 5.5
Sketch for Bell Rock - pencil - 3.5 x 5.5
Never having been to Arizona and feeling the need for sunshine, we took a relaxing vacation in Sedona. I didn't know very much about it, but now I think it must be one of the most beautiful places in America.
We painted, hiked, ate, slept and soaked in sunshine. We stayed at the Red Agave Resort and it was perfect. You could walk out into a courtyard and see this very view of Bell Rock that I painted. I definitely want to go there again.
The red rock formations surrounding Sedona are impressive and monolithic. They truly are this red. Combined with the greenery, cacti and blue skies, it was an artist's paradise.
We also visited art galleries and took a driving trip to Flagstaff. Amazingly, we went from sunshine and t-shirts in Sedona, to six feet of snow near Flagstaff. Allan's favorite part of the whole trip was eating at the Grand Canyon Cafe on Route 66 in Flagstaff. I thought it was a dive!
Here is my Sedona painting journey. For each scene I did a sketch and preliminary watercolor study in my Moleskine notebooks, followed by the painting(s) on Twinrocker handmade, cold-pressed watercolor paper. I used mostly Daniel Smith watercolors (the best in the world), including several of the quinacridone colors.
You might also enjoy my photo set of Sedona pictures.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wood Duck

Wood Duck - 11 x 14 - oil on panel

Allan likes to stroll the banks of the Columbia River and mentioned he'd seen a Wood Duck. I had no idea what one looked like, although I've probably seen one before. There's lots of flora and fauna down there that I don't normally pay attention to.

So I looked it up in one of our Northwest picture books and decided to paint one, mainly because its little head has a thatch of bright green feathers that I could easily capture with one of the modern pthalocyanine pigments (that I so love).

Now that I painted this duck, you'd think I'd know why I painted it, other than because my husband mentioned it, but I really have no idea what inspired me after all. So here it is. You be the judge!

~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Camellias and Shell at 140Hours Valentine Auction

Camellias and Shell - 12 x 16 - oil on panel

My painting Camellias and Shell, along with a host of other wonderful paintings, will be part of the 140Hours Valentine Auction starting at 6 pm Friday PST (2.12.2010).
The art auction concept via Twitter is new and innovative, and 140Hours is doing a great job of promoting and managing the auction. It's a good opportunity for self-representing artists to put their work into the East Coast art gallery scene, even if they live on the West Coast, like me!
I thought about my painting just now, and it seems appropriate for a Valentine Auction because its rather delicate and flowery. I was inspired to paint it a year ago after seeing Pierre Bonnard's works at the Metropolitan Museum. His paintings are so intimate, even when they are just fruit and flowers. It made me want to paint a similar intimately connected subject. I picked some flowers from our neighbors tree and set them into a blue vase next to my shell. Voila.
Perhaps someone will appreciate them. I hope so! Join the auction, or just watch it happen at 140Hours.
~ I will keep the brush happy in my hand! ~~