On Mother’s Day we added a new member to our Family, a mini-Dachshund. She had a very large and loving personality packed into a tiny 3 pound body when she came home. She’s grown a bit and so has her personality in the 3 weeks we’ve had her. Here she is within days of coming home with me. She was getting ready to nap in my art room.
Learning to navigate the stairs and finding a view in the wall.
On Thursday, May 31, we dropped off our artwork at the Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Exhibit then continued up Highway 41 toward Yosemite to the Lewis Creek trail. At this point in little Lulu’s life she’s accompanying us everywhere since she isn’t house broke and there isn’t anywhere safe to leave her alone at home. David wanted to photograph a certain waterfall so I sat in the car with Lulu. I wasn’t in the mood for mosquitoes and I wasn’t sure how Lulu would do on that hike. Luckily for me, Lulu slept almost the entire time we were parked at the trailhead. That gave me a chance to make 2 small tree studies with ink and watercolor. The first drawing is 2.5 x 3.75 inches. The second is 4 x 5.5 inches.
We returned to Lewis Creek at an earlier time the following day but Lulu didn’t sleep as long so I only made one ink and watercolor study. This one is 4.5 x 5 inches.
That evening I painted this little pastel of Yosemite Falls on Wallis sanded pastel paper. The image is 1.75 x 2.75 inches. The frame is 4.5 x 5.5 inches.
Big subject, small size…..smiles. People ask if I sharpen my pastels to get the tiny detail. No, I’ve never sharpened a pastel for any painting. I am thinking it would be fun to purchase some good pastel pencils….hmmmm…..time to shop!
Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour is about 3 weeks away. I painted two new paintings for this event. They are both 6 x 9 inches, pastel.
When I accompany David to his meetings in the San Joaquin Valley I sometimes take photographs during the drive. This is sunrise over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Our recent day trip to the coast inspired this morning fog painting.
I’ve spent the afternoon working on this painting. It’s a 6 inch by 9 inch pastel on Art Spectrum paper. While I was painting David was working outside where he found a beautiful caterpillar which he brought upstairs to share. It looked like it was made of felted wool and firmly attached its self to David’s work glove. When I went outside to photograph it an hour later it was still attached to his glove. The glove was laying on a tree stump. The caterpillar had been on an oak branch that David was in the process of chopping into smaller pieces.
December 28, 2009
It was mostly overcast today. The chicken hid under an oak tree. There must be a hungry hawk hanging around. The turtles didn’t even want to come out from behind the wood stove. When they did the box turtle feasted on squash, pear and blueberries. The desert tortoise just watched. Yes, we have a permit for the tortoise.
I spent the day working on ‘November Meadow’. I painted the foliage in the middle ground, working all over to create a natural pattern of color and texture, concentrating on values.
I painted the grass in the foreground last and then touched up the middle ground. The grass, as well as the middle ground are many layers. Now I’ll let it sit to see if I notice anything that bothers me.
‘August Meadow, Yosemite Valley’ is almost done…..if I say it’s finished I’ll see something that needs to be ‘fixed’. I love the colors and textures of the meadows. These silver grey plants were standing in grasses that ranged from rust to gold to green. The edge of the forest created the background. The tips of conifers were catching the late afternoon light.
The painting will sit a while before framing. It’s not as dark in real life….if it looks dark on your monitor. I can’t tell where the ‘correct’ tilt of my monitor should be to see things realistically. That makes it hard to adjust photographs.
18.5 x 26.5 Pastel $1600 Framed to 24 x 32 in German silver color aluminum with Plexiglas.
My ‘Christmas Cactus’ is blooming nicely. It sits on my desk during the winter. During warmer months it’s outside. I received this plant for my birthday from my adopted mom, Joann, about 6 years ago. I painted it a few years ago.
The final judging results have been released. The email notifications arrived tonight, December 13. I did not make it into this years show with my pastel of Horse Tail Falls entitled ‘February Moment’. This was a fun piece to create especially since I started it while demonstrating at Williams Gallery West during Art Hop. As usual I can’t stay away from color. The painting’s dimensions are 13 X 19, framed to 20X26. $800