A week and a half ago David and I drove up the Merced River canyon to Yosemite for the Yosemite Renaissance reception. We had seen a few poppies beginning to bloom so today we decided to go back to see how they were coming along. We stopped by Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Art in Mariposa to deliver new pastels and photographs. Claudia Welsh was at the gallery with Penny Otwell. Kris Casto came in a few minutes later. It’s always nice to see these energetic ladies. Claudia received our art then we continued to the Merced River canyon.
There was one nice area in full bloom but overall I’d guess it’ll be really good in a week. Most of the hillsides were green or looked like this with just a hint of color beginning. 1:20pm
This is the beginning of the blooming area. We stopped here and photographed a bit and then headed up the road to Hite’s Cove. 1:29pm
We didn’t see anything blooming up the river towards Hite’s Cove so we turned around to return to the above spot. At the stop light for the one way bridge at the slide area, this little critter was next to the car dashing out of his hole to grab grass then run back down it’s burrow. Critter sounds so much nicer than gopher. 2:08pm
Approaching the blooming area to which we returned. Taken from the moving car at 2:18pm.
I liked the view of the two hillsides meeting, the poppy covered crowns of the hills and the long shadows. 2:27pm
A closer view of the long shadows and poppies. The light was quickly disappearing with the dropping sun. 2:30pm
As you can see the hillside is almost covered in shadow by 3:23pm. I took this as a reference photograph then I made a quick 5×6 watercolor sketch of this while David walked up the road in search of photographs. I liked the pine trees glowing in the afternoon sun on the opposite side of the canyon.
The last little bit of sun on this hillside. 3:32pm
As we were photographing along the road our friend Nancy Robbins pulled over and parked. We followed each other down the canyon towards Mariposa. When we were near Midpines our friend Terry Robinson joined us. He was heading to the poppies but didn’t continue when he learned the light was done and that the poppies would be better in a week. We all went our separate ways after trying and failing to decide if we should find something else to photograph. We’ll all get together another time.
Nancy and David. 3:45pm
I liked the trees hanging onto the edge of the hillside with the poppies above. 3:50pm
Last Friday, May 6, was Mariposa’s monthly Art Hop. David and I hung out at Casto’s Fine Wine and Art Gallery enjoying the company of Kris and Harold Casto, Penny Otwell, Claudia Welch-Frye and all the patrons who visited the gallery. The Casto’s feature their Mount Bullion wines from their vineyard and art of the local artists, including David’s photographs and my pastels.
Kris in the center, a local couple on the left and Joann (right) visiting from the Bay Area.
Claudia (left) visiting with a friend.
Penny Otwell painting with watercolors while Kris watches.
Harold jammin’ with the guitar man.
Me, listening to the conversation and clinging to my security glass.
Saturday, May 7, we went to Yosemite to attend Michael Frye’s reception at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Michael is a gifted photographer and it’s always fun to see his new shows. David had recently ‘friended’ G. Dan Mitchell, a photographer on Face book. Dan was attending the reception for Michael as well. David described himself and said that William Neill , another photographer, could be mistaken for David since they both have white hair and beards. Well it turns out that Dan fits right in with their ‘look’. I wish I would have taken a picture of the three of them together. It was good to see Michael’s wife Claudia and Penny again, even if we had just spent the evening before together. There were many photographers attending the reception including, Charles Cramer, Mike Osborne and Christine Loberg. We even ran into the family that built our new deck, Steve his wife Tina and their sons. We love our new deck!
We arrived in the valley a few hours before the reception to see how spring was unfolding. The dogwoods are blooming and the waterfalls are booming. There were waterfalls everywhere. We never go to Yosemite on weekends due to the crowds of people and since this was Mother’s Day weekend there were people and traffic everywhere.
This week has been a busy one. Tuesday I took my daughter home and returned home the same day. I quickly stopped by my older daughters work place to say hi before hitting the road. Wednesday we had our monthly meeting of the Sierra Art Trails Committee. Thursday was our monthly meeting of the Yosemite Western Artists photography group. Friday was the Sierra Foothill Conservancy Plein Air Exhibit reception at the Fresno State Campus Henry Madden Library. Saturday was Art Hop at Williams Gallery West in Oakhurst where I demonstrated with pastels.
I had so much fun at the reception. The paintings are publicly on view in the Madden Library until the Great Central Valley Exhibition on Sunday August 29. Penny Otwell and Claudia Welsh were in the parking lot when we arrived so we all walked to the library together. These two ladies are always fun! Penny is also in the Plein Air Exhibit. This was the first time for us to see everyone’s work in person. We’d seen some images in the field and some emailed but now we got to view the ‘real deal’. The curator did a fantastic job hanging about 100 paintings. Penny and I were very pleased with the way our paintings were displayed.
My daughters, honorary son and his mom, my good friend, all showed up in support of the event. It meant so much to me to share this experience with them. (Much appreciation and love to my peeps.) The Sierra Foothill Conservancy has done an outstanding job creating and managing this event.
Claudia, Penny and moi in front of Penny’s paintings.
Michelle, Me and Heidi…..my girls, in front of my paintings. What’s in the red bag??? Heidi brought me a lilac scented candle which smells heavenly. Michelle brought me clean socks. She’d borrowed them during her visit.
Art Hop was a busy day with guest ceramicist from Clovis (Amy Morgan) and Santa Cruz ( Bob and Sandy Kinzie). Tables were set up for the artists to work and guests to play with the clay. It was a very lively day with lots of talking and laughing and people passing through the gallery.
This is about as far as I got working from 11 – 5pm. I am very happy with the progress this far.
Come join the invited group of local artist and the prestigious group of nationally recognized Embarcadero artists for a day of enjoying nature and the arts. The artists have committed to creating a body of work depicting the Sierra Foothill Conservancy lands. The paintings will be sold at a fundraiser next autumn.
Foothill Invitational artists: Brianna Johnson-Smeds, Charlotte Hoffman, Don Price, Ginny Burdick, Matt Hopson-Walker, James McGrew, Patrick Lacey, Paul Buxman, Penny Otwell, Sue McCline
Embarcadero Invitational artists: Adam Longatti, Clark G. Mitchell, Jeff Horn, John Burton, Kathleen Dunphy, Kim Lordier, Randall Sexton, Bryan Mark Taylor, Gil Dellinger, Jesse Powell, John Cosby, Kevin Courter, Libby Tolley, Ray Roberts
Saturday, March 13, 2010
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March is a beautiful time of the year on the McKenzie Preserve. Bring your family and friends to the Open House to explore on your own, enjoy the wildflowers and perhaps have a picnic. You may pick up a Discovery Trail guide and walk this interesting loop trail on the lower part of the preserve or hike to the table top to see the beautiful view. While you explore the preserve, observe plein air artists creating paintings on canvas right out of the landscape. No reservations are needed.
I’ve embarked on a new journey that will last a year.
Last month the Sierra Foothill Conservancy invited me and other regional artists to join their core of nationally known artist for their Plein Air Invitational. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy owns preserves and have easements in the Fresno, Madera and Mariposa counties. The artists will have access to paint the lands for the following year. In the Fall of 2010 the paintings will be exhibited and sold to benefit Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Soooo……
Above: Charlotte Hoffman (left) Penny Otwell (right) Regional artist Penny Otwell was also selected for the project.
……Penny and I had a lovely day last Friday, painting on the Hornitos Easement property. The next day, Saturday November 14th, was the first scheduled public plein air event at the Trabucco Ranch. The artists arrived at the Trabucco Ranch easement property a few hours before the public so we could familiarize ourselves with the area. From 2 – 6 visitors talked with and watched the painters as they painted the land surrounding them. I had the pleasure of meeting again with Adam Longatti, Kim Lordier and Jeff Horn and meeting for the first time Clark G. Mitchell, John Burton, Patrick Lacey and Brian Mark Taylor. It was such a gorgeous day for painting! As the sun set, the foothills turned rose colored with beautiful clouds to the northwest.
This is such an awesome privilege to be be granted access to these beautiful lands….AND to meet such fabulous painters. More importantly, the Sierra Foothill Conservancy is a wonderful organization working very hard for our future generations guarantee of unspoiled lands. My heartfelt thanks to their hard work and dedication.
Above: Penny at her easel greeting visitors and distant group watching Adam Longatti demonstrate. (right) John Burton catching the last light.