I live in Juneau, Alaska where the inspiration in nature abounds! I love taking photos of this beautiful place and then painting them.
In 2013 I left my job in order to devote more time to my artwork. One of the ways I have been learning, is through online tutorials. I have been so encouraged with the amount of information that people share about their artwork.
A few of my favorite sites are: Tuscon Art Academy on line, mhttp://thecompleteartist.ning.com/ by Richard Robinson, and http://www.dailypaintworks.com/ with Carol Marine. These have been extremely helpful as I have been working at my painting.
This year my goal is to paint almost daily and to try to get outdoors more and paint en plein air (or out doors from life). I also hope to come up with something interesting to blog about it all ( =
This was from photo I took from my garden. These Cranesbill Geranium are one of my favorite Perennials. Xtra Tuff boots are considered the Alaskan tennis shoe. Most people here own more than one pair and wear them in all types of weather. They are very versatile and have quite good traction. Here in Juneau, they are most practical because we are in a rain forest and it is wet most of the time.
This scene just drew me in right away. When I took the photo, I just knew it would make a great painting. The warm early morning light was just intensifying all those colors. The ‘Kids Don’t float’ program here in Juneau donates life jackets for children to use free of charge in order to assure that there is never an excuse for children to be unprotected near the water.
These are some of the newer miniatures from the end of 2017. I am very pleased with how the minis were received this past year. It was my first year at the Juneau Artists Gallery and it was a very good one. I do not plan to paint as many minis this year but rather focus on quick studies. But I still have more to add here over the next several days. Some of these will be turned into larger paintings. I think the larger photo of the ripples in the sand is one of my favorites. I will definitely be doing this one soon. (each mini is 2.5×3.5)
This is the 4th piece in my State series. It is a painting of the path that leads to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. One unique thing about it is that it is an evening light. I don’t usually get to the Glacier in the evening so the lighting here is the opposite of most of my pictures. And I really like the extreme low light effect.
This 8×10 oil painting was done so I could print some Christmas cards from it. It is one of my favorite types of scenes but also the most challenging. I am really looking forward to doing more of these paintings in 2018 and getting outside more to paint from life.
I’ve been painting miniatures for a Gallery most of the year. Finally I have gotten to the point where I can begin working on some bigger pieces. 8×10 isn’t big, but it is much bigger than the minis. This is one of the wintry paintings I did to use as a Christmas card for this year. It is a view from the road looking toward the Mendenhall Glacier off in the distance. Always a beautiful place to stop for a photo!
These new paintings are on a nice grade of plywood, each cut out by my husband. They are approximately 12×12 in the body of the state. They will be going to the Juneau Artists Gallery in a few days. I’m excited to see how they will be received. Do you have a favorite?