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 ( =
These towers are spectacular and I am fortunate enough to be able to view them from my house. I love how the warm light bathes them in this glowing color. This was also good tree practice.
Sad story though, on the very day I painted this picture we had two young men go missing after reaching the top of the top. They posted a photo on Instagram and never made it back. The rescuers found their ropes and gear but as of yet, they have not located the men. Hopefully when the temps warm up a bit they will be able to find them.
Trees seem to be very challenging, but I am pretty sure they are my favorite subject. Therefore I must practice! This was an 8×8 study of a scene that was very muted and almost monochromatic because of the snowy atmosphere. I ended up using a palette knife on part of it to force myself to try to be loose. (8×8 Oil on board)
I love doing scenes like this that are very soft and subtle! They are usually challenging but rewarding. This is the Chilkat Mountain range here in Juneau. They are just spectacular, especially when snow-covered. This piece is a 5×7 oil on panel
I wanted to challenge myself to try to capture the extreme warmth of this scene. I really didn’t push the colors much to do this. It was really this warm. Actually there is a nice contrast between the warm yellow/orange on the left and the much cooler violets on the right. I think this contrast is what makes this appealing.
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)