Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"September"

"September" (Little Moment #18)
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150 (free shipping in US)



As an artists, we are always looking for new challenges or ways to have a better sense of community.  Well, over at Artists Helping Artists blog a new challenge has arisen: create a painting once a month highlighting a theme for that month.  So "September" for me always conjures up Back to School....hence today's painting. What's more precious than seeing a little one, back pack and all, walking like a "big kid" to school?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Which Dinghy is Yours?

"Little 'Scape #11"
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150 (free shipping in US)

OK...no talk of snakes today...actually I can promise you all, I will probably never write about rattle snakes again...did I mention it was HUGE!! OK that truly is it for the snake topic. Except to say...nothing like a brush with death to put you on your heels and see how fortunate your life is.  As my husband says "God must have a big plan for you"...I agree, He must. And everyday, I see a little bit of it unfold, however still not sure where exactly He is taking me...but isn't that half the fun of it? It's like jumping in one of those dinghy boats in today's painting, He is at the helm mastering the tides and shoreline..taking me just where I need to be...I am just along for the ride.  I jumped into the orange boat, which one are you jumping into?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Too Cherries!

"Little Moment #17"
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150 (free shipping in US)




My daughter and I love taking hikes with our dog. One of our favorites in the summer time is rambling through a river (actually now a creek) in our local foothills.  We love jumping from rock to rock, listening to the water falls, and catching frogs.  Just being one with nature.  A few days ago, I came face to face with a near death experience...nothing like a little shake up to wake you up in life, and see how truly blessed you are.  So this was my shake up: I was skipping ahead, daughter a few steps behind, then the dog behind her.  Which in its self was not norm for us...usually its the dog rambling ahead, then my daughter, then me bringing up the rear....but for whatever reason the order was off for us on this day. In mid skip, I came face to face with a HUGE blue Southern Pacific rattle snake.  This rattler was not you normal sized 24 inch snake...no this snake was at least 5 1/2 feet long and looked like it just ate a rabbit as the center of it's body was about 7 inches in diameter in multiple places.  The snake's rattle was at least 6 inches long and rattling away.  The head was perched up and staring me down. I froze, whispered a "whoa" and put my arms out to stop my daughter from rushing forward.  I slowly put my other foot down and backed up gingerly. Got the dog and quickly retreated up the river bank to safety.  At which point, we watched this HUGE snake cross the creek bed and into the shade of a huge boulder.  I was afraid that my fear may exaggerated my perspective, so I asked my daughter to describe the look and the size of the snake, what did she see?...she saw the same as I did.  This is a snake that if bit a horse ...would kill it.  That could of easily been me.  Devastatingly worse, that could of been my daughter. How beautiful is it that God has His hand on all of us...to protect us in such away, yet to give us an experience we will never forget.   This was the "cherry on the top of my day" --actually make that "Too Cherries!"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Water Taxi - Cabo San Lucas

"Little 'Scape #10"
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150 (plus free shipping in US)



How  many different ways are there to get from here to there?
Car, plane, or train.
Walking, bicyling, or scooter.

Well, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico...its all about the water taxi. And most of them have glass bottoms...so you can see all the pretty fishies along the way...now that is the way to go, from here to there.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

kiwis de México- SOLD!

"Little Moment #16"
watercolor (6" x 6")
$150 (free shipping in US)
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
SOLD

We have arrived at the last of the still lifes painted in Mexico...adios mi frutas y verdura de México...ah but keep a look out for more boat and beach scenes from the lovely Sea of Cortez.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Calmness in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

"Little  'Scape #9"
watercolor (7" x 5")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150 (plus free shipping in US)


Here's another view from the balcony of our place we stayed at in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Again it was an early morning...so calm waters, beautiful colors, sweet ocean breezes, and a lovely quietness. Can you feel it?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Aguacates y Tomates de México -SOLD!

"Aguacates y Tomates de México"
watercolor (7" x 8")
SOLD

When it comes to guacamole, are you are purist? or do you like to mix it up a bit? or do you march to the beat of a different drum?  I think you can learn a lot about a person by how they make their guacamole.  The "purist" prefers his guacamole to be a simple blend of avocados, onions, Serrano chilies, bit of cilantro and a splash of lime. But then there are some that like to mix it up and add tomatoes.  Then there are some who really go "off track"...they will add anything from sour cream to pomegranate seeds to goat cheese to pistachio nuts. Me? I like to mix it up a bit...not too simple but staying "on track".  You? what can we learn about you?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Early Morning Fishing- Sea of Cortez

"Little 'Scape #8"
watercolor (5" x 7")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150 (free shipping in US)

While on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, nearly every morning I would take a quiet yet vigorous walk on the beach.  This was my alone time, this was my "breathing" time.  It always amazed me how different the beach was at sunrise than just a few hours later.  There was a coolness to the air, the tide was so calm, the colors in the sky...too vibrant to believe, the hues in the water too serene to be felt, there were no motorized sports going on, there were no venders on the shore selling their wares....just a quiet stretch of beach...and those early morning fishermen fishing for the "catch of the day".  Take a moment with me here...a way to start (or restart) your day...quiet your mind, take in the cool morning ocean mist, view the beautiful colors and get your little bit of "breathing" time.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

dos peras de México

"Little Moment #15"
watercolor (6" x 6")
$150 (free shipping in US)
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.


Well here we are...another still life painted in Mexico. It was interesting doing this painting, for some reason pears are a common subject for artists to render.  Is it the shape? is it the color? is it the simplicity? I don't know...but here is my version....and too be real honest...I feel like a "real" artist now that I have done my requisite pear still life. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A view of Cabo San Lucas-SOLD

"Cabo San Lucas- View from Veranda"
watercolor (7" x 10")
SOLD

Well, as promised...here's the plein air painting done on the veranda of our wonderful place we stayed at in Cabo San Lucas. What a treat...to sit there in the shade, take in the ocean breezes, beautiful view, and paint away.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cebollas y Ajo de México

"Cebollas y Ajo de México"
watercolor (7" x 10")
available

As artists, we all strive for moments like these...the "break through"s, the "aha!"s, the "oh, I can do this!" Well, while on vacation in Mexico last week, I was fortunate enough to have one of those moments.  If you have been following my blog, you all know I "don't do" still-lifes. Well, it's official...I have embraced the still-lifes (and not the a-la-Julie kind from a black and white photo)...but sitting there, with the light just right, and painting on the spot.  It all started with my daily painting down in Mexico...it was too hot and dry to paint Plein Air, and I brought only a limited amount of supplies and inspirational material.  And well, there are only so many times you can paint the view from the balcony (that painting will come on next posting)...so I pulled out the fresh veggies and fruits...and painted away. It was fun...a different approach...a different result...a new place for me to be in as an artist.  I like when God does that...when He shows me that, regardless of my circumstances, there really is no limit...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sunrise - Sea of Cortez

"Sunrise - Sea of Cortez, Mexico"
watercolor (5.5" x 10")


Aahh...vacations. Aren't they a wonderful thing?  The family and I just got back from a week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  A week of fun. A week of sun. A week of good quality family time. A week of relaxing. A week to disconnect from the outside world. A week of beautiful vistas.  Today's painting is one of many that I painted while down there.  This is from an early sunrise walk on the beach. Just lovely.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"Little Moment #14"

"Little Moment #14"
watercolor (6" x 6")
Painting on Arches paper mounted on archival museum board,
UV and archival varnish coated. Display easel included.
$150 (free shipping in US)

Oh dear...I can't remember what this flower was...I can't remember what the original color was in the photo (I paint from black and white photographs). I don't even remember where I got the reference photo. I can't remember.  I truly don't mean to be disrespectful to this little one (or the reference source)...I just can't remember. Ever have one of those days?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Painting of the Month

"Walden Pond"
watercolor (12" x16")
$500
PAINTING OF THE MONTH


A couple of weeks ago my daughter and I took a lovely trip to Boston to visit a dear friend and see the historic sights. It truly was a girls adventure and we had a terrific time.  One highlight of our vacation was spending the day on Walden Pond with our friends.  We canoed, we swam, we hiked around the "pond", we relaxed, we picnicked, we fished, we learned about David Henry Thoreau. 
It was an idyllic place with idyllic moments between my daughter and I. 
I feel blessed to a have a created such beautiful memories.  
This was my inspiration this months "Painting of the Month".