Watercolors have been my life these last few months, and I love taking my small watercolor bag with me on trips to the mountains. This past weekend was a wonderful opportunity to sit by Silver Lake, an hour's drive from my home, listen to the trill of an eagle that had just landed on this tree, and dip my brush in moist watercolor pigment. I feel a part of the landscape when I paint it. It's an experience like no other, to return to that quiet place every time I look at this tiny representation in my painting journal.
Friday, August 31, 2012
There is no place lovelier than Woods Lake on a summer afternoon, the long rays of afternoon sunshine glowing on the sheets and cliffs and mounds and crumbling boulders of granite. Woods Lake is at 8200 feet in the Sierra, just under Carson Pass. It's tucked in a wooded hollow under the piles of granite that make up Round Top Peak.
I spent last Thursday and Friday up there painting. This watercolor was done in my studio from photos and two plein air sketches I made on location. Seeing the Landscape is a passion, and this painting is my effort to translate this beautiful place for you!
Monday, July 30, 2012
This proud rooster was strutting in the shadows at the Amador County Fair last Thursday. His owner owns a poultry business and "Dee-oh-gee" is his pet! "D-O-G"!! The painting was done in my studio from a group of photos I took. I love the way the sunlight dappled the grass surrounding him, and hit some highlights on his pure white feathers. Chickens are always fun to paint!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I turned around and was captivated by the afternoon sun glaring off brilliant granite outcroppings. My friend added bright orange and red kayaks to his painting, but I ran out of time and left it pristine and quiet, a place I will return to again and again.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Clouds were rolling in over Lake Tahoe, the wind was picking up. The day was glorious with sunlight peeking among the clouds. Few tourists, few boats, and a quiet two hours in Zephyr Cove gave me time to make an effort to capture the beauty of this landscape. What joy!
What a gorgeous winter day it was, just before New Year's, along the Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe. A few splotches of snow in the shadows, some ice along the river, and bright sunshine everywhere else! I've never enjoyed a winter day as much as those this past week! This little painting is my tribute to December sunshine.