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Saturday, September 19, 2015

With a little help from my friends...

"Frog Pond"  9 x 12 oil

I recently came home from a family trip and had to unpack the truck that was filled with food, ice chests, inflatable boat, beach chairs and what-not....and then I had to pack for the next morning paint-out with Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters.  I stayed up late, recharging my camera and picking out a panel size and panel carrier for it....and loaded the car trunk with the tripod, pochade, umbrella, and packed a lunch to take.....

The next morning when I got there, I opened the trunk....and OMG....I forgot my totebag with oil paints, brushes, turp, paper towels and all the stuff I need to do a painting!

I was totally discombobulated and thought the day was a total bust...and here it was a gorgeous day and I was so looking forward to painting there...

Three other painters arrived and one offered me paint and one of his brushes (he recently pared down his load to only 5 brushes!).  So, I set up next to him so I could rinse out my one brush in his turpentine....and I loaned him my umbrella to shade his work.

Well, I was delighted with how my little painting came out in this circumstance!  Hurray for friends!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Floating in Bliss"

"Floating in Bliss" 12 x 16 oil painting

This painting was done on location at Bliss State Park.  The boat was anchored offshore and the people were lounging on the boat, enjoying the summer sun and the gorgeous day.  Occasionally a few people would row a little raft to shore at the beach and then wandered up the trail where they saw Emma and I painting their boat.  I wasn't done with the boat, but they contacted Emma later and she sold her painting to them!  I only just finished this painting today.  The jewel-like aquamarine and turquoise colored water that I had laid down on the painting beckoned me to come back to do the finishing touches.

One of my most wonderful memories was floating on a boat on Lake Tahoe years ago.  I call that bliss.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Three little paintings

"Emerald Waters" 6 x 6 oil
Thank goodness for a windy, cold and yucky day - I LOVE these kind of days to work in the studio and get caught up!
"The Guardian" 6 x 6 oil

Today I did the finishing touches on 3 little paintings - they were done out in the field a year ago!  All they needed was a little "punch" and a signature.
"Summer at Watson Lake" 6 x 6 oil

Monday, September 14, 2015

I really have been painting!

completed painting at Tahoe Meadows
It has been such a busy summer, I haven't posted in so long and I hope to change that!

I have been painting every week with Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters.  I created my first YouTube video for this group.  Here you will see me doing watercolor at my most recent hikes to Angora Lake and Eagle Lake.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My plein air painting group is having three shows!  Below are the details in the announcement:  Each of us will have 2-3 paintings in these shows.  We are really excited - as we are a new group.  Our group website is

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Paint-out at a ranch

"By the Haystack"  6 x 6 oil
"Corral by the Barn"  8 x 10 oil

Earlier this week we painted at fellow artist Ida's cattle ranch.  Around 9 painters came and Ida and Bruce opened up the ranch to us all to paint.  There were so many views and different interesting things to paint that we all had difficulty deciding where to set up.  Since we were having wind that day, I set up low and sat on a chair.  I actually did two paintings!  All from the same location.

We all had a wonderful time.  Thank you again, Ida!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Donner Party Passed By Here

"Bridge at Donner Pass"  9 x 12 oil

I started this painting a year ago - we went up Donner Pass Road in Truckee to the bridge that locals call "The Rainbow Bridge".  We all painted various views.  I painted this painting in various shades of gray oil paint.  Then, finally, at home - a year later - I painted over it with color, using the same values as the gray painting.  This is a technique that was taught in some workshops I attended.  It is really helpful if you don't have time to figure out the local colors and mix the paints.  Gamblin oil paints come in Grey Dark, Medium and light, and also there is a very good Chromatic Black (made from colors - not the typical black pigment that looks dead).  Then, white is also available to lighten the light gray even more.  I found this technique very helpful when I was doing this painting on location.