Search This Blog

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Private Invitation Open Studio

Last week I had a private by invitation Open Studio - wine and cheese event.  About 11 people came and it was fun to visit with everyone.  Everyone had a good time and stayed until the end.  It was a great excuse for a social get-together!  I sold a couple of paintings and gave one away in a drawing.  Above all, it was good to stay in touch.  I will have another one in the Spring.

Unfortunately, my camera didn't focus right and I only have one photo of my arrangement.  I had new works on the wall, and unframed works on the table.  All of the works on the wall were done en plein air.  Since I have started the Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters, I have been painting out on location every week....and all those paintings add up!!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Correction to previous post

I just received notification that two of the three paintings I submitted to Randy Higbee's Show were not accepted after all.  I am sure that the jury process takes a long time and they were not able to meet the due date to notify us.  So, I received this notification two days later.  

So, to correct my announcement:

I am pleased to announce that ONE of my three paintings were accepted into the Randy Higbee 6 Squared Show!  That painting was "Estuary Grasses"!  

The other two paintings will be added to my own personal show this Friday nite at my studio!  I am having an Open Studio from 5pm to 8pm with wine and cheese and snacks!  Invitations went out to my email list.  

If you are a local Reno or Carson City, Nevada resident and would like to come, please contact me at for specifics.

Randy Higbee's 4th Annual 6-inch Squared Exhibit and Sale

I'm delighted to announce that three of my plein air oil paintings have been accepted into this show!
"Morning Reflections" 6 x 6 oil
This painting was done on location in Newport Beach, California - in the Back Bay Estuary Preserve.  It was a gorgeous morning and the tide was in.  After painting this, I drove to nearby Randy Higbee KingofFrames shop to purchase some 6 x 6 frames and canvas panels.  Randy was there and wanted to see my painting!  He made sure to ask me if I was entering his show.  This is the first time I have entered this show.  A few years ago we were vacationing in Newport Beach and I visited one of his shows.  I was so impressed with the beauty of the little paintings.  Many were done by nationally acclaimed artists!  So I am thrilled to be a part of this event.

All paintings are beautifully framed by Randy Higbee Frames

Date:  December 7 to December 20, 2013
Artists Gala Reception:  Saturday December 7th from 5pm to 9pm
Location:  Randy Higbee Gallery, 102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa, CA  92626
phone:  800-506-7624

"Estuary Grasses" 6 x 6 oil
This painting was done on the following day from another location along the Back Bay Estuary.
"Alpine Lapis Blue" 6 x 6 oil
This painting was painted on location last week at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Two More Paintings...

I am continuing to clean up some plein air paintings.  I am reminded of how difficult it is to do paintings of aspens and cottonwoods in fall color.  It is forever a challenge.  How to capture the "glow".... well, as you can see, I keep trying...

I'm also new to photographing oil painting hot off the easel.  If the room is not light enough, the flash goes off and reflects on the glossy paint.  If I take it outside and photograph it in the sun, I have to try for an angle so the paint doesn't reflect.... So I'm in the learning curve here....

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Touching Up Previous Plein Air Paintings

"Ridgetop Lake" 8 x 16 oil

It is encouraging to know that a well-known and successful plein air painter warns in his book that only about one in ten plein air paintings come out frameable as is and to not worry about it.

So far that is the case with me.  Lately, I've had some wonderful time in the studio and I have been touching up some of these paintings.  It has been great to have time and a controlled environment to work out the problems with these paintings.  In the field we just don't have time because the light changes.

Some needed to be lightened up.  Some needed more contrast.  Some needed the focal area developed with edges and brighter colors.  The lake was a real problem because it was not lying flat and looking believable.  I printed the reference photos taken at the time the painting was done and it helped me a lot to see the lake in detail.  By the time I had finished this painting in the field, a breeze had changed the surface of the water, so I couldn't remember what it looked like when I began to paint.  
"Dusting of Snow" 6 x 6 oil
"Fall at the Creek"  8 x 10 oil
"At the Edge of the Park" 6 x 6 oil

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Recent trip to the coast

I just got back from a week getaway with hubby to the coast - Newport Beach Coast, California.  Did some paintings:
Fall Beach Day 6x6 oil

Estuary Grasses 6x6 oil

Morning Reflections 6x6 oil
I had a lot of fun and the weather was gorgeous!