Saturday, May 16, 2015

Yucatan Church

Yucatan Church
Oil  12" x 12" on cradled panel
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This past February my husband and I spent several weeks in the Yucatan.  I did some plein air paintings as well as studio pieces upon our return.  When editing my photos I realized that I had taken pictures of 36 different churches and chapels.  I guess I'm drawn to the architectural angles, and perhaps the significance of what these mean to the people who built them and worship in them.

From Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan, in the northwest you can drive diagonally across the state headed toward the southeast on a great highway.  Along the way you can drive the "Convent Route".  This consists of churches, cathedrals, convents in Mayan villages and towns.  Many are as large as the largest Catholic Church here in Colorado Springs, yet are sitting a a very small town.  They were built centuries ago in what I imagine were large(r) populated areas or colonial towns.  You can read more about this here.

I was fascinated by all of these.  We visited the first seven, then our rental car got hit (no injuries and very little damage, but stressful never the less.)  So, we skipped the last villages.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring Lilacs

Spring Lilacs
Oil  8" x 10"
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My plein air group, Garden Artist, recently restarted for the season.  We paint every Tuesday and Thursday morning from early May to late September in different gardens, parks, scenic locations, and museums around the Pikes Peak region.  Please let me know if you 'd like to join us!

These lilacs were painted one morning in an alley in The Old North End, near the downtown area of Colorado Springs.  We've had the greatest lilacs this spring.  The aroma is every where!  They seem to be more beautiful than I ever remember!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hillside of Poppies

Hillside of Poppies
Oil  9" x 12"
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This is another piece from our March trip to California.  I have my husband to thank for this one.  We spent almost a week in Sonoma county, which, if you've never been, should be on every one's trip list!  It's beautiful!  Flowers were blooming every where.  My husband saw this farm and pulled over for me to take a picture before I had even seen the poppies.  He knows what makes a great painting!  I love how the poppies created a natural  movement into the piece and up and over to the barn.

I'm lucky that our daughter lives in San Francisco.  It's a great excuse to head to that city as well as all of the gorgeous surrounding areas.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunny Vista Living Center Juried Show


Friday night was the opening for the Sunny Vista Living Center Juried Show.  It was a great event, especially for me.  I had 3 pieces juried into the show.  My plein air painting, "Backyard Hollyhocks", received 1st place in the  oil/acrylic category and was purchased by Sunny Vista.  My truck painting, "Hasn't Been Used In Awhile", sold.  Sunny Vista does an amazing opening.  Their chefs prepared a wonderful buffet dinner with appetizers, fruits, chocolate fountain dessert and more.  Thank you to Sunny Vista, to the judge, to the person bought my painting.  It all makes for a great Mother's Day weekend.  Happy Mother's Day to all of you!

Friday, May 8, 2015

1058

1058
Oil  11" x 14"
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The number on the front of this trolley car is 1058...thus the title.  It's great how the city of San Francisco purchased theses trolleys from other cities.  A little bit of history gets saved and shared.

The streetcars, or trolleys, are different than the fabled cable cars of San Francisco.  The trolleys run from Fisherman's Wharf to Market Street.  The city not only purchased trolleys from all over the country, but from Milan, Italy as well.   About 20 different street cars from Muni's fleet operate daily.

Click here for a brief history of the street car line.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

French Table Cloth

French Table Cloth
Oil  12" x 12"
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Now that the weather is warm, I want to head outside to paint.  Tomorrow starts the "season" of my plein air group, Garden Artists.  We paint every Tuesday and Thursday morning in different parks, gardens, museums, over looks in the Pikes Peak region.  If you live nearby and want to paint with us, just let me know.  Any one is welcome.  Additionally, I'm going to be the Colorado Springs coordinator for local PAAC (Plein Air Artists of Colorado) paint outs.  Those are every Thursday morning.  Again, all are welcome!

So, as I get my back pack ready for tomorrow's paint out I thought I'd post a studio still life from earlier this year.   The table cloth is French, the plate is Mexican, the tea pot is probably made in China.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge
plein air oil  8" x 10"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is another plein air painting from our recent trip to California.  It was painted at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego.  One of my biggest challenges here was to simplify the cliff.  I was parked in the furthest parking lot by the tide pools.  I had a great view of the whole cliff and in my first sketch I included a lot of the cliff.  I realized that was too big of an area to cover quickly in a plein air pieces.  My next sketch focused in on a small section.  An additional challenge is to paint moving waves.  I tried to get them in pretty quickly and just left them alone.  I like how the water motion turned out.  I wish I'd been there longer...I would have gone back to the same spot again.


Here is my set up and great view.  Below you can see the rattlesnake that crawled nearby.  
A bicyclist got a park ranger who loaded him up in a bucket and drove him away.   He said that two people had recently been bitten by rattlers.  In my mind, he was a little bit too close for comfort.




Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs
Oil  8" x 10"
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My husband and I recently got back from a great road trip to California.  We drove from Colorado Springs to Santa Rosa, CA;  then to San Francisco and on down the coastal highway to San Diego.   From there we drove across Arizona off and on the old Route 66, then through New Mexico and back home.   It was a great three weeks.  I did a bit of painting, took lots of reference photos, saw incredible sights and could do it all over again!

These cliffs are in San Diego.  Not only is it a great place to paint, but obviously a beautiful place to watch the sunset.  It was fun to sit and watch all of the people climbing up and down the precarious trails to get to the water.



The first photo shows the cliffs at sunset.  The 2nd photo
 is of the cliffs the next morning when I went out to paint.  
Amazing difference in the light!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crab Apple

Crab Apple
Oil  6" x 6"
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Colorado Springs is beautiful right now.  There are blossoms on fruit trees all over town.  We're lucky this year that the recent snow didn't freeze them all.  We have a great crab apple tree in our backyard, over looking the deck, that is in full bloom.  I set this up in my studio to get a shadow in the background.  There might be more!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Swaying Palm

Swaying Palm
Oil  12" x 12"
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I'm loving painting these palm trees.  This one is on the beach in Mahahual, Mexico...almost to the Belize border.  I walked by this palm several times a day.  I took dozens of pictures of it.  To me, it's the perfect palm: full fronds, curved trunk, beautiful location.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ocean Breeze

Ocean Breeze
Oil  12" x 12"
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Some of the days that we were on the Mexican beaches were really windy and it made it almost impossible to paint.  But, it was still so beautiful!  I love the beach no matter the weather.  These recent palm tree paintings are studio work done when I got home.  What a great way to extend a trip!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thinking Heaven

Thinking Heaven
Oil  12" x 12"
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I'm not sure what heaven looks like.  I'm not sure that anyone does.  But, when ever I'm in the tropics and walking on a beach I feel like I've gone to heaven.  It's beautiful, colorful, exotic (at least to someone from Colorado), warm.  I could go on and on.  I thought I'd share a little bit of heaven!  And, a little bit of our trip to Mexico last month.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Warm Light

Warm Light
Oil  8" x 6"
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This is another plein air piece from Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  We've been back a few days and now that we're in the snow, we're wondering why we came back!  But, I am so grateful that we are able to  travel and how great is it that I can "work" where ever I am!

I now have several plein air easels and set ups and use them all at different times.  For this trip, and for most overseas trips, I use a small, 8" x 10", Open Box M easel.  I have a small, light weight tripod that telescopes into 5, instead of the usual 3, sections.  I admit that it is not as sturdy as my other tripod, but it's compact.  I take a limited palette of water based oils and use baby wipes for cleaning.  I paint on canvas paper, usually in sizes 8" x 10" and smaller.  The paints dry fairly quickly, so it's easy to pack the paintings for the trip home.  However, I take a few pieces of pre-cut wax paper in case the paintings aren't quite dry.  All of this fits in a small day pack, which I take as carry on.   I include the TSA info sheet and have never had any problems.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces
Oil  8" x 6"
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My husband and I recently returned from several weeks in Mexico.  We loved the warm weather, beaches, colonial towns, people and food!  We arrived into a snow storm and wished we had stayed longer!!

This is a plein air piece from Isla Mujeres, Spanish for "Island of Women".  This island is about 8 miles off the coast of the Yucatan in the Caribbean Sea.  I was amazed at how small it is:  a little more than 4 miles long by about 2,000 feet wide.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fresh Snow

Fresh Snow
Oil  12" x 9"
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This is another painting from Bear Creek Park which is right next to my house.  I'm so lucky to live by such a great park.  It's almost 700 acres. I love walking it's trails.  I've painted it in every season.  I love watching the sunrise over the far hills.  It provides me with great joy as well as never endless landscapes just waiting to paint!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Keep On Truckin'

Keep On Truckin'
Oil  16" x 20"
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I love painting old pickups.  The rusty, faded colors provide such atmosphere.  Often you'll be driving down a back road and see a truck parked near a barn, garage, motel (as was the case here.)  Sometimes there's an old truck just sitting in the middle of nowhere.  And, jackpots happen when you come upon an old truck junkyard!

This title is thanks to high school friend, Steve Morris.  He posted a comment on Facebook when I posted several truck paintings as part of the 3 paintings in 5 day challenge.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Epperson Gallery Show "From The Heart"


I'm thrilled that these two pieces, "Creamer" and "Even Better" have been juried into the "From The Heart" show at Epperson Gallery in Crockett, California.  The show is from January 31 to March 1st. The opening is Saturday January 31st.  I hope those of you who live in that part of California can attend the show.  Thank you to the Epperson Team!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bear Creek Snow

Bear Creek Snow
Oil  12" x 9"
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Our house sits next to Bear Creek Park here in Colorado Springs.  It's an almost 700 acre county park.  I don't know how many times I've walked it's trails, hundreds and hundreds of times over the years.  Our kitchen and deck over look the park and I've probably seen thousands of sun rises.  I've painted different scenes, both plein air and studio work, in all seasons.  I should go back sometime and count all of the paintings I've done of the park.  Here is a little snippet of Bear Creek from our snow last week.  Today it's in the 60's and most of the snow is gone.  On my walk today I tromped through melted snow....commonly called mud!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Light

Winter Light
Oil  10" x 12"
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Every year I write a list of painting goals.  Two of the goals for this year are to paint more snow and to plein air paint in the winter....here in Colorado.  Plein air painting on our winter trips to the tropics doesn't count!!  To help with the winter plein air painting my husband gave me a pair of flannel lined jeans and my sister gave me a pair of fleece lined leggings.  I'm ready to go!

This was not done plein air....it's a warm up to get me out there!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Virgin of Guadalupe

Virgin Of Guadalupe
Oil  14" x 11"
$225.00 + $10. s/h
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I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all of my blog friends.  I'm offering a holiday discount through the end of December on this painting, although it wouldn't get to you before Christmas.

The Virgin of Guadalupe, also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, is a title of the Virgin Mary associated with an image which is housed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico city.  I read that this basilica is the most visited Catholic site in the world (I would have thought that that honor would have gone to the Vatican, but I learned something new) and the third most sacred site in the world.  The first two are the Meiji Shrine and Sensoji Temple in Tokyo having 30 million visitors each year.





Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Hasn't Been Used In A While"


"Hasn't Been Used In A While"
Oil  16" x 20"
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My normal price for this size is $495.00.  From now until the end of December I'm offering this for a holiday discount.  Although it wouldn't get to you before Christmas.

I spotted this pickup east of Colorado Springs, on the side of a road near an old ranch.  I loved how it was sitting there as if the rancher had stopped once to tend to something, but then never got back in.

I often get my titles from poems and/or songs.  For this piece I googled "poems about trucks" and found the title, thus the quotes.

We're having strange weather today, so I'm going to re-photo this again.  The truck colors are accurate, but the grass is a bit brighter yellow/green than it is in the painting.  They're a bit "faller colors" in the painting..is that a real word?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Afternoon Aspen

Afternoon Aspen
Oil  24" x 18"
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This aspen painting is from the same grove as the last post.  I've written about aspens in past posts and am writing about them again.  Aspens usually grow in large clonal colonies, coming from the same seedling.  They spread by way of root suckers.  New trees in a colony my shoot up over 100 feet away from the parent tree.  Aspens can live from 40 - 150 years above ground.  the root system can last longer.  Aspen groves are able to survive forest fires because the roots are below the heat of the fire.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Aspen Shadow

Aspen Shadow
Oil  24" x 18"
$595.00 + $20. s/h

This is a painting from the fall that I haven't yet posted.  I love the strong contrast of the grass and shadows.  I paint a lot of aspen, I think that many Colorado artists paint aspen.  They're a great tree to paint with lots of grays in the trunks.  Many of the mountain aspen have gnaw marks up and down the trunks....actually those are teeth marks from elk.

Monday, December 1, 2014

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE -- Christmas Poinsettia #2

Christmas Poinsettia #2
Oil  6" x 6"
$75.00 + $10. s/h


HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Paintings by Pam Holnback & Dottie Lirette
Small works, cards, great holiday gifts & mark downs!

Summerland Gardens Gallery
124 East Cheyenne Road, Colorado Springs
Wednesday, December 3rd  3:00 - 6:00 pm

I hope that those of you who live in the Pikes Peak region can join Dottie and me for our Holiday Open House!

Friday, November 28, 2014

I Don't See A Needle

I Don't See A Needle
Oil  8" x 10"
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Last week I had a great morning plein air painting in Castle Rock, about 45 minutes north of Colorado Springs, with PAAC (Plein Air Artists of Colorado.)  It was a beautiful, warm, sunny morning.  We painted at a brand new park.  I think that these hay bales were brought in to cover the dirt next to the parking lot.  The land had been plowed, but there was no sign of wheat/grass shots coming up from the ground.  Thus, my title.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hovering Clouds

Hovering Clouds
Oil on stretched canvas  18" x 24"
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I love our western skies.  They are vast, open, calm, wild, grand, spiritual, colorful, gray.  Many artists over the years have made the west their home and become enamored of our skies.  I've painted our skies many times and am continually drawn to their ever changing colors and clouds.

I want to wish all of my blog friends a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This is my favorite holiday.  It's whole purpose is to be thankful for what we have and to share that thanks with friends and family.  May all of you have a great holiday.  I am thankful and appreciative of everyone that I've met through my six years of blogging.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Whispering River

Whispering River
Oil  12" x 12"
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I love painting rivers.  I love their sounds:  whispering, babbling, roaring.  That all depends upon their size and location.  The rivers we have here in Colorado look like creeks and streams compared to those in other locations.  But all rivers have their charm, their own identity, their own personality.  This river is from a warm summer day in the Colorado Rockies.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ice Lake Relections

Ice Lake Reflections
Oil  9" x 12"
SOLD

Last summer I had a commission to paint Ice Lake on the south side of the Air Force Academy.  It was to be a birthday gift.  I hiked out there several times and took lots of photos.  This was the second painting that I did of the lake.  And, after commissioning the first piece the buyer also bought this one!  Thank you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day #3

Veteran's Day #3
Oil  8" x 8" on cradled panel
$195.00 + $10. s/h
For the last three years I've painted this flag several times each year:  on Veteran's Day and one other national holiday.  It's Veteran's Day again and another great day to paint the flag.  I wrote about this flag and the Veteran's in my family then.  Here's the post once more:

This is the flag that my late dad, Oliver Sidney Johnson, received upon the death of his dad, Charles Thomas Johnson, for his dad's service to our country.  My dad passed it down to my son, Clinton Charles Holnback.  At some point I'll probably take it to the Veteran's Hall and have them fold it and pass it on to my son.  But, for now, I bring it out and paint it occasionally.  It's a great reminder of how lucky we are to live in this country.  Thanks to all of our Veteran's.

Saturday was the big Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Colorado Springs.  We have a lot of Vets here as the military is a strong presence in the town with Fort Carson, NORAD, Peterson Field, Schriever Air Force Base, and the Air Force Academy.  Many Vets stay and make Colorado Springs their home and many Vets return to live here when they retire.

I come from a family of Veterans.  I'll introduce you to some of them again this year:


This is my mom, Rosalie Phillips Johnson (1921-1971).  She became a pilot after college.  She then served in WWII as a WASP, Women's Air Force Service Pilot.   The WASPs flew new planes from factories to embarcation air fields where they were either flown or shipped overseas.


My dad, Oliver Sidney Johnson (1920-2004), is on the far left in the back row.  He served in WWII as a radio operator and machine gunner on B-24s and B-17s in the 490th Bomb Group flying out of England.


My grandfather, Charles Thomas Johnson, (1890-1964) is the one circled.  He served in WWI and also was a Colonel in WWII.  This is General Patton's staff (you may recognize Patton in the front row.)  I can't imagine how it must have been for my grandma to have her husband and only child both in Europe during the war.  She also served our country as an ambulance driver taking soldiers from Chicago's Midway airport to the hospital.


My husband Peter's parents were also Veterans.  They both served in the Navy.  This is their engagement photo.  My father-in-law, Peter Carl Holnback, was a fighter pilot in the Pacific.  My mother-in-law, Olive Hird Holnback, was a WAVE:  Women Accepted for Voluntary 
Emergency Service.




Saturday, October 25, 2014

Slick Chick

Slick Chick
Oil  6" x 6"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I've learned some more about chickens....thanks all for the emails/comments.  The thinner white one (the second of the four) is a Leghorn.  The rounder ones (paintings 1, 3 and 4 in this little series) are White Plymouth Rocks.  You never know what you learn while painting!