Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Alaskan Buoy

Alaskan Buoy
Alaskan plein air #4
8" x 6" oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I felt like painting a still life, but in the Alaskan wilderness that wasn't much of an option.  So, I just painted what was right in front of me!



It's a little hard to tell, but these are seals right next to the boat.  They're curious guys!


I'm not sure if the one on the right is yawning or talking to me.

On Thursday, June 2nd I'm going to be one of the vendors at Cowgirls and Cocktails, a breast cancer fundraiser here in Colorado Springs.  It's from 5:30 - 8:00 at the Penrose Equestrian Center.  I'm thrilled to be supporting such a worthwhile function. 


Monday, May 30, 2011

Cloud Reflections

Cloud Reflections
Alaskan plein air #3
8" x 6" oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h

We had a little bit of all kinds of weather, but pretty good as far as Alaska goes.  There were a few days of light rain, many cloudy, gray days, and a few days of beautiful blue skies.  

Those of you who are plein air painters know that painting outside has lots of fun challenges.  Changing clouds in the sky is one, but changing cloud reflections in the water is another!  I put the lightest reflective whites in first and didn't change them, even as the reflections floated away across the water.


This is looking the other direction.  A completely different mood and feel.

These reflections were all taken in the late afternoon/early evening. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another View

Another View
Alaskan plein air #2
6" x 8" oil on panel on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h

For this piece I'm pretty much standing in the same spot on the stern of the boat.  I think that I painted these last two pieces between about 5:30 and 7:30.  It was a quiet first evening.  People were resting or out on the beaches exploring (no, not like warm sun-tan beaches!)


Here's a close up of an Alaskan beach: mollusky, slippery, rocky.  Maybe I shouldn't call this
 a beach, but a shoreline.
Here's another beach, way easier for walking.  I took my "ExtraTuf"  boots to get in and 
out of the skiff.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Alaskan Evening

Alaskan Evening
Alaskan plein air #1
6" x 8" oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h

My husband and I just got home from three weeks in and around Sitka, Alaska.  We had an incredible trip. Our first few days were spent in Sitka in SE Alaska.  (I have to admit that I knew very little about Sitka except that Sandra Bullock was there in "The Proposal." Actually, she visited for one day to get the feel of the town.  The movie was filmed in New England.)  It's a beautiful town, on the water, with incredible scenery.

The next ten days five of us spent on a boat in the Inside Passage.  This is where we anchored the first night.  It takes awhile to get used to the sun setting at 9:30 and rising at about 4:30.  We put towels over the porthole window.

I want to thank everyone who commented on my posts while I was away.  We had internet only occasionally.  I'm trying to get caught up with all of the posts on my dashboard and emails.

Outside of our B&B the first night.

Sitka harbor as seen from our boat.

Waters in the Inside Passage are usually pretty smooth.

Monday, May 23, 2011

100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings, Original Artwork by Pam Holnback, 64/100

Mother's Day Trowel
8" x 8" oil on cradled panel
$195.00 + $10. s/h

This was my Mother's Day gift to myself last year.  I needed it!  Even with all of it's use, it still looks pretty new.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Afternoon View

Afternoon View
6" x 8" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is the view from our deck.  When clouds approach in the afternoon, we have a front row seat.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings, Original Artwork by Pam Holnback, 65/100


Oh What A Slice!
6" x 6" Oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I think that mangoes are delicious.  Although, you definately have to floss immediately after eating!  I've included this in my 100 Garden series, because when I lived in Bolivia, we had 2 huge mango trees in our yard.  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings, Original Artwork by Pam Holnback, 63/100

Getting Ready
8" x 8" Oil on cradled panel
$195.00 + $10. s/h

Due to living at 6,000 feet, much of our spring gardening starts in May.  We can have a frost all the way up until Memorial Day.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Even Better

Even Better
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

And, I even bought more boxes of strawberries.  The better to eat, the better to paint.

Monday, May 9, 2011

One Of My Favorites

One Of My Favorites
6" x 6"  Oil
$100.00 + $10.00 s/h

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits.  When they're in season I buy boxes of them!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Artists of Colorado Opening


Last night was the Opening of the Artists of Colorado Inaugural Juried Show held at Brushstrokes Gallery in Denver.  It was a great event.  The weather was beautiful, which helped bring people to the First Friday Gallery Walk for the four galleries in this neighborhood.  It was great to see artists that I've met before, but who live in different parts of Colorado, as well as to meet in person artists with whom I've been blogging but never met.  Here I am with Joanne Hanson, Jane Hunt, and Saundra Lane Galloway.


Here I am with Jessica Forrestal, Kit Hevron Mahoney, Anita Mosher, John Harrell, and Tracy Wall.  Kit, Anita and John are the owners of Brushstrokes Studio/Gallery.

And, in this one my husband was doing his best to get us to pose nicely and look at the camera!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Artists of Colorado Inaugural Show


Tomorrow evening, Friday May 6 from 5 - 8pm, Artists of Colorado/Daily Painters of Colorado is presenting its inaugural juried show.  The event will be held at Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery in Denver.  If you are in the Denver area I hope that you'll stop by tomorrow or through the duration of the show.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane
6" x 6" Oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h


I really wanted to see what the sandhill cranes from the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge looked like close up.  That's pretty hard to do unless you have a very long lens, which I don't.  My lens is great for normal shots and it zooms quite a bit.  At the refuge there were photographers with lenses that looked to be about 12 inches long.

The sandhill cranes make a very deep rolling trumpet and rattling sound.  And when thousands of them are creating this cacophony of music, it's like an outdoor orchestra.  You can google "sandhill crane sounds" and hear them for yourself!  I did!