Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Art For The Endangered Landscape: Honoring Wolf Creek" Juried Show


Aspen Shadow  Oil  16" x 20"

Great September Day  Oil  6" x 8"

I'm thrilled that these two paintings have been juried into the show "Art For The Endangered Landscape:  Honoring Wolf Creek".   The opening for this traveling art show and sale is Saturday September 26th from 4-7pm at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  The show will hang in Pagosa Springs until November 1st.  From there it will travel to Durango, Colorado for an opening on November 5th from 5-8 at the Taylor Raymond Gallery 835 Main Ave.  The exhibit will be in Durango until November 22nd.  It will then travel to Alamosa, Colorado where it will be at the Community Partnerships Gallery, ASU Campus.  The Alamosa reception will be Friday December 4th from 4-7.  The show concludes December 20th.  I hope that if you are in any of these towns you'll visit the show!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sun Kissed

Sun Kissed
Oil  6" x 6"
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And another sunflower from our backyard.  I know that sun-kist is used for oranges and orange juice, but, I think that it works for sunflowers.

And, a photo from our garden:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Touching The Sky

Touching The Sky
Oil  6" x 6"
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This is a painting that I did last month.  I'm catching up with pieces that I haven't posted, yet.  I was out of town for 3 weeks, did lots of painting, but not posting.

Anyway, I realized that this piece has almost the same composition as a larger 12" x 12" sunflower that I previously posted.  I must like this angle when I'm in our backyard.  It's off to a new home!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Polished Boulders

Polished Boulders
plein air oil  12" x 9"
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This is the second plein air painting done last month in Eleven Mile Canyon.  I like zooming in on little areas and giving the viewer a close up look at what I saw.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tree Reflections

Tree Reflections
plein air oil  10" x 8"
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One day last month a group of plein air artists went to 11 Mile Canyon, about an hour west of Colorado Springs in Lake George, to paint on the free state park day.  I had expected it to be really crowded, but found only a few fisherman and some picnicers.

If you google 11 Mile Canyon you'll find out that:
"Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area is located below the dam of the Eleven Mile Reservoir near Lake George in the southeast corner of South Park.  The narrow, dirt road traversing the canyon used to be the old Colorado Midland Railroad bed before the dam and reservoir were constructed.  Unlike the reservoir area, which has an open basin and rangeland type topography, the canyon itself is forested, lush, and rocky.  Eleven Mile Canyon cuts through the plain holding the South Platte River in its rocky bottom.  As the river is unleashed from the dam above, it twists and crashes against huge boulders lining the canyon floor.  A canopy of large trees provides a screen of shade that floats across the canyon with the moving sun.  Eleven Mile Canyon is an unexpected paradise."

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Looking Up The River

Looking Up The River
plein air oil  10" x 8"
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This is the second piece that I painted on The Frying Pan River.  I love the almost abstract, loose quality of this one.  River water is constantly moving and changing color depending on the weather and sky color.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

On The Frying Pan

On The Frying Pan
plein air oil  10" x 8"
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Recently my husband and I were in Basalt, Colorado on the western slope for a fishing and painting trip.  It's a gorgeous 4 hour drive from Colorado Springs.  It's great that fishing and plein air painting go hand in hand.  So, while my husband was off fishing, I set up along the river bed to paint.

I've seen lots of great paintings of clear river water.  I think that it's a challenge to paint rivers, especially clear ones.  These rocks were so colorful that I wasn't sure if it would read that they're under water.  But, I told myself to just "paint what you see"  and painted away.

The Frying Pan River is a tributary of the Roaring Fork River...don't you just love these names?  According to local legend when a group of trappers were attacked by a band of Ute Indians, only two men survived, one of whom was injured.  Leaving his wounded friend in a cave close by, the last man left to get help.  He hung a frying pan in a tree so that he could find the cave again upon his return.





Saturday, September 5, 2015

Following The Sun

Following The Sun
Oil  12" x 12"
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This was also in our backyard.  I love these bigger sunflowers, but most of the flowers that just plant themselves are the littler ones that look like a mix of sunflower and black-eyed susan.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Summer Sun

Summer Sun
Oil  12" x 12"
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My last few posts were of fields of sunflowers.  Now a couple of sunflowers close up.  We have these growing in our back yard, as well as the field by our house.  I love it when paintings are right there in front of me!