A painting I did of a dinning table that is set for an early supper. I painted this from Pioneer Farm Museum. This old cabin was built in the eighteen hundreds along with all their belongings. I can picture the family after a hard days work, tending the farm animals, tilling the land, washing
the clothes and so on, sitting down to this table with gratitude in their hearts.
While in the car and driving for scenic views to paint we noticed a sign, this way to Pioneer Farm Museum, (lets go). It was way out yonder, we thought we missed it but finally found the place. It was wonderful, everything was from the eighteen hundreds, school house, teachers house, barn and so on. The tour guide was dressed for that period of time along with the other workers. They staged everything down to the clothesline the way it would look way back when. I took some photos to paint from and this is one them.
I did an art show here at this lavender farm and winery in July. I had never been here before and was
overwhelmed with its beauty. The gorgeous lavender fields, the trees and the grape vines just spectacular. It was an overcast day though at times the sun would peek through. I took some photos and am doing a series of them. This is my first post of the "Lavender Farm".
click here to view my gallery I am so drawn to the light and shadows in paintings. When visiting the museums my eyes always go to paintings with beautiful lights and shadows. I grew up in Saratoga, CA, the surroundings were so beautiful, lots of trees, creeks etc.. When I was a child I was always observing the lights and shadows in nature. Gods creation is so perfect.
I picked these dianthus from my garden. When the light shinned on them the reds were glowing with color. I wanted to capture in a painting those beautiful reds. What a treat and honor to enjoy what God has createdf for all of us.
This seagull was enjoying his surroundings, keeping a seagull eye on everything, giving me a chance to take some pictures. This was at Cannery Row down at the marina in Monterey, California. I painted a larger painting of this seagull but thought it would be fun to paint a smaller version to get a close up of him or her.
I had saved some green olive jars, I really like the shape of them. So I took some clippings from the dianthus that I was growing in pots and placed them in the olive jars to paint. I would say most flowers don't make good models, they move but that won't stop me from painting them they are to beautiful not to.
I was sitting out on my deck and noticed a Junco bird walking right pass me. My eyes followed where she was heading. She flew right up into my planter stand which contained some yellow primroses, she was building her nest along with her mate.
I was really worried because other birds had built their nests in my flower containers on the deck before and the babies didn't make it. I was nervous but I couldn't stop her, she was on a roll bringing in straw, moss etc., etc.
I took pictures with each process, from building the nest till the babies where born. The painting where she is sitting on her nest, I was sitting pretty close to her and zoomed in with my camera. The painting that shows the babies born, I was able to get a shot from inside the house looking down at them.
I would whistle, Jesus Loves You every time I would walk out on the deck, they seemed to feel comfortable around me.
The babies did make it and flew away but I think that they are still around and feeding from the bird feeder.
After the nest was empty I saw the mother days later on the roof. I whistled that tune again to see if it was her, she flew down by me and sat on the chair to say hello. To my surprise she laid some more eggs about two weeks later, they made it too.
This old sink was in a cottage in Carmel that my husband and I stayed in. I have painted this sink before in different perspectives. I picked the sprig of geraniums from the window box outside the cottage. I am so attracted to old things, they have so much to say without speaking.
The lilacs are in full bloom right now and are so beautiful. I have a lilac tree in my backyard that is covered with lilacs. I clipped some off the tree to paint this painting, they started to show a sign of wilting so had to get the painting done soon. I took some pictures of other set ups to paint, one of them are the tree itself.
On the turps container I took some turps and paint and let the red and blue colors drip down. Wanted to get that dripping effect, seemed to work real well. Getting ready to teach a workshop tomorrow, it is always exciting to see the end results of each students paintings.
My friend Ken took this photo of this old collapsing barn, located in the Santa Cruz mountains. I grew up in the foothills of that area. Been to Santa Cruz quite a few times in my life as a child and adult. I was drawn to the beautiful blue in the shadows . So many memories lie within this frail old barn.
This is a painting of my husband and our bichon dog, Toby. It was a hot summer day and the light was coming through the trees casting these wonderful shadows. There is a lake in the middle of the park, you can walk around it and view the beautiful surroundings. The photo was taken a couple of years ago, I had always wanted to paint it and finally I did. Toby just took a few brush strokes and was done.
This bird, that I think is a sparrow was way up in a tree sitting on a branch. After painting it, it reminded me that this is the time that birds are looking for a place to build their nests. I already have a Junco on my deck in the same place as last year. I did some research on finding a mate and nest building, very interesting.
This dragonfly was always hanging out in my brother and his wife's backyard. They called him or her Big Red. They would see Big Red everyday for years, until one day the Big Red never showed up again. They miss Big Red. I took a picture of Big Red and decided to paint this beautiful dragonfly with it's beautiful colors. Not sure why their called dragonfly. I will have to research how it got its name.
I was sitting on my deck and glanced over at the pansies and saw these beautiful shadows and how the sun was trickling down on the flowers. Always thinking what to paint next but when a moment like this happens it is so exciting and I can't wait to get the paints on the pallet.
After the painting was finished it bothered me that the jar was in to much light so I decided to lower the value on the jar. The first thing I thought of when it was finished it looked like it was peeking out behind the wall.