Monday, October 27, 2014

What I've been up to for the past year

Just in case anyone wanted to have a peek at what I've been working on, here it is! It took exactly one year (to the day!) but it's finished! A series of ten commissioned paintings for the Cadence development in Las Vegas. 

It was a challenge, and an incredible learning experience and I'm so thankful for it. It was the perfect project for this season in my life. 

It was like maybe God knew I was going to slack off and stop challenging myself in my painting (what with a newborn and all), so He dropped this in my lap.  

"No slacking, here's something scary that's going to help you grow!" 

and also help pay the bills! 

and also not be so scary after all...

Thanks Lord. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Loon Beach Cliffs - 15x30

People asked me when I was pregnant if I thought the subject of my art would change after I had the baby.  I can confidently say that the things I'm drawn to paint are pretty much the same.  What has changed though is the size! If I'm going to sacrifice sleep to paint then I better paint something substantial! 

Oil on stretched canvas, 15x30 inches

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Loon Beach in Clouds - 16x20

I can't believe I have lived here this long and never ventured to Loon Beach.  Not only was it a quiet spot, but a new location to paint! 

Sometimes I love painting fog at the beach, something about the deep blue of the clouds contrasted with the gold tones of the sand, just perfect. 

Oil on stretched canvas, 16x20 inches, sides painted

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Jellybowl Children - 11x14

Completed commission for a dear collector. And the first painting where my family has made an appearance, that's my baby riding on her daddy's shoulders :) 

Oil on panel, 11x14

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jellybowl Rock - 18x24

What a perfect perch to stop and watch the waves.  I was drawn to paint this piece because of the dark shadows in the rock, and the purply shadow it was casting on the ground.  Also the deep teal of the ocean waves were just crying to be painted! 

Oil on canvas - 18x24 inches
Available at En Plein Air Gallery, Carpinteria 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bluffs in Gold - 9x12

Nap fights, tantrums, and FLEAS.  That is what my week has been filled with. Needless to say there's been very little time to paint.  The good news is we got a new vacuum to fight the fleas and I'm ridiculously in love with it. 

I painted this one a few weeks ago and I'm finally getting around to posting it.  I loved the gold tones of the field contrasted with the blueness of the sky.  It was fun to play with these bright colors. 

Oil on canvas panel
9x12 inches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Maui Sunset - 6x12

Little piece of the hawaii trip we took last year.  Walking around at sunset trying to get Lily to doze off in the ergo :) 

Oil on 1" cradled panel, 6x12 inches

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pears on White - 6x6

Making time to paint a quick one during the afternoon nap. 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Leadbetter Beach - 16x20

The little one took amazing naps one day last week and allowed me to finish this piece.  This week we had no such luck, but I'm trying to look on the bright side. 

Oil on panel, 16x20 inches
Available at En Plein Air Gallery, Carpinteria 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Carpinteria Bluffs, Late Afternoon - 18x24

I had this piece all sketched out and ready to paint on a 5x7 panel....and then I looked at it and thought "I'm going to have to mix all those colors anyway, I might as well paint it large!".  And thus began my current project of big paintings.  It makes me feel like I've accomplished more when I use an entire naptime to start something big, rather than something so small.  

There was going to be more to this post, but I hear a chorus of "ball, ball, ball, ball" from the other room, which means the baby is up. 

Oil on canvas, 18x24 inches