It’s amazing how a short little ride can stir my passion to paint. How thankful I am to be only 5 minutes from endless views.
September was very productive (seven finished paintings with work on three others). Above are the last two which were finished before the end of the month.
This productivity was, in part, thanks to a couple of artists whose philosophy of “just show up,” or “put the time in the studio” motivated me to make better use of my day. In the past I’ve wasted a lot of time waiting for the inspiration to hit. Lately, however, I’ve challenged myself to just pick up the brushes and clean off the palette and see what happens. It’s amazing what happens.
I hope you enjoy the latest pieces. Two of them were in process for a long time, but then suddenly came together on the same day. I am grateful for good days like that!
I’m always influenced to paint the colors that are around me, but usually by the end of any given season, it’s time to move on. I thought I had moved on from green…until…this scene stopped me in my tracks. My husband needed convincing to squeeze our vehicle through a narrow space to get to this exact view. But when we arrived, “the angels sang,” as I like to describe those catch-your-breath moments.
You are all invited to LaFontsee’s Douglas location for Toast!, an exhibition opening on Sunday, September 2, from 12:00-4:00. There will be artist demos, and you can meet many of the artists represented in this show. I will be there, and I think the painting above is one of mine which will be displayed. If you are coming, please send me a message about when you plan to be there; I may have to pop in and out during the four hours, and wouldn’t want to miss you!
A little P.S.: I apologize for the Test Landscape page that was emailed to everyone a few weeks ago. A wonderful WordPress tech was helping me explore an option on my website, and she accidentally pushed the “Publish” button. Oops.
I made a few tweaks after posting the video. So here it is, revised, and in a still shot!
Apparently, collectors of my art enjoy skies as much as I do, so I continue to delve into this limitless subject. It’s a new exploration with each new sky. I find endless fascination in the many different settings, lighting conditions, color combinations, moods… .
If any of these works (or the other pieces on my Available Paintings page) strike a chord with you, and you’d like to surround yourself with a peaceful trip to the lake or country by adding an original piece of art to your home, feel free to contact me through the Contact tab, or call me directly at 616-723-6600 with any questions.
I hope you enjoy the latest paintings to come off the “easel.” (Actually, I don’t use easels anymore; for any artists out there who paint on large canvases and want to contact me for more information about how I paint against the wall, I have a most wonderful set-up now for the past number of months, and it has greatly improved my productivity and organization.)
Many blessings, friends!
This scene grabbed me last summer. The fields were bejeweled for what seemed like a mile!!
It’s usually wise to wait and post new paintings on the following day, in case one wants to make revisions after seeing things with fresh eyes. But sometimes one is not in the mood to wait.
The title and painting tell the story. Just take a deep breath and “go there.”