Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"January Sunset" ©

It rained! You could almost hear the ground sucking as the drops fell from the sky. I am looking over the tops of the Oak trees at the glorious clouds. If the "painter police" pronounced a rule that every painter must pick one and only one subject to paint forever, I would pick clouds.

Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Wistaria" ©

In a couple of months the world famous "Wistaria" Festival in Sierra Madre will take over the small village of Sierra Madre. This painting is of a tiny section of the Wistaria vine that is the cause of celebration.

Oil on Canvas

Monday, January 29, 2007

"Burbank Palm" ©

They say that if you want to become proficient at painting one particular "thing", paint lots of them. With this in mind the palm trees continue. Burbank is a city about 25 miles from home and this neglected beauty was standing next to the freeway off ramp. I just remembered all of the orange streamers floating off each palm frond.

Oil on panel, 8" X 10"

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

"Following The Sand" ©

This scene is of the creek that runs in front of my home and the mountain that greets me everyday. It is very difficult to walk in the wet sand but worth the effort. I always see wildlife and feel as though there isn't another soul for hundreds of miles.
Oil on panel, 8" X 10"


Friday, January 26, 2007

"Afternoon Shade" ©

I was standing in the afternoon shade for this scene. Sometimes shade is difficult to find, in our sunny land.
Oil on Canvas Board, 8" X 8"

Thursday, January 25, 2007

"Classic California" ©

These beauties were on full display in our January sun. Today was a classic California day, 76 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

Oil on Panel, 8" X 10"


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"Sand Canyon Gold" ©

The brush of Sand Canyon glistens as if it's spun gold under the end of the day sun. Under stormy clouds the drama is breath taking.
Oil on panel, 5" X 7"

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"Three Palms At Sunset" ©

Daily painting allows the artist a bit of elbow room to explore themes and methods that we ordinarily might not take the time to do working on large pieces. Today I just wasn't ready to let the palm trees at sunset leave my easel. I even dreamed about them last night, along with an Indian in lemon yellow leather on a dark horse, riding out of a Viridian sea during a storm. Oh, how I wish I could paint that for you. Anyway, palm trees and fluffy pink clouds filled my day and here are "Three Palms At Sunset".

Oil on Board, 5" X 7"


Monday, January 22, 2007

"Palms At Sunset" ©

From the back door I hear, "Laura come quick", my husband doesn't want me to miss the sunset sky. He is simply wonderful. My neighbor raises palm trees, so I have a whole bunch of exotic and average palms dancing for me daily. Combine the sunset and the neighbors plams and you get "Palms At Sunset".

Oil on Panel, 5" X 7"


Sunday, January 21, 2007

"Sunlit Trunks" ©

Looking around for a view I spotted these Oak trunks in the distance soaking up the early morning sun. It was all I could do not to follow the road to get a closer view. The bits of brush on my panel will come off when the paint dries, somehow with the wind they drifted onto my painting.

Oil on board, 8" X 10"

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Friday, January 19, 2007

"Keeper Of The Canyon" (working title)

In the 1800's I would have been one of the painters that was still tweaking my painting during "varnishing" days at the Paris Salon. I'll have this piece up on a second easel and continue to adjust here and there, but basically it's "done". The is not a "daily painting", as the piece is larger and took several days. To read more about Sierra Madre and this piece look down a couple of days to "Keeper Of The Canyon, study". Please note that the shine of the wet paint is catching the light on the far right and upper mid-left, my apologies.

Oil on Board, 16" X 20" sold

Thursday, January 18, 2007

"Road Home" ©

Late today I was on my way to a meeting at City Hall. While driving there, I saw these mountains, trees and brush. I really wanted to stop and paint, but time was not on my side. The next best solution was to try to memorize what I was seeing and paint the scene when I got home. All during the meeting I thought about the "Road Home".
Oil on Board, 5" X 7" $150.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"Keeper Of The Canyon" ©

Not one thing in the Sierra Madre Canyon is straight. The canyon is filled with homes from the early 1900's, built as vacation homes to the residents of Los Angeles. The Craftsman styled homes have tons of bedrooms, huge dining rooms, screened in porches that wrap the upper decks and tons of river rock surfaces. All designed for the extended families summer fun. The roads are narrow and snake up the hill, towards the dam, cooled by trees from the heat of the summers day. The tree I have painted is at the start of the canyon, hovering over the road and bridge that crosses the canyon creek. I am working on a studio painting of this scene and took advantage of my packed palette to paint this daily painting.
Oil on board, 5" X 7"

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

"Canyon Chill" ©

The temperature gage in my car read 34 degrees, with the wind howling it felt like 24. The scrub brush was still frozen from the night and my feet crunched on the ice. I decided to take a photo and paint from that in my studio rather then fight with frozen paint. I know wimpy, native Californian.

Oil on board, 8" X 10"

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Monday, January 15, 2007

"Rose" ©

Another day, another rose. Today I wanted to continue exploring the curves and lines of the rose. I experimented with a different technique then yesterday, which helped me from becoming lost in the luxurious petals.

Oil on Canvas Board, 8" X 8"


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Sunday, January 14, 2007

"Sunday Rose" ©

Intimacy with a rose is a lovely way to spend a Sunday. I explored each petal, curve and edge of this beauty. The color changes as the curves flow within the rose were a challenge and pleasure to work with. All the while I was chewing on the thought that I should be outside pruning, maybe tomorrow.

Oil on Canvas Board, 8” X 8”

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Friday, January 12, 2007

"Inlet, Morning" ©

The sun is rising and catching the tops of the trees and brush across the inlet. The water is so calm that bird calls skate across the water forever.

Oil on Board, 5" X 7"

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

"Eaton Canyon Gold II" ©

Today I painted the same scene as yesterday, without distraction. If you compare the two paintings, you will see I changed the composition, pushed the colors, simplified the mountains and tried to hone in on the feeling you have standing at the base of the San Gabriels, as evening is approaching. Most people wouldn't believe the color range these beauties dazzle the viewer with. Some evenings they are just simply pink, other evenings a rich gold with a hint of green. I am so thankful to live in such a paradise.


Oil on board, 8" X 10"

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"Eaton Canyon Gold" ©

Late in the day, Eaton Canyon, one lovely gold Sycamore tree. I will paint this as a studio painting large, as there is potential here.

Oil on Canvas Board, 6" X 8"

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Monday, January 08, 2007

"Fork In The Trail" ©

Today I added a color to my palette called Terra Rosa. It's been such a long time and what a joy to paint with. The scene is San Francisquito Canyon once again and just ahead is a fork in the trail.

Oil on Board, 12" X 16"

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

"Late In The Day" ©

It's getting late. The afternoon warmth is trading places with the chill of the evening. The road home is behind me, not far away and one hawk has kept me company, making lazy circles high above.

Oil on Board, 8" X 10"


Saturday, January 06, 2007

"Ranch Trail" ©

San Francisquito Canyon is laced with horse trails. It's one of the most beautiful canyons in the valley. No matter what season, no matter what time of day, if you just want to look at true beauty, it's here, it's free, just go! I wish I could really get it on canvas for you. Today, this is as close as I can come.

Oil on Board, 8" X 10"

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

"Majestic Oak" ©

This field is up Bouquet Canyon and is a favorite of mine to paint. I wish I could talk with the Oak and find out her story. While painting my mind wanders and wonders. An arborist told me that the Oaks in our valley can be hundreds of years old and many were planted by the Indians. What a story this Majestic Oak keeps secret.

Oil on Canvas, 14" X 18"

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

"Angeles Oak" ©

Today was the first day that you could really see the brush turning to rust in the winter light. We have quickly past over the lavenders and now alizarin will be a staple on my palette. It seems no matter what the season is we have dazzling color in our valley. I was painting out with a buddy in the Angeles National Forest, just below a home to a family of Condors.

Oil on Linen, 8" X 10"


Monday, January 01, 2007

"Griffith Park" ©

Driving along the main road surrounding Griffith Park I caught a glimpse of this view, or at least I think this is close to what I saw. The trees in the crook of the hills were orange, dusted on top with light. I don't believe that this composition would do for a bigger piece but I feel satisfied to at least get this much of a sketch down on a canvas while it's fresh in my mind.

Oil on canvas board, 5" X 7"

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