Thursday, March 31, 2016

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West Coast Sunrise

West Coast Sunrise
11x14"

For my skies class, I showed how to do a sunrise with clouds. The above painting was the one I did at home in the comfort of my own studio. Then I demonstrated it for my class. This is the demonstration:

West Coast Sunrise Demo
11x14"

I know which one I prefer but I am curious to know which one you do and why.






Sunday, March 20, 2016

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Happy Spring!

Cherry Blossoms
7x10"

Yay! It's Spring! I love spring! Especially here in Victoria. The cherry blossoms are out and the days are getting longer. 
Cherry blossoms are some of my favorite blossoms. We had a cherry blossom tree in my front yard in Utah when I was younger. It always seemed so magical when it was in bloom. There weren't very many in the neighborhood and since it was the prettiest tree on the block, I thought we were special to have one in our yard. Then I moved to Maryland when I was 9 years old, leaving that tree behind. Only to discover the plethora of blossoms around the tidal basin in Washington, DC. My family would make the trek into the city every spring to have a picnic (usually KFC in the wind and the cold) and a walk around the basin. The magic of the blossoms became even more of an event.
The blossoms continue to be magical  for me here in the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver celebrates with their own Cherry Blossom Festival and the streets of Victoria are lined with trees in bloom. I especially enjoy the petals when they swirl in the wind. It looks and feels like pink snow. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

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Sunset Over the Madison

Sunset over the Madison
11x14"


This sunset painting was done in my skies class. It is an image from Yellowstone National Park of the Madison River.

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