I had a wonderful time in the Southwest, but there is so much in the Raleigh landscape that I love as well. The walking path around Shelly Lake is one of them. One day I came around the corner and saw a lovely pattern of shadows on the hill. Of course, I took a picture and it catches my attention every time I'm looking thru my photo library. This 8 x 8 is my rendition of the scene. I tried to keep this lose and it's one of those paintings that reads so well from a distance. I had to force myself not to overwork it, which is very hard.
When I was in Arizona I did lots of hiking. This painting was from a picture I took on the 50 Year Trail in the Catalina Mountains. I remember this hike particularly because it was during a time I was trying to limit my mileage because my foot was hurting. Many trails go for miles and it's so hard for me to make myself stop and turn around. That little voice in my brain keeps saying "Let's see what's around the next corner."
This was a great trail, though, with lots of interesting cactus, plants and rocks with the beautiful vista of mountains over my right shoulder. I want to go back!!!!
Bear Canyon Hike 9 x 12 Acrylic
I've been busy living life and remiss about blogging. Last Thanksgiving I headed west to spend a couple of month in the Tucson area and just returned to North Carolina after a slow drive home visiting different cities I've never been to before: San Diego (yes, I headed further west before heading east), San Antonio, New Orleans and Atlanta to name a few. I wanted to try to be present for my travels and not always behind the camera lens, but it's so hard when everything is new and the landscape is so different from the east. I am guilty of being that person who can't stop taking photos, but I think I managed to find a little bit of a balance and had a wonderful time. I also ended up with a large collection of photos and now am getting busy painting!
I'm an fine art artist in Raleigh, North Carolina. I need a paintbrush in my hand to feel complete and I invite you to follow me on my art journey. Everyday brings new ideas and projects... there simply is not enough time... On December 1, 2012, I joined the community of artists who paint a painting each and every day. I haven't been able to keep up with the daily painting, but I'm trying hard to keep my paintbrushes busy.