Monday, December 9, 2013

Mile Marker 12, Iron Springs Rd. - SOLD

18 x 24 - oil
The light on the highway as it disappeared ahead was too yummy to pass up as I snapped some shots with my iPhone camera. I think I was able to paint an idea of clouds as they were dramatically streaking across that late afternoon sky.

Boulder Kiss - SOLD

8 x 10 - gouache on canvas
These granite boulders are on private land. I was thankful to be given permission to take photos there. This grouping sits at the top of a hill and always catches my eye when I'm able to visit this wonderful property.
I discovered gouache a couple of months ago and have enjoyed making friends with it. For those who are unsure about what it is, here is a link to Wiki's definition: Gouache.

Iron Springs Rd. Granite

16 x 20 - oil
The drive from Yarnell to Prescott Arizona has a variety of landscape elements. I am always happy when the large granite boulder formations start to appear the closer I get to Prescott. I've pulled over many times to take photos in different light. This particular formation is quite striking and sits a ways off the road.

Private Boulders

16 x 20 - oil
As I explored my neighborhood after the fire, I was able to see granite boulders I might possibly have never seen. These had a house in front of them that is no longer there. A new house is planned in the future, but for now, these private boulders are wonderful to see. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

First Spring Daffodils

12x12 inches - oil on canvas

Just a week after a big snow, these daffodils were out reaching for the sun. I knew there would be many more so I picked them for a painting. Remember the scene in the movie Dr. Zhivago, when Spring came and the fields were full of daffodils? I love that scene!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sun Sparkled Boulders

24x18 oil on canvas

My Dad and I hiked up to the top of St. Joseph's Shrine on a beautiful warm February day. While hiking down, I turned and saw these back-lit granite boulders and cactus with the sunlight sprinkling through.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Skull Valley Garage, AZ

30x24 oil on canvas

There are two ways to travel from Prescott to Yarnell. If I go Iron Springs Road, I travel through Scull Valley and Kirkland. There is never much traffic on this road, so I stopped in the road and took this photo of the garage in Fall. The old reddish pink gas pumps are always a delight to spy when I round this corner.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Carefree Cactus

18 x 24 inches - oil on canvas

When heading to the valley from the hills, I take Carefree Highway across from the 60 to 17. If you lived in Arizona you would know these roads. Carefree Hwy is about 30 miles long and is a wonderland of the Sonoran Desert with every shape and size saguaro and cholla cactus. I love this drive and usually have my camera in my lap - ready.

Friday, January 11, 2013

High Desert October

 18 x 24 inches - pastel

 For almost a year I've had the wonderful good fortune to live on a hill in Peeples Valley, Arizona. My dog Zig and I have hiked all over this hill, following donkey trails left by the six donkeys that lived here before we came. In October, walking south from the garden, I came upon this lovely small ravine that I had walked before. This time it was quite a different view with the cottonwood trees that grow beside Model Creek dressed in their bright yellow Fall colors, plus the many shades of blues and greens and the manzanitas adding a wonderful purple to the mix.