My Artist Residency at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area happened in March.  I did a total of nine paintings, and I'll post them here--starting with the last one I did, which became my contribution to the permanent collection at Whiskeytown.  It's an homage to the hard work done every single day by the rangers and National Park Service workers who make it possible for all of us to safely enjoy our time in these beautiful places.  These selfless, dedicated people maintain the infrastructure and help conserve the resource for this and future generations to enjoy.  2016 is the centennial of the National Park system, see below.

Bridge Repair at Brandy Creek Beach, 16 x 20" oil on stretched canvas. Permanent Collection, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

More information about the Centennial: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm

More about the celebration, and an easy way to say thanks:

Find your park, and thank the people who keep it going by supporting their stewardship.


Laguna Beach

Storm Coming, Laguna Beach. 6 x 8" oil on primed heavy bamboo paper.

This was done in March, with a fellow painter who is a dear friend and former student.  Clear sky and sunshine at the start, then the wind picked up and a huge storm emerged.  Rain started just as we wrapped up, and was torrential by the time I was driving home.

My husband and I stayed with a friend in San Diego before my artist residency at Whiskeytown.  During this time, in addition to the very enjoyable outing in Laguna Beach, I also painted the portrait shown below of our friend's beloved toy poodle:

Mocha, 8 x 6", oil on canvas panel.  Private Collection.