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Holiday Small Works Show – Wednesday, December 4th, 6-8pm – Gallery Mack

Please join me at Gallery Mack for the 1st annual Small Works Show! This exhibition features 15 Northwest artists and a variety of mediums including: glass, wood, paintings, and ceramics. Stop by for bubbly, good conversation and live music! http://www.gallerymack.com.

Here are a few of my painting in the show:

Across the Bay, 12×18
Safe Harbor, 12×18
snow, winter, landscape, oil painting, representational art, snow, shed, evergreen tree, contemporary realism,
Snow Day, 12 x 12

I came across this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson the other day. It’s a really great interpretation of how I view my art making.

“The production of a work of art throws a light upon the mystery of humanity. A work of art is an abstract or epitome of the world. It is the result or expression of nature, in miniature… a leaf, a sun beam, a landscape, the ocean, make an analogous impression on the mind… The poet, the sculptor, the painter, the musician, the architect, seek each to concentrate the radiance of the world on the point, and each in his several work to satisfy the love of beauty which stimulates him (her) to produce. This is Art, a nature passed through the alembic of man filled with the beauty of her first works. The world thus exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of the beauty.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fine Art River Painting – Contemporary Tonalism

Inspiration abounds in the tall green trees of this fine art river painting!  From the thick foliage of the understory up through the canopy, I look for a variety of greens and yellows in nature.  These colors help to convey a calming mood in this painting. The trees are why I live and paint in the Pacific Northwest!

My greatest influences are the artists of the American Tonalist movement. Their goal was to capture the moods and allure of the landscape.  My work is similar, in that I respond to nature on an emotional level, striving to find the spiritual qualities, or poetry, in the land.

Being outside in nature is an awe inspiring experience.  How does one respond to the beauty of the universe?  Experiencing each moment builds up a series of impressions.  Many impressions create an experience as a whole.  After visiting a scene, I  recall upon the memory of a place.  The memory filters out the most poignant elements and leaves the rest behind.   Designing a good composition for a painting is the key to success.  What I leave out is just as important as what remains. It’s an abstract step in the process, to design a painting, and I may not do an exact rendering of a scene.  As a result, my paintings become more about a feeling, and a sense of place.  How do you feel when you view this painting?

Read more about Tonalism:

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Tonalism Movement please visit: https://www.amazon.com/History-American-Tonalism-Crucible…/dp/0988902222 

The size of River Song is: 45″ x30″.  This contemporary composition is a “stand out” oil painting for any room of your home or office!

If interested in purchasing this fine art river painting please email me at the following email address:

Email : lolly@lollyshera.com

 

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River Song, 40 x 25

 

Inspiration for the painting, Forest Glow at Treehouse Point, WA

One night at yoga class at Treehouse Point, I watched the sun set behind the tall evergreen trees.  As the sun lowered in the sky the forest began to glow a golden, orange color and I felt the image of this painting come into my mind’s eye.   Painting for me is a personal expression of my connection with Nature. It is about holding on to a fleeting moment in time and making that the main focus or idea of my painting.  Here is the painting, Forest Glow.

Forest Glow, 40×24, SOLD

 

Currently Showing at Art Gallery of Sno Valley

These paintings are available at Sno Valley Art Gallery through May 7, 2018.  Stop by for a visit in downtown Snoqualmie, WA!   The website for Art Gallery of Sno Valley is: https://artgalleryofsnovalley.com/

Oil painting, mountain, tonalist painting, tonalism, representational art, mountains, trees, panoramic view, valley, shadow line, clouds, realism, classical painting, rosemary brushes, contemporary realism, contemporary art

Valley Light, 24 x 38

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Day Break, 20 x 16

Together, 6×8

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A Hint of Spring, 18 x 24

landscape painting, fine art, classical realism, classical painting, classical landscape painting, oil painting, art, winter field, gray sky, creek, distant fir trees, purple mountains

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

creek, river, snoqualmie valley, oil painting, landscape, fine art, contemporary realism, autumn, trees

Tokul Creek, 11 x 14

mountain, creek, oil painting, landscape painting, representational art, forest stream, fallen log

Mountain Creek, 11 x 14

A Day at Noon, 12 x 18

Find these paintings at Fountainhead Gallery!

Please contact Fountainhead Gallery at http://www.fountainheadgallery.com

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Seaside, 18×24

This painting was inspired by a trip to the Pacific Ocean.  As the evening hours approached the clouds rolled in, creating a luminous sky juxtaposed by a darkened ground lane.  I remember the distinctive glow of gold light at the tree line and the hidden dark stream flowing into the sea.  The smell of salt water is fresh in my mind as I look at this piece.  I love the movement in the clouds as they echo the shape of the stream below.

winter, trees, pond, fog, representational art, nocturne, oil painting, landscape painting

Winter Moon, 20 x 16

I love to paint nocturnes because the  night time is full of mystery in the absence of light.  The reflected light of the moon illuminates the sky and water, bringing the viewer to an intimate spot on the shoreline.  I try to create a peaceful respite for the viewer, where they can call bring a bit of their own experience to a painting.  Maybe they will remember a time like this and finish the story from their own experience.

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Skagit Valley Tulips, 7 x 14

The Skagit Valley is one of my favorite spots in Washington!  The expansive sky is one of the reasons I made this composition a wide, flat horizontal.  I chose a color harmony of yellow, blue and a bit of green for this piece, which is very Pacific Northwest!  If anyone has visited the tulip fields in spring time they will instantly recognize the major elements of trees, fields, flowers, distant mountains and sky as the iconic Skagit Valley. Our memories tend to sift out extraneous detail and this painting reflects my experience and the mood on a beautiful spring day.

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Barn By the Sea, 20 x 24

Another Skagit Valley painting, reflecting the early evening hours in late October, with a moonrise peeking through the clouds.  I love the subtle color shifts in the grasses in Autumn and how they are reflected in the clouds above.  The distant San Juan Islands create a finishing backdrop for the land to meet the sky.

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Beach Walk, 12 x 16

I saw this couple and their dog on the beach near Kalaloch, WA on the Pacific Coast and it reminded me of my own experience, walking with someone I love, stopping, picking up rocks and drift wood, and possibly finding a sand dollar at low tide.  I can hear the waves and whoosing behind me as I take in the salt water air.  This is a memory piece (I do not use photographs as reference material) for all those times at the beach.  I am looking through the trees from high up on the bank to the people and dog below.  I am looking at my memory, and maybe a memory of the viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Currently Showing at Art Gallery of Sno Valley!

My work is hanging at the Art Gallery of Sno Valley on March 5 – May 7th.  Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

Art Gallery of Sno Valley

8130Railroad Ave

Snoqualmie, WA 98065

http://www.artgalleryofsnovalley.com

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Valley Light, 24 x 38

 

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Tokul Creek, 11 x 14

 

rattlesnake lake, cascade mountains, mountain lake, trees, fog, landscape painting, tonalist landscape, oil painting, classical realist, representational art, fine art, landscape painting, contemporary painting

Day Break, 20 x 16

 

creek in field, winter day, grey sky, silver light, evergreen trees, landscape, color study

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

 

oil painting, skagit valley, landscape painting, tonalist painting, classical art, art, representational painting, cloud painting, rain, field, spring

A Hint of Spring, 18 x 24

 

A Day at Noon, 12 x 18

 

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Mountain Creek, 11 x 14

 

Together, 6×8

 

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Opening for Show at Fountainhead Gallery on Nov 4, 2017

Please join me at the opening for my Solo Show at Fountainhead Gallery on Saturday, November 4th, 5-7pm.  The title of the show is Moods of Nature.  Here are a couple of paintings that will be in the show.  Come if you can, I’d love to see you there!

https://www.fountainheadgallery.com

 

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Refuge At Dusk, 24 x 30

 

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Winter Moon, 20 x 16

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Plein Air Washington Artists’ “Little Gems” Juried Show

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Story of making the painting, “Valley Light”

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Presence, 24 x 38

Late one fall afternoon I was working in my studio – and I felt a hunch that I ought to go to my special view spot in the mountains.  It was faster to ride my bike than walk, as it was nearing the end of the day- so I grabbed a backpack and threw in my sketchbook and a packet of charcoal. The weather had been variable all day with patchy clouds and sun breaks.  As I headed up the trail I could see faint light glimmering through the trees.  Higher and higher I rode, as fast as my lungs would allow.  Once I reached the clearing, the sight before me stopped me in my tracks. Reflecting off the cliffs of Mt. Si was this orange-gold light – a spectacular vision that I had never seen before; orange light with a dark shadow line rising up the flanks of the entire mountain range.  The image of this beautiful valley light burned instantly into my mind’s eye.  I knew I had to create this scene into a painting.  But wouldn’t the time please stop and let me soak in the experience a little longer?  I knew it wouldn’t – moments don’t stand still do they?  They just keep unfolding, one after another.  I felt myself accepting the orange light as it sank into my bones and I stood there, silently observing.   No drawing needed.   Luckily I had been there before to draw, so, I had, at least, a record of the important elements.  If you have ever looked at a painting for a long time maybe you’ve experienced a moment through an artist’s rendering.  Back in the studio I had the opportunity to re-experience that moment many times over – from memory.   That’s why I called this painting, Valley Light.  It’s about the Here and Now.  I like Being. Here. Now.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery, “Honey I Shrunk the Art” Annual Small Works Show

I am excited to participate in Matzke Fine Art Gallery’s 26th “Honey I Shrunk the Art” annual small works show!  The show opens on November 19th with an Opening Party and Potluck, 4pm –  9pm, and continues through January 15, 2017. Visit the website at http://www.matzkefineart.com.

For this show I created five plein air paintings of Camano Island.  As a native Washingtonian, I spent many childhood summers exploring our coastlines by boat, throughout Puget Sound and the Inland Passage. My favorite spot on the boat was sitting on the bow, scouting for logs and stumps, or any other danger to our small craft.  I loved to look past the white caps to the rows of slim blue islands across the channel and imagine what life was like at each distant port.  Fast forward a couple of decades and I am still exploring – with my oil paints.  For this series of small plein air paintings, I set out to visit the beaches of Camano Island.  Standing close to the water, smelling the salt and listening to the waves crash against the shore brought me right back to those boat rides and summer time feel.  It’s funny how the smell of salt water can trigger so many memories.  I feel the same sense of wonder today for the beauty I see in nature that I did when I was a child.  Through painting, I try to express an honest translation of both soul and the land.

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Mt Baker, 6 x 8, plein air

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Camano Island State Park, 6 x 8, plein air

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Skagit Bay, 6 x 8, plein air

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Tide Coming In, 6 x 8, Plein Air

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Mudflats, 8 x 6, plein air