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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

Rhythms of Nature, Solo Exhibition, Burien Arts Gallery, Nov 4-30, 2016

This Friday, November 4th, 5:30pm-8:30pm, is the Opening Celebration for my Solo show, “Rhythms of Nature,” at Burien Arts Gallery.  The gallery is located in downtown Burien.

826 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
206.244.7808

As a contemporary landscape painter, my work is a sensitive interpretation of mood, color, and light.  Born and raised in the West, I am rooted in the diverse ecosystems found in western America. There is a sense of stability and order that I feel with the land, and when a location arouses my curiosity and inspires me,  I will create a series of the scene, changing the key, the composition and color harmony. I look for new ways to express spatial relationships and distance with layers of paint, brushwork, gradations, and diffusions of light.

But my paintings are more than that to me.   As a naturalist and outdoors woman since childhood, I have always felt a spiritual connection with trees and fields, and meadows and mountains.  Quiet places speak to me, as well as, long, stretching views with diminishing values and great big skies.   These places make my heart soar to new heights and inspire me, in a lifelong effort, to explore and communicate an honest translation of both soul and the land.

Join me at Burien Arts Gallery if you can!

 

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Backyard Barrels, 11 x 14

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Late Night Fishing, 9 x 12

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Nisqually Barn, 8 x 10

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Eagle Creek Deadfall, 8 x 10

 

Spring National Oil & Acrylic Society International On-Line Exhibition

I am honored to learn that my painting, A Bay View, was accepted in the National Oil & Acrylic Society’s Spring International On-Line Exhibition!

The idea for A Bay View came about one morning at Bay View State Park, part of Washington state’s Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.  I was on a multi-day drawing and painting trip, observing and appreciating the coastlines, the waves and the trees at different times of day.  On the last morning I returned to the beach and sat on a log, watching as the pale Northwest sky slowly filled with pinks and roses of early dawn. I knew that an idea was born.

Thanks for reading!

A Bay View, 20 x 30

A Bay View, 20 x 30

Lolly’s Solo Show at Fountainhead Gallery – May 7th, 5-7pm

Please join me at Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA, on May 7th, 5-7pm, for the opening reception of my Solo Show, titled, “A Sense of Place.”

Shera front

Shera back

Plein Air Magazine’s 5th Annual Plein Air Salon – Feb/Mar 2016

I am honored to have had several paintings accepted into the Plein Air Magazine/Streamline Publishing, Inc. 5th Annual Plein Air Salon – Feb/Mar online juried show.

Headwaters-48x36-LollyShera

                             Headwaters, 48×36

painting of krummholz tree by the ocean, beach, sunset, fence, rocks in foreground

Illume, 40 x 30

Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

Mason Creek Falls, 16 x 11

Mason Creek Falls, 16 x 11

Barn By the Sea, 20 x 24

Barn By the Sea, 20 x 24

A Bay View, 20 x 30

A Bay View, 20 x 30

Mountain Meadow, 19 x 48

Mountain Meadow, 19 x 48

Mt Rainier, dawn, pink sky, reflection, pond, evergreens, alpine trees

Tahoma, 24 x 24

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

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

Way Out to Sea, 20 x 30

Way Out to Sea, 20 x 30

 

Clymer Museum & Gallery Solo Exhibition – March 4, 2016

I feel so honored for the opportunity to exhibit at the Clymer Museum & Gallery next month! The title for the show is “From the Headwaters to the Sea.”   The public reception is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016, from 5pm-7pm, and  the works will hang for two months, from March 4, 2016 – April 30, 2016.

Clymer Museum & Gallery, 416 North Pearl Street, Ellensburg, WA  http:www.clymermuseum.com

 

 

Headwaters, 48 x 36

Headwaters, 48 x 36

It’s been a busy last couple of weeks getting the works photographed and framed.  Some people have been asking if the works are for sale – and the answer is yes, all works are for sale, with the exception of two paintings that were borrowed from private collections because they fit the theme of the show.

There are over 30 works in the collection, varying in size from large to small.  I included three field drawings, because, as many of you know, I like to share the process of how I create the final paintings.

painting of krummholz tree by the ocean, beach, sunset, fence, rocks in foreground

Illume, 40 x 30

An excerpt from the Artist Statement for the show –

“…Water represents birth and life, and a river is water’s journey through time. These paintings represent the passage that I took from the headwaters, a place where small streams join and a river is born, to the sea. I visited many mountains and many rivers to capture the essence of the forms that water takes as it flows, pulled by gravity from above. I have roots on both sides of the Cascades, on the dry side and the wet, as the rivers flow westward to the mighty Pacific Ocean…”

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Instagram (@lollyshera) and Other News

I have been remiss in regular blog posting and many of you now follow me on Instagram, where I post several times per week.  It has come to my realization that longer blog posts take so much time and I have mostly appeared on IG (@lollyshera) as a way of keeping up.

Since I last wrote I have some wonderful news about exhibiting in the Seattle area.  The Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists is sponsoring an exhibition in the Rainier Club starting in early October.  I am honored to have my piece, Rattlesnake Cove, chosen as part of this show.  This painting was inspired by the early morning light shining down through the cottonwoods in a small cove at Rattlesnake Lake.  Located up in the foothills of the Cascade mountains outside of Seattle, this lake is a popular destination for swimming, fishing, hiking, and kayaking all year around.  I love the mountain scenery there and I have done several paintings of this area. The paintings in this show will hang from early October throughout the holiday season.  Stop by if you get a chance – there are some wonderful artists exhibiting!

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Rattlesnake Cove, 19.5 x 12

In other news, I am pleased to announce that my gallery, Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, S.C. is opening a new location in the small mountain village of Blowing Rock, N. C.  Located deep in the Blue Ridge mountains, Blowing Rock is a perfect getaway spot and is sometimes referred to as the “Aspen” of the east!  As a huge skier and mountain enthusiast I love the idea of someday visiting and skiing in Blowing Rock, NC!

Many of my paintings are now be shipped to either Charleston or Blowing Rock.  If you are interested in a particular painting please contact my by email and I will direct you either to the gallery, reinertfineart.com or to my home studio gallery at Lolly Shera Fine Art; my home studio email is lollyshera@gmail.com.

And finally, those of you who have been following me know that I am preparing for a SOLO show at the Clymer Museum in March/April of 2016.  The opening is Friday, March 4th, 2016 at the Clymer Museum & Gallery in Ellensburg, WA.  Their website is clymermuseum.org.  I am sharing my process of some of the paintings for this show on IG (@lollyshera).

Find me and converse with me on FB (lollysherafineart), IG (@lollyshera) and Twitter (@lollyshera)!

Treehouse Masters – Reality TV Show, Here I Come!

My husband and I are soon to claim our 15 minutes of TV fame, tomorrow, Friday, August 7th at 10 pm when we aire on the Animal Planet’s show called Treehouse Masters!  We built one of Pete Nelson’s (star of the show) treehouses back in 2002, and I used it exclusively as my art studio.  After many years of “hanging in the trees” it needed some repairs.  Pete called us and asked us if we’d like to be part of the show while they do the repairs (and a little upgrade).  Of course, we said “YES!” and here we are!  My art work will be featured on the show, as Pete is one of my collectors.  Here are a couple of the paintings that were hanging in the treehouse when they filmed.  Watch the show tomorrow night and you might see them!

female with white hat, red scarf, pearl earring, brown hair, representational

Rachel, 17 x 12

Mt Rainier, dawn, pink sky, reflection, pond, evergreens, alpine trees

Mt. Rainier II, 24 x 24

Nocturnes at Reinert Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, SC

I am pleased to announce that my nocturnes are available at Reinert Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina!    On our recent visit there we took a tour in a horse-drawn carriage through town, learning about the history and visiting the fabulous old neighborhoods that were built in the 1600’s! Charleston was the leading city in the South from the colonial era down to the civil war.  Charleston is one of my favorite places.  I love this town for its friendly people, the fabulous cuisine, and most of all, its celebration of the arts.   I am honored to be working with The Reinert Fine Art Gallery.  Their website is reinertfineart.com.

Blue night landscape painting

Harvest Moon over Mt. Si, 8×12

Nocturne, indirect painting method, memory of trees on ridge with moon light on grass and water

Moonridge, 8 x 10

Painting of oncturne with evergreen hill and pond reflecting moon light

Moon and Pond, 10 x 12

blue night landscape with full moon, mountain

Cloudy Nocturne, 8 x 12

mt rainier at night, blue sky, white mountain, dark trees

Mt Rainier Nocturne Study, 8 x 8