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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

 

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.

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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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Plein Air Washington Artists’ “Little Gems” Juried Show

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2nd Annual Little Gems Juried Art Show

I am honored to participate in this year’s 2nd annual Little Gems Juried Art Show at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA.  The opening reception will be held on June 2nd and the paintings will hang in the gallery until July 29th.  I cordially invite you to attend this show and to see some fantastic plein air and studio paintings from some of the Northwest’s finest artists.  My painting, Patterson Creek, was chosen as Best of Show at the Clymer Museum’s Juried Show “West of the Mississippi” in 2014.   I hope to see you there!

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Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

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

 

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)!

Animal Planet Blog: Behind the Scenes Treehouse Rehab

I hope you got a chance to see my treehouse on the Treehouse Masters TV show this month.  Pete Nelson, the Treehouse Master, did an excellent job giving my old painting studio a new look.   If you’re like me, you want to know all the details about how a project comes together.  The Animal Planet blogger and designer extraordinaire, Tory Jones, has provided all the info on how she updated our treehouse in the link below.  She included information on the lighting, blinds, paint, bedding and much more.  I enjoyed working with Tory because she’s amazingly talented and creative. She specializes in designing spaces, sourcing materials and installation  – all in a very limited amount of time!  Go Tory!

http://blogs.discovery.com/bites-animal-planet/2015/08/behind-the-scenes-treehouse-rehab.html

This is one of the paintings that was featured on the show.  My good friend, Sherry, sat for this portrait.  She’s from Texas.

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Reverie, 20 x 16