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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

 

Fine art river landscape, fine art river painting, evergreen trees near a river, moody river landscape, river reflections, river song

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

 

Story of making the painting, “Valley Light”

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

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.

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

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

 

Winter Solstice Open Studio – December 21, 2014

Please join me on Sunday, December 21st, 11am – 4pm, on the shortest day of the year to celebrate art and the days getting longer!    I have recently moved studio locations from the treehouse to our barn – more room and warmer!  Lots of small works – great for gifts!  My address is 32014 SE 48th St., Fall City, WA 98024.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Tree trunk with leaves, grass in backgound

Leaf Litter, 10 x 16

Mt. Si, field of grass, sunny day, landscape

Last Warm Rays, 8 x 10

 

Indirect Painting Technique

Here are four paintings recently completed using an indirect approach.  Starting with a monochromatic under painting gives me a visual of the final picture before  I  start adding color.  The first opaque passage is followed by several rounds of thin glazes, scumbles, and velaturas.  After adjusting  the values,  colors temperature and chroma, I adjust edges and add the final details to bring the picture to completion.  It’s a slow process of working for a short period on one piece before setting it aside to work on another.   I like how the painting develops slowly, over time;  it is similar to how a memory is recalled in your mind-  you see it and feel it emerge from the inside out.

fir trees, distant mountains, yellow clouds, early evening sunset

Rattlesnake Ridge, 9 x 9

 

winter field, gray sky, creek, distant fir trees, purple mountains

Patterson Creek, 8 x 12

 

Dawn, fir trees with dead snag, orange sunrise sky, dark foreground grasses

Morning Majesty, 9 x 12

 

Evening at the Slough, 8 x 10

Evening at the Slough, 8 x 10

 

Field drawings from the Kokanee Glacier

I have returned from a trip to the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park located north of Nelson, B.C, Canada where I spent a week backcountry ski touring.  Our days were spent climbing up the glaciers with our skis and skins and skiing down long, long runs of untracked snow.  The conditions were excellent with varied weather and relatively safe avalanche conditions.  In the evenings I enjoyed the beautiful views outside from the warmth and comfort of the cabin.  Here are a few graphite drawings from my sketchbook:

Kokanee 1, graphite

Kokanee 1, graphite

drawing of trees, hills, snow, lake, hills

Kokanee 2, graphite

drawing, trees, hills, snow

Kokanee 3, graphite

 

 

 

 

Tree Tattoo Follow – up

A lot of you have asked me to post a picture of the real tattoo.  If you’re reading this for the first time you can catch up by reading the post called Tree Tattoo.  Believe me, this is not MY tattoo, it’s my daughter’s!  She said the tattoo artist scanned the original drawing and shrunk it down to size.  Then he transferred it to her rib cage and inked it in.   I’d love to know how he transferred it  – he probably rubbed something on the back of the paper, stuck it on her skin and traced over the top of the drawing.

 

I have posted the original drawing and the tattoo so you can compare.  What do you think?

 

noble fir, evergreen, drawing, graphite

Noble Fir, 8 x 6

 

tattoo, skin, landscape, transfer,

Leah’s Tattoo