Friday, July 22, 2011

July Newsletter

So sorry guys for sending out a duplicate newsletter. I have STILL yet to figure out the size requirements for my website company and the first one was too small for anyone to read. The second one is too big for anyone to see! I'll get there, I promise! I'm just a little computer illiterate!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I was on the phone with a dear friend, Lori McNee, yesterday commiserating over our tight deadlines and procrastinations. I confessed that it has been a "few" days since I had showered because I just keep rolling out of bed and heading directly down to the studio and painting until it is WAY past time to cook dinner, spend an hour with my honey and get some sleep to do it all over again. This will only last until Saturday because at that time I have to drive the work 4 hours to its destination. I really don't think I've had this tight of a deadline in a very long time. With my confession, Lori said I might be getting a little eccentric! Anyway, I started thinking and analyzing the way I work with the procrastinations and all. I think I truly AM a bit eccentric! I function best when my studio is a mess. I work best in my overalls and a ponytail, which is fine in the studio but NOT in the grocery store - WHEN I get to the grocery store. I have become a bit reclusive over the years when I used to be so outgoing and social. I generally perform best when pushed to the last minute and have no other choices. Any other time, my garden calls me first, a great cookbook catches my attention before the canvas, the damn computer imprisons me (notice I'm blogging this morning when I should be painting) - my lack of focus frustrates me. But in the end, there hasn't been a deadline I haven't lived up to. The paintings always get done and get where they need to be. I am a "functioning" eccentric. Maybe I'm no different than most artists. My family and non-art friends don't believe it but they are tolerant. They love me for my eccentricities, not my discipline. Most understand that there are times (more than I want to admit) that I am a flake. My memory is challenged and blamed on paint fumes. Maybe you can relate to all of this. I know when I hear of similar stories, I am relieved to a degree that this might just be an artists' mind. I love this artist life! We see the beauty in all, the positive in life and what we can create with it. There is never a problem that can't be solved some way. Show me the good and I'll hide from the bad! Yep, that's how I roll - I'm eccentric and quite proud of it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Well, ??? Another mountain to move....

I have such a tough time being objective about a painting, especially when it is something out of the ordinary for me. I'm generally overly harsh or I get a crush and can't see it for what it really is. Here is the barn, all but finished. The hard lines of the mountains in Sun Valley area are a real challenge to make work in a composition. There is only one place around where mountains are angled so steeply. That's what makes it so beautiful! Still - tough to make work. What do you think?

Ok, it's the next morning and I've decided to take out the left mountain. Stay tuned....
Mountain considerably chopped down. Still having a tough time with this one...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Almost finished!

Working on my very large vertical series, with this new one "Woodriver Storm Rising" It is a 48x30. The other two in the series are Majestic and Queens Court following.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

status update :)

Well, the admonishment to myself of FOCUS - didn't work. Went shopping instead. Sometimes burnout can kick your behind! Back at it tomorrow I guess. Will post the painting when it's done. I am so LAME!

Highly Unusual!

Not being one to usually put manmade structures in my work often, this barn painting is quite unusual for me! It's an old family farm and barn outside of Hailey, ID. I have always loved how it sits among the poplars besides the steep hillside. It always tells me I'm close to Ketchum, one of my favorite places in the west. I'm working out a few drawing issues, some shape placement problems and then I will figure out how to make the building feel natural in the environment. I have, as usual, put my largest and most difficult paintings for my show at the Kneeland Gallery off until the last week - so what else is new? I seem to do this to myself almost every time. The show is happening August 3, 4, & 5th, with the reception being August 5 from 5-8. It is my favorite show of the year. The patrons are wonderful! They come back year after year to watch us paint, purchase new pieces for their collections and cheer us on. We have developed such a special friendship with all the artists that have participated through the years. Opening morning is filled with hugs & smiles and catching up. The gallery staff is exceptional and treat us like old friends - very spoiled old friends! And of course, who can beat this landscape? It just doesn't get much better than this. And now, on to finish this "structure"......Focus Shanna - FOCUS!

Friday, July 15, 2011

River Aspens

Here is a small one, 12x9, oil on linen panel called River Aspens. It's headed for the Kneeland Gallery soon!

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Happy 4th of July weekend!

Let the festivities begin - AFTER I finish this painting! I'm actually working on a winter painting today - as if we haven't had enough cold weather around here. I do love painting snow though! It's almost finished and I thought I would post a before and after tweaking post. I am finding my palette sensitivity to be much brighter, "happier", these days - I wonder why LOL! I've given the piece a day to look at and contemplate. As much as I like the color, I am thinking that I will probably push the back plane even further back just a little with a purple umber glaze - just enough to push the value down a notch and tone down the color. It hopefully will make the blues pop even more, bring the treeline out to the surface and make the sky color more exciting. A couple of evenings ago, I went out on my porch cloud watching, as I do so much. There were these beautiful little highlights at the tops of the clouds as the sun was setting. The clouds themselves were actually the same value, different temp as the sky, but these little highlights looked like streaks in the sky. It was so beautiful! I decided to play a little with my painting and incorporate those streaks. I used them as little arrows down into the trees, without adding too much noise to the shape. to add excitement SUBTLY :) Here is the before and I will post the after later this afternoon. Wish me luck!