Sunday, January 15, 2017

Remembering Autumn in Colorado

"Autumn at Crystal Lake"
What a relief to finally paint something that I like.  It was quite a struggle to get it to the finish line, and I told Mark that this should not be so hard.  But I am pleased with it and hope that it marks the beginning of better paintings to come.  This painting is 10x14, matted to 16x20.  



"Autumn up Dexter Creek"

This is a small study, 8x8" which could be matted to 12x12.
I love fall and found recently that I had no more fall paintings hanging anywhere, so perhaps others love fall as much as I do.

 Aspens are a popular painting subject and fall aspens are the most colorful.  When you capture vividly colored leaves with the aspen's uniquely marked trunks and add snow capped peaks, you are bound to have a winner.

My wish, now that we are back on the road, is that I don't fall into my bad habit of not painting.  It is important to keep the creative juices flowing.  From past experience, I know that the longer I go between painting attempts the easier it is not to pick up a brush at all.  Then the blank page just stares back reflecting a blank mind.  😕




















Thursday, December 22, 2016

Small Studies Practice

Autumn Along the Uncompahgre





Monuments and Temples of Zion



Super Moon Rising over Zion

I am sure you are tired of me telling of how I have been struggling with painting for the past few years.  So far nothing that I have tried to renew my enthusiasm has worked, but I will continue to persevere.  The small size suits me just now.  If I screw up, I don't have a lot of time and creativity invested.


Mark and I have been collaborating on some digital art cards.  We have had luck selling a few at one of the shops in Ouray that carries my art.  (the Wildflower Boutique).

These are 5 1/2" x 8" blank note cards printed on high quality photo paper.
Here are a few examples:


"Columbine and Paintbrush"






"Red Mountain Reflection"


"Saint Sophia's Ridge"
"Tracks into Winter"

"Early Snow up Camp Bird Road"

"Virgin Snow"
These cards sell at the shop for $5.00 @,  You can purchase them from us for $4.00@ or 6 for $20.

Friday, August 26, 2016

SKY LIFE








We have about wrapped up our pastel lessons with good friend, Barb.  Right after we finished the top painting Barb adopted a rescue dog who needed lots of TLC, so we missed several weeks
of practice especially since we left all our materials over at Barb's studio.  
Finally her dog seemed to be settling down, so I went over to finish up the last painting and pick up our materials.  
As you can see we have been working on dramatic skies using Utube videos.  I still find I don't quite get pastels, but I think I am improving.  But before I forget how to watercolor, I need to get back to my old medium.  I have found that I do not have any fall watercolor paintings left.  Seems they have all sold.  There is a message there somewhere that I should heed.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Keeping It Red

Red Mountains as seen from Mt. Abram's ridge


Since painting with Linda Nadel for a month, this is my first painting on my own.  Seems like I am still having some problems finding time and inspiration to paint.  One reason is that Mark and I have been trying to learn how to work with pastels with my good friend Barbara Kendrick.  Barbara is very accomplished at her chosen medium, and seems glad to share her talent with us.  We are struggling but determined to get the "hang of it"




This is my first pastel attempt, In case you can't tell, it is a Utah scene with storm clouds over the canyon.  I have a long way to go.





This quilt is another project.  The top photo is a sample of the squares.  There are 30 squares, each different,
There is a green border added to the blue one now.  I am hoping to quilt this on my sewing machine.  Wish me luck.


It has been a few weeks since I started this post.  Here is my second attempt at pastel.  I had a lot of help  from Barb, but I feel like I am getting somewhere.  It still doesn't make complete sense to me, but hopefully I will have an "Ah Ha" moment soon.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Attempt to Refresh

Snowscape


Perhaps many of you who follow my art have realized that I have been struggling with painting for a couple of years now.  In an attempt to recapture my love of painting, I went back to the basics, contacting my former instructor, Linda Nadel in Montrose.  She was always fun to paint with, so I thought that she would be the one to get my juices flowing again.

We spent 4 Thursday afternoons in April cussing and discussing the ups and downs of creativity and playing with paint.
I can't say right now if I will continue painting on my own on a regular basis, but those 4 afternoons were so much fun and brought pleasure back to a process that had become a chore.  Thanks Linda!!

The above painting came out of our first meeting together.  I had brought in photos and magazines to give us inspiration.  This was an exercise in creativity in a recent issue of Watercolor magazine.  It demonstrates the fluidity and "looseness" that I have wanted to portray in my work.  The original was created by Carol Z. Brody.  The above is my version.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

More Aspen Studies

Autumn Quakie Study






Summer Quakies





Abstract Quakie
I realized after I posted last, that my web site was not going away, but just has a different name.
I have let my domain name go, but I am still on at bobbiejohnsonart.blogspot.com.

Anyway, painting is happening sporadically, and lately I have been playing with different styles and seasons of Quakies, (or Aspen as you may know them by).

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Quakies in Spring"
This is my latest painting.  I am planning to discontinue my web site and will hopefully develop a Facebook page for my art instead.