Oil 16 x 20
In a place where dreams live, there are waterfalls in the recesses of our mind ideas like water flow……
Living in the foothills of the Sierras is a (no pun intended) golden opportunity to be in touch with nature. I came late to a love of nature having been a city person all of my life – until we moved here 12 years ago. Now, I love nature and well executed realistic landscapes. But, I’m not the kind that will sit for hours with mosquitoes and blazing sun. also, there are many who paint them beautifully. I prefer to exaggerate what I see; or to minimize. For instance I will often paint in the sunset vertically instead of horizontally. Why I have often been asked. It just seems to me to be a more fun and speedy way to get to the outer ranges of the cosmos that way. I want the colors to be vertical so I paint them that way. Maybe it’s my childhood training with the bible, I want to fast track to heaven.
I live in Yosemite’s backyard, consequently my husband and I often go there just for the day, to picnic, sketch, take photographs or bring whatever grandchild we can capture for the day. Since I’m primarily a studio painter, I bring home my impressions and photos and then go to paint. Not striving for realism, although that often does happen. I am looking for the feeling I experienced and I try to express that.
I have done many paintings of this area, but the paintings I love most are the more abstracted from memory. I love to re-capture the feeling with just a hint of what it actually is. I am utterly fascinated by the water falling in Yosemite. A trickle turning into a torrent, is fascinating to watch. The colors and shapes of the waterfall are ever changing while remaining steady. That is hypnotizing and meditative to me.
I will probably never complete this series but will continue to bring them forth on canvas or paper, when the mood strikes. Since I have sold many of these, I can only assume others like them as well.