Napa

Sharing a few favorites pics from a trip to Napa earlier this month โค

First Plein Air

Me & pup living our best lives

I was very excited today to try out my new ‘pochade box’ for painting ‘en plein air’ (outdoors). I’m looking forward to bringing it on my travels. I love that I have to paint kind of faster and looser than I normally would. I’d love to keep loosening up the brush strokes and get more impressionistic or even abstract over time. Today’s painting was made with a limited palette of burnt umber, phthalo blue, cadmium yellow, permanent rose, and titanium white.

My first plein air painting

Secret Harbor Beach

Secret Harbor Beach, 4″ x 4″, oil on canvas

This is my first tiny painting. It measures only 4″ x 4″. Sometimes when I haven’t painted in a while I feel overwhelmed looking at a big empty white canvas and I feel like I just don’t have the time, energy, or talent to do anything with it. But when I saw these teeny tiny canvases at the art supply, I knew they’d help for those moments and ease me back into painting after extended breaks.

It was also fun to paint with a limited palette of only 4 colors (titanium white, cobalt blue, lemon yellow, and burnt umber)ย  and alla prima (meaning “at first attempt”). Normally I take days to weeks to finish a painting. Very satisfying to finish a painting in an hour!
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NJ / NY / LI

I had a fun trip a week ago to New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island to visit family and thought I’d share a few of the pics. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was running around a bit, so these pics were just taken on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S20).

Seaside Heights, NJ

NY, NY

Long Island, NY

USVI

Just sharing a few pics from vacation in the beautiful US Virgin Islands. I regret not bringing my actual camera on the trip as the views were just stunning. These were taken with just my smartphone.

Main Street

Just a few pics from a walk on Main Street…we’ve hit peak fall foliage here and it is simply gorgeous.

I also learned how to “pan” (to capture motion) with my camera today, which is really exciting. I was really hoping to capture a fancy sports car going by, but instead I just got this schoolbus. ๐Ÿ˜†

Mountain Road

A sun dappled mountain road on Mt. Greylock

Mount Greylock

Gorgeous fall colors and views taken today at Mount Greylock, tallest peak in Massachusetts

Lighthouse

16″ x 20″, oil on canvas

Red Barn

16″ x 20″, oil on canvas