Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Things starting to open up....

Now starts the usual exhibition season and finally places are willing to open and show work and have "calls for entries" for both virtual shows and actual real shows.

This is a big deal for artists, so we were glad to get out there and do some work for upcoming shows. First up: the Wildling Museum and Trails Council juried show. I had 3 paintings accepted into this, which is fantastic. We hit many of the places that were listed for the 'Art from the Trail' show - it was great to revisit old trails and discover new places.

Carpinteria bluffs, oil on panel, 6"x12"

Burton Mesa, Lompoc, 10"x20" oil on panel

Barron Ranch, oil on panel, 11"x14"

Barron Ranch, oil on panel, 6"x8"

Sweetwater inlet, oil on panel, 11"x14"

Los Carneros, oil on panel 8"x10"

Los Carneros bird box, oil on panel 6"x8"

Friday Flowers

 This has been a particularly special activity - 4 of us painting in 4 corners of a patio, 6 feet apart with masks (until we all were vaccinated!). It was a time to visit socially as well - catch up on gossip, talk about our work, exchange recipes, whatever....  and paint flowers. The roses are back for Spring, though we had some wonderful substitutes over Winter.

Azaleas, 8"x10" oil on panel

Camellia, 6"x8" oil on panel

Iris, 6"x8" oil on panel

Yellow and orange, 6"x8" oil on panel

just the bougainvillea, 8"x8" oil on panel

first rose, oil on panel, 6"x8"

White roses, oil on panel, 6"x8"

This one was painted in the garden - first Freesias of spring, didn't want to pick them

Freesia, oil on panel, 9"x12"

Architecture challenge

 Painting at the Music Academy of the West has been fun - the beautiful buildings and grounds have so much to look at and it feels like being in a European town.

It's a beautiful estate with the challenge of architectural elements.

morning sunlight, Music Academy, 8"x10" oil on panel

Edge of a fountain,Music Academy, 6"x8" oil on panel

Late afternoon shadows,Music Academy, 8"x10" oil on panel

And from a friends house that has the same feel:

Dorene's patio, 6"x8" oil on panel

Marpril experiments

 The months are still blending together sadly, though good news is: I have had both my Covid vaccination shots! Feels good to be doing something positive toward hopefully eradicating or at least putting a dent in the pandemic that has gripped us for too long.

Meantime - painting is source of solace, of comradeship, challenge and relief.

Last months of painting have a mishmash of projects and side trips as well as the usual Monday plein air and Friday flower painting.

Experimenting with composition: This seemed to busy with a big 'X' at the bottom that might keep you from looking further up in the painting. So I had a friend mess with it on Procreate and I made the following changes below. I think it could work either way, but worth working it over to see.

first version
Devereux Slough, 12"x16" oil on panel

second version

This one had a tree right in the middle that didn't seem to belong there (even though it was there!) It just cut the space and wasn't here nor there.

first version
Carpinteria Bluffs, 6"x12" oil on panel

second version

Much better, I think. Less spatial confusion

Experimenting with value - I painted this using a black and white photo of the color image, trying to match the values as closely as I could. I was also trying to simplify the values to basically 3 and almost got there. Interesting and challenging problem.

color study
Gate at Burton Mesa, 10"x20" oil on panel

translated into black and white values. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021


 Well time has always been a conceptual idea and no more so than this past year.

One year of Covid-19 life as we now know it. At least all the artists I know have been grateful for the the sudden dearth of acceptable activities which has translated into time to paint. That's a good thing.

Landscape and flower painting have kept me challenged and busy. Now with a Zoom figure painting class, that too gets a lot of attention.

So to catch up here are the last many weeks (and then some) of Friday flower paintings:

last of the roses, January, oil on panel, 8"x10"

last of the naked lady lilies, oil on panel 11"x14"

Then the only flowers that were miraculously blooming were on a large shrub:
Japanese Magnolias.

1. oil on panel, 6"x6"

2. oil on panel, 6"x6"

3. oil on panel, 8"x8"

4. oil on panel, 8"10"

5. oil on Yupo, 9"x12"

6. oil on panel, 6"x8"

7. oil on panel,10"x10"

8. oil on panel, 8"x8"

9. oil on panel, 10"x10"

10. oil on birch panel, 8"x8"

11. oil on cartòn, 8"x8"

So guess which are my favorites? Which are yours?
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Monday, December 28, 2020

Good Riddance to 2020

 The much anticipated end of a bad year. Not that 2021 will be instantly grand - there is still so much to get through. Yet hopeful for the new vaccine, new Administration that will bring some sanity and civility back to our country and new beginnings on many fronts.

Today is the first Monday painting session that has been rained out this year! That's a good thing, we really need the rain for the landscape we so love to be in.

The last several weeks of work:

Goleta Beach, high tide, oil on panel 8"x10"

Slough at Goleta Beach, oil on panel, 6"x12"

Slough at Goleta Beach, oil on panel, 8"x8"

Sky in Water, Devereux Slough, oil on panel, 8"x8"

Sedges, Devereux Slough, oil on panel, 8"x8"

Montecito peak from the Music Academy of the West, oil on panel, 8"x8"

Friday flower painting was also a saving grace - painting outdoors with friends, masked and distanced

Magnolia, oil on cartón paper, 8"x8"

and lastly:

Christmas Tree, oil on panel, 8"x10"

This years tree was cut from our yard - a scraggler that needed to go and it worked just fine as a 'Charlie Brown' tree. We didn't want to mask up and go out to pay an exorbitant price for something no one would see anyways. It's actually pretty nice and more free-form natural. A few light and decorations and we were all set. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Mid-November re-set

 Catching my breath after a difficult, stressful month - one of the worst since the pandemic. The loss of our cabin, November elections (still an issue, really?) and the surge in Covid 19 that everyone was anticipating. Sometimes it feels like I'm losing my footing. Holidays are a wash now, so no family and friends for celebrating.

One constant I am grateful for is my artwork - time outdoors (safely) painting the landscape, patio painting flowers, working in the studio, my Zoom figure painting class and watching talks and demos by other artists online. Painting is my island of sanity. I am better at posting current work on Instagram: nwarner13

So here are recent landscapes - the first 2 are currently in "Huge Show - small art" on  :

slough, 4"x8" oil on panel

slough, 4"x8" oil on panel

carp slough, 4"x8" oil on panel

We've been painting at the San Marcos Preserve - such a beautiful spot and on the cusp of more development - huge houses.

view from San Marcos Preserve, 8"x8" oil on panel

trail at San Marcos Preserve, 6"x12" oil on panel

Another beautiful saved open space, Parma Park

late afternoon Parma Park, 8"x10" oil on panel

Then trips out to Goleta for the beach and the UCSB Lagoon:

Goleta beach slough, 8"x8" oil on panel

lagoon, 8"x8" oil on panel

Painting flowers every Friday on a friends patio has been a great, calming and fun. I've been working on cartòn paper which is a brownish straw color and makes for an interesting background.

2 purple/pink roses, 8"x10" oil on cartòn

1 white & pink rose, 8"x10" oil on cartòn

small bunch salmon pink roses, 8"x10" oil on cartòn

2 yellow orange roses, 8"x10" oil on cartòn

1 red and 1 pink/white rose, 8"x10" oil on cartòn

1 white, 2 salmon pink roses, 8"x8" oil on cartòn

2 purple/pink roses, 8"x10" oil on cartòn