Friday, May 22, 2015

Upcoming Travels

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You haven't been hearing from me for a bit because we have been preparing for a month of travels in Israel and Sweden! These watercolors were done in 1986 after our first trip to Israel and I'll be taking watercolors again this time. Looking forward to showing you paintings of that little country and also of Sweden where my husband was born and grew up, so stay tuned. Summer Blessings one and all, Erin






Monday, May 11, 2015

Blue Door Inn


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More fun came during last weekend's class at the art center with Michael Reardon. I worked on this tiny watercolor of Mendocino's Blue Door Inn from a photo I'd taken and tried to treat the mass of trees as one large shape against the shaded white house. Even though Mendocino is so familiar to me, there is always a surprise waiting for me at different times of day and different times of the year. The late sun has to be my favorite lighting condition and I hope you like this example of that as well.


Our dear friend of 40 years, Mort

Today's portrait of Mort 7.5x8 pencil and colored pencil

After a great weekend away with both our moms, we had overnight guests that have been friends forever, Mort and Mary. I asked Mort to sit for our portrait group since he'd celebrated his 80th birthday last month and I thought it would be a neat time to create a small personal work of art. He suffered through the 2 hours and managed to finish smiling, something I tried to capture a bit better than in person.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blissful Bluffs


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I had a most delightful weekend taking the class I mentioned earlier and here is another watercolor. The teacher had me make a sketch from my photo (the weather was terribly cold so I stayed indoors) and then put my photo away. I worked from my black and white sketch and did my best to come up with colors that were true to life and interesting. In reality the background bluff was darkest but I wanted to push it back, so here you can see all 3 images. Working under another person's tutelage is a bit like working with your non dominant hand as I mentioned the other day, but still a great experience. Hope to see his influence finding its way into my subsequent work!





Saturday, May 2, 2015

Keeping Watch

 
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I'm taking a watercolor class this weekend from a painter named Michael Reardon here at the Mendocino Art Center. I really like his clearly defined shapes and values plus his masterful and colorful grays. It was terribly cold and foggy today but I forced myself to join the group and paint the tree behind the center. It was challenging because not much comes naturally when you're trying to remember the things that the teacher told everyone to do. Kind of like painting with your less dominant hand or something, as a way to describe the experience. Anyhow, here is my effort and it's fun to tell you that I still love the process of learning, stretching and growing.
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Victorian Diptych


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I just completed a 24x30 inch commission of the Albert Brown house, shown below. It was an historical painting, showing my client's grandmother on her horse in front of the house. I love our stately and grand 'ladies' that line Little Lake Street in quaint Mendocino and often paint them from many different angles. I spotted two tiny panels on my shelf today and decided to paint the house again, along with the Blair House (made famous by the TV show Murder She Wrote) in miniature this time. Hope you like the small and the big of it.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wild Watercolor


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Yesterday at Pacific Star Winery north of Fort Bragg was, yet again, an other-worldly experience. The breezes were lovely, the sunshine just right, the company of friends superb and the wee glass of their orange muscat perfect for our picnic. Painting was an after thought, but so glad that my friends indulged me while they gawked and gazed. Glad I carry an emergency watercolor bag in my car at all times! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Southbound


Driving south toward Elk, one can be enthralled by one majestic vista after another. Such was the case yesterday when I went to visit an elderly friend and afterwards decided to continue south til I could find a pull-out in which to park and paint. The winds have been howling lately, but doing small paintings from the comfort of the front seat of my car is completely doable!
You haven't heard from me in quite some time for about 100 reasons. Most recently, we took a trip to Los Angeles to see our boys and that was action packed with no time to paint. Otherwise, we're still recovering from a flood that took place in our frame shop at the end of December. Believe it or not, it has taken that long to empty the space, rip out the sheetrock walls and ceilings, repair all upstairs flooring and all downstairs ceilings and walls, replace the contents and finally, to organize the contents. Horrific job, but it's finally looking rather spiffy!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Albion Street Finale



Since moving into Mendocino proper some 6 years ago, we have had the supreme fortune of discovering even more nooks and crannies that we had in the previous 22 years. We walk around a lot and it blows my mind that there are more things to discover each time. The variables of season, time of day and weather condition certainly contribute to the phenomenon. Anyhow, there is a wildly colorful house behind the Sandpiper Jewelry store that has flowers blooming in front and in back. I crouched down in the alley behind the house one day and caught a bee line view to the house on the headlands, all framed and flounced by hundreds of colorful blossoms! Now I keep going back to see if there are variations of this theme....................so stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gleaming Snippet



Once upon a time I had the privilege of being paddled along the Noyo River from an inland spot to the mouth of the harbor. So happy to have had my camera along because I have a wealth of new material that I never could have gained along the banks. So much fun zooming in on 'gleaming snippets' of harbor life, especially that brilliant morning when the sun was working its wonder.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happily Strutting



Whew, LOOOOOOOOOOONNNGGG time you no hear from me. I've been in Maui for over 2 weeks and cannot post from my iPad. Had a marvelous time in that warm weather and loved the swaying palm trees and azure waters. I left all of my paintings at the Village Gallery in Lahaina but might be able to show them to you soon, once I get organized.
In the meantime, here is a fun little character happily strutting across a field of green. Hope you're cheered right up in the middle of winter and happy to hear from me after such a long absence!

Monday, January 19, 2015

January Morning



My husband and I took a ride out to Navarro Ridge Road early this morning to meet some friends and  on the way up the hill marveled over this scene. The sun was brilliant as the fog was giving way and I couldn't whip my camera out fast enough to capture the essence. I don't often share my photo reference, but wanted you to see that I interpreted what I saw with how I felt.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cozy Corner



This is a westerly view from the house we used to live in at Englenook. Whenever people give me flowers, I tend to create still life set-ups and take photos to make them 'last' longer. I've been able to re-visit many a boquet this way and my heart is warmed all over again. Besides that, who doesn't want a cup of tea by the seaside while contemplating God's goodness in giving us a brand new year?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Duck, Duck, Goose



'Back in the Saddle' so to speak, but only for a minute. Life is swirling around me like nobody's business and important things are demanding my time. However, painting is ALWAYS on my mind and I had started thinking that I had probably forgotten how. Stated leafing through photos and landed on this fun shot of the MacCallum House here in Mendocino and those cute geese just spoke to me. They said, "Let us out of this prison!", so here is my attempt at helping them realize their 15 minutes of fame. Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Crazy Week


Hi There Friends and Followers,
  We have had a remarkable 9 days since Sunday the 21st. If you are my friend on Facebook you already know the story but for those of you that aren't, here is a re-cap.
  My mother in law who just turned 95 in September (seen above in April of this year) landed in the hospital in Sonoma County, so we raced down there to be by her side. She had suffered for a couple of months with problems swallowing and was depressed upon belief. They discovered via endoscopy that her esophagus was constricted, so they stretched it out and she awoke HUNGRY! Soon after, I received a call from my Dad (also pictured above) from ICU in Monterey telling me he'd suffered a stroke earlier that day. He was fine after having had the anti-clotting med administered and is recovering nicely. Thirdly, we received a phone call from one of our tenants that the overhead sprinkler in their apartment had busted and was flooding their space. We were still out of town so went into high gear making phone calls to get that remedied. We are now seeing professional people removing all of the contents and flooring of that apartment besides all the contents of our frame shop below in order to replace everything. We need new flooring upstairs and all new sheet rock downstairs, so are looking at 'being out of work' for a lengthy period of time. 
  Hoping to get back to painting very soon, so stay tuned! My studio is in a separate building, so I can still hit the easel and plan on it. Blessings on each of you and may each of us experience 2015 with joy, gratitude and confidence in God to handle the big and little things we all must face. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Books and Original Art


Still have a small batch of softcover books left and can send them out in time for Christmas if you've thought of somebody that would like one. I've also posted 35 original paintings to my website and to my Facebook Studio page that we're offering at a discount, so feel free to take a gander. Check out my workshops for 2015 and get inspired to travel or to tell a friend that might have wanderlust like me! Besides that we've been in and out of town a lot lately and plan to leave next week to see our boys in Los Angeles, so I apologize for not being in touch very much lately. I realized not long ago that I'm not as good at multi-tasking as I used to be and tend to get foggy headed when too many things pile up at one time. Thanks so much for tuning into my little online journal and I look forward to keeping you in the loop throughout the new year. Holiday Blessings one and all from your artsy fartsy friend, Erin 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Radiant Ripples



Sometimes I get a hankering to paint something other than a landscape or seascape. However, the brilliance of the sun can still be seen in just about everything I do. It's been awfully rainy lately, so it's nice to share a piece of sunlit water crowned by this regal but simple pond creature. I'm not up on knowing my water fowl, so forgive me for not naming his species!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Limitless Light



I happen to live in 'Amazing Sunset Land' and can jump up from the dinner table with my camera at the drop of a hat. It is always delightful to see a new set of colors and new cloud patterns appear as the clock ticks toward the closing of the day. Feeling blessed and wishing you a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My very first book




100 softbound copies available for gift giving with a hardcover version to come after the 1st of the year. It's been a labor of love on the part of my designer Anita Thomas and my editor/sister Mary Calvez but the first batch is a wonder to behold. 60 pages including 51 full color images with my thoughts on painting each one. Here is the cost break down:
$25 ($32.90 w/tx & shpg) 3 copies for $70 ($87.33 w/tx & shpg) 5 copies $100 ($119.92 w/tx & shpg.) 
no tax if you're outside of CA 
email me at erinsart@erindertner.com if you want to order!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Moove Over



I felt like doing something light and lively recently, so painted a few animals in this 6x6 format. Dairy cows are sure happy creatures, evoking hundreds of  years of hearth and home, farm and family. Right? Funny trivia: I drink almond milk but I simply ADORE butter! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Upcoming Painting Holidays


February in Maui?



September in the Greek Islands?


Girl addicted to large bodies of water

Always looking forward to new adventures and am hopeful that 2015 sees you joining me in one or both of these wonderful places! Please message me at erinsart@erindertner.com for details on these waterfront holidays. I take painters and non-painters alike and the skill level is wide open too.  Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience and please pass the word.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

More Galivanting


It has been entirely too long since I have posted but you must know that I haven't stopped painting! After Shelter Cove it was Yosemite and I was able to dabble in watercolor again which was both delightful and challenging. On the last day a few of us plopped down amongst the trees and shrubs to catch the last sunrays on the glorious Ahwahnee Hotel, one of the country's beloved destinations. The weather was spectacular, cool in the mornings and evenings but hot during the day. We had to paint in the shade in order to keep from being sunburned and certainly reveled in all that magnificence bathed in golden light. It was unforgettable and I hope to return again and again. Did I tell you that this was my very first visit? Better late than never........


Here too is a glimpse into a corner of my studio with a sweet fabric banner above my kitchen door. I had purchased the word 'ART' but soon afterward, received the word 'LOVE' as a gift for my birthday. It was fun to buy one more letter and then string them all up so it's the first thing I see when I walk through the door each day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Plein Air at the Lost Coast

It's been a while since you heard from me, but at long last I'm posting some pieces I did early this month in Shelter Cove. I took part in the first outdoor painting event they have organized and had a fabulous time. My piece with the orange house won first place in the oil painting category and believe-you-me, that was encouraging and exhilarating to say the least! The final piece with the bridge was painted during the 2 hour Quick Draw and I won 2nd place with that one. Woo Hoo, a fun year for this painting machine!









Friday, September 26, 2014

Silver Sea



This week has been a lot of fun as I've been doing some 'fun time' painting with 2 friends. We spent each day in a large open studio with lots of elbow room but one evening when the light was beyond belief, we had to step out and do some plein air work. Yes, you've most likely seen me paint this house before but not often is the ocean brighter than the sky. It was almost blinding to look at as the sun was peaking down through the oncoming rain clouds. Great light. Great friends. Great pastime.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunflower Triptych



I was inspired by one of my traveling buddies on the France trip to create some tall skinny sunflower paintings. She did one in watercolor while we were there, so I expanded and designed a 3-part image that are each 12x3, making it 12x9 overall. Those have to be the happiest flower faces on the planet and this project took me right back to the massive field we enjoyed together in July.





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Plein Air Work

Faybell in the Sun 10x5

Noyo Relic 12x9

Patterns of Light 10x5

I did the sunset piece last night and the other 2 this morning. You can sure tell the difference between the top two where I used a palette knife and the lower one a brush. I keep myself from getting bored this way. These pieces are hanging at the Art Center and the Noyo Relic might already be sold to a couple that watched me paint it today at Sea Pal Cove where I had lunch. I was all alone and thought business was slow, but one by one, each outdoor table filled up and by this time I had my painting going and ended up putting on a show for all the diners. Crazy huh? The foggy painting of Faybell sold to a Canadian couple that visited the Art Center, so things are humming right along this week. I've also got a show opening this weekend at the Highlight Gallery here in Mendocino.  I feel like a painting machine but it's a good feeling after the lull I experienced after coming home from France...