Finished Painting: Lupines in Bella Coola

This is a painting I did several years ago after a trip to Bella Coola, north of where I grew up on the coast of British Columbia:

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Bella Coola Lupines, 16″x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals

This is one of those paintings that just came together quickly without any planning.  I painted it on my mom’s kitchen table with her paints and brushes and a borrowed canvas, and it took about 45 minutes.  If I were painting it again, I might have planned the composition a little better so that the end of the tallest flower had more contrast against the sky or mountains, but I like the unstructured quality of it and it’s a nice memory.

Here are two photos from the place we visited:

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You can find this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print.  The original painting is not for sale.

Landscape Site Upgrade

I’ve just launched a redesigned main site, kathrynbeals.com.  This new edit has improvements to the print store (although you can still shop my store on Etsy) and the video gallery.  I’ll be making adjustments over the next week, and please send me a message if anything looks broken in your browser.

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My brand new Facebook page now has 17 likes, and I’m working on Twitter.  Thanks for your likes, follows and support for my artwork!

My new landscape galleries on my main site:

stars_gallery_800 Light in the desert  Migraine 

Winter Camping: Finished tent painting

This is another one of my winter camping paintings, inspired by a snowshoe trip in the coast mountains of British Columbia with my husband.

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Coast Mountains, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals

We really enjoy winter camping; there are no bugs or bears to worry about, and comparatively few people.  Water is readily available in the form of snow, the ground is soft and the views are amazing.  If you can come prepared for the cold and the early sunsets, it’s great.

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This is me, standing against the peak that I later put in my painting.  Like my duct tape gaiters?

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You can find this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print.  The original painting is for sale through my website.

How to Use Photo Editing to Help You Paint Details

I’ve been working on a painting for a family member, based on this photograph I took in Oregon.

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That’s my husband and three year old son standing in front of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach.  I made a post earlier on using masking tape to make horizon lines, and I’m picking up where I left off there to show you another one of my favorite tricks.

As a self-taught artist, most of my art education has come from doing custom paintings for clients from photographs.  This has been a fantastic way to get out of my comfort zone and discover new technical skills through trial-and-error.  Continue reading

Pacific Art League Juried Show

I went to the opening reception last night for the Pacific Art League’s juried show, Landscapes, Seascapes, Urbanscapes.  Lots of amazing work! I got someone to take a picture of me next to my painting, Wonder.

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The show will run until October 31, so if you’re in Palo Alto, stop by and check it out,  I’ll have to get creative and think of something to enter in their next show, Science, Technology and the Future of Art.

You can buy this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print. The original piece is for sale through the gallery for $1000.

Getting Started: Your Supply List

Welcome to my advice series for beginners learning to paint, based on my own trial-and-error experience.  These are the basic supplies you’ll need when starting on a budget.  

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Paint

Buy small tubes of professional or “artist” grade paint in these colors:

  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cadmium yellow (or Primary yellow)
  • Cadmium or Naphthol red (or Primary red)
  • Carbon black
  • Titanium white
  • Consider adding Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Green and Zinc White if you can

Brushes

  • Large flat or filbert
  • Small round
  • Medium angular bright

Canvas

  • Buy 5-6 canvas panels (recommended size 9″x 12″ or larger) to start
  • Then buy back-stapled or gallery wrap canvas (not side stapled) when you’re ready

Other Supplies (buy or find at home)

  • Masking tape
  • Disposable palette paper
  • Old apron or button down shirt
  • Rags
  • Big water jar or bucket

You’re ready to paint! Leave any questions in the comments or send me a message.