This painting is from a snowshoe trip to the Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite. We hit bad weather and got to the hut close to midnight, but the next day, we got to snowshoe around the nearby lake and watch the sun set over this ridge:
Yosemite Sunset, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
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:
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:
You can find this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print. The original painting is not for sale.
I’m really excited to finally have a new, professional camera setup. I’ve been filming painting videos for a while, but they were shot with our old point-and-shoot camera from, um, 2003. Check out how much better the detail is with a new digital SLR and fixed aperture:
(Painting is Glory, 24″ x 30″ by Kathryn Beals, Music is I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons)
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.
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:
This is another one of my winter camping paintings, inspired by a snowshoe trip in the coast mountains of British Columbia with my husband.
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.
This is me, standing against the peak that I later put in my painting. Like my duct tape gaiters?
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.
I’ve been working on a painting for a family member, based on this photograph I took in Oregon.
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
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.
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.
This is my newest painting, which I recently hung at Red Rock coffee:
Glory, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
This is not really based on any particular location, although it could be many places I’ve camped in the Sierras or in northern Canada. Thinking of this scene at dawn always makes me feel centered, and I see it a lot in my dreams. Continue reading
I just finished setting up a display of eight paintings at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View. Red Rock is a really cool nonprofit cafe that supports local artists. If you’re in the Bay Area, come check it out! My section is upstairs.
The eight original paintings in the display are for sale, and you can also visit my Etsy store for prints.
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.
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
- Large flat or filbert
- Small round
- Medium angular bright
- 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
- Masking tape
- Disposable palette paper
- Old apron or button down shirt
- Big water jar or bucket
You’re ready to paint! Leave any questions in the comments or send me a message.