My first Death Valley National Park painting

I’ve finished the first of several paintings I’ve planned to do of my trip to Death Valley National Park last February.  I ran the Death Valley half marathon in Death Valley National Park just as the wildflower superbloom was starting, and it was a wonderful experience.  Just as the sun was rising and the runners lined up at the start line, the race director lead the crowd in singing “America the Beautiful”.


Death Valley Superbloom, 20″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2016 Kathryn Beals

You can click on the images to see detail shots from the finished painting.  I had fun working with yellow on this one:

Here’s a gif of the painting coming together.  You can watch my coffee cup moving around:

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The painting is now live in my Etsy shop as a photo print or canvas print, and up on my website.  The painting is for sale and I will be entering it in several shows this fall.

New Death Valley paintings coming

Hi!  I’ve been keeping pretty busy with my three little ones and managing my print store, but when I find time to paint I’ve been working on some paintings from a trip we took to Death Valley, California earlier this year.

I ran the Death Valley half marathon in February, and we caught the very beginning of the wildflower superbloom, a rare natural event that comes after just the right combination of rain and temperature.  The race went along Hwy 190 near the Furnace Creek Ranch, and was one of the most beautiful I have ever done.

We also did some stargazing, since the site is far out in the desert and away from light pollution.  My daughter was really hoping to see a scorpion, although we didn’t find any.  It was a wonderful trip and I had lots of painting ideas when we got back.

Before starting, I painted a few quick practice studies on small canvases to try out some ideas.  Each took about 10 minutes:

I started on the uppermost scene, a field of flowers at dawn.  It’s not finished but here are a few progress shots:

Stay tuned!  I’m hoping I’ll have this one finished soon.

Main site update and store addition

I just made an update to my main site, which now has my Fireflies painting in the gallery. The Fireflies painting is also now in my Etsy store as a canvas print or digital photo print.

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Here I am with my little guy at the opening reception at Pacific Art League earlier this month:

I painted this painting with him in the carrier on my chest as a newborn. Time flies!

We just got back from a road trip to two of California’s national parks; Sequoia and Death Valley.  I’m looking forward to experimenting with some scenes we saw along the way.


My Firefly painting at the Pacific Art League next month

My new firefly painting will be part of the Members’ exhibit next month at Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA.  I’m hoping to make it to the opening reception on January 8.  The painting will be part of the display from January 8-28.


This painting is in my Etsy store as a photo print or canvas print, and the original will be for sale through the Pacific Art League gallery.  I’m having some technical difficulties updating my website right now, but I’ll get the new painting up on there soon.

Happy New Year!

New firefly painting, step by step

Hi!  I’ve been pretty busy with baby #3, but now that he’s coming out of the newborn phase I’m finding time to paint a little bit.  Here’s a painting I’ve just completed:


Fireflies, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2015 Kathryn Beals

Here’s a photo of me painting with my little guy from my Instagram:


You can watch a very quick demo of the process below, or click through to read the steps in more detail.


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My Sequoia Backpacking Painting at Pacific Art League

This month, my painting Still is at Pacific Art League gallery in Palo Alto, as part of their Landscapes, Seascapes and Urbanscapes juried show.  We’re busy with the new baby so I wasn’t able to attend the opening reception last night, but I’m hoping to make the next one!

This painting was inspired by a backpacking trip to the Sequoia/Kings Canyon region of the Sierra Nevadas in California.  We camped one night in the Big Five Lakes region of Sequoia National Park:


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

I took some artistic license with this painting composition, since we didn’t actually camp on this rock (we follow Leave No Trace principles and don’t set up our camp too close to water).  Here’s the reference photo I used to make the painting, later that morning after the sunrise:


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

My Yosemite painting at Pacific Art League

I’ve been busy!  Last week I dropped off my Yosemite snow painting for the Pacific Art League’s Anniversary Exhibit in Palo Alto, with my three day old baby in tow.  We didn’t make it to the reception last Friday night, but the painting will be on display until September 24 and is for sale through the gallery.  Posting here will likely continue to be light as we adjust to the new addition, but I’m still filling orders through my website and Etsy store.

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Left: Outside the Pacific Art League gallery, with my painting in the front window

Right: Wander, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals

Wander is for sale through the gallery for $1000, and is available as a photo print or canvas print in my Etsy store.

Summer exhibitions at Pacific Art League

This post is long overdue, but here is a photo of my painting Beyond in the Pacific Art League gallery show earlier this summer.  We couldn’t make it to the reception this time, but we stopped by the gallery with the kids.  This is one of my favorite paintings and reminds me of summers on the lake near where I used to live in British Columbia.

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

Next month at the gallery’s Anniversary Exhibit, I’ll be showing one of my largest pieces, Wander:


Wander, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals

This is one of my more surreal ones, and it’s based on a winter camping trip in Yosemite where we snowshoed through a burned forest at midnight.

Beyond and Wander are available as canvas prints in my Etsy store.  The original painting of Wander will be for sale through the Pacific Art League gallery for $1000 starting September 4.  I’ll try to make it to the reception, although I may be busy with a newborn by then!

My rowboat painting in the Pacific Art League gallery

One of my very favorite paintings, Beyond, will be part of the Pacific Art League‘s member exhibition next month, starting July 3.  The opening reception will be from 5:30-8pm in downtown Palo Alto.  This painting is based on a memory of rowing around Echo Lake in British Columbia at nighttime in the summer.  It really looked like this!


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

The original piece will be for sale through the gallery for $1000, and you can also find this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print.  Here are some closeups of the canvas prints so you can see the detail:

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