Nature Conservancy Benefit Series

First – I’m not updating this blog much at this time, but I update my Instagram several times a week, and I invite you to check it out for the most current updates on my new paintings, shows and travel photos. Thanks for visiting!

This week, I set up a new abstract series at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, and we’ll be donating 100% of proceeds from this series to the Nature Conservancy.  I just discovered fluid abstracts a month ago, and I love the biological feel of this new medium.  As a former forester, I love aerial views as well as plants and rocks, and I like the way these fluid paint pours echo scenes in nature, large and small.  All paintings in the series are 10″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas.  They’re beginner quality since I just learned this medium last month, and I priced them all at $30 USD because I want people to support this great cause.

If you’re in the SF Bay area, stop by this cool nonprofit cafe to see my work downstairs until the end of September.  Feel free to take your painting home off the wall after you pay via my Etsy store.  If you’re not local, you can still shop the collection through this link, and I’ll donate 100% of profits to the Nature Conservancy.

Two of the paintings sold within the first few hours on the wall.  I had a lot of fun doing these, and I’ll add to the collection over the next two months as needed.



Canvas prints and a copyright reminder for artists

The internet is a wonderful tool for artists and art admirers, and something that’s been indispensable to my business as a self-taught artist.  However, it has its downsides, as it’s come to my attention recently that unauthorized copies of my paintings are being sold overseas.   I don’t want to link to them, but here are a few examples of places my work is being sold without my permission:

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I’ve filed copyright infringement notices with Google, and I heard back from them today that they will be removing the site’s links.

If you’re an art buyer interested in my work, be aware that authorized prints are only sold via my website and my Etsy store, not through any other vendors.  These unauthorized prints are being made with low-res web quality images.  If you see any unauthorized uses of my images out there, please contact me.

For other artists, this is a good reminder never to post the high-res images of your work.  As you can see, watermarks can be digitally removed or changed, so keep your images small on the web, and don’t upload your master copies (fortunately, I never do).

On a positive note, I have really been enjoying the canvas prints made by my local printer in Santa Ana – they keep getting more vivid and realistic.  I bought a few for our house to replace favorite originals that I’ve sold, and I love them.  Check it out:

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These are the two different canvas depths that they make.  My standard prints are in the thicker 1.5″ depth, but I like the shallower depth for small prints like this 11″ x 14″.  Check out canvas prints in my Etsy store.  I’m adding new images all the time, so let me know if there are any you’d like to see as canvas prints, or if you’re looking for a custom size.

Original paintings now in the Etsy shop

I currently have 15 of my original paintings on display at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA, which will be there until mid December. This week, I’ve been adding originals to my Etsy shop, which formerly only sold prints. I’ll continue adding more next week, but here are a few of the originals that are in there now:

Check my shop for the original paintings,  or as always you can order canvas prints or digital prints. I’ve been getting a lot of requests to add images and sizes to the store.  As always, if you see a size or image that’s not listed, just contact me and I’d be happy to customize.  I have my canvas prints made locally in California and I love them.  Check it out:

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!

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.

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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Opening Reception for the Spring art show at Pacific Art League

Last night our whole family went to the opening reception for the Spring exhibition at Pacific Art League gallery in Palo Alto.  Two of my paintings were in this show.  You can read more about them both here.

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There are some really lovely works in this exhibition, and I encourage you to stop by if you’re in downtown Palo Alto.  The show will run until April 23, and both of my pieces are for sale through the gallery.

Regrowth (painting on the left) is available in my Etsy store as a photo print or canvas print. Painting on the right (Glory) is available also as a photo print or canvas print.