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.
I’m happy to announce that both of my submissions made it into the upcoming juried exhibition at the Pacific Art League gallery in Palo Alto, California, opening April 3. I’ve never had two paintings in one show before and I’m excited! These two pieces will be featured in the Spring exhibition:
Glory, 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
This one is from memories of camping in the mountains with my husband. You can find this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print. I’ve got a cool time lapse video of this one as well.
Regrowth, 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
Regrowth was inspired by the view from a friend’s cabin in Montana, ten years after a forest fire. Regrowth is also available in my Etsy store as a photo print or canvas print. Both original paintings will be for sale through the gallery for $1000, although they will not be available until after the show ends on April 23.
This is a painting I did a few years ago of Mt. Whitney in the Sierra mountains of California. I painted it on a travel easel outdoors, near the wonderful Whitney portal store, as my husband was hiking. We did a shorter backpacking trip in the Glen Aulin area that summer, and did Whitney as a side trip. I still had too much altitude sickness that day to attempt the 14,505′ climb, but it was fun to hang out at the base that day and paint.
Mt Whitney, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
The painting took about 45 minutes, which was good since it was very hot and bugs kept flying into my wet paint. I used reference photos to get the distinctive shape of the peaks right, but I exaggerated the colors of the sky and rock for dramatic effect.
We love the otherworldly feel of the high Sierra mountains, and Whitney is an amazing place to visit. You can also read about some of our other Sierra backpacking trips, and the paintings that came out of them.
You can buy this image as a photo print or canvas print through my Etsy store. The original is for sale through my website.
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