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:
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.
This is a painting I did a few years ago of Mt. Whitney in Yosemite National Park, 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.
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)
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.
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
My husband and I love backpacking, and we have spent a lot of time camping in the Sierra mountains. This is a painting that I made from photos after one of our week long trips. 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) but I wanted to have the tent reflected in the lake. Instead, we ate breakfast here to watch the sun rise, and I knew I wanted to paint this scene when we got home. Here we are in our dorky camping clothes standing where the tent is in the painting; you can see the same peak in the distance.
This is a painting I did of a scene in Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. My husband and I camped in the park and watched the sun rise over the ocean.
Good Morning, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2007 Kathryn Beals