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:
Happy New Year!
I just dropped off my newest starry sky painting at the Pacific Art League gallery in Palo Alto. Their annual members exhibition will run from January 9-29. This is my painting of Mather Pass, from the Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail:
Amazed, 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
You can read the original post on this painting, and check out progress photos of the starry sky. This is from a favorite memory of our highest campsite in the Sierra mountains.
This painting is in my Etsy store as a photo print and canvas print. The original is for sale through the Pacific Art League gallery for $800.
I took progress photos of the second half of my Pacific Crest Trail painting, and turned them into a GIF, so you can watch the sky coming together:
After filling in the background colors with a large brush, I started putting in the stars. I had a breakthrough in my starry sky paintings when I stopped using mostly black, and used a mix of blues instead for the background colors. This painting has very little black. The main sky color is Anthraquinone Blue, a strong transparent blue, with some Phthalo Blue and Titanium White.
Another trick I’ve learned: use the handle end of the brush to make the stars. They come out rounder, and you can adjust the pressure to make bigger or smaller dots.
I like to vary the colors of the stars to add depth as well. For some, I used a mix of Titanium White and Phthalo Blue, then added white dots over top after the first dots had dried. For others, I used a bit of Titan Buff instead of white, to make the stars yellower.
After putting in most of the stars and letting them dry, I experimented with the colors in the sky by adding in a bit of Quinacridone Magenta and transparent Zinc White here and there over top of the stars.
I also added a bit of the magenta to the snow on the mountaintops below to tie it together. Here’s the finished painting:
This painting is in my Etsy store as a photo print and canvas print. The original is for sale through my website.
I spent today unpacking a few canvas prints I ordered for a fundraiser auction, and thought I’d take some photos of them. I’ve been selling canvas prints for a while through my Etsy store and my website, and I have them made by a professional lab. I’m always a little taken aback when I open the box and see how much they look like my originals! I put the captions on these for my Etsy store photos so that people know it’s a print.
My current most popular tent painting, Wonder, in the Etsy Store. This one is currently in a juried exhibition in Palo Alto:
My personal favorite, starry night painting Beyond, in the Etsy Store:
From my sunrise painting, Glory (also check out the video) in the Etsy Store:
My professional printer does them with “mirror edges” to make it look like the image wraps around back, similar to the way I paint the edges of my originals for display. The canvas is ready to hang without a frame, and comes with the hanging hardware attached.
I love having this option for my collectors as well as for myself – it’s easier to sell one of my favorite originals if I know I can keep a good quality print.