A Forward View for 2021

I always love setting up a blank canvas to begin a new painting, along with the challenge and satisfaction each new project brings. Now that we are on Day 2 of 2021, I am looking forward to the wonderful new possibilities of this coming year… new moments shared with family and friends, new experiences and yes, the opportunity to be creative.

Looking back over last year, I am so glad to have had the opportunity to paint and be creative, as well as get together with close friends and family – even with this pandemic. I am appreciative of the many positive comments and support this blog has brought and I hope that all who read my blog and have seen my work are able to enjoy a happy “moment time”.

Here is a 9 painting sampling from 2020

Looking back at 2020

No matter your location or hobby you enjoy, I pray 2021 brings you good health and happy times.

Cheers, Yolande

Changing Things Up

12” x 16” on watercolor paper

It’s been awhile since I have done mixed media and it was fun to work on this Saguaro Cactus using graphite pencil and watercolor.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and are able to be with family and friends. 🎄

Oil Paintings

Enjoying the beauty of the outdoors through art.

Available for purchase: oil paintings in various sizes…

Cactus Flowers In Yellow (8” x 8”)
In Reflection (10” x 10”)
Queen Of The Pumpkin Patch (9” x 12”)
Early Morning Paddle Ride (9” x 12”)
Beauty In A Straw Hat (9” x 11”)
A Dandelion’s View (9” x 12”)
Nest In The Vine (11” x 14”)

Small Works In Oil

Small 6” x 6” and 5” x 7” oil paintings available for purchase.

Among The Sycamores (6” x 6”)
Sunset In Ventura (6” x 6”)
Stormy Day (6” x 6”)
Departure (6” x 6”)
Chilly Ride (6” x 6”)
Through The Pumpkin Patch (5” x 7”)

Watercolor Paintings

Available watercolor paintings:

Ripe For Harvest (10” x 13”, framed 19” x 22”)
Early Morning Walk (9” x 14”, framed 19” x 25”)
Foggy Morning In Ventura (13” x 16”, framed 19” x 25”)
A Little Meyer (10” x 14”, framed 20” x 24”)
Branch and Vine (Matted 15” x 16”)
In The Vines (matted 15” x 16”)
Harvest Morning (17” x 20”, framed 26” x 30”)

A Forward View

9 Paintings of 2019

2019 was one of those “mixed bag” years of great joy to great sorrow, as well as everything in between.

One highlight of my year happened in the beginning of May. My painting, “Leaf On The Vine” was part of the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition which was a thrill and great honor to be part of. My husband and I, along with our two Boxers travelled to Utah to see the exhibition as well as Zion and Bryce National Parks.

Sadly, a couple of weeks later, my mother passed away. She was 89, a woman of strong faith and was always committed to praying each day for family, friends, acquaintances and our Nation. In many ways she was a great example and encourager and I will always be thankful for her.

As we look back to the memories and accomplishments of 2019, I hope we can use what we have learned, having a forward view of the new year with hope in our hearts for each new day.

Summer of Oil Sketches

I have taken the opportunity these past months to get out of my comfort zone and “stretch” my artistic style with relatively quick oil sketches. These all need adjustments in some way but I have decided to keep them as is with notes to myself of the changes to be made since a few of these have the potential of becoming larger paintings.

Visiting Arizona

View of Lake Pleasant

We are enjoying the opportunity to visit the Phoenix area and Scottsdale while staying at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park in Arizona. We, my husband and I plus our 2 Boxers, have been to Arizona in Spring and Summer but the winter season in the desert cannot be beat!

This morning, before the rain really set in, we were able to take a hike down to the lake and see the beautiful views.

This trip had a rough beginning though. We were supposed to leave Sunday evening but got only 10 minutes from the house when the truck lost power, causing us to turn around. Being so close to home when we broke down was a blessing though and we are so thankful that we were kept safe. Two days later, we were on our way again to enjoy family and the beautiful Arizona scenery.

Happy Valentines Day!