On new years eve my wife and I spent some time in San Diego. We were treated to a beautiful sunset at "Sunset Cliffs" and it could not have been a better way for us to end 2014. This painting reflects the time spent there. Please contact me if interested in this painting.
"Due to the the large wait list for my last pastel class in Manhattan Beach,I am offering a new
"Landscapes In Pastel" class.
A four week session of three hour classes on Tuesday mornings from
9am -12pm. 185.00
Limited to 10 students per session.
The first class is February 3rd. Please contact Sue Kuuskmae. email -Kuuskmae@me.com "Destination Art" Artist Studios and Gallery1815 W. 213th Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501
Last September I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a wedding reception in the Sonoma Valley. It was located at Kunde Winery on top of a hill. I brought my camera just in case. Although I missed out on half of the dinner, I was treated to some incredible scenes and this was one of many that I plan to paint.
This is a scene in the Mammoth Lakes area in The Eastern High Sierras of California. Twin Lakes are small lakes located in the Mammoth Lakes basin.This area is a favorite fishing spot for many during the summer months.
Dear Friends. I would like to share with you a recently completed oil painting titled
Morning." I find that I get excited when Autumn is approaching and this
is how I attempt to communicate that excitement.
I would also like to let you know about a recent interview I had with
Kathryn Lloyd, the founder of "The Masters Secrets Summit." I think you will really enjoy this interview andyou
might learn a thing or two you didn't know about me. The Interview
releases this Friday, September 19 at 3pm pST. I invite you to watch
This pastel was just sold during last weekends Los Olivos Quick Draw Art Festival. The person that bought this said it moved her because it brought about a fond memory and she had. I couldn't be more pleased.
The Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierras is an area of contrast. It is harsh with much desert and the summer time heat can be oppressive. Within this desolation there are pockets of areas where it is lush and green buzzing with life. Down from the mountains comes snow melt as ice cold water in the form of large streams or tiny brooks. I enjoy painting these locations because they are beautiful and are also resting places that offer relief not only from the heat but also from the busyness of life. The warm and cool greens that contrast against the mountains are wonderful to see.
This pastel was a recent demo for my summer pastel landscapes class. The Fall session will be starting in mid September but sign up early because it will fill up.
Los Olivos Quick Draw 2014
Saturday 9am -7pm
Matteis Tavern, Los Olivos, California
Quick Draw 2014 is just around the corner and I am preparing my self for this event. I look forward to this because I sell my work in three ways here. The silent auction is a separate event that takes place during the quick draw. I also have a separate display of my work that I put up with my most recent paintings and they all sell rather quickly. If you can come by it would be great to see you.
This scene was inspired by a recent painting trip to Sonoma County. It will be included in my solo exhibition at Jessel Gallery In Napa. The show will hang throughout the month of June and the reception is June 6 form 5pm to 8pm.
I have just returned from participating in this years Carmel Plein Air Competition. Still hard to believe a year has passed. I was pleasantly surprised when the painting above received an Honorable Mention from this years judge John Burton. The camaraderie shared among the artists and talent I witnessed was exceptional.
This painting was inspired by one of
the recent large wave swells we have had here in California. I watched as the
whitewater would explode off of the jetty with a thunderous crash. It was an
awesome display of nature's power. This painting is my attempt to
This scene is about 10 minutes north of the town of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras of California. In December there was very little snowfall creating the patterns of snow in the foreground field. In recent days, there have been storms that brought a couple of feet of new snow on the ground and more in the mountains creating a completely different landscape and no doubt more inspiration for new paintings.
Dear family, friends, students and collectors. A warm and heartfelt "Thank You" to all of you for taking my classes, purchasing my work, emailing a kind word and allowing me to share my passion for painting with you. I am grateful for the many gifts of support that I have been given. They are all very much appreciated. May you have a Happy Holiday and be blessed with a Healthy New Year.
One of my favorite places to explore for new paintings is Foxen Canyon Rd. between Los Olivos and Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. This scene is how I imagine old California might have looked and can still be discovered today.
Where I live, there are not many dramatic changes in weather or scenery from season to season. At least not like areas that get more obvious changes in temperature, weather and colors as seasons change. I travel to different locations to experience this. When I am home, I appreciate the changes just the same and seek them out however subtle they may be. If I am paying attention and sensitive to them, much more is always revealed.
This painting is 850. The location is in The Carson Valley of Western Nevada.
I will be opening my studio Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an exhibition and sale of recent paintings. The last open studio was an enjoyable time for all and many folks walked away with new paintings. Please come by and bring a friend or two. There will be eggnog and goodies available for all.
This was one of the high country tarns I visited last summer. It's amazing to find a place you can call your own for an afternoon where all you see and hear is nature at its finest. Then of course there is the challenge of capturing it with wet paint and a brush. Even the scrapers are memorable because it was time so well spent observing and absorbing it all. Nature is always the best teacher for an artist.
Every Fall I make sure that I get up to the sierras to see the aspens and cottonwoods changing.
Before leaving I watched the weather forecast and clear skies were predicted for the time I would be there. Oh well, I cant always have it my way and have snow showers and beautiful dramatic skies to compliment the drama already happening on the land. On the final morning I spent in the high country I was up early once again. When I looked outside I noticed a breeze and a few pink clouds floating by. My excitement level was rising. I was meeting a couple of friends to paint and now we might have a few clouds to ad as we paint. I made my way from my cabin out toward the lower corral at Rock Creek where the sky is open and the view is spectacular. At this point the clouds were building and looking more dramatic with each passing moment. I was ecstatic. Everything I love to paint was unfolding before me in a perfect rhythm. I took a moment to thank God for this wonderful gift. I let that feeling carry me through the difficult stages of blocking in the scene and after about an hour into it, the snow started falling. Not enough to be a deterrent but adding to the whole experience. The sun would hide for long periods then come out long enough to reveal something I had missed before. The snow came and went leaving a crystal clear sky with beautiful white and grey cumulus clouds floating about reminding me of the ever changing weather. It was a perfect morning.
I recently returned from a trip to the Eastern Sierras where I had a wonderful opportunity to tour some areas of ranchlands that were previously not available to me accept from the road. This is one of the first paintings that has come from this inspiring trip.
I will be opening my studio on Saturday November 30, once again to show some of my new work. Come by early for the best choice. The time is 11am to 4pm.
This has been an amazing summer. I have been very busy painting with new plein air and some studio pastels and oils. The above pastel is one of them. I recently returned from this years Los Olivos Quick Draw and The Labor Day Art Festival In Mammoth Lakes California which both proved to be successful events. I received the third highest bid at this years Quick Draw and sold well in Mammoth. I made some new friends and visited with the old friends that came to support me once again to which I am very grateful.
I just returned from a very busy four days at the Carmel Art Festival. For the most part weather managed to cooperate for the artists and the sun came out for most of the while. This was one of the most picturesque areas I have ever been and it is easy to undersand why an artist would call this area home. The painting above was one of four I completed during the two full days of painting.
This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. This was another wonderful session and when you have students as good as mine, teaching is easy. Another session begins in June. I am now preparing for next weeks Carmel Plein Air Festival. I am a bit nervous as it has been awhile since my last plein air event. I am looking forward to the challenge to paint the best pieces I can. No doubt there will be plenty of subject matter to paint.
This pastel was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
I have been doing more plein air painting with oils recently and I want to continue this trend so last Friday I drove to Palos Verdes to paint. I did not have a lot of time to search for a new vantage point or discover a new location so I drove to a familiar place. This was merely about practicing and seeing if I could do more with a familiar subject. I like to go to places that I have painted before to test myself to see if I have grown and learned since the last time I painted there.
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.
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