Monday, January 30, 2012


Valley in Winter. ©2012. Lisa McShane. 18" x 22". Oil on Linen.
When I drive east in the winter across the Yakima Valley the sun sets early on frozen fields. It's not warm out but the sky is often glorious to the west.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Paintings of Clouds

Last year I ran across a painting called 'Cumulus' by a 19th century Russian painter named Fyodor Vasilyev. I loved it and decided to copy it. That's harder than it sounds. I started this painting in April, while at a workshop at Deborah Paris' studio, and signed it today. While working on it I narrowed the cloud, widened it, created a foreground, painted the foreground out, darkened, lightened and darkened the sky.

'Cloud', ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen Panel. 24" x 24".