Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spring and it is so green here!

"Spring in the Foothills". ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 16" x 20"
I've been painting outside when the weather is clear lately. In particular, an area to the east called the South Fork Valley. Usually I paint the view to the east because I'm keenly interested in capturing the mountains in changing light.

But sometimes when I need shade there are overhanging trees with a view to the south: Anderson Mountain. Lately the grass has been crazy green with patches of mustard flowers. Until last week it's been a little cool and the snow patches were hanging on.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Lake at Night

Lake at Night. ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 9" x 12".
There's a cold and lovely mountain lake near me that I drive by often. There is very little public access to the shore so the glimpses I see are at 60 mph on Interstate 5. But this is what I see when I pass at night: a few lights reflected in the deep blue water.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

River of Memory

River of Memory. Lisa McShane ©2012. Oil on Linen Panel. 24"x36".
This winter - and I write that believing that Spring is not yet here - I've spent time painting in the south Fork Nooksack Valley, near the very small town of Acme Washington.

This is the view to the east - the North Cascades. Specifically, the Twin Sisters. Yesterday my husband pointed out that one of the interesting features about the Twin Sisters is that no matter what angle you see them from, there are always 2 peaks visible.