"Paintings from a natural frame of mind"

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Red

6x8 Oil
My wish for you is to be able to do what you feel most passionate about and share it with the people you love as much as you possibly can this coming year.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ranch Studies #3 & #4

Study #3 8x12

Study #4 12x9
Ranch Studies continued, I did 7 seven studies to present to the client and let her pick from
them, a bit too many choices but I had a lot of fun doing them once I got started!
Tomorrow see stucies #5,#6 and #7.

Have a great day!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ranch Studies 1 & 2

Commissioned ranch study 1 8x12

Both of these paintings were done in preparation for a large painting that was commissioned this summer for a ranch owner in our area. I did 7 studies for them to choose from and now that the project is done I thought I would share the studies with you.

Commissioned ranch study 2 7x16

 I had a wonderful time working out at the ranch and in the studio on this commissioned
piece, such a lovely place here in Nevada.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Duncan LittleCreek Gallery Show Opening and Artist Reception

If you are in Elko Nevada or just traveling through and want to have
an evening out stop by the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, enjoy the art and

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This Side of the Pond

24x14 oil on Linen
Sometimes I spend all my time looking across to the other side of the pond for something
great to paint and I miss out on what's happening right in front of me!

Have a great day - Kathryn

Saturday, July 21, 2012

March Innocence

20x30 Oil on linen
 Entered in this month's
When I saw these calves in early March after what must have been a rough night for them I knew they were going to be painted sooner or later. They look so peaceful and innocent, after a nice breakfast the warm bed of straw in the sunshine beckoned them to cozy up for a morning nap. 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Along the Banks

8x10 Oil on Linen

This is my lovely niece, Josey! budding artist and first experience at plein air painting.  

My regular partner, Bailey.
 I had the pleasure of taking my niece out for her first experience in plein air painting, it was such fun and she had on the cutest hat!!  I gave her a smock first thing out of the bag, even though I think she was proud to call her new jeans, painting jeans now. She did great for her first time out and I hope we get to do it again.  I finished my painting back in the studio but had a good start despite the topple down the banks when the wind caught the easel - the paper towels we had to jump in the river to catch, but we were able to haul the wet mess home and laugh about it.

Hope your summer is going well, stay cool.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Painting Out

 I'm still painting out every single chance I get despite the wind and all of the daily tasks that seem to come up whether expected or unexpected. BEND!!!
Plein Air painting day
I also love to garden! and this year after a whole lot of hard work for the last few years I am able to get the organic vegetable gardens going  YAY fresh lettuce!

The lettuce garden
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Daisies Watercolor Portrait

6x6 watercolor
This summer has proven to be much busier than I had expected it to be. I always picture
the summers in my mind as being laid back  enjoying the shade, a cool drink and reading books or painting, they just never seem to end up that way.  So like the daisies in the garden I have to just to take each day as it comes and sway along with the breeze. 
Hope your summer is off to a good one so far!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Sunrise"  11x14 Palette Knife Oil on linen

"The Rock" 10x12 Plein Air Study 
HI - yes, I know it's been a little while! Here are a couple of current paintings, the top one is one I did during the 2nd Annual Art Walk here in downtown Elko. The painting is a scene from a favorite hiking place in Soldier Creek, a difficult hike but one that is well worth it. I used a palette knife on this piece and even let a few of the kids that came by try their hand at it - so much fun to watch their faces light up with excitement over getting to paint and I came away with a painting that I love.

The second painting is a study that I did over a week ago on a paint out and I had thought at the time that my colors were very dark and gaudy, but the painting has grown on me now that it has sat untouched in the studio. I can't wait to go back to this spot and try it again!

Thanks for visiting,

Friday, April 27, 2012

Early Spring in the Canyon

11x12 Oil on Linen   Palette Knife

Plein Air
My painting partner
On Wednesday the weather predicted rain, I looked out the window and although it looked grey I decided my dog and I NEEDED a day out painting anyway and as it turned out for a few hours it was one of those fabulous days where the sun filters in & out, you feel so great when it comes out and warms you to the bone, you feel like your body is soaking up every ray. We only lasted a couple hours, one hour of fun and scoping the area, the other of serious painting. Just enough time before the wind kicked up so much that I had to hold the panel on the easel with one hand. I gathered some very valuable information and accomplished the subtle color notes of the grey day. We had a wonderful time together. 
And the painting didn't turn out half bad!

Thank you for visiting,

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Red White and Blue

20x16 Oil on linen

The name for this painting sounds very patriotic! I kept trying to come up with a wonderful name for it the whole time I was painting it....which I enjoyed very much by the way. But really nothing would come to mind, I do get a calming feeling though when I look at this piece,
but I kept coming back to the simple colors of the painting for the name.

The piece of pottery is one I own from Tuscarora Pottery here in Nevada, a treasured piece and I remember vividly my guilty pleasure when my husband paid for it, which was more than I would have paid!  But I'm glad he did.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Winter Sheen

20x30 Oil Palette Knife painting


I wanted to paint a large painting with the values very close in range, I sometimes get carried away with my darks so to help me work that out I decided painting the values closer together might help me. I am very pleased with this painting, very suttle and the sheen on the mountain is just like it was the day I was standing out there painting the little study for this last February. I was unable to find my original photo's so the painting was done solely using my little study, between that and using the palette knife I felt very free to be the "artist"
and tell the story my way!

Hope you enjoy it too, thanks for visiting,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

After the Storm

11x14  Oil on panel

My reference for this painting is from some photo's I took several years ago on a trip to the Tetons with some friends. The weather was very rainy and dreary for the first few days but the trip was still wonderful. It's never a bad trip when you go to the Tetons!

Thanks for visiting!    

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sarmons Ranch hay bailer

12x16 Oil on Linen

Last fall I went out to paint for the morning and wasn't feeling very inspired until I came a little closer to the hay bailer at work in the field and saw the blue flowers in their glory along the road. Sometimes it is the simplest things that need to be captured on canvas to make my day.

Hope you have a good day too.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sleeping Wolf Study

8x12 Oil on Linen 
A fun little study on a wolf. My son loves wolves and recently asked for a wolf painting, so before he gets one I will be studying them intensely. I am using mine and my daughter-n-laws photo's that were taken in Yellowstone as reference material and reading up on their habitats. I have painted a couple before but that was before I knew what I know Now!  LOL.  Growing better and wiser is one of the best things about age, don't you think?

Thanks for Visiting!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ruby Mountain Spring

20x24 Oil  Palette Knife

A Palette Knife painting that I must say is my favorite to date! The photograph of this piece just doesn't do it justice. I must learn more about photographing the artwork for the web page.  This is a nice sized painting that will be framed in a beautiful gold frame to set off all the wonderful colors in this painting. I love the shadows of the clouds and then the sun sparks through to hit and it seems to just glow.  I painted this painting twice, I have one in a 10x12 Study and this large one. The two paintings are very close to the same with a few minor adjustments to color in the larger painting to read correctly. I like to paint small studies after my sketching process is done then on to the larger pieces, rarely do I sell the smaller study paintings as they are for my reference when it comes time to paint the larger paintings. 

I hope you enjoy it and thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Roses

16x20 Oil on Linen
In a classy frame
Work in Progress
This was certainly a good time consuming painting for me. Roses are difficult to paint and White no less! I've been wanting to paint the blue glass vase for sometime now and with the white roses I thought they made the perfect pair. I feel the painting is a success despite my struggles that I won't elaborate on. Struggling is one of the best learning tools that I have, in my frustration I push myself harder to figure it out.

Thank you so much for your visit!  Snow is suppose to be on the way tomorrow finally! I've literally been depressed that we haven't had our share of it yet this year.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bring It

12x16 oil
A sunny afternoon drive brought us face to face with this horse, he looked up from his afternoon grazing as if to say "Bring It" I laughed and immediately thought,  tough guy! 
On another note, I say this phrase to my pup all the time and she brings her toys in after carting them all outside for the day, she's very smart and so much fun!

Hope your all off to a great start for your New Year, it's been a rough start for me so far, dentist, twisted ankle, the cat knocked a full vase of flowers to the floor and the house needs cleaning desperately but today all of that is on hold, I'm happily painting the day away!

Thanks for stopping by,