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Brush Creek Art Walk

3 days of painting. 6 paintings. 5 with potential. 2 completed. Not bad.

Indians at the Nelson, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Indians at the Nelson, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey


Urban Marsh, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Gratitudes 7 and 8

Day 8

1. Had to get shots today. Glad they are over.

2. Have my artwork ready to turn in for the Brush Creek Artwalk

3. Had such a lovely breakfast at Eggcetera with my hubby

4. Another good studio day

5. Glad for the rain. My new plantings like it and my rain barrels.


Day 7

1. Glad to have a studio day

2. Lovely to have my weekly lunch with my sister Kathy

3. Oh my, what good dessert at Andres

4. Painting went well today

5. Beautiful day

Gratitudes day 4, 5, and 6

Day 6

1. Grateful for another day of beautiful painting weather

2. Grateful to have the stamina still to paint two paintings a day (I don’t have the stamina for 3. My back needs a rest between paintings)

3. Grateful for the beginning of fall – my favorite season/

4. Grateful for the comfort of home at the end of the day

5. Grateful that Brush Creek Art Walk is over. When it began I wished it were longer. By day three my body is grateful that it is not.

Day 5

1. Grateful for beautiful weather. This is perfect painting weather.

2. Grateful for some more decent paintings.

3. Grateful that I keep learning more about painting

4. Grateful that my husband is so supportive and takes neglect quite well.

5. Grateful for this day

Day 4

1. Grateful for the Brush Creek Art Walk. Excited to get out painting with all of the other artists.

2. Grateful for warm painting gloves, painting coat (an atrocious bright orange insulated zip hoodie)

3. Grateful that I got some decent work done.

4. Grateful for my warm house at the end of the day

5. While I was painting, the landscaper came by. Grateful to come home to my beautiful front yard. If only I could keep it that way.

5 Daily Gratitudes, Day 2 and 3

I’m already behind, so here are 10

1. Grateful for my friends Liz and Marcia, who both live in my neighborhood and get me out painting.

2. Grateful for the rain today and tonight. I just had the lawn aerated and seeded — now I don’t have to water.

3. Grateful for the beautiful weather today. It felt quite wonderful

4. Grateful for my friend Paula, who gets me to new restaurants.

5. Grateful for this very walkable neighborhood. It is a pleasure to run errands and get exercise at the same time

6. Grateful that I still can walk fast and furious. I’m usually ahead of everyone. My walking is my favorite exercise

7. Grateful for the beauty of Loose Park nearby. It is so easy to just drop in for a quick nature fix and a quick walk

8. Grateful for my house. I’ve lived in perfectly adequate shelters all my life, but this one I love.

9. Grateful for my studio space. I have great space.

10. Grateful for growth that I have experienced over the years. I hope it continues.

5 Daily Gratitudes

Today I’m beginning to write down 5 daily gratitudes every day.

1. Grateful for my life as an artist. It has made me smarter and happier every day. It gives me great joy, but also helps me work through life’s issues.

2. Grateful for my husband, Russell. He remains my best friend and supporter. A happy marriage is such a gift.

3. Grateful for my friends. It is good to know there are people in the universe who have your back

4. Grateful for my pets. Such pleasure.

5. Grateful for an income that supports my art habit.

Loose Park

I went painting with Lauren. This is the result.


Loose Park Bridge, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

This weekend

Liz and I went painting in beautiful Loose Park. This is my result.

Rose Garden, pastel, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Rose Garden, pastel, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

France Plein Air Art 2014

I painted and taught 2 workshops in France for 5 1/2 weeks in the summer of 2014. I also ate well, visited museums, practiced my french, and walked a lot. These are SOME of the paintings. I have many that were simply good practice for better things to come.

Le Barroux Village

Provence Village, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey


Provence Village Lavender, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey


Provence Rooftops, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey


Provence Hilltop Olive Groves, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey


Monet’s Pond in June, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey


Monet’s Pond in May, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey


La Pluie de Roses Pond (Giverny), pastel plein air, 14×11, ©Chris Willey


Giverny Spring Corn, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey


Giverny Fields, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey


Provence Vineyards in May, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey



Provence Vineyards in June, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey


Provence Hilltop View, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey






STEMS Plein Air Event

Bird's Cove, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Bird’s Cove, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Penn Valley 3 day Plein Air Event

3 days of plein air paintng at Penn Valley Park. Phil Starke was the juror. Exhibition took place at the Buttonwood Gallery. 6 paintings. 3 stinkers. But that means that 3 turned out. Only 2 that I’m willing to post.

Some of the reasons I love plein air –

1. It is amazing to see how others interpret/design/paint the same scene

2. I learn from other artists

3. I meet other artists

4. I’m out in nature

5. It keeps me growing


Willow Among the Grasses, oil, 14x11, ©Chris Willey

Willow Among the Grasses, oil, 14×11, ©Chris Willey

Willow By The Bridge, oil, 11×14©Chris Willey