Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year

Red Barn
8" x 10"
plein air oil sketch on linen

Happy New Year!!
It has been too long since my last post, and it feels good to get back to painting and posting. I did not paint on canvas much in 2014, but I was busy with a few creative projects, including painting a few murals. My biggest focus for the past year has been on my family, as being a mother is my first priority. Now, as I look forward to a fresh start in 2015, my plan is to paint more, but also to create a healthy balance in all areas of my life. I'll be keeping the following quote in mind throughout the year; it is too easy to get caught up in going to the extreme in trying to doing everything all the time:

"The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you've lost it". - Unknown 

The "Red Barn" sketch was done in the summer. As I came upon this scene while walking in a local park, I was immediately drawn to the color of the turquoise truck against the red of the barn. I went back on another day with my easel and paints hoping the truck would still be parked in the same spot, much to my delight, it was still there. 


  1. Hi Maria!! Happy New Year to you too!
    Love the colour contrasts and the loose brushwork, its great to see you posting

  2. Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.Thanks for the share




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