I begin this new year with a renewed commitment to post more frequently about my art work and upcoming activities. I look forward to your feedback and connection. This is a new blog located within my website and is not connected to my previous blog posts.
I am very excited that travel is in my future. New subject matter is sure to make its way into my paintings. If you haven’t already noticed, my website includes a new gallery called ‘By the Sea’. It includes recent paintings from a trip to Costa Rica amongst other places I have been. More images will be added soon, I am returning this spring to Costa Rica! The painting above is from my favorite beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
I wish the very best to all in the upcoming year. May inspiration and creativity be present for you each and every day!
Winter is a time to work in the studio. Naturally, winter paintings appear on the easel. I have especially enjoyed painting and writing during this unusually mild winter. Below are some offerings from this season.
A season of stillness and resilience
A season of strength and endurance
Life retreats to reflect on days of abundance and warmth
Awaiting the day to expand into growth again.
– Karrie Baldwin
I just loved the contrast of the colorful chickens against the snow.
I recently returned from a 5 week visit to Costa Rica. I had a fabulous time and met many wonderful people. During my stay I held an Artist Retreat at Los Tres Arroyos, my home away from home. A vacation destination that has everything; an observatory style home, 36 acres of jungle, views of the ocean, flowers, birds, hiking trails and more. The weather was perfect, making painting and site seeing the tops. There will be more retreats in the future. Check our website for upcoming dates.
Here are a couple plein air paintings that I completed at the Retreat. Forest View, 11 x 14 from Los Tres Arroyos. Shady Beach, 7 x 11, painted at Manuel Antonio Beach. This painting sold from my easel to a new friend from Canada!
Since returning from Costa Rica in April, I have continued to paint and travel closer to home. It seems I am inspired by the beautiful landscape where ever I may be. I started exploring in my backyard and these cherry blossoms called to me.
Later in April, I ventured out to paint with the Plein Air Painters of Utah in the San Rafael Swell by invitation of my mentor, Bonnie Posselli. This magnificent landscape was a mere 3 hour drive from my home. The group’s artists were welcoming and the weather near perfect. We explored and painted, then returned to the campsite and were serenaded by the talented artist/musicians, Stephen Staufer and John Hughes. Check out highlights from the trip in this article by Outdoorpainter.com Below are a few paintings from the trip.
During a wet weekend in May, I traveled south to Mount Carmel, Utah to attend the Maynard Dixon Camp Out. The participating artists painted in between storms and ended the week with a fantastic show of paintings. In fact, I could not resist taking home a painting of J. Ken Spencer, an outstanding painter. Despite the weather, there were many rays of sunshine; catching up with old friends, making new friends, inspiration by an incredible landscape, and witnessing the creation of art by some of the top artists in the region. Oh, one more thing, I got to paint with Bonnie Posselli (who invited me to the event), and friends George Handrahan and Shanna Kunz. It was a fabulous trip!
Finally, during the Memorial Day weekend, I traveled to Spring City with friend a fellow painter Tamara Lindsay for the city’s annual Heritage Days. While there, I painted the infamous Horse Shoe, though it was hidden a good part of the time.
Heading into summer, I will travel north to Ogden, Utah, then to San Clemente, California and back again to Midway, Utah to participate in the plein air events in those cities. Look me up if you are in the area.
By the way, all the images posted are available for sale. Please contact me at info@NewLeafArtStudio.com. If you made it through this rather long post, let me know if you prefer to hear from me more often, the same or less.
My best wishes to you. Travel safe this summer!
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground, –Theodore Roosevelt
Summer is just about over, and what a summer it has been! During June, I traveled to California then Ogden and Midway, Utah to participate in plein air events, painting several paintings for each event. ‘Looking East’ received an honorable mention in the Midway event.
In mid July, I traveled to Texas to explore and paint studies for a commission. I completed and delivered the 36″ x 48″ painting this week. This painting was a challenging and inspiring undertaking to complete in one month. The view from the property is called Inspiration Point, I hope that I captured the grandeur of the place in the painting. Upon returning from Texas, I met up with my good friend and fantastic painter, George Handrahan and painted in the Tremonton area of northern Utah. This trip came with an unexpected surprise when I sold the painting almost from the easel (I took the painting home to finish). You never know when this will happen, but it is a fun experience.
Next month, will bring new paintings from Costa Rica as I travel to my home away from home. I will miss some fall events and friends who will be there, but will return with new inspiration and plans for holiday shows. The first show being the long tradition of ‘Those Art Girls” getting together. October 17, from 10am to 4pm, Morag Totten, Alison Armstrong, Gloria Montgomery and myself will have art available for holiday gift giving. Save the date for this fun, casual, gift show at 5801 Kingsford Ave. Park City.
Below are some of the paintings that came to being this summer. ‘Sunlit Poppies’, ‘Light in the Morning’ and ‘Parked’ are currently showing at Evergreen Gallery in Salt Lake City. Evergreen Framing and Gallery will be celebrating 30 years of business in October with a show that includes all of their artists and a holiday show in early December. Please stop by if you can.
I gratefully thank those who supported me with purchases this summer and to new acquaintances and old friends that I spent time with.
‘ The world is round so that friendship may encircle it’ – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
‘ Those Art Girls’ are having a gift show at 5801 Kingsford Ave, Park City, UT
from 10 to 4
New minature paintings, perfect for a holiday gift.
I was inspired during my last visit to Costa Rica to paint the lovely Hibiscus.
I will have a collection of small paintings and popular prints and cards, as well as prints on demand. Check out my website and order the print you like before the show. Do this quickly and I will have it for you at the show, or you can order prints at the show and you will have them for the holidays.
Hola… Salut 2016! Family, friends and collectors, thank you for your ongoing support in my artistic endeavors. Below are some of my favorites paintings that you bought this year. I send a special thank you out to those collectors who made these purchases. I am beyond grateful for your appreciation and connection to these captured moments.
It’s already the 24th, and this is my first post for July! For those of you that don’t know me, I said Hasta Luego to my 9 to 5 some time ago. Since that time, my concept of time has changed from knowing the date, time, month and year and exactly how many miles my car was getting per gallon on my commute from Heber to Salt Lake; to, I’d better write that down.
I started the year by spending the winter in Costa Rica. It was fabulous! Talk about off the grid….I embraced it wholeheartedly. We had several families and friends spend their vacation in our house and a successful Creative and Spiritual Retreat. We are planning another spring-time retreat and will have details soon.
Costa Rica offered some studio time.
Now is time for plein air painting. Here are some new pieces.
I am preparing to participate in a new event; The 2016 Celebration of the Arts. A fundraiser to benefit the Kimball Art Center held at the Red Cliff Ranch, 9485 Lake Creek Road, Heber, UT If you are in the Heber Valley, July 30 and 31, please stop by.
What a great season of painting! I traveled around Utah, and Costa Rica, painting with friends and celebrating my favorite art organizations.
Now it’s time to ‘wrap it up’ for the holidays.
My website is updated with many new studio and plein air paintings; take a look. I selected a group of small paintings for a pre-holiday sale, click here to view them. Or, if you visit my website, select Small Painting Sale on the sidebar. Use promo code SMALLPAINTINGS for 20% off at checkout during the month of October. As always, I love hearing from you to recommend your favorites, or if you have commission ideas, 801-234-0162.
With, love and thanks for a wonderful holiday season!
“Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you” – Madeline Bridges
Here are a few paintings from a season of plein air painting.
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