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A Well-Watered Year, adventurous plein air painting

Cascades of the Middle Fork Feather River, Lucinda Wood, Watercolor
Cascades of the Middle Fork Feather River, Lucinda Wood, Watercolor

My husband and I hiked an hour and a half and waded a rushing creek to arrive at this beautiful spot. I found an out cropping of rock to perch on and paint next to this cascade.

Lucinda Wood painting Cascades of the Middle Fork Feather River. Photo by Dave Wood
Lucinda Wood painting Cascades of the Middle Fork Feather River. Photo by Dave Wood

Wildlife encounters always spice up my day when I’m out painting. Here, I looked up from painting to see a handsome gopher snake, soaking wet, drying off about three feet from my foot, having apparently come down the falls. Once he warmed up enough he slid back into the river and ran the rest of the cascade! A Whitewater snake! Happily, I have never been uncomfortable around snakes.

Grizzly Creek Falls, Lucinda Wood, Watercolor
Grizzly Creek Falls, Lucinda Wood, Watercolor

A flash of white through the forest seen on a drive led me to this waterfall. After some bushwhacking and rock climbing into a narrow gorge, I perched on the rock below to paint.

Lucinda Wood painting Grizzly Creek Falls, photo by Dave Wood
Lucinda Wood painting Grizzly Creek Falls, photo by Dave Wood

A merganser cavorted below the falls I was painting, then rode the rapids down stream, shot off the lower falls and hit the pool running, on water!

Merganser below Grizzly Creek Falls, photo by Lucinda Wood
Merganser below Grizzly Creek Falls, photo by Lucinda Wood
Hourglass Falls, Lucinda Wood, Watercolor
Hourglass Falls, Lucinda Wood, Watercolor

This waterfall I found by ear. I heard rushing water in an unexpected place and followed the sound. Thanks to the record snow and rainfall we had this year, this gorge had a boisterous waterfall instead of its usual trickle!

Hourglass Falls in progress, photo by Lucinda Wood
Hourglass Falls in progress, photo by Lucinda Wood

These paintings and 17 more of my new watercolors which feature the bountiful snow and water we were blessed with this year, are on display for November. Join us for the opening reception of my show, A Well-Watered Year, this Friday, Nov 3, 5-7pm!

Painting California – a luminous show by featured artists – Deanna Osborne and Sally Posner

October 25th through October 28th marks a last chance to catch a glimpse of PAINTING CALIFORNIA, a stunning show of plein air paintings by Sally Posner and Deanna Osborne. Both artists have created scenes that celebrate varied landscapes, some in dazzling color and some in quiet tones that depict special places in the California countryside.


Deanna Osborne showing her work as co-featured artist October 2023
Deanna Osborne showing her work as co-featured artist October 2023
Sally Posner exhibition - October 2023
Sally Posner exhibition – October 2023
“The Barn,” and “California Oaks,” oil on canvas, by Sally Posner
“The Barn,” and “California Oaks,” oil on canvas, by Sally Posner

While the featured artists have filled the gallery with images of California’s Sierra foothills, other member artists have been exhibiting their work.

Other artists in October 2023 show
Other artists in October 2023 show
"End of Day" by Helen Frank, part of October 2023 exhibition
“End of Day” by Helen Frank, part of October 2023 exhibition
Gallery October 2023 show from back
Gallery October 2023 show from back

Sally Yost and Najeeb Abdulrahiman, plein air artists, featured in July

Friday, July 7th, 5-7:00 pm, Main Street Artists Gallery is hosting a champagne opening for local artist Sally Yost and Fremont plein air artist Najeeb Abdulrahiman. Come and see the results of the fun these artists have while painting out of doors.

Taylorsville artist Sally has been drawing and painting western landscapes for 40 years.

Sally’s “Painting on the Edge,” experience shows her setup on a windy day in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

"Canyonlands", by Sally Yost, goauche
“Canyonlands setup”, by Sally Yost, goauche

Then, the final painting in Gouache. “Painting on the Edge.”

"Painting on the edge" by Sally Yost, gouache
“Painting on the edge” by Sally Yost, gouache

Other Yost paintings from Taylorsville and Bucks Lake will also be featured.

"Bucks Lake Camp", by Sally Yost
“Bucks Lake Camp”, by Sally Yost
"Poppies In the Shade" by Sally Yost, oil on canvas from “100 Views of Taylorsville” series
“Poppies In the Shade” by Sally Yost, oil on canvas from “100 Views of Taylorsville” series

More of Sally’s work and history: www.sallyyost.com

Also, showing in the Tiny Room will be plein air watercolor paintings by Najeeb Abdulrahiman from Fremont, California.

"Quiet water" by Najeeb Abdulrahiman, watercolor
“Quiet water” by Najeeb Abdulrahiman, watercolor

Najeeb is also offering a Plein Air Workshop on Saturday July 8th. The workshop filled up right away with local artists eager to pick up pointers and methods from him. You can see them painting somewhere in Downtown Quincy from 1-5 pm.

In addition, Najeeb will also be offering a Plein Air Workshop on Sunday July 9. Space is available – if you wish to join, contact Najeeb through his website:

www.najeebart.com

Painting with Grizzlies

In Katmai National Park, Alaska

Here I am painting Mount Katolinat in Alaska. Photo by Tom Johnson
Here I am painting Mount Katolinat in Alaska. Photo by Tom Johnson

In late August I joined my husband on an eight-day fishing trip to Katmai National Park in Alaska. He fished, I painted! If you are going to paint outside in Alaska, the first thing you need is a body guard. I had not arranged for one, but the boat captain from Naknek River Camp where we stayed, who was told he could just drop me off on a certain island to paint, insisted on staying and guarding me. I am so glad he did. There were 15 grizzlies fishing behind me that day while I painted! One was close enough that I could hear him chomping on fish! The reason I was not facing them was because that area was fogged in when we arrived. When I finished my morning painting I turned around and painted facing the bears. A mother bear arrived with four cubs! The cubs played on the shore like puppies while their Mom stood in deep water catching and eating salmon.

"Margot Creek, Momma Bear with Four Cubs, Alaska" by Lucinda Wood, Watercolor
“Margot Creek, Momma Bear with Four Cubs, Alaska” by Lucinda Wood, Watercolor

 Occasionally I heard what sounded like boulders plunging through water. I’d look up from painting to see Momma bear charging through chest-deep water with remarkable speed toward her cubs. She had spotted an approaching male grizzly. They will kill cubs to bring the mother into heat sooner. Mother bear herded her cubs into the woods to hide. Later they would return. Just think of all this Momma bear had to watch for: peering through the water for salmon to catch, keeping an eye on her four cubs on the beach while watching for male grizzlies which could come from any direction. She was heroic! She was also the leanest grizzly I saw on this trip.

Tom facing off with a grizzly. Photo by Lucinda Wood
Tom facing off with a grizzly. Photo by Lucinda Wood

Most of the grizzlies were solely interested in catching and eating salmon. However, the second day I painted on this gravel-bar-island I heard an explosion of seagulls from the beach. I glanced up to see a grizzly approaching the island. Tom Johnson, my guard, stood firm, booming “No!”, pointing his whole arm to the right. The grizzly shook his head, and kept coming. A rock flew. It did not faze him. He reached the island beach. Another rock zinged. The bear dodged this way and that, trying to avoid my stalwart guard. Finally, the bear galloped off in a huff along another sand bar, plunged into a pool, caught a salmon and ate. Seagulls settled; the paint flowed. All was well.

“Fishing the Headwaters of Brooks River, Alaska” by Lucinda Wood, Watercolor

My closest bear encounter happened along the shore of Brooks Lake. I was painting on a slim sandy beach where the Brooks River flows out of the lake. Across the river, a grizzly walked right into the scene I was painting! (I left a space for him and painted the bear at home from my photo, since he didn’t pose quite long enough.) Occasionally, Tom would see other bears walking towards us on the lakeshore. When they got too close Tom would tap his metal water bottle, making it ring, and the bears would disappear into the woods. I carried on painting. One adolescent went back and forth three times, curious. Tom did something to discourage him. Then, way up the beach, an enormous bear approached us. Tom thought he weighed 1000 pounds. Every time Tom looked up the bear was much closer than he expected him to be. He seemed to be ambling along, but his stride was long. When he got too close, Tom rang his bottle, the bear melted into the woods, and so did Tom. A few minutes later Tom reappeared, smiling with relief, and said “He’s past”.

It was soon time to go. I had to work on a pretty tight schedule, since the boat captain was my guard. I knew you didn’t tell a group of fishermen to stop fishing and return to the boat at 3 and keep the boat captain away. But that, and the fickle weather, made me much more spontaneous in my painting. I dashed off the waves in the foreground, packed my gear and we started back. We couldn’t follow the beach back to the trailhead because the wind had stiffened and waves covered the beach, so we followed the little bear trail through the woods. I asked Tom “Was this the trail the bears took when they left the beach?” “Yes” Tom said. “What was that, ten feet behind me?” “Maybe nine” he replied. “A 1000 pound bear was nine feet from me?” Yikes! “I never heard him!” “They can walk very quietly in the woods.” Tom said. I let that sink in for a while as we hiked. Then it hit me. I asked Tom “Where were you?” He looked surprised and said “You don’t think I’d let a 1000-pound bear get within nine feet of you without standing between you!” “So, you were standing about 5 feet from a 1000-pound bear!” “Yep.” And probably he was standing there when every other bear passed behind me that day, about eight trips, bear spray at the ready.

I painted seven plein air paintings that week. Most of them would not have been possible without the courage of Tom Johnson. I am so grateful for his vigilance. And I thank God for protecting Tom! I also thank God for the weather we had. It had rained at Naknek River Camp for most of two months prior. They had had 1 ½ sunny days in the last two months. But I had only one completely rainy day there, during which I picked and painted this brilliant fireweed, indoors.

“Fireweed in Fall” by Lucinda Wood, Watercolor

The other days I was able to go out and enjoy and paint all that wild beauty! It was a feast for my soul! I think I love wild splendor so much because it makes me feel closer to the One who made it. It fills me with awe and wonder, and makes me thankful! I hope it has that effect on you, and that you catch some of that in my work.

“Mount Katolinat” I painted this while Tom kept bears of the island we were on.

At Brooks Falls, where grizzlies do their best to catch leaping salmon, there are two viewing platforms, the upper, which is quite close to the action, and quite crowded, and the lower, which shows you the whole falls. The lower platform was nearly empty, so I was able to paint from it, and the bears hold pretty still while they wait for salmon, so I could paint them in place. Over the distant roar of the falls I could sometimes hear the rumbling growls of bears having a tiff under the platform.

"Brooks Falls with Five Bears" By Lucinda Wood, Watercolor
“Brooks Falls with Five Bears” By Lucinda Wood, Watercolor

Believe it or not, I met a woman and her little daughter at my opening reception in Quincy, CA, who saw me painting the above watercolor! Yarrow and her husband, Danny, are fishing guides in Alaska. She brought guests to the lower viewing platform the day I was there! What a small world!

All 8 of my Alaska watercolors are on display for October, 2022, at Main Street Artists Gallery, in Quincy, CA, as well as local landscapes and paintings from Montana. Come see, if you’re in Quincy!

Out of a gray day into the warmth and color of Sally Yost’s November show at the gallery

Having driven up from San Francisco on a cold, dreary day, it was an absolute pleasure to come into the warmth and color inside Main Street Artists gallery last Saturday.
This was the second day of Sally Yost’s November show, titled “Garden Party”, that will run through November. Sally is joined by Carr Clifton, a well-known nature photographer, who is showing new, abstract work in the small room in the gallery.

Sally Yost opens her show for November with new works
Sally Yost opens her show for November with new works

Sally’s subjects range from logging trucks, to mountain scenes, to flowers, gardens and fields. All are full of expression, with dramatic colors, and sometimes-quirky details.
I particularly like “Lakes Basin”, as it reminds me of so many High Sierra lakes that I have visited. The piece called “Garden Party” is very sly, with great masses of colorful flowers fronting a group of three ?stuffed animals? ?imaginary friends? You have to see it to appreciate the humor.

New works by Sally Yost including "Garden Party"
New works by Sally Yost including “Garden Party”
Several new works by Sally Yost
Several new works by Sally Yost

The gallery was filled with lively people, including a family with two young children, already interested in art. Sally was having a great time
chatting with friends and interested art lovers.

In addition to Sally’s show, a renowned nature photographer, Carr Clifton, is exhibiting some of his new work in the small room in the gallery.

Sally Yost and Carr Clifton at the opening of their November show
Sally Yost and Carr Clifton at the opening of their November show

Learn more about Carr at his website, www.carrclifton.com. You will be amazed at the photographs therein. Carr has won many awards, and all are well deserved.
The works that Carr is exhibiting this month are very different. They are highly abstract, with fluid lines against white space. Well worth spending some time looking them over.

Driving back home to San Francisco, I passed over Donner Pass in whiteout conditions. But I had plenty to think about and remember from my
visit to Sally and Carr’s November show at the gallery.

All Hail Fall – the Gallery welcomes Bruce Powell and his Artistic Friends

After a difficult month-and-a-half, the Main Street Gallery of Artists in Quincy is today, September 2, filled with light and clear air. The new show features tables, treasure boxes and other artworks in wood by Bruce Powell, and many new works by the artists in the Gallery. Enjoy these views of the Gallery. Please come and enjoy fine art in a peaceful setting.

September 2 - entering the gallery featuring a group show and woodworking by Bruce Powell
September 2 – entering the gallery featuring a group show and woodworking by Bruce Powell
September 2 - poster announcing B Powell woodworking and group show
September 2 – poster announcing B Powell woodworking and group show
September 2 - recent work on display
September 2 – recent work on display
September 2 - more recent work on display in the gallery
September 2 – more recent work on display in the gallery
September 2 - another light-filled view of the gallery front
September 2 – another light-filled view of the gallery front

Russ Flint is featured artist

MONUMENTAL ART
October saw the gallery featuring the art of Russ Flint. Russ Flint’s art
represents three fundamental elements: Movement, Composition and
Balance. In the current show, “MONUMENTAL ART,” Russ has painted
domestic life from the past including farming and harvesting, and social
life with musicians and dancers. 

Russ’ style is influenced by Renaissance art from Rubens and
Michaelangelo among others. He is also fascinated by the huge Europeanmedieval cathedrals. He weaves their geometry into his figures and
structures. 
October announcement by Russ Flint
October announcement by Russ Flint

John Sheehan, Y.Chang plus guest, Jeff LaMattina

Written by a friend of the gallery October 4, 2019

The Gallery ushered in the Fall with works of two seasoned Quincy artists, John Sheehan and Y.Chang, plus metal sculptures by guest artist, Jeff Lamattina. John and Y.Chang have been at the gallery since its inception in 2009 and are currently active participants in its continued success.

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Part of John Sheehen’s “Rocks” September 2019 showing

John’s show titled “Rocks” showcased a series of watercolor scenes at Buck’s Lake (see above). He captures the lake as it changes throughout the seasons.

Y.Chang shared the gallery with John with a show titled “Flights of Fancy”. She showcased her lifelong fascination with fantasy, color and the unseen (see below).

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Part of Y.Chang’s “Flights of Fantasy” September 2019 showing

The Gallery also highlighted the amazing robots and otherworldly metal objects by guest artist, Jeff LaMattina.

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Mantis by Jeff LaMattina September 2019

Sally Yost and Norma Lewis

Written by Lara Eichenberger on June 17, 2019

Main Street Artists Gallery in Quincy is pleased to announce a new show by Taylorsville artist Sally Yost:  “Mountains and Beavers,” and “Adventures with Norma Lewis,” an homage to her long time art partner in crime.  
The show runs from June 5 – 29, with a Champagne Opening on Friday, June 7 from 5-7pm. Paintings and prints by Quincy artist Norma Lewis are in sharp focus at this show. Norma passed away on New Year’s Day this year.  She and Sally were long time plein air painting and printmaking partners, are among the founding members of the Main Street Artists Gallery ten years ago.  Sally and Norma met through Marv Schmidt’s life drawing classes at Feather River College and became good friends while traveling to Chico State to take printmaking classes in the late 80’s. Earlier, they both had studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland. For more than 30 years their art adventures took them painting to many places….Lassen Vocanic National Park, Indian Valley, Bucks Lake, Silver Lake, Sierra Valley, Montana, and a special trip to see the world renowned sandhill crane migration on the Platte River in Nebraska.  On display will be several prints from of their years of pulling etchings, mono prints and collographs at the Chico State University Printmaking Department.  Lewis / Yost prints and paintings from the same location or of the same topic will be displayed side by side. Sally has eight new large oil paintings for the show. Two are based on plein air pencil and gouache images done while in Norma’s company. After art school, Sally had a 30 year career as a graphic designer and calligrapher, designing posters, brochures and booklets for hundreds of clients. On her many backpacking and camping trips with husband Michael in the 1980’s, she started landscape plein air  painting, first with colored pencils, then pastels. Currently she works with oils and gouache (an opaque watercolor.)