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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Creating a Private Gallery

Red Rock Heaven

I had the great opportunity to help someone forever remember a 
wonderful trip out west through art.

There's a reason many artists live in the west.

The scenes can be breathtaking
and looking at her many photographs of this trip
she was not disappointed.

I selected four of my favorite photographs from her stash
and started painting.

Red Rock Bowl
was my favorite photo and I selected and painted it first.

I didn't like my first finished painting, so started making many adjustments 
that could only be classified as starting over.
The second try was a little more successful
and finally
this is what I finished with after three tries.

Looking Up
was painted from a photo looking straight up the trunk of a majestic tree.
Always love painting that perspective.

My View
is another of the 6" x 12" size which I have never painted before.
It was of a singular dead pine tree.  

I used my artistic license to add the bird in the branch.
Red Rock Valley
is another fun painting with lots of color.

I struggled with the foreground, but finally was happy with the final result.

I think the owner was pretty happy with these paintings.  

I know I had a great time working on them and as usual,
Learned a lot.   


  1. This is such a great idea! How did you present the paintings? And did you talk about the commission price before hand?

  2. Everything was worked out in advance, but I was the one who selected the photos. Now you could let the client pick the photos or you could agree on them before the work was started. It was a surprise to her as to which ones I selected. I'm thinking of making a collage of them to promote the idea. What do you think?

  3. Sharon, I can see how this was a wonderful opportunity for both you and your collector, and it's helpful that you were able to select the photos. The paintings are beautiful, and full of good memories, I'm sure!


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.