Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lydle Gulch

We tried a little walking on a trail near Lucky Peak (Idaho) called Lydle Gulch. Unfortunately, the trail was gated closed so we walked around a little on a different trail. It felt good to be outside even though it was hot. I still can't do uphill hiking, but I'm just glad to be out in nature at this point.

The foothills around Boise are full of sagebrush and other interesting plants.

My dragon design from the previous post was accepted and I look forward to starting the mural soon.  Meanwhile the walls are being pressure washed and primed.

This is the last serious painting I worked on. I am frustrated with oils and do not have the patience for them. I think I'm going to take a break and stick with some fun paintings for a while.

The trains in Banff (Alberta, Canada) run right down one of the main streets, beautiful mountains behind.  11" X 14" on canvas, water mixable oils.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


We met this handsome fella on our way to McCall, Idaho for a retreat weekend with our synagogue at Camp Ida Haven. We stopped in Smith's Ferry for a snack and bathroom break at a cafe along route 55. The retreat was relaxing and I enjoyed being up in the mountains and woods again.

Camp Ida Haven in McCall is on a beautiful lake. Some brave people actually went swimming, but the water was very cold. I'll stick to my swimming at the heated pool at the YMCA for now. McCall is 5000 feet up in the mountains. Some of the mountains in the area are 8000 - 9000 feet and still had snow on top.

On the way back, we took a little detour to see a waterfall.  The cliffs reminded me of New Hampshire's cliffs in Crawford Notch area.

Meanwhile I am back to painting.  I'm working on some sketches for a mural that will be done over the summer on the back of some buildings in Boise.  Some of the stores in that strip mall are Asian stores so I volunteered to try to design something appropriate.  The art group meets on Saturday for the first time so I won't know if my designs were accepted or not until then.  I'm still thinking of doing another sketch too.  I have more ideas in my head.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Exploring Idaho

Driving north, we took a weekend trip to Lowman, Idaho. We enjoyed the private hot springs in the hotel and did not try out the pool.  I was sad to see all the damage from the wildfires in the past. Some trees are growing back, but it take a long time and there is a lot of soil erosion too. The streams and rivers were running very rapidly, I assume from the snow melting in the mountains.

On the way back, we took Route 21, very windy, curvy and scenic, lots of canyons.

The next weekend we took a long (2 1/2 hour) drive south to Shoshone Falls.  That was beautiful too.
I am still struggling with hills so we did not do any hiking although there was a trail there I would like to explore when (and if) my knee heals.

I'm working on a couple of paintings and experimenting with materials. More on that next time. I am enjoying my new home in Idaho and there are many places to explore. We even found some easy trails not too far from our house along the Boise River.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Light and shadow

I'm still not sure if this painting is done yet.  I was working from my photo of Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. We toured there with my late brother a few years ago. It was a beastly hot day (over 100 degrees F) and I was amazed at the cliffs and rocks.After living in New England for so long, it seemed strange to see an environment like this.

I tried to convey that sense of heat with the shadows and colors. I've set the painting aside to dry and I'll think about it some more. Meanwhile, I'm going to try some different techniques and learn more about painting with oils.  This painting is 11" X 14" on stretched canvas, water mixable oils. 

As I've been experimenting I also bought some new brushes and more paint.  I'm enjoying my quiet studio in Idaho, but I need to tidy up and put away paintings now.  I brought back the paintings that were on exhibit and now I have to find a place for them, probably in storage in my garage except for a few I will hang up.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Private exhibit

I was invited to decorate a bare wall and have an exhibit in a business in Boise near the airport.  The paintings will be up until the end of the month. While I am flattered that someone saw and liked my paintings, I don't really expect to sell any.  I also left some prints there just in case someone would like a print.  I filed today for a seller's vendor ID since Idaho has a 6% sales tax.

Meanwhile I have been painting, both serious and non-serious fun paintings.

My nebula was just a fun acrylic painting, 16" X 20" from a website. I painted black paint over an old painting that I didn't like (no point in wasting a good new canvas just for me). I have done one other painting from this site and found watching the instructor was as much fun as the painting. The Art Sherpa. These are free lessons available on the internet.

This oil painting was very challenging even through I simplified the composition from my original photo of Bown Crossing farmer's market.  "Market Day" is 10" X 20", water mixable oils on a stretched canvas. I bought a new canvas for this one. I did not have the size I wanted in stock.

I am feeling sorry for my friends back east with all the snow storms and happy that we moved to Boise. It is warm today and the crocuses are up already. I hope spring is really here.  Going to take a nice walk outside soon.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Idaho Exhibit

My first exhibit in Idaho went well. I was proud to be juried in and surrounded by excellent art. I submitted 3 paintings for consideration. I was surprised that the juror picked my bridge painting since the image is from Manchester, NH, not Idaho. The exhibit is run by the Treasure Valley Artist Alliance which I joined last month.  I'm looking forward to meeting the other artists in this area. (Photo from Facebook courtesy of Joe Smiga)

Meanwhile I felt like having some fun. I was inspired by a contest (which I did not enter) for a self-portrait. I decided to make mine inspired by Van Gogh.  I couldn't quite figure out his brush stokes, but I did have a good time playing with paint.

My hand surgery (trigger finger) went well and I am slowly healing. I won't be able to paint again for about 10 days.  My daughter visited from Salt Lake City and we had some good walks and talks together.  My knee is healing and I am able to walk for about 1 hour now. That is a big improvement.  I was getting depressed thinking I would always be in pain and not able to walk more than a few minutes at a time.

I will work some more on this katydid when I can paint again.  I bought four 4 X 6 panels with different surfaces to experiment with.  I started this one with watercolor pencils, but was not happy with the illustration.  I went over the image with oil paint. Still needs work.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

This will be the first time I am exhibiting a painting in Idaho. I'm excited to be meeting other artists. I haven't been doing much writing or painting, but I'm enjoying my first experience of a mild winter. I'm happy that we moved here closer to family and it is a big relief to be away from shoveling snow and dealing with ice storms.  We plan on visiting family and friends in NH during the summer months when it is ridiculously hot in Boise.  (It's a trade off since I don't like heat, but we do have central air conditioning which makes it bearable.)

Meanwhile I'm playing with small canvases until after my hand surgery next week.  I bought Lukas water mixable paints to try out and they seem to be a bit smoother to paint with than the Winsor & Newton ones. I bought a set so I don't have as many colors, but it will be convenient for plein air painting since it came with a carry box. 

I am working on a self portrait now that was inspired by an advertisement for a contest. I am not planning on submitting it, but took on the challenge and I'm trying to make it in Van Gogh style, inspired by his portraits.  I'll post it when it's done. It was fun to start on this morning.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Spider Web

Spider Web

sunlight sparkling on dewdrops
on the spider’s web
if her web is broken
she builds a new one
a good lesson for me
sometimes I’m fragile and emotional
but I still have the strength to rebuild

© 2017 Linda H. Feinberg

Monday, December 11, 2017

Idaho and Oregon

The elk were browsing in the foothills of Boise, Idaho. We got a few photos from our daughter's deck.  I drove the curvy downhill road back to the city and worried that I might hit one, but they weren't on the road.

No real snowstorms yet here, but we have had frosty mornings.

View of Hells Canyon from the lookout point.  My painting doesn't really show the canyon so I should probably come up with a better title. Water mixable oil, 9" X 12" canvas panel.  I only have two more classes, so I need to come up with another subject for my next painting.  Thinking about winter and snow. Also thinking about painting a nocturne (night scene). I have to make a decision by Friday.

We took the long way home from our granddaughter's house in Oregon and drove through Hell's Canyon. It was interesting. The cattle roam free (open range) and we had to watch out for them on the narrow roads.  We stopped on the way in Joseph, Oregon, another interesting place to visit. Lots of statues and sculptures there.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I finished up my fall art classes with a fun painting of the November sunrise from my back yard.  I may add some birds to it and a bit more texture.  I am also taking a series of 4 classes in December from the same artist, Kevin McCain.   He is a good teacher and I am learning a lot.

I think this version of Hopewell Rocks (New Brunswick, Canada) is done. I'll let it dry for a while in case I decide I need to change anything else.  12" X 16" canvas panel. on my website

My old house in fall. 9" X 12".  Just a little study I made for myself.  I had difficulty with painting shadows and need to practice that more.  This was my house in New Hampshire. We are living in Idaho now, but plan on visiting family in NH next summer. We'll take a drive by of the house and see if the buyers have changed anything.

All of these paintings were done in my class. I used Winsor & Newson Artisan oil paints (water soluble).

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  We keep being asked "Why did you move to Idaho?".  Our answer is always the same "family".  We are having 18 here for Thanksgiving this week, mostly family and a few friends of family. I don't have to cook much (which is good since I can't stand on my feet too long yet). Everyone is bringing something and I'm providing tables, chairs, plates, silverware, and an appetizer.  Looking forward to it. I'll have plenty of help cleaning up too.

So I'm thankful we managed the big move this summer and I'm thankful for my wonderful husband who has been a great caregiver while I have been healing from knee replacement surgery.  I have two more sessions of physical therapy, then I'm done with that.  I am able to walk somewhat and will keep going to the gym and working out that new knee. I'm hopeful that I will be able to hike and dance again in the spring.  Healing takes time and I am a bit impatient.  Winter won't be as severe here in Idaho (as it was in NH), but we have already had frost. I'm ready for it.