This is my entry for the Sanpete Contours Art Show at the Hub City Gallery in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Reception January 13, 2017 6-9 pm. 40 Sanpete County artists have all come together through the expression of line and form. Reception January 13, 2017 6-9 pm.
All proceeds will go to the North Sanpete Art Council (NSAC).
This painting was completed for the 2016 Wasatch Plein Air Paradise in Midway, Utah. I found this scenic view of the Heber Valley at the Midway Cemetery seeking shade and a place to have lunch. The temperatures were in the high 90's just 6 days before the 4th of July. I was so shocked to see the growth of Midway from a sleepy quiet rural hideaway just a few years ago.
Late afternoon bike ride on the Blackfoot Greenbelt along the Snake River in Idaho.
I found a 1950's Schwinn bicycle hiding under a grapevine awhile back. I visualized myself biking but it wasn't until a long, lost friend encouraged me to just get on and ride that I actually did. Isn't that how life is for us at certain points in our journey through life? Fear vs Fearless? Let us decide and not be afraid come what may! Then help others on their way.
Last month I participated in the Moab Plein Air. The weather was absolutely perfect. I painted along the Colorado River as it winds through the canyon. I seem to gravitate to this spot every year and I paint the same scene. It reminds me of the quote from Heraclitus, 'No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.' Can I change it up a bit? 'No woman ever paints the same river twice, for it's not the same river and she's not the same woman.'
Meet my palomino paint mare named Lacey. When I picked her up from the spring pasture in June she was surprisingly over weight by over 300 lbs. Her front feet were sore from all the weight she had gained. She had a difficult time walking. The local vet said she had foundered and if she didn't loose weight she would become lame (unable to walk) and useless. She immediately went on a strict diet of eating only grass hay, no alfalfa hay, no grain of any kind, and no fresh feed. She was sparingly fed morning and evening throughout the summer and amazingly she has lost all of her excess weight. Now that it is fall, we have been building up stamina by riding short distances each day. I can see a big difference in her and how she feels. I am looking forward to keeping her healthy and myself!
I drove on Smokey Mountain Road in Escalante, Utah last month and discovered a cool rock formation. I didn't realize I was within a GPS coordinate for petroglyphs until a couple drove up riding an ATV looking for them. They were visiting from Illinois and thought Utah was out of this world with spectacular landscapes. I agree, do you?
During the month of September, I painted 30 sunsets and posted them on www.caroljohansen.com and my social media sites. All of the paintings were done alla prima/plein air from locations in Utah and Idaho. As the sun dipped lower in the sky, the quicker my brush instinctively captured the colors. It was the FLOW!
This painting was completed for the Spring City Plein Air last weekend in Utah. I have been fortunate to live 5 miles away from Spring City and have participated every year since 2008. This view is from my farm looking at the west hills. The two trees seem to embrace each other for added strength against the elements.