Posts Tagged ‘watercolors’

Change that makes sense… surprisingly

November 16, 2010
Eastern Sierras-5 fingers mountain by Cheryl McDonald

Eastern Sierras-5 fingers mountain

When you are the captain of your own ship and suddenly the ship vers off in a completely different direction from where you have set the course, what do you do? Well I guess there are several things you can do:

option 1

You could use all your strength and might and try to turn the ship back around and keep banging your head on the same wall over and over hoping that at some point you will knock it over and you can have what you think you want on the other side.

or option 2

You could take stock of where you thought you were headed, was it really the right direction? Were you making the progress you wanted to make or had you just gotten bogged down in the muck and may as well have dropped anchor.

or option 3

You can look at the new course you are on, brought about by circumstances, and decide that hey! this is a direction I had never thought about before and Hey! maybe this will actually get me where I wanted to go in the first place!

I have chosen option 3

I have moved the ship of Passions at Play Art and Design to the Mojave desert. Ships in the desert? Yes I know, but these are interesting times and we need new and interesting solutions. Now located in Ridgecrest, California, in a valley between the Sierras and the Panamint Mountains, I have found a warm and comfortable community in which to create and develop. Through the wonders of the internet and UPS I can conduct business with  clients anywhere right from my little home in the desert.

So now that I have established myself here physically, I can now more fully establish my business here as well. This blog is the first step to letting you all know that I am still here, still creating and still available to help you add beauty through photography and watercolor to your homes, offices and business materials and books. Let’s create the beautiful world we all want to live in. This blog will be evolving as I evolve and Passions at Play evolves. More Art that inspires and supports a peaceful world is where I am headed at the moment. Web presence will be updated to include ways to purchase prints and other items. And I will be doing more exhibits and fairs and showings so that I can meet the people who inspire me to paint and photograph.

Change can be a difficult thing or it can be an easy thing, but one thing is for sure change is inevitable and we can either accept it and make the most of it and be happy or fight it and be miserable. I choose to be happy.

Creativity is humanities expression of its inherent divinity.

this I believe


A San Francisco Sunset

November 16, 2009

Sunset at the Cliff House, San Francisco, CA

Sunset at the Cliff House, watercolor with pen & ink by Cheryl McDonald, all rights reserved, 2009

Went out the the beach the other night to catch the sunset. I am working on watercolors of San Francisco and decided that a painting of the Cliff House at Sunset would make a great addition to the series. Sunset is at 6:01 according to my iphone application so I go out about 4:30 so that I can walk, scope out the scene, find a good location to capture just the right view of the Cliff House and some color in the sky. The weather is chilly and clear, lot’s of wind whipping up great waves for the kite surfers out on the water. So much fun to watch them skating across the water lead by giant crescent shaped kites colorfully marking the sky. The tide is in and there are lot’s of people out with their dogs who are so enjoying the surf, chasing their balls and each other. It really is a gorgeous site.  I notice that there are no clouds, no fog, beginning to wonder if there will actually be any color to the sunset. No atmosphere= no colorful sunset. So I am thinking this photo-op is not really going to happen. And then I realize a clear sky in photography can be easily translated into a colorful sky in watercolor. One of my favorite things to paint is sky. So I continue on snapping pictures and as the sun goes down over the ocean, I pack up my camera and head home.

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A View of San Francisco

August 26, 2009
Pen & Ink Watercolor by Cheryl McDonald, copyright 2009

Pen & Ink Watercolor by Cheryl McDonald, copyright 2009

I moved to the city a little over 3 years ago and still have not experienced it all. Although San Francisco is not a large city it is a very busy and very culturally diverse city and there is always something new to experience here.

I did not start painting San Francisco right away, actually it took me 3 years to start. But now that I have begun to paint this city, I know that there is an endless supply of work coming that will keep me busy for a very long time.  A wide variety of architecture from many periods and some very prominent architects as well. Some people find the variety unappealing, I am just the opposite, the diversity of Victorian and Art Deco mixed with Modern makes for a very interesting backdrop for all of the eclectic people who live and visit this city. The unique weather patterns and the clarity of the air along with the beautiful Northern California Coast create drama and light that make for very beautiful paintings and drawings. Also there are so many attractions and historic sites to see here. My goal is to document memories of one of the most beautiful and fun cities in the world.

To see all of my paintings on San Francisco and other locations go to: On Location

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other locations are coming soon!

Peace, Love, and Prosperity, requires Creativity!