Summer in Fog City II
Summer in Fog City II art
Summer in Fog City II, watercolor on paper.

Summer in Fog City
Summer in Fog City art
Summer in Fog City, watercolor on paper.

This was painted right from my living room window as the early morning fog was swirling around. I have to say, I am LOVING the view from here!

Along the Caldera, Santorini
Along the Caldera, Santorini art

Santorini, Greece is one of my most favorite places in the entire world. In fact, every time I leave the Greek Islands, I immediately want to come right back. It was difficult to capture the impossible beauty of this volcanic island in the Cyclades. In fact, this quick study really doesn’t do it justice. I’ll have to circle back around to this subject in the near future—my mind is brimming with blue and white island scenes already.

Patagonia: Seeing Turquoise Along Ruta 40
Patagonia: Seeing Turquoise Along Ruta 40 art
Painted along Argentina’s classic road trip route: Ruta 40.

One of the most striking things about Patagonia are the vibrant contrasts of colors out in the middle of nowhere. In a sea of golden grasses with nothing as far as the eye can see, you’ll suddenly come across a bright turquoise body of water. This is inevitable in Patagonia. And I must mention how blue the sky is down there, it’s blinding blue and often filled with huge fluffy clouds. With such a restrained color palate, you are always caught off guard when the landscape suddenly explodes into color.

Patagonia: The Fitz Roy Mountains, and Glaciers
Patagonia: The Fitz Roy Mountains, and Glaciers art
Cerro Fitz Roy, painted near El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is stunning. This enormous park is filled with glaciers, mountain peaks that hug the clouds, and short trees with scraggly branches. I loved how the landscape tended to change dramatically: one minute you would be hiking along a cliff overlooking a river, the next you’d be immersed deep in a bright green forest. Further along would be a beach with windswept trees, then a plateau, then a corridor of funny little trees peppered with wildflowers and adorned with bulbous bunches of hairy fluorescent green moss balls (a form of mistletoe). I can’t begin to describe how incredibly wonderful the landscapes are in Patagonia.

This watercolor was done at a mirador viewpoint overlooking the Fitz Roy mountain range. Glaciers tumbled down from between the peaks and an endless expanse of short scraggly trees stretched out toward the mountains.

Watercolor Studies from Lake Como
Watercolor Studies from Lake Como art
View of Menaggio, Italy.
Watercolor Studies from Lake Como art
A Room with a View in Varenna, Italy.

Lemon Twilight
Lemon Twilight art

Another desert watercolor featuring Zabriskie Point near Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park.

“Lemon Twilight”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
2012

Artists Drive, Death Valley California
Artists Drive, Death Valley California art

Finally made it to Death Valley National Park. What a magical place! There is something irresistibly inspirational about the desert. Maybe it’s the way the mountain tops burn pink at sunset or the way the desert palette appears refined one minute then comes alive bursting with color the next.
Amazing.

“Artists Drive”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
2012

Seattle’s Best

Seattles Best art
Gayle Wheatley, Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″
View of Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington from Seattle’s Best coffee shop.

Tree Song

Tree Song art
Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″

The Happy Storm (Sold)

The Happy Storm (Sold) art
Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 16″

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey art
Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 16″
Marina del Rey art

Marina del Rey art

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