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Christina has decided to take on the challenge of creating 100 paintings in 100 days. Paintings are for sale. Please enjoy these paintings and let her know what you think of them!

Painting #1
Matanuska Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″
Sunset Painting 1
This painting was inspired by a scene up at the Wilson cabin in Chickaloon, Alaska. The warm sunset descending on the mountains is a sight to see!

Painting #2
A Float to Timbuktu
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Acrylic on Canvas
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This painting is based on a photo I took floating up the Niger river to Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa in 2009. Floating on a riverboat for 3 days including sleeping under warm stars and seeing camels along the shore, it was one of the most exciting trips of my life!

Painting #3
Mandala Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Mandala Sunset
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his painting is called Mandala Sunset as I think about my graduate career in counseling. We created many Mandalas (circle paintings or drawings) in art therapy courses. Painting in a circular motion is relaxing and can bring many beautiful colors to the surface.

Painting #4
The China Sun
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Asia Sunset
This painting is inspired by a long trip to Asia my husband and I will take this year. The hot China sun on the horizon is something everyone can long for on cold Alaska evenings.

Painting #5
Lovebird Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Bird Sunset
This painting was inspired by my love for chickadees and clouds. The light blue sky is the perfect contrast to the warm yellow sun.

Painting #6
A Sunset for Vincent van Gogh
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Van Gogh Sunset

This impressionist painting is reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh’s work in the late 1800’s. Van Gogh had a way of creating vibrant movement in his landscape paintings, I have attempted to capture that same feeling here in this sunset painting.

Painting #7
Sunburst Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Sunburst Sunset
This whimsical and vibrant piece is reminiscent of cool and bright sunsets that one might encounter in their dreams.

Painting #8
Kaibab Trail Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5”x7”
Kaibab Trail Sunset

This painting was inspired by a hike I took at the Grand Canyon. The cool blues and warm yellows and oranges felt good on the skin after a long day’s hike!

Painting #9
Sunset in Santorini
Acrylic on Canvas
5”x7”

Sunset in Santorini

My honeymoon to Greece in 2009 was filled with swirling skies and cerulean blue waters. The nights were dreamy enough to feel as if you were in a painting such as this one set in Santorini, Greece.

Painting #10
Sleeping Lady Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5”x7”

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My favorite and perhaps most iconic mountain seen from Anchorage is Mount Susitna, aka Sleeping Lady. An Alaska Native rendition of why Mount Susitna is called Sleeping Lady is saidto derive from a Denai’ina legend, in which a woman named Susitna belonging to a race of giants vows to sleep until her beloved comes back from battle. This sweet and tender sunset reminds me of the Denai’ina legend where Sleeping Lady continues to wait for her beloved.

Painting #11
Heat on the Horizon
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″
 
Heat on the Horizon
This painting brings a warm feel and reminds one of walking through the woods gazing at a hot sunset on the horizon with the silhouette of trees in the foreground. This is definitely a sunset seen in Alaska.
 
Painting #12
Sleeping Lady in Turquoise
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″
Sleeping Lady TurquoiseThis week I am really enjoying the studies I have been doing on Mount Susitna, otherwise known as “Sleeping Lady.” The grace in the way she lies across the inlet is so fascinating to paint, especially in the sunset setting. I chose to use cool colors with splashes of burnt umber to warm it up a bit in this painting.
Painting #13
Ice Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″photo-2Even while being immersed in this beautiful Alaskan weather, we all know that Alaska can get cold! Winters bring some of the most crisp, clear, and beautiful sunsets to Alaska, and some of those sunsets have Magenta skies similar to the warmth seen in this painting.
Painting #14
Sleeping Lady in Hypercolor
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″
Sleeping Lady Hyper
This is the final study of 3 for my Sleeping Lady series with this painting being my favorite! The hypercolor sunset lights up the sky and brings peace to the lady sleeping below.

Painting #15
Anchorage Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Anchorage Sunset

This painting is reminiscent of Van gogh’s work on “Starry Night.” I wanted to create a similar landscape having our very own Anchorage in mind. I love the way Anchorage sits against the mountains when you are looking at the skyline from Earthquake Park up here in Alaska and I wanted to capture that feeling here in this painting.

Painting #16
Fiery Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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This hot and fireball-like sunset brings immediate warmth when you look at it. This spin on my “Mandala Sunset” shows how warm colors can really make a Mandala, or circle, protrude from the surface. I hope this sunset brings you some fiery energy today!

Painting #17
Mount Vesuvius Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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This sunset is one of my favorite scenes in Italy. When I lived in Italy in college this was one of my favorite places to visit, only a quick train ride away from Florence. In Pompeii lies the mountain of Vesuvius which erupted to create what we now know as the individuals and culture that was lost at Pompeii. Vesuvius today is a sight to see, with springtime crimson poppies in the foreground and the picturesque mountain in the background. Enjoy this little slice of La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) from me to you!

Painting #18
Red Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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The heat in this painting definitely comes out as the warm read sun sets on the horizon. I wanted to create color gradations of many hues in this painting. My favorite part is the yellow color at the top of this painting where you can see the red trees really pop.

Painting #19
Whimsical Anchorage Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Whimsical Anchorage Sunset

This sunset is definitely on the light and whimsical side when it comes to my studies of Anchorage from Earthquake park!  The green sky and colorful water makes this piece dreamy and fun. This mountainscape is always a delight to look at up here in Anchorage.

Painting #20
Cool Lavender Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Cool Lavendar Sunset

This cool sunset with hints of Turquoise and Lavender has a very vertical feel to it. I like the bold black outlines that distinguish the sun from the trees. Another dreamy and colorful sunset from this series of paintings.

Painting #21
Lined Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Lined SunsetThis sunset piece is a take on the earlier painting “A Sunset for Van gogh” and brings vibrancy & brightness to the eye. Yellow is such a great color for warmth & uplifting  thoughts, please enjoy!

Painting #22
Minneapolis Skyline Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Minneapolis Skyline Sunset

This little piece of my home state is the skyline of Minneapolis, MN. A city of culture, hospitality, and great venues, Minneapolis is definitely a city worth visiting!

Painting #23
Fiery Van gogh Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Firey Van gogh Sunset

I am really loving these Van gogh sunsets! This one was inspired by the hot African sun I experienced daily when living in Mali, West Africa while in the Peace Corps. After a cool morning next to my hut the hot sun on my skin felt heavenly.

Painting #24
Sleeping Lady in Pastel
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Sleeping Lady in Pastel

Sleeping Lady in Anchorage studies continue with this vibrant piece in pastel colors. Just this week on an evening run Sleeping Lady glowed with rich sky-lit colors such as the ones in this piece. Enjoy!

Painting #25
Florentine Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Florentine Sunset

Being 1/4 of the way done with 100days.100paintings., I think it is appropriate to paint perhaps my favorite place on earth- Florence, Italy. When I lived in Florence in college the city was aglow with history, art, culture, and gorgeous sunsets. This sunset here can be seen from Piazzale Michelangelo, just a short hike from the city center for majestic views of the glorious city. My heart will forever have a piece of it in Florence!

Painting #26
Orca Sunset on Hesketh Island, Alaska
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Humpback Sunset

This painting was inspired by a trip to Homer with my husband. The first time I was in Alaska we went to Hesketh Island which was small, loaded with salmonberries & starfish, and had just three cabins on it. We took a small boat to get out to the island and we were able to see an orca whale breach on our trip, which is pretty rare in those waters on such a short boat ride! It was by far one of my favorite memories in the early years living in Alaska.

Painting #27
Moab, Utah – Arches Natl. Park
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 27 Moab Arches National Park Utah

Arches National Park in Utah is fortunate to have this wonderful arch made from a glorious red sandstone formation which I have rendered in an impressionist painting manner. When the sunsets, the silhouette of the sandstone can be seen similar to the painting above. Speaking with a friend about the diversity of climate and landscape in Utah, it is not hard to see why this park is just one of the many gems this amazing state has to offer!

Painting #28
Anchorage Monet
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 28 Anchorage Monet

This painting of the Anchorage skyline inspired by famous painter, Claude Monet brings dreamy waterscapes and vibrant skies to the the mind. One of my favorite Monet paintings is his Haystacks piece which shows color and vibrant movement through the piece, I tried to render the city I live in this same way.

Painting #29
King Mountain Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 29 King Mountain Sunset

This painting was inspired by one of my favorite views in Alaska which is King Mountain  off the Puritan Creek Trail. Looking at the valley sunset from the cabin is a sight to see. The pastel sunlight as it descends on the mountains is breathtaking.

Painting #30
Sweet Candy Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 30 Sweet Candy Sunset

After finishing this painting and reflecting on what it looked like, I could definitely see a candy land scene here. Based of an Alaskan sunset up north, I wanted to paint a lot of color and whimsy into this piece.

Painting #31
Ghana Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 31 Ghana Sunset

Ghana, West Africa is a country of cool oceanscapes, wild animal safaris, and some of the best African sunsets around. My husband and I took a 60 hour round trip bus ride to Ghana when we served in the Peace Corps and while living among monkeys and warthogs at our hostel we saw gorgeous warm sunsets such as this one above.

Painting #32
Rainbow Peak on Seward Highway
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 32 Mount Pleasant Sunset

This painting is based off of one of my favorite peaks to climb heading down to Girdwood in Alaska… Rainbow Peak. The steep incline is difficult to hike, but the views of the Cook Inlet are phenomenal with the occasional Beluga whale sighting off in the distance! This painting includes rainbow colors with a vibrant and illuminating sunset.

Painting #33
Juneau Orca Pod
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 33 Seldovia, Alaska Sunset

This is the time of year where our beloved orcas come back to the northern waters for the summer. In Juneau, you can see a number of orca pods moving together across the cold waters. This scene is a particularly vibrant sunset complete with Alaska’s own orca whales.

Painting #34
Pismo Beach Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting #34 Pismo Beach Sunset

This sunset is definitely reminiscent of Monet’s works, his Haystacks pieces in particular. Although I haven’t made a trip to Pismo beach yet, I hope to this summer when I venture to the sunny state of California for the first time! I love the dark cool and warm colors in this impressionist piece and I hope you do too!

Painting #35
Anchorage Cubism Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 35 Anchorage Cubism

This painting is based on Picasso’s Cubism period where disconnected shapes come together to create a comprehensive piece; squares and rectangles make up a major part of the painting. The thick texture combined with the basic shapes add a lot to this piece and the colors help the buildings pop. I’m still very much enjoying my studies on the Anchorage skyline such as this one.

Painting #36
Fiery Sleeping Lady Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 36 Fiery Sleeping Lady

This painting is one of my favorite of all of my studies on Sleeping Lady mountain sunsets in Anchorage. The warm colors in this piece are lively and splendid and remind me of fireworks that are shot over Anchorage on the 4th of July. Sleeping lady is beautiful in any light, but one of my favorite sites includes her on warm summer night sunsets in Alaska as seen above.

Painting #37
Sibling Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 37 Sibling Sunset

Today my little sister is getting married in Minnesota. It is such a joyous day. In honor of her getting married I painted this sweet sibling sunset of 2 kiddos taking a walk in the woods. Their tender look back at each other in the sunset is so special and wonderful.

Painting #38
Denali Blues Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 38 Denali Blues

Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is our grandest mountain in Alaska. In this blue themed sunset, I wanted to capture the shape of Denali as well as the snow on top of the mountains that you can see from Denali National Park. The blues are cool and alluring in this sunset and the hints of white are great for making this grand mountain pop!

Painting #39
Turnagain Arm Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 39 Turnagain Arm Sunset

This painting is based off a scene driving north to Anchorage from a town called Girdwood on my very favorite highway, the Seward highway. Driving right next to the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other side is absolutely blissful and there are frequent sightings of goat and whale along this stretch. The pastel colors in this piece are soothing and vibrant at the same time.

Painting #40
Resurrection Bay, Beluga Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7

Painting 40 Resurrection Bay Beluga Sunset

In Seward, belugas are ubiquitous… if you are down in Resurrection bay 3 hours south of Anchorage there is a great chance for marine mammal sightings in the ocean! This colorful and warm scene highlights a glimpse in time where a beluga has just breached and is continuing into the evening sunset.

Painting #41
Teal Birch Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 41 Teal Birch Sunset

Based off of many of my birch tree paintings, this sunset is very commonly seen in Alaska when the Alaska birch trees look bold and regal against the blue and yellow sunsets. Birch trees are among my favorite trees in Alaska and I hope you enjoy this piece too!

Painting #42
Polar Bear Sunset-Barrow, Alaska
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 42 Polar Bear Sunset

This playful painting of two polar bears bonding up in Barrow, Alaska at Sunset portrays the bright and vibrant sunsets in the summer in the most northern point of Alaska. Because the sun just bounces off of the horizon in Barrow during the summer, you could see this kind of sunset at 4 am in the morning! Polar bears live in the wild up here in Barrow, Alaska and can often be seen around cars and houses in the Great North.

Painting #43
Anchorage Burst Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 43 Anchorage Burst

Another wonderful and bright skyline sunset of Anchorage. I really love the bright burst of yellow in this piece to make it pop!

Painting #44
Matanuska Range Rainbow Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 44 Matanuska Range Rainbow Sunset

Color is always a key element in my pieces. In this painting which perspective you can see from the Puritan Creek Trail just 2 hours north of Anchorage  is much beauty that can be seen from this sunset. The Matanuska mountain range creates beautiful and rich colored sunsets that you could sit and watch from the cabin for hours!

Painting #45
Bull Moose Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 46 Alaska Moose Sunset

This sunset represents our big Alaskan moose that roam around in and out of the big city of Anchorage! Moose are friendly, almost domesticated creatures up here and we love to call them part of our communities. Enjoy this warm silhouette of Bull Moose Sunset!

Painting #46
Cool Magenta Denali Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 47 Cool Denali Sunset

This sunset portrayal of Mount McKinley, or more commonly known as “Denali” in Alaska, is cool and bright. I love how the white texture makes one think of the constant snow in all seasons that tops Denali. The views are incredible of this mountain whether you are right at the base in Denali National Park or hundreds of miles away viewing it at Kincaid park in Anchorage.

Painting #47
Swirling Anchorage Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Painting 45 Swirling Anchorage Sunset

More whimsy continues in 100days.100paintings! This Anchorage sunset it bright, colorful and has stark outlines of straight and swirling lines to really give it life.

Painting #48
Mount Redoubt Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Mount Redoubt Sunset

Mount Redoubt, for those of you who remember, was the volcano that was puffing in 2008 up here in Alaska. On a calmer night, this type of sunset can be seen across the ocean silhouetting this lovely peak.

Painting #49
Grayscale Mountain Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Grayscale Mountain Sunset

If you’ve seen my paintings, you know I LOVE color. I wanted a challenge to try a painting without color. I created this mountain/ocean landscape in gray scale to see highlights and shading in nature. Enjoy!

Painting #50
Kayaker Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Kayaker Sunset

To celebrate the 50th painting, I wanted to create something special. Water is one of the most beautiful things to enjoy in Alaska, when you pair this with mountains you have quite a wonderful dynamic duo. Kayaking is a great past time for many up here in Alaska and you can just sense the peace and joy this kayaker has as he watches the sunset on the mountains in the distance in this painting.

Painting #51
Yellow Mountain Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Yellow Mountain

This painting depicts Yellow Mountain, or Mount Huangshan (黃山) which is located in China. My husband plan to visit this mountain to view it’s spectacular sunsets in October. I hear that the sunsets in this area can be just as glorious as the painting included here!

Painting #52
Jumping Orca Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Beluga

Just yesterday I took a trip down to Homer for a wedding and was inspired by the Kachemak bay waters down south. In these waters you can see sea lions, spindly egrets, and orca whales similar to the ones seen above. Homer is a magical place where everyone should visit during a trip to Alaska.

Painting #53
Yellow Birch Silhouette Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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Birch silhouettes are among some of my favorite birch to paint because in the winter or late fall, this is the type of sunset you will see in Alaska. All of the leaves have usually fallen off the birch at this point so you are able to see the glorious sunsets shine through the trees. In this colorful rendition bright yellows, oranges, blues, and greens shine through the trees.

Painting #54
Hatcher Pass Lupine Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Hatcher's Pass Sunset

Hatcher Pass is a beautiful place north of Anchorage to hike, ski, and get away to a valley area where mountains, rivers and lupine are prevalent. Lupine is one of my favorite plants (from the pea family) and is in full bloom right now here in Alaska. You can see these deep blue and lavender flowers popping up everywhere on roadsides and hikes around AK.

Painting #55
Aleutian Islands Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Oregon Coast Sunset

In Alaska we have a chain of islands called the Aleutian Islands. “The Aleutians” (as Alaskans call it) are a chain of 14 large volcanic islands with 57 smaller ones in the northern Pacific Ocean. Us mainlanders often hear of volcanoes puffing over on the islands, but because Alaska is so vast, we are rarely affected by the smoke.  This colorful and cool sunset contains large skies which make the islands feel as if they could go on forever.

Painting #56
Lady Kayaker Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Lady Kayaker Sunset

This soft and tender rendition of a kayaker flowing through the Alaskan waters is what one might see on an evening drift down Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. As she makes her way through the waters she might see a sea otter or an orca whale. I have very much been enjoying these Kayaker Sunsets and there will be more to come!

Painting #57
Alaska Raven Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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This sweet singing raven can be seen all over in Alaska, whether he is eating a french fry found on the ground or flying over majestic mountains, this creature is beautiful and has deep meaning for many. I love the yellow and green background in this rendition of “Alaska Raven.”

Painting #58
Sunburst Kayaker Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Sunburst Kayaker

This Kayaker is enjoying some fun and sun on the watery Cook Inlet. You can see many individuals on kayaks near glaciers, ice caves, and many more exciting Alaskan venues this summer!

Painting #59
Seaside Grass Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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The 3,000,000 lakes and many rivers, seas, and oceans present opportunity for straight and vibrant grass to grow. Shooting up like bamboo shoots this grass glistens at the seaside. In this painting I wanted to capture the bright sun setting behind our Alaskan seaside grass.

Painting #60
Wrangell Mountain Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

McCarthy Sunset

This painting was inspired by a photo I took on my 1 year wedding anniversary camping in McCarthy, Alaska with my husband. Around July 4th the Fireweed were in full bloom as seen here and the reflection of the water from the mountains were beautiful. McCarthy/Kennicott is a great place to visit in Alaska for history, natural beauty, and hiking!

Painting #61
Alyeska Snowboarder Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Alyeska Snowboarder Sunset

I was just in Girdwood yesterday down at Alyeska resort and there is a distinct difference between the summer and winter down in this area. Both have their open wilderness and majestic mountain scenes, but this scene in particular speaks to the humbling nature that Alaska’s mountains can give a person. This snowboarder pictured above has just descended one of Alyeska’s mountains and is now gazing off into the distance at the space between.

Painting #62
Sailboat Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Lake Charlotte

It is full on summer! This sailboat sunset reminds one of their favorite seaside adventure and a dreamy scape on the water. I wanted to use warm reds, oranges and yellows that you might see on the horizon during a hot night.

Painting #63
Yellow Birch Birdhouse
Acrylic on Wood

Birch Birdhouse

In an unorthodox move, today’s 100days.100paintings is a birdhouse which I created at the APU staff retreat in the glory of Alaska’s nature. Our task: paint a birdhouse how you would like and assemble. I was more worried about the assemblage part honestly, but it worked out.  I love the thick yellow and green paint that was used in this piece. Yes, today’s “painting” is for sale at $60. Photo courtesy of Mallory Wetherington Photography.

Painting #64
Alyeska Chair 1 Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Chair 5 Sunset

Downhill ski enthusiasts will love Alaska for it’s daring mountains and thrills. Alyeska Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Alaska. Wikipedia states that Chair 1 is the oldest chair lift on the mountain, and leads up to the Roundhouse and Upper Tram Terminal. It also houses a “midway” loading station in the center of the lift. This fun scene of two individuals chatting in the chairlift makes one long for snow and majestic mountain skiing!

Painting #65
Loud Raven Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Loud Raven Sunset
This raven is calling others on her perch. Ravens hold many special symbols up here in Alaska and their iconic call is just one of the cool things about them. I love the bright orange and yellow in this sunset.

Painting #66
Salmon Fisherman
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Salmon Fisherman Sunset

This salmon fisherman is hoping for big catch during the annual Reds run, there are a few different kind of salmon individuals hope to catch up here in Alaska. Individuals frequently head down to the Kenai river after work to fish all night in hoping to catch their limit and come back to work the next day!

Painting #67
Smooth Sailing Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Smooth Sailing Sunset

This kayaker is enjoying smooth and dreamy waters full of vibrant skies and distant horizons. You can just imagine the feeling of tranquility and peace they have floating along the calm and flowing sea. I love the thick texture of yellow representing the sun in this piece.

Painting #68
Sea Lion Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Sea Lion Sunset

This Sea Lion is content and cool. She is looking regal against the sunset in her background. Alaska is full of Sea Lion sightings as you head south towards our bays. I am enjoying the warm sense this feeling gives as the sun is about to set on the oranges and reds.

Painting #69
Chugach Range Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Chugach Range Sunset

The Chugach mountain range is a place us Anchorate-ites like to call our stomping ground. Just a quick 20 minute drive out of the city and you can be right in the middle of some of these glorious mountains. I love how much is going on in this painting with the depth of the trees, mountains, and sunset. Enjoy!

Painting #70
Anchorage 4th of July Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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This sunset is pretty special in the sense it gives a view of our gorgeous Anchorage skyline. In this skyline a festival is taking place, it is the the 4th of July. The sun almost reminds one of fireworks on this patriotic holiday. I love the cool colors of violet, magenta with pops of yellow and gold.

Painting #71
Heavenly Raven Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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In this piece you can almost feel how high this Alaskan raven is flying up in the heavens. The cool and calm colors are a wonderful contrast to our dark colored friend here.

Painting #72
Wonder Lake Reflection Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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For anyone who has ever traveled up to Denali and made it out to the 6 hour or so drive to Wonder Lake, this painting is for you. Wonder Lake, which is one of the farthest places you can drive into Denali National Park, is a place of majesty. The still relfection of the lake is glorious against the mountain range.

Painting #73
Kayaker Take 2 Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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Our kayaking friend is back again, taking on deep orange and gray waters and reveling in the sunset in the distance upon the mountains.

Painting #74
Regal Puffin Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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This regal puffin has a cute and whimsical side to him as well. In this profile view, he is gazing upon the sherbet sunset that surrounds him. The violet wildflowers at his feet can be seen everywhere in Southcentral Alaska right now as we are in full wildflower season.

Painting #75
Crayola Birch Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
8″x10″

Crayola Birch

Has there ever been an evening when you have seen the yellow glow bright below the birch trees and all you can see of the leaves are colors of the rainbow? In this rendition called Crayola Birch Sunset, you can see all colors of the rainbow protruding from the leaves. It is just the kind of dreamy sunset we all wish we could see.

Painting #76
Resurrection Pass Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

Resurrection Pass Sunset

Having recently just completed a 4 day hike from Hope, Alaska to Cooper Landing, Alaska, my mind is definitely on Resurrection Pass. This hike is a great accomplishment for many Alaskans as well as individuals from around the world. This past weekend we met hikers from Pennsylvania, but also hikers from Germany and Denmark. Glacier rivers, pristine lakes graced with families of loons, and every kind of wildflower one could think of are on this 39 mile trail. This sunset above could be seen at about 11:30 pm this weekend, our midnight sun shined strong on the Resurrection Trail.

Painting #77
Yellow Sun Birch Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

Yellow Sun Birch

With all of this Alaska sunshine I have been inspired by bright, bursting yellow birch. I think I have painted 4 paintings this week all with bright yellow birch leaves. Fall is calling to me in small ways through these paintings as I crave the golden leafy birch that come about that time of year.

Painting #78
Festive Anchorage Sunset
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Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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I really enjoy working with colors that usually wouldn’t be found together. In this Anchorage skyline piece I have used varying shades of violets and oranges to create a bright and vibrant piece. The yellow sky and sun really make that area pop and I feel like this sunset makes Anchorage feel alive and festive.

Painting #79
Mini Cherry Birch
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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This miniature Cherry Birch painting shows a lot of vibrant color and movement. I love the soft pinks and reds that are portrayed and especially the bright pop of yellow in the lower right corner. The texture is really popping in this painting!

Painting #80
Funny River Fire Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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Earlier this summer Alaska endured some pretty rampant forest fires. Among one of the bigger forest fire was the Funny River Fire down near Soldotna in Alaska. Driven by strong winds, the Funny River Fire burned more than 182,000 acres in south-central Alaska by the morning of May 27, 2014. Alaska had help from many individuals in this fire, including fire fighters flying up from Canada with water reserves to put out the fire. We are lucky to have such beauty and wilderness in Alaska so the end to this fire was important for our preservation.

Painting #81
The Mint Hut (Gold Mint Trail) Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
6″x8″

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This hut holds a dear place in my heart as this is one of the most beautiful hikes up near Hatcher’s Pass. This hut is a tiny little red structure atop beautiful mountain cliffs north of Anchorage. A 13 mile round trip hike to this beauty is definitely worth the walk!

Painting #82
Mac & Cheese Birch Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
8″x10″

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Either I am running out of names for my vibrant birch or I am really craving some queso, but I definitely think these birch trees are reminiscent of one of the best Crayola crayon colors, macaroni and cheese! I love the texture in this piece and the golden leaves might remind someone of what Anchorage looks like in late October.

Painting #83
Circling Bird Sunset
SOLD
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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I love this Southwest-feeling sunset. In this painting I feel ss if I am in the desert watching these regal crows and hawks circling in the evening sunset. I grew up with crows living in Minnesota and I am happy that ravens up here are reminiscent of them.

Painting #84
Alaska Evening Hike Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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Anyone who is a late evening hiker in the summer in Alaska can appreciate this view of fireweed, mountains, and electrified skies! Even if you don’t hike in Alaska, this view is a sight for sore eyes with colors popping from every part of the painting. My favorite part about this piece is the subtle pink fireweed that pops in the foreground.

Painting #85
Rainbow Birch Birdhouse
Acrylic on Wood

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This bright and cheery birdhouse tries to replicate dreamy birch trees. Hopefully these birds will enjoy there vibrant abode!

Painting #86
Mandarin Sleeping Lady Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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Sleeping Lady paintings live on! In this Sleeping Lady sunset I decided to paint vibrant bursts of orange and gold around our regal mountain. She is definitely shining and bright in this sunset!

Painting #87
Majestic Mt. Susitna Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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Adding to another study of Sleeping Lady, I decided to take it down from the bright and vibrant oranges and mandarin of yesterday’s piece and add some cool magenta and blue toned highlights to this painting. I love the bright burst of gold at the neck of Sleeping Lady and hope you enjoy it too!

Painting #88
Bright Lights Anchorage Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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Anchorage is a bright place in the summer with our midnight sun but it can also be a bright place in the winter with all of our downtown buildings lit up. Across the way from Earthquake Park one can see this view.

Painting #89
Greeny Green Birch Birdhouse
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More fun creations with Birch Birdhouses! This guy is green with happiness as he awaits a new home in a comfy tree with a wire ready to hang and a waterproof coat. I love the way the black birch trees jump from the soft white wood color.

Painting #90
Matanuska Landscape Sunset
Growler Holder/Art Box
Acrylic on Wood

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Craft beer and artistic endeavors are both popular hobbies up here in Alaska. In this unique 100days painting, I decided to paint this growler holder or art box (whatever your fancy) that my coworker made. Wood is such a smooth and beautiful surface to paint on which gives this painting a gentle and light feel. The fireweed illuminates the foreground in this valley scene.

Painting #91
Jungle Birch Sunset
SOLD
5″x7″
Acrylic on Wood

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For today’s painting I wanted to give it a “sketching” sort of feel. I really wanted the white to come through the birch trees and for the sun to be translucent… after looking at the finished product it definitely feels like a bit of a jungle scene I think. Whimsical and fun, enjoy!

Painting #92
Robin’s Egg Blue Birdhouse
Acrylic on Wood

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This bright and cheery birdhouse is a sweet stoop for any bird to make a home in. The vibrant blue would look great in any tree!

Painting #93
Chugach Landscape Laptop Tray
Acrylic on Wood

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I am loving the contrast of the purple against the red in this piece. The red fireweed in the foreground is blissful. This laptop tray could also be a tv or writing tray with a protective layer to lay items on top of.

Painting #94
Birch Bark Birdhouse
Acrylic on Wood

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Sometimes the birch bark is the prettiest part of the tree. In this birdhouse painting I wanted to capture just the birch part of the tree. I love how the blacks, grays and whites pop out of the treehouse, as if the birds themselves get to sit in the actual bark. Enjoy!

Painting #95
Raven Lightswitch Plate
Paint on Fired Ceramic

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This whimsical raven lightswitch plate was a part of something different I wanted to try for 100days.100paintings. Painting on a lightswitch plate and then doing a ceramic firing brings out these bright and speckled colors behind the regal raven. This lightswitch plate will be a happy greeting for you as you go to turn on the light during the dark winter nights in Alaska or wherever you are!

Painting #96
Denali Peak Landscape
SOLD
Tissue Box Holder
Acrylic on Wood

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I love Denali peak. It is always a treat to drive up to Denali National Park and actually see this majestic mountain when it is not covered in clouds. This rendition includes festive fireweed, which should be about this tall and about this pink this time of year. This tissue box holder will home a standard size Kleenex or Tissue Box.

Painting #97
Peacock Chickadee Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
5″x7″

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This sweet little hybrid bird which reminds me of a chickadee and a peacock is just getting ready to turn in for the night as she watches the sunset from a cozy branch. I love how the turquoise background in this painting makes this little birdy pop from the surface!

Painting #98
Alaska Violet Wildflower Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
8″x10″

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Even though it is August, there is still a plethora of plants and wildflowers hanging out all over Alaska! One of the prettiest and most tender of the wildflowers includes the Heather flower. These beautiful flowers are nestled between wild strawberries and fireweed this time of year! I love the magenta, violet and plum colors that come out in this impressionist painting.

Painting #99
Chickadee Birdhouse
Acrylic on Wood

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Chickadees are sweet, tough, and friendly birds that are seen in Alaska all times of the year. On the coldest days these little guys persevere the winter storms to find shelter in Alaska’s snow. This chickadee is perched upon some branches that are graced with red winter berries… a bird house to enjoy anytime of the year!

Painting #100
Juneau Lake Autumn Scene
Jewelry Box
Acrylic on Wood
8 3/8″ x 8 1/8″ x 1 7/8″

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Painting #100. It seems fitting that this painting is an autumn scene because of the theme of finality. This 100days.100paintings. project has taken place over the summer which has allowed for many days of painting in the sun while painting dreamy sunsets. This scene painted on this jewelry box is reminiscent of a trip I took this summer on Juneau lake, floating lazily in a canoe while fishing for rainbow trout. The reflection of the bright and busy green leaved trees on the lake was simply amazing. The golden Aspen Tree leaves are upon us so I wanted this last painting to reflect change and warmth. Warmth of the current summer days, but warmth from the golden yellow leaves during those cooler Fall days.

Thank you so much for following 100days.100paintings. If you have any questions, please let me know.

One Comment

  • Your painting are beautiful I wish I could afford on but being sick and not working I’ll just enjoy seeing them here n one day maybe I’ll be able to afford one

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