The New Year is here! To set an optimistic tone for 2017, I’m posting Dotti McPherson’s “Opening Day Parade”. It’s bright and colorful and everyone onboard is looking forward to a great day ( and year, we hope) of sailing!
We’re in the midst of the frenetic holiday season with New Years Eve just around the corner. 2017 could be a tumultuous year as the Donald’s presidency unfolds. So I thought I would post one of Dotti McPherson’s most serene paintings. Mom spent a lot of time in the Sierras and enjoyed sitting by the water, from gurgling brooks to rushing torrents. I love this view of a sunlit stream in the Lake Tahoe basin.
We’ve been going through a period of stormy weather lately, so I thought I’d post Mom’s acrylic she called “Crashing Surf”. Our storms come rolling in off the Pacific Ocean which produces enormous waves along the coast. Mom loved to go to the beach in stormy weather to see those waves crashing against the rocks!
The Christmas Season is upon us in all its frenzied glory. I’m posting Mom’s watercolor of Jack London Square today to represent the whirl of Christmas Shopping we all experience. Jack London Square is a colorful shopping district in Oakland full of small boutiques. I don’t think Mom actually went there to shop, but I know she did this painting on location, so I’m sure she explored the boutiques – she had an incredible knack for finding bargains!
I saved “Sea Lion Rocks” to post on Mom’s Birthday! She painted it in acrylics on canvas in her inimitable watercolor style. The sky, the reflections on the wet sand, the turquoise curve of the wave, the frothy surf – I could look at it forever! I have it hanging in the dining room where I pass by it multiple times a day. She is always there drinking her tea framed by “Sea Lion Rocks” right behind her. Yes, I shed some tears writing this…
We’re back on the East Coast in upstate New York to see Dotti McPherson’s next watercolor. “Red Barn” is the companion piece to “White Barn” which I posted on November 6th. I can just imagine all the hay stacked in this barn, ready for the cows during the long snowy Winters!
My sister, Rixana, just celebrated her birthday this week which brought to mind this portrait of her that our Mom painted. Rix was out on the San Francisco Bay, one of her favorite places and she was wearing turquoise, one of her favorite colors. I think this portrait positively glows with sunshine and love.
Time for a trip to the East Coast to see Dotti McPherson’s next watercolor. Mom traveled to Geneva, New York at least once a year to see my Sister and her family. She was determined to be a part of her grandchildren’s lives even though they lived 3000 miles away! She was intrigued with the barns she saw in upstate New York – they were so different from the the low slung redwood barns so common on Western ranches..
Mom painted this view of Raccoon Straits and Angel Island from the deck of a tiny house perched over the water on the Tiburon Peninsula. It was built by our dear friends who lived next door to us in Berkeley. Mom loved to go there and look at the view which took in the East Bay all the way around to the Golden Gate Bridge. She actually painted several copies of this view so that various family members could have a keepsake of their beloved “Tiburon House”.
For a change of pace, here is one of Dotti McPherson’s rare acrylic paintings. When Mom would go to Geneva NY to visit my sister Rixana, Rix would pick a huge bouquet of flowers from her garden for Mom’s room. It was a wonderful tradition that Mom always looked forward to, almost as much as seeing her grandchildren, Joe and Jane!