Carol Peek’s Little Windows On California

Our exhibit of small paintings by our regular roster of landscape painters has been extended and is now in its last week. I didn’t want Little Windows II to close without spotlighting Carol Peek, who says of her three works, “These paintings are celebrations of my love for the California landscape and her animals.” Here they are with Carol’s own comments:

Carol Peek painting

Carol Peek, “The Little Paint Colt.” Oil on linen panel, 6″ x 8″.

The little colt was born next door and was sold to someone in Texas so he moved away at nearly a year old. Here he is at just about 6 weeks of age. His mom was always nearby, that is her shadow in the foreground keeping a watchful eye on him.

 

Carol Peek, “Breakfast.” Oil, 8″ x 10″.

The heifers or young calves, were painted in West Marin and were grazing and moving so after the initial “lay in”, I kept checking for them to return to a similar position to get the lights and shadows just right. This feels fresh and light, as if you were standing right there with them!

 

Carol Peek painting

Carol Peek, “California Spring.” Oil on linen panel, 6″ x 8″.

This landscape is a favorite morning walk, in Sonoma county looking into Marin, and this scene depicts the beginning of Spring, when the air is cool and fresh, the growing grasses and leaves seem to sing in your ears nearly drowning out the bird song and critters running around, celebrating the hope and promise of the new year.

The show closes this Saturday, August 28, so I hope you’ll find time this week to come by to see Little Windows II and bask in the love Carol and all these artists have for this land. But if you can’t make it in person, you can peruse—and purchase—the work online here.

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