Monday, December 7, 2015

Heaven and Nature Sing...

Pastel 12 x 9
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

I walked the hills a few nights ago and came across a weathered remnant of my grandfather's fence that he put up in the 40's.  A bird landed on the post just as I stopped to take a photo, what timing.  The formation of the clouds were so wispy and rhythmic I thought heaven and nature truly does sing.

Have a wonder-filled Christmas!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

On the way to Hanalei

Pastel,  8 x 10
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

A memorable view on the way to Hanalei.  I love the island bridges that take you through those luscious green trees and tropical flowers!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Grazing Napali Coast

Pastel, 12 x 16 - SOLD
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

Just outside Hanalei, this gorgeous pasture is nestled in the lush hills on the way to Na Pali Coast.  It’s hard to capture the atmospheric beauty the island humidity creates, but this was a joy to paint and relive this cherished moment.   Looks like just another day in paradise for those grazers.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Above the waves...

Pastel, 9x9
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

"I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
when oceans rise
my soul will rest in your embrace
for I am Yours, and You are mine.

Lyrics to "Oceans" by Hillsong

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back Bay Waterways

Pastel, 9 x 12 - SOLD
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

After taking Bob to the airport, I decided to take a walk along the Back Bay in Newport Beach.  The path is just off a busy street, but quickly takes you down into the marsh and foliage away from the hustle bustle and into nature’s peaceful embrace.   What stopped me here was the horizontal layers of color in the grasses with the walking trails and waterways that lead the eye through the painting.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Spontaneous Bouquet

Pastel  5 x 7
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

Just had to paint something loose and fun.  
No reference, just memory and colors I like then dove in and had a lot of fun with
movement and marks.

Beach House

Pastel,  8.5 x 12
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

This house always captures my attention when we stop at North Beach (San Clemente).  It’s the first house in the line up of homes along the coast line.  They always have a USA flag posted and at all times of the day, it maintains a peaceful presence and has become a very recognizable landmark to the locals here.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

North Beach Moon

Pastel, 8.5 x 12
© 2015 Paula Somma.  All rights reserved.

On our walk this evening, this view of the moon hanging in the subdued gradient of color, framed by the tall palm trees stopped me.  Thankfully I had my faithful reference photographer (and supportive husband) with me.  What a fun composition to paint.