An Artist by Nature

This is an image journal of artistic places I have traveled to, places I have dwelt in for awhile and places I will always come back to. All my work is an expression of the joy and the beauty I see all around me. These expressions manifest in many forms, painting, drawing, photography, writing, fiber arts, landscaping & many other forms of art & design, especially in wood.
While my main inspiration has always been the natural world, it also wanders into the world childhood wonder and the sense of awe that I found then and still find now.
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All images are property of Lucinda Claire Macy and may not be copied by any means, lifted from the page or used in any way without my permission. thank you ~

2nd Spanky Portrait

 A "For Fun " project!
oil on canvas 12" x 18"
Finished !

    About 3/4 done

The start

Cormorant painting project

Inspired by a photo taken by Jan Arendtz at Elkhorn Slough(near Moss Landing)
He lives in the Bay area and had his work on Flickr.

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The images at the top are the most recent!
 I am Finishing head details on right cormorant

 I am Finishing head details on left cormorant

 Close up of the comorants taken with indoor light.

Full painting  is 3' x 4'

This is a photo taken outside in the yard in morning light.
Feather and wing details is what I am working on now.

Snowy Owl

Finished Snowy Owl painting
Oil on canvas 18" x 20"

Snowy Owl picture getting started

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permission . 2018

New Project~ A study of Albrecht Durer's works

 This is many weeks later , with much more detail--almost done now

 This is two days into a study of Albrecht Durer's "Cowslip".   Painting from a master's work is
something I have never done, yet at one time this is how artists learned to paint...so here we go!

The kitchen table becomes such a happy place!
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permission . 2018

Painting Lindsay's Oriental Lily

This project has been different than my others and was a lot of fun to do.
I started by blocking it out in acrylics, which dry fast and and are good to establish the darks and lights and color shapes.

Finished painting, oil on canvas 36" x 28"

Here I am working on the stems. I am close to being finished. I love the larger size and would like to paint even bigger.

Almost finished!

This is the acrylic base layer. In the end I changed the shape of the bud so it was not pointed.

Cliff Lake Water Lily painting

Wild Water Lily photographed on hike to cliff Lakes ~ my current oil  painting project

On Jan. 15th 2016~ I worked 5 more hours on this.

I am working in the kitchen area now where the wood stove is for warmth
I am starting to put a second layer of paint on the plant, that is oils.

 This is my second painting session. I stretched this canvas myself to get the size I wanted. I gessoed it and put a layer of beige acrylic as a base. The dark background is oils, but the lily here is mostly acrylic which I washed in rather quickly. I am now starting to go over the acrylic with oils, for richness, depth and blending that can never done with acrylics. In the end I will also using glazing to try and get the reflection of the sky on the upper part of the picture.

These are my paint colors for this project. Even though much is now dry, I can still figure out what colors I used to mix other colors, which is really helpful as time goes on. I will save this even though I start on a new pallet sheet.

My Oil brushes...I think there is something many of us love about just looking 
at containers of brushes, full of potential and filled with love

Spanky Portrait

This painting is from a photo I took of my dog in the living room.
Noah in the background~

finished picture

Still working on details

In 2015 I began Oil Painting, something I always wanted to do.

This is a fox painting inspired by Bruno Liljifors, who painted in the early 1900's
This is a small piece which depicts native American stones I found in the river
and a landscape of the river area

Chert Handtools and Atltl shaft

First painting

Nightly water color post cards

It has become a project of mine to do a nightly post card sized water color. I have tried this before and it is hard to continue until it becomes a real habit....so trying again. This is my way of fitting in artwork when there never seems time do so as I run my regular business with my Etsy shop. I will just add these as I go along.

This is my pet garden toad Stella, who lived in a lovely large pond I had made in the yard

This is a Spanish Luna Moth. I was not so pleased with the background and will no doubt try this again. The luna moths are all exquisitely beautiful  


This is a little broccoli Sprite I made, thinking in terms of doing a set of vegetable sprites


This recently finished piece is acrylic on canvas, done at the request of a client. It is 20" x 24"