Linda Estrada - Wildflowers
I studied painting at a private art school focusing on the periods between Renaissance through Impressionism. The method of teaching was structured and formal. I followed this up by attending a private art school in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Here the lessons were painting freely, using lots of color painting abstract compositions. When I returned to Los Angeles I merged both and began painting colorful "Dreamscapes". They were personal, colorful and spontaneous. I enjoy the process following my intuition to complete the painting as shapes and colors emerge revealing an untold story.
Years later while living in a log cabin in the forest, I was introduced to landscape painting. The freshness of early morning surrounded by nature set the scene. Sunrises, fields of flowers, iridescent skies became my painted vision. A lovely way to start the day and end it with a gift. I also studied under faculty Mike Hernandez and Robert Sherrill at the Art Center College of Design and now belong to groups of landscape painters that venture out daily to paint. I also participate in the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) and have sold paintings from the paint-outs at the convention.
Painting "en Plein Air" at Eaton Canyon provides a wonderful opportunity to escape city life. The canyon has a nature center surrounded by fields of native plants, wildflowers and wildlife.
The path beside the wild Matilija Poppies was inviting, hinting it would take me up to the lavender mountains. I painted this during the summer. As summer ended I went back and was captured by the red flowers and light on the hillside, this scene inspired me to paint "Pretty Day". It really is a treat to paint outdoors and bring the experience home.
Linda Estrada's paintings are currently on display as part of the Flora & Fauna exhibit at Sanchez Contemporary.
For inquiries on Linda's paintings, please send message to SanchezContemporary@gmail.com