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California’s Giant Sequoias: Found Nowhere Else on Earth

My “Giant Sequoia Project” evolved gradually.

In 2009, after hanging a show that included several Sequoia paintings, in the Exeter Courthouse Gallery, my friend Holly and I went to Sequoia and camped and painted for a week. That was a defining moment.  I fell in love with the Sequoias.

I discovered that there where many groves within an easy driving distance from my home in Porterville and that I could easily take a day trip to any of them. I started visiting groves, some with easy access and some that I should not have visited alone. Check out my reviews of several Easy Sequoia Trails on the blog page of my website at www.joycollier.com.

The second defining moment was when my friend Linda Lemons from Burford Frames in Porterville said “You know Joy, I see paintings of the trunks of the trees but not the whole tree” and the 6 foot tall canvas was born. This changed everything.  I painted  2′ x 6′ trees. I showed them at “1st Saturday in Three Rivers” in front of the Gateway & Buckeye Lodges. They were a hit.

Over the last few years with fire after fire in the Sierras, I have realized how fragile this environment is and I’d like to do what I can to create awareness and supply resources for the protection of these giants found nowhere else on earth.

10% of all sales will be donated to the non-profit foundation for the park that the image was created in. Take a drive and hug a giant sequoia, today.

 

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“The Changing California Landscape” – Generals Highway, Sequoia National Park

Finally got this painting finished up.

After my “California’s Giant Sequoias, Found Nowhere Else on Earth” show ended, I had a color crisis in my life and this horizon gave me the variety I needed. The beetle damage in the California sierras, while sad, is very rich and colorful. I thought of naming it “Before the Fires” but I didn’t want to scare you off. California’s high sierras will never look the same again.

"The Changing California Landscape" along the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, a view of the Great Western Divide. This is an original acrylic painting © Joy Collier 48" x 24" x 1.75" deep.
“The Changing California Landscape” along the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, a view of the Great Western Divide. This is an original acrylic painting © Joy Collier 48″ x 24″ x 1.75″ deep.
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Paint the Parks

"Eye on the Next Generation" - The Michigan Tree is a fallen giant. It's eye shaped root opening looks out on a new generation of young giants. You can view this treen in Kings Canyon National Park on the Grant Grove Trail.
“Eye on the Next Generation” – The Michigan Tree is a fallen giant. It’s eye shaped root opening looks out on a new generation of young giants. You can view this tree in Kings Canyon National Park on the Grant Grove Trail.

While showing my artwork at the Redbud Festival in Three Rivers, CA. this year I meet the director and some of the staff of the Sequoia Parks Conservancy . They are the Non-Profit Partner to the National Parks Service in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Actually, I have been looking for this organization so that I can make donations to help the parks when I sell a painting or print and a miraculous thing happened, they directed me towards a brand new website called “Paint the Parks” . As an artist of the parks, I can show my parks related artwork and donate 10% of every sale to the non-profit foundation associated with the park, celebrating the parks and helping to conserve them, what a great mix.

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The General Sherman Tree

I thought that it was just time to paint this the largest and most popular Giant Sequoia for an all Sequoia Show at Arts Visalia in May 2017, “California’s Giant Sequoias – No Where Else on Earth”. more to come….

General Sherman Tree
General Sherman Tree
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Getting Started

This is how I start and then build it layer by layer.

“Eye on the Next Generation” – the Michigan Tree in Kings Canyon National Park and  “Silver Stream” a un-named giant in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park

 

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Studio Views

My Studio
My Studio

In the process of producing a large body of Giant Sequoia works. This is how I start. Nothing fancy. I usually have a collection of paintings at different stages going on at once, then if I get stuck or bored or looking for another element to include, I can focus on something else and let my subconscious find a solution.

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Death Valley Bloom March 2005

Seeing the news about the flowers blooming in Death Valley this March of 2016 reminded me of the last bloom like this. If you love Death Valley and wildflowers you will need to visit now. It doesn’t last long. In many areas the color is very subtle, a gentle blush on the hill sides with the dramatic rock colors behind. I think that the thing that was most surprising to me was the color of the rock was so striking because the rain had cleared away the dust in the air – amazing color – If you have the chance – Don’t miss this.

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Am I ready? For the South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour

The Michigan Tree

I wanted to share a glimpse of what you might see when you join me on the studio tour. I have been working on a whole new series of Giant Sequoia paintings, part of my Giant Sequoia Series, in preparation for a traveling show “All about our Giants”. These paintings are in various degrees of done and un-done. I wanted to share the whole process with you. Many of the pieces you will see are brand new and have never been seen before. I hope you will join me.

The Michigan Tree
The Michigan Tree a fallen Giant Sequoia looks out over a meadow with new younger giants .
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South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour

South Valley Artists' Studio Tour Mar 18-20, 2016
South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour Mar 18-20, 2016

South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour

The Arts Consortium is offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the world of local artists with the South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour: Opening Doors / Opening Minds taking place March 18-19-20, 2016.

Over the course of three days, 40 Tulare County artists will open their personal studio doors to the public, demonstrating their individual creative processes and sharing different phases and facets of their work. Ticket holders can ask questions, watch the artists in action, and build a more personalized relationship with the creative forces in our community.

Porterville artist Joy Collier will have her studio open and will have a limited number of passports available for sale. Please call to reserve one – 781-2696 or puchase one at the Art Consortium in Visalia, The Tulare Historical Museum or the Three Rivers Historical Museum.

Tour Passports are now on sale! Passports are only $15 for all three days and all artist studios.

Tour Dates

Friday March 18, 2016: 10am-8pm.
Saturday March 19, 2016: 10am-8pm
Sunday March 20, 2016: 10am-5pm

http://artsconsortium.org/svast/

For more information call the Arts Consortium at 559-802-3266.

 

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Rocky Hill Antiques

Rocky Hill Antiques 297 N Spruce Rd Exeter, California 93221
Rocky Hill Antiques
297 N Spruce Rd
Exeter, California 93221
Rocky Hill Antiques 297 N Spruce Rd Exeter, California 93221
Rocky Hill Antiques
297 N Spruce Rd
Exeter, California 93221
Rocky Hill Antiques 297 N Spruce Rd Exeter, California 93221
Rocky Hill Antiques
297 N Spruce Rd
Exeter, California 93221
Rocky Hill Antiques 297 N Spruce Rd Exeter, California 93221
Rocky Hill Antiques
297 N Spruce Rd
Exeter, California 93221