I am a landscape and seascape oil painter. I have been painting for over 30 years. Inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounds me. I try to paint daily while life continually gets in the way! Life? What is that? It's what happens when I am not painting! Being a wife and mother, finding the remote, the shoes, signing permission slips. Where is the permission slip? "Mom why is there alizaran crimson on my permission slip?" I paint en plein aire as often as possible, and studio paint when I can't, like at 1:30 in the morning. Often enlarging small plein aire paintings onto a large canvas. I hike all over Mt. Diablo and the surrounding hills gathering field notes for my large paintings in the form of sketches, notes, small oil sketches, and photographs. I have been chased by cows, tangled up in barbed wire, soaked in rain swollen creeks with slippery crossing rocks, and all the while I have to make sure I am back in time to pick up a kid from school! Back in the studio, I get to work on the day's information I have gathered. Recreating it on a large canvas. When I hear, "what's for dinner?" Dinner? What's for dinner? I should know this. My mother always knew this. It should be on the table in about ten minutes from now, and I haven't a clue as to the answer of that question. I am still trying to figure out how I got alizarin crimson on the permission slip!

Please enjoy my work, I will post as often as possible. Feel free to leave comments or to contact me by e-mail.

All works © 2010 Catherine McClure Lindberg No images may be reproduced without express permission from the artist.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Half Dome Sketch

This is another sketch in my Moleskine book I did in Yosemite National Park. I was sitting at Mirror Lake looking up at a huge panoramic view of Half Dome.  When I paint this in my studio, it will be very large and very wide.  I used 2 pages in the book, you can see the seam binding in the middle and the elastic that holds the book closed is on the right.

This sketch book literally weighs just ounces and I carry 2 brushes, one came with the paint set and it is tiny, one is a round brush that is larger for quick washes,  I have a small 7 X 2.5" pan of watercolors that opens up to reveal 12 colors and 3 mixing squares inside the lid. I have a small jar of water that is only 2" tall.  I keep it all in a zip lock bag just in case it leaks.  On this trip to Mirror Lake, I rode my mountain bike so everything was packed neatly and nicely in my back pack along with snacks and water to drink.

Yosemite is so full of stuff to inspire you that it can be overwhelming. Start small if that happens. Sketch just a rock, or a leaf, or just the ridge line. You don't have to sketch the whole forest in one day.  Start with a single tree!  You will appreciate all the field work you did when you return to the studio and put all your sketches, notes, and photographs together to form a painting.

Friday, August 22, 2008


When I am out I always have my moleskine book with me and a very small travel pan of Cotman watercolors.  This is a sketch I did of Lower Yosemite Falls.  I sat on a rock at the bottom looking up and throughly enjoying the mist on a hot day.  I usually do a very quick 30 minute sketch.  It is enough information for me to bring home and do a larger painting if I want to.  I also photograph the site and may do pencil sketches as well.  I don't always have my plein aire oil paint set up with me but I try to always carry this sketch book and watercolors.  All of this information is field work that I do to bring back in to the studio.

I try to keep the sketches brief as I usually am out with my daughter or a friend and I want to keep moving so we all have a good time.  This moleskine book of mine is 3.5 x 5.5"  Very small and easy to tote around.