Sunday, April 16, 2017

Both Plein air & Studio

This first image shows the first wash of pastels with Mineral spirits  to capture shadows.  My substrate is a primed mat board.  I used Art Spectrum  Colourfix fine tooth multimedia  clear primer.

2nd wash filling in basic colors.

Here's the final painting.  The underpainting wash technique was done on location.  I ran out of time ( had to be somewhere else) to finish the work outdoors.  I snapped a photo  and used it to finish the work in my studio.

8x10 on board

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Let's be Friends"

8x10 Oil on panel

This still life composition was set up by one of my oil students a few weeks ago.  The challenge was to focus on how the light creates shadows with these shapes.  I really liked what she had done and had to paint it as well.

Why all the black around the image?  Well.....I have a new computer and am still learning how to work the programs on it.  No "crop" tool like there was on my old Windows 7.  With a bit of studying, I'll figure this out and know I'll have a better way of filing photos then what I've done in the past.  I have a heck of time finding something right now.  My filing system is....well....there ISN'T a system.  That's about to change!  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Rippling Shadows"

Enjoying the warmer Weather!  
We gathered at Indian Lake near Farmington Iowa.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Doc" Portrait

Acrylic on Barn board

This finished piece is a first time  painting for me......first to create on weathered boards that if you saw the back side, you would have no doubt these came from the inside of a barn.

I was asked to capture the likeness of this beloved family member in a way that would reflect him the best way possible.  He has moved on to animal heaven so it was very important for me to create a work that would trigger cherished memories.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"Walking in South Dakota"

18"x 24" Oil on stretched canvas

The inspiration for this painting is from a visit I made a couple of years ago to my brother's place in South Dakota.  Him and my sister-in-law were walking in front of me, heading back home from a hike we made to see an abandoned Mica mining spot.  Their home (33 acres) sits in South Dakota where 2 sides of the property touch a National park. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Afternoon Light

8x10 watercolor

1st Plein Air painting this new year.  Went out Eagle watching today with fellow artist Deb Baughman.   While driving along the banks of the Des Moines river in Wapello Co., we got all excited about this barn along the side of the road.   

Since it was really cold out, we decided to sit in Deb'S mini van & break out the watercolors.  It worked out Great sitting in the front seats.  Next time, we're setting up in the back where there’s a ton of room.  I told her I'd bring my small foot stools to sit on & i'll probably work in pastels.      

Will definitely get some photos of us hard at work.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ah....Looking back.... Summer 2016

While browsing through my photos earlier, I began thinking about what 2017 will hold for me in way of participating in Plein Air events. I came across this photo of being in Corning, Iowa this past summer and had to share with all of you.

Maybe I lingered a bit long studying this shot because it was very hot sitting in the sun while painting and it's now 20 degrees outside.  I suddenly felt warmer sitting by the computer.

  Hmmmmmm, I think I should  get out and work during these cold months so I can "think cool thoughts" when viewing pics come  next heat wave.

I really don't need to look for an excuse to paint outdoors anymore.  I'm hooked to painting "in the moment"!