Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Among Friends!

48"x 24"  Oil on Canvas
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Just finished this work.  I'm hoping the paint will be dry enough to take to the next art show i'm scheduled to participate in.    Of course, there's always the possibility I can say SOLD before then.  Otherwise, plan to check it out at the annual event in Reiman Gardens, Ames, IA , July 9th 9-4pm.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Portrait of Iva!

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Finished painting.... Oil - 24"x30"

I was given the challenge to create a portrait of this loved member of the Piper family who live near Pulaski.
I had created a painting of their first home years ago using Soft pastel.  I was honored when asked for my help in creating a beloved portrait.

We decided on using Oils this time to fit the size of the portrait without the need to put the work under glass & keeping a frame as an option.  I painted this work on Gallery wrap canvas ( sides can be painted to match the frame required).

Monday, June 12, 2017

Plein Air painting in Lee Co.

11x14 soft pastel in Wallis paper

Sunday was the Fort Madison Iowa Garden Tour.  I was invited to paint the beautiful Vista from the Rump's home.  In the distance you can see the Bluffs in Illinois.  I can only imagine the gorgeous sunrises viewed from where I stood.

This year's tour focused on homes just North of Fort Madison itself.   Most were near Wever Iowa along the 4 lane highway 61.

I so enjoy anytime I can share with others what soft pastels are & the beauty of this medium.  I had some wonderful conversations throughout the day with people that had know idea what I was painting with.  Most people that aren't art conisours think the medium is chalk that is used on chalkboards. 

I love the expressions when I share I'm working with pure color pigment & how the vibrancy will never change with time if the artwork is properly cared for.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Learning to loosen up

10"x8" - Oil on gessoed matboard

I've actually accomplished what I set out to do in this still life composition.  My goal was to simplify shapes as much as possible and keep strokes of color at a minimum. be as Impressionistic as possible. 

I bought new bristle brushes today  that are very light in the hand. I love the way they handle....they're called..."Pro Stroke 77B Premium White Bristle Creative Mark."  I found the at the Oskaloosa  Art Center.  The center is 56 miles away from where I live.....i'm  making another trip soon to pick up more brushes.

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.