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.
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.
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.
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"!
While I absolutely Love our original sized box (interior 12"x 16"), especially for Pastels, I've grown quite attached to this NEW sized box ( interior 9" x 12") for painting with oils or sometimes carrying other art supplies.
The box weighs 2 lbs 16 ozs. A velcro style "book strap" holds the doors closed perfectly. It is attached at both the top & bottom of the box.
These photos show my oil set up . To keep weight of the box light and clean up easy, I use a sheet of Jack Richeson & Co., Grey Matters Paper Palettes. The 9" x 12" size sheet comes in a tablet of 50 sheets & lays perfectly inside the main part of the box . I have the option of either sitting my mineral spirits to the side or the can hangs from a hook designed for pochade boxes.
As with the original Lammert box, the right door holds brushes in place while painting or in transit. Short handled brushes fit wonderfully in this box.
The other day I went sketching with friends with watercolors, sketch book , pencils.....you get the idea. The Mini box fits in a messenger bag, tote bag, & even in some backpacks for easy transport if you don't want to tuck it under your arm.
Just like the original Lammert box, our Mini sits on the front two legs of a camera tripod and easily goes on and off the legs by lifting straight up or down.
Our Introductory Price: $80.
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Here'so one of the latest commissioned pieces I've had the pleasure of creating. The client provided the photo via email. The challenge was to create depth in the shadowed area of these brothers faces.
I don't feel I could've pulled off what I did here without the regular practice of drawing & painting from life. To clarify . ...to create the illusion of form when a photo shows none.