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 front...no 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.   ......to 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.

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.