Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Ripe, Ready to Eat!"

Here's the set up.......

Here's the finished piece on the easel.  Sorry.....I didn't take pictures at different stages this time.

finished painting..... Oil on 12x12 Gallery stretched Canvas.

No painting today :(  I have to make a delivery trip with my daughter to the northern part of the state.  We'll see what happens tomorrow.  I'm ready to finish several projects that have been lingering for a month now.  All work and no play......but wait......I LOVE what I do for work :D.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ah.....another Pear painting/

6x6 soft pastel on primed board.

I can't help it....I paint pears when I don't have time to paint anything else.  I love the shape, the shadow casts.....what can I say.

I have noticed....I'm craving "brighter" stronger hue in my work.  I don't know if that's the influence of the beautiful fall we've had this year in Southern Iowa,  time of year or what.  My daughter says it's because my eyes are changing.  Hmmmmmm for thought I guess!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ah....Pretty with pinks

6x6 oil on gessoed board

I think I have one more painting that will continue to immortalize this apple. (He's posed for 3 small oils so far.)

I've joined 2 pears with this fellow.  The colors look's see if I can get them painted before taking a bite out of my still life. Hmmmmmmm, I know that would make an interesting composition as well.  Oh the choices!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

John Preston's Plein Air Workshop

Yesterday I was a student at the Villages Folk School Plein Air workshop hosted by artist John Preston.  He is truly a MASTER of Oil  and Pastel painting.. 

There were 7 of us in attendance and the weather was FANTASTIC for painting outdoors. The photo here shows John giving a demo on the Iron Bridge crossing the Des Moines river from Bentonsport to Vernon, IA.  We ended up painting along the bank of the river and the rose garden in Bentonsport.

I posted a picture album on my facebook page .  Click the link here Gin Lammert Fine Art  or the button to the side to view the workshop album.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New studio space!

This will be a new studio space for me beginning next month.  The owners of this historic home have graciously said YES to letting me use the parlor area as a working/teaching space.  I plan to work here on Wednesdays.  Saturdays it will either be open to the public or my drawing/pastel painting workshops through the Villages Folk School will be held here.

This room is what  I used as a "gallery" area during the SE Iowa Studio Tour last weekend.  The  furniture  will be moved to the "Main room" so I may put up easels and work stations for students.

The advantage of this for both myself and the owners is, this room has doors so it can be shut off from the rest of the home if need be.  There are times when other people like to use the main room for meetings or family members can use it for an overnight stay.

More details later....................  I'll post pics of the transformation.  Keep watching :D

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Last of a Bushel

Here's the setup.....strong light source makes Great shadows!
Laying out placement of my subject on the toned canvas.
Blocking in color ....focused on my value range.
Here's the finished work.
Oil on 12"x12" stretched canvas

The title "Last of a Bushel" came from just that....this was the last apple of a full 5 gallon bucket of ripe red jewels gifted to us.  I canned them by mixing them with Bartlett Pears....made a puree and placed in quart jars.  Better then store bought Applesauce...and NO ADDED SUGAR! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SE Iowa Studio Tour this weekend

Street sign so everyone can find me :D
This is the Herman Greef House.  Built in the early 1800's, it's one of the oldest brick homes in the community of Bentonsport, IA
Here's the view when walking in the front door.  For this weekend, I've transformed the main room and parlor of the home into Studio/Gallery space.  
To the right of the front door is this view of the parlor area./ gallery and reading area.  
A BIG Thanks goes out to my artist friend, Deb Baughman, for allowing me to use her ProPanels for the weekend.
Now, here's a view from the parlor area looking into the main room.  Next we'll go around the corner to see the goodies on the kitchen island.

And.....last, but not least, a few fun Christmas Tree ornaments I worked on today.  Tomorrow I'll have my oil paints out so I can work on a 12x12 canvas for the  Fairfield Art Association show that will open November 7th.

The SE Iowa Studio Tour will continue tomorrow (Sunday) 12noon to 4pm.  Come and see me!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Something Different

I just created a NEW  gallery page on  my website . Below are a few images that are under the title:  "Simple Designs".