Monday, September 12, 2016

Nocturnal Painting!

  8"x 10" Oil on canvas board

 10"x 8" - Soft Pastel on UArt paper

Works here were created over this past Labor Day weekend in Main Amana, IA.  Catiri's Art Oasis  sponsored their 9th year of "Fresh Paint" Plein air competition during the 3 day celebrated weekend.  33 artists attended  - creating around 70 works of art. (wasn't positive on that total number)

Nocturnal painting can be a fun challenge for artists.  I have 2 LED Orchestra pit lights that clip on my easel set on the canvas holder - the other directed on my palette box.  Both run on AAA batteries.  They provide perfect light to work from at night so as not to obscure the view but still be able to see what I'm doing.

Surprisingly, after dark has been much more pleasant to paint outdoors this summer.  For some reason, less bugs that bite, or fly around and get in the paint.  Dawn and Dusk are the most challenging time of day to keep the bugs away.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Green Lamp Post/Trellis

Here's a better picture of the artwork I posted.  I fell in love with the patina on this lamp post.  It was a perfect match for the flowers around it and the home in the background.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"Fresh Paint" in Amana, IA

I was one of 30 artists that participated this past weekend in Catiri's Art Oasis's "Fresh Paint" competition in the Amana's  Iowa.  This marked the 9th year for the gallery to sponsor the plein air event.

A couple from St. Charles, IL (Chicago area) snapped this photo of me working away in front of this historic home in Main Amana Iowa Saturday morning. 

While I was painting, the couple that live in this home came out to visit and shared the fact this residence has been in the same family since it was constructed (1800"s ?  I'm guessing because I didn't write down the date.)   The current resident has called this home for 50 years.

My focus was on this lamp post / trellis by the front sidewalk.  It tugged at the gardener in my heart....there was an abundance of subject matter to enjoy viewing.

......and the final 10"x 8" Pastel in it's resting place.  A couple that happened to be visiting Amana for the first time was strolling around the community and stopped to watch me paint for a few minutes. I shared my business card and wished them well.  

 Early Sunday morning, they called ...... wanting to purchase the artwork.  They were so excited about the event and what I was creating that when they left the area where I was working , they began a quest to find a perfect frame.  They found one at the Amana Furniture store.  I think that's pretty exciting.......and a perfect match I may add.   

It ALWAYS feels good to be appreciated.  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stem Hanging On....

6"x 6"  Oil on panel's PEAR SEASON!!!!.  This beauty once hung on our backyard neighbor's tree.  And....OH SO DELICIOUS!  Yep, it was eaten soon after my brush was laid down.

Apples and Pears seem close to even as favorite fruit for painting subjects.  I believe I have posed more pears under a single light source, just like this beauty here.  I love the play of shadows in still life settings and often try to include them in a composition.