Oil Painting: Radishes

8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard

8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard

I brought tossed salad fixings to dinner yesterday, and these radishes were so bright and spring-perfect. I saved a few back to paint at home.


Oil Painting: Red Leaf

12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard

12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard

Another foliage painting – working on these feels like laying out in the sun and grass. The color on this one is especially vivid. Could be an animal trail through the undergrowth. Fox, woodchuck, rabbit. Could be just the way the grass is falling. Not a trail for me. Somewhere I have a book by outdoorsman and ranger Tom Brown, called Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness. I wonder what signs and stories he would see, looking at this same patch of ground.


Oil Painting: Daffodils with Red Tulip

12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas

12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas

 


Oil Painting: White Mum

6 inches square, oil on hardboard

6 inches square, oil on hardboard

I had fun working on this little white mum yesterday. White in shadow can be a mental puzzle. I recently watched some interesting painting videos by David Shevlino. He has a quick still life demo where he repaints a stack of lemons about 5 times. His paintings are so fresh and bright – nothing muddy or muddled. Oil paint is very forgiving. In a moment you can just wipe off a problem. I struggle with mushy paintings, and muddy colors sometimes. I think the solution is making interesting, deliberate brushstrokes, rather than getting anything right the first time. I had to double check his name on my pinterest painting inspiration board, just chock full of amazing paintings that I love.


Oil Painting: Tulips

12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas

12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas

A new painting, just in time for spring. It felt great to be at the easel again.

Meet me at Zapatista in Northbrook tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.! Fellow Glenview Art League member Lee Mariani and I will be there for an art show and reception.


Tend Magazine

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In graphic design news, I’m happy to announce that the first issue of Tend Magazine is available now! Tend is a celebration of living in tune with the seasons, a labor of love produced by a special group of contributors and our fearless editor. Click the image above to visit the Tend website, where you can preview and purchase the online publication. See more of my design work here, and contact me for help with your graphic design projects!


Oil Painting: Bent Tree

9 by 16 inches, oil on hardboard

9 by 16 inches, oil on hardboard

Here is a studio painting from photos I took early last spring. The west fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River runs through the Techny Basin Conservation Area just north of here.


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