Oil Painting of Pink Peonies

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PinkPeonies

Just finished this one up this afternoon.

Oil paintings from the summer

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BayDeNocKayaks

Time to catch up! In July we went on a fantastic trip to Bay de Noc in Upper Michigan at the invitation of some wonderful friends. Christy and I painted en plain air on the beach, and then on the porch. These two paintings are what I came home with. Check out Christy’s great work below. It’s always so cool to painting in good company, and see different perspectives and approaches. I used a tiny semi-homemade pochade box fixed to a tripod. It’s a $5 craft store wooden box fitted out with a plexi palette. It worked quite well and is very portable. Good times!

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Oil Painting: Strawberry Jam

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8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard

I finished this sweet one last week, just before we left on a great trip to the Upper Penninsula. We’re back home now. I’ll post paintings I did on location soon. Come by and see me, and the paintings, at the Glenview Art Fair this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plein Air: Spring Tree Nature Center

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8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard

Another evening of plein air painting last night, this time at the Spring Tree Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Seems to be a lot more to see there – I stayed pretty close to the parking lot. I was challenged with the composition on this one. The cottonwood tree, the foreground wildflowers and the color of the sky all caught my eye, and I ended up pretty evenly dividing the painting between them. Maybe it would be better to emphasize one over the others. I’ll have to try again and find out :).

Plein Air: Clouds Over Busse Woods

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8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard

A change of pace from white flowers. I had a great time painting outdoors, enjoying the weather and wildflowers in Schaumburg’s Busse Woods last night. Click on the painting to see it in my etsy shop.

Oil Painting: White Peony

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12 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard
12 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard

My lovely and generous neighbors have a beautiful flower garden. I’m pretty sure all the peonies I’ve painted have been gifts from next door, this one included. I got caught up in the color and pattern of the shadows.