The girls and I went apple picking at Edwards Orchard this weekend. We did our best to pick them by the stems, but a few twigs broke off, and they make for fun painting. The proper picking technique, according to pickyourown.org: roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don’t pull straight away from the tree. Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Autumn Beauty were the available varieties, and these Goldens were our favorite by far. Click on the painting to see it in my etsy shop.
This has been on the shelf for a couple weeks. I thought it was finished but stalled on posting it. Last night I sharpened up a few edges and blurred others, and I’m much happier now. These blooms have such interesting structures. Nasturtium and smartweed. The garden is a thriving jumble again this year.
The girls and I went to Artprize in Grand Rapids last week with my mom. I loved it. If you go, keep an eye out for Tim Lowly’s Bower and Rick Beerhorst’s City as Muse. The girls especially liked Phillip Lynch’s Shimmer and the cotton candy cart.
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Just finished this one up this afternoon.
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!
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.