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.
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 :).
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.
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.
I started this one some time ago but it needed some finishing touches. These hellebores grow in a shady area of the yard, but they get a little direct sun in the early morning, and again in the evening before the trees leaf out. These white, translucent flowers are a real challenge to paint.
We set up a half barrel water garden this year. Our water lily has a single bloom, so perfect it looks almost unreal. It opens in the morning and by 3 p.m. or so it closes again. This should be dry in time for the 2014 Glenview Outdoor Art Fair on July 26 and 27, at Lyons School (southeast corner of Waukegan and Lake). Come and see me there!
Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. Its brightest stars are Rigel (Beta Orionis) and Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis), a blue-white and a red supergiant respectively. Many of the other brighter stars in the constellation are hot, blue supergiant stars. The three stars in the middle of the constellation form an unique asterism known as Orion’s belt. The Orion Nebula is located south of Orion’s belt.
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