Author: debrha

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.

Oil painting of a Hellebore

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

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.

Oil Painting of a Water Lily

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12 inches square, oil on hardboard
12 inches square, oil on hardboard

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!

Oil painting of the Hunter (Orion)

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8 by 16 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 16 inches, oil on hardboard

From Wikepedia:

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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Oil Painting: Little Sable Point

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

I camped with family at Silver Lake State Park in Michigan. I brought painting stuff but didn’t get it out on the trip. This was done back at home. Silver Lake is a beautiful and unusual place – we had a great time.

Oil Paintings: Lake Fog, North and South

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Two paintings, each 12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard.
Two paintings, each 12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard.

It was a cold, windy day, with fog rolling over the dunes and the nearly empty beach. Some of the kids braved the waves while others huddled under towels in the sand. These two paintings show a bit of Lake Michigan from the eastern shore, so the left one is Lake Fog South, and the right one is Lake Fog North. I love sending paintings off to happy new homes. Sometimes it reminds me of a favorite subject that I want to explore again. These share subject and format with the Lake and Sky paintings from 2012. Thanks for visiting!

Oil Painting: Bluebells

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

Virginia bluebells, native to Illinois woodlands.