Climate Crisis Print

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I just wrote this new post over at the new website,and I’ll copy it here 🙂

I made this lino print in whole-hearted support of the Sept. 2019 Global Climate Strike. (All proceeds from this edition of 20 will go to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.) I experimented with different visual elements, and thought a lot about how what’s required to bring my way of life into harmony with a healthy climate.

A hand – a blessing hand, an aware hand. Surrounded by non-human life and energy (weather, time, space). An eye – observing, open, aware. Envisioning a shift in values and long view of survival, necessity and success.

I printed this on a shirt, I’d like to make more. I’m thinking about making it into a poster, or maybe stickers? Like a visual reminder. The slogan I have in mind is “Action and vision for the climate,” or “Pay Attention, Take Action.” Let me know if you have other ideas. The energy is here, the solutions are here. We can connect.

Park Forest Art Fair, Climate Strike

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Preparing for this weekend’s Park Forest Art Fair! I posted a bit about it over at my new website, but wanted to share it here as well. Find the show here, southwest of Chicago.

I’m bringing new prints I made in support of the the Global Climate Strike. All proceeds from these prints will go to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. I tried printing in on a tank top and it turned out pretty well, even made it through the wash.

Sometimes I think of this conversation from Tolkien when the problems of the world seem insurmountable:

Arwen: ‘This is not the end, it is the beginning… This is your path.’

Aragorn: ‘My path is hidden from me’

Arwen: ‘It is already laid before your feet. You cannot falter now… If you trust nothing else… trust this… trust us.’

 

Travel painting

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I just published a post about making artwork while traveling on my new website: www.debandersonfineart.com. Hope you can check it out 🙂

Coming Rain, plein air oil painting

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Here are paintings I completed for the 2019 Prairie Plein Air Competition. I’m looking forward to seeing the other 48 submissions at the reception on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts building located at 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. If you’re in the area I’d love to see you there, too 🙂

I hope to do more outdoor painting soon. First, I have a few studio pieces I want to finish for the Old Town Art Fair coming up on June 8 and 9.

I also posted this on my new website – come on over and check it out.

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Painting practice: abstracts on paper

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Sometimes it’s hard to get back to painting, especially if it’s been busy and I haven’t done it for a while. Last fall I started doing these small works on paper as warm up exercises. They feel very free and experimental. Sometimes I like the outcome, sometimes not. I try to go into it without a fixed idea of where I’m going. I tape off a six inch square – I love taking off the tape when the painting is done.

I’ve posted some of these small paintings in my shop, and you can see more of them on my instagram. I’ll also be bringing some to the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago on June 8 and 9 (booth 079).

Prairie Plein Air

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We’re already halfway through the 2019 Prairie Plein Air Competition in Schaumburg, Illinois. Between this week’s heavy rain and my work schedule I haven’t been out to paint yet! Hopefully that will change next week. This is the painting I submitted last year, along with some photos of my plein air supply kit, which tidied up last week. So far I’ve only used the reading lamp for predawn set up, but I hope to do some night painting sometime soon.

This large camera tripod was found at a thrift shop, and the mast and palette are simple diy projects – I’ve been using this setup for a couple years now and I’m pretty happy with it.

I’ve been making progress on my new website, which includes a shop where the Celandine Poppy painting is available for sale, as well as other paintings and handmade prints. I’m getting ready for the Old Town Art Fair coming up on June 8 and 9. Hope to see you there!

Lake and Sky Paintings

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Three oil paintings on cradled hardboard, each 16 by 40 inches.

Here are three recent paintings of the sky over water.

I heard recently that vertical paintings reference the figure or portrait, even if the subject is landscape. That applies to these three paintings, each 16 inches wide by 40 inches tall. There is an interesting mental twist that happens while painting. The subject (for me often plants, water, and sky) draws me out of myself, and then reflects me back to myself. I explore the nature that surrounds me, in an expression of my own inner nature. I’ve had a similar experience when connecting with another artist’s work. That resonance says something about the artwork and something about the viewer, who is connecting with it.

I’m working on my new website, and I’m trying to decide whether to link this blog to it, start a new blog, or both. Anyone have suggestions for me? Ideally I’d keep this one going at the new site. I’m looking into the logistics. I want to keep things pretty simple.

I hope you are all well. It’s spring again! Plants are coming up.