Back at the easel

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I am back from a great weekend at the Fountain Square Art Festival. A big “thank you” to everyone who stopped in at my booth and shared thoughts, advice, and conversation. I hope those of you who bought paintings are enjoying them. And thank you, Uncle Bob and Aunt Judy, for helping me pack everything up—in the rain—AGAIN! You are so good to me :).

I’m catching up on graphic design work and other projects, but am also full of ideas and energy for new paintings. The Glenview Summer Art Fair is coming up at the end of July. Here’s an in-progress shot of a painting I hope to bring. I toned the board with transparent red earth, and while it was still wet I used a clean brush to wipe out the lightest areas of the painting and locate the basic composition. Then I went back in with indigo blue, darkening the shadow areas. I’m working from several photos I took at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I love this stage of painting. So much energy and potential, and nothing to lose.

Fountain Square Art Festival!

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Quiet but busy here – preparing for the Fountain Square Art Festival that starts TOMORROW! This is my first year at this Evanston event. I’ll be in booth number 9, near the intersection of Clark and Sherman. Come and see me if you can! The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Plein air oil painting: Beck Lake, Rain or Shine

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10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson
10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

A mix of rain and sun today. I spent an hour between showers at Beck Lake, facing east. A few people were kayaking, a few fishing. I’ve painted here a few times now. I used a reddish orange ground on my board this time. I painted a few boards that color a few days ago after looking at paintings by David Mensing. Go look at them! You can see the orange/red showing through in spots and I really like that. So much energy!

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Oil painting of Cloudette’s White Rose

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson

My daughter has a white rosebush named Cloudette, and this is one of the delicate blooms.

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Plein air oil painting: Evening at Wagner Farm

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10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson
10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

After yesterday’s early morning plein air session I was pumped up to go out again in the evening, this time to the Wagner Farm Museum grounds. These two white draft horses were running back and forth, enjoying the grass and the sunset. With the glowing light, it’s easy to use too much yellow. I’ve noticed that in the past. Many things to work on.

Edit: after I posted I remembered a recent visitor’s comment about how forgiving oil paint is. If you don’t like it, scrap it off! So I took some of the yellow out of the sky, quieted down the line of trees and reposted. I’ll put the old photo of the painting below. Which one is better?

10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson
10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

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Plein air oil painting: Memorial Morning

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10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson
10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

Got up early to paint the sunrise on this beautiful morning. I went up to the lake in the Glen and made two false starts facing east. Lovely sky and reflections in the water, but I couldn’t get anything working together. Wiped the board off in frustration, twice. Then I turned around and faced the old air traffic tower, preserved from the days when this area was a naval air base. I had better luck and more fun with this third try. Seems appropriate on this Memorial Day weekend to be remembering all the people who worked and trained here.

I’ve been enjoying Roos Schuring’s recent videos on eight problems painters face and how to fix them. Great videos. She has lovely sunrise paintings, too.

Oil Painting: Pansy Bouquet

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12 by 16 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson
12 by 16 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson

At 12 by 16 inches, this painting of a pansy bouquet is on the larger side for me. Thanks to my marvelous neighbor for the flowers. I love the color in the reflection.