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.

Oil Painting: Branch with Apple Blossoms

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16 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson
16 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson

Whew, busy week. Spring is flying. A branch of apple blossoms soaks up the sun. The red pink buds unfurl to palest pink white. I have a beautiful frame in this unusual size sitting in the studio, and have been trying to think of a painting to put into it. I might update with an in-frame photo, but I’ll give this branch a few days to dry first.

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Oil Painting: Vegetables Every Day, plus Art Post Gallery contest and a studio upgrade

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6 by 6 inches, oil on gallery wrapped (2 inch deep) canvas. ©Deb Anderson
6 by 6 inches, oil on gallery wrapped (2 inch deep) canvas. ©Deb Anderson

This piece is my entry to the 2015 Art Post Gallery “Art by the Inch” contest. The theme was “the written word”. I just returned from the well-attended opening reception. Always fun to see so much variety in the 90 entries. I’ll put a couple photos below. All 90 paintings are for sale through the gallery for $150 each.

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New easel with panel holder ( and butcher paper-covered hardboard palette held on with little c-clamps).
New easel with panel holder ( and butcher paper-covered hardboard palette held on with little c-clamps).

I just spent some generous Christmas gift cards on a sturdy new easel for the art room. The travel easel will now stay packed and ready to go on more frequent plein air painting trips. I followed Carol Marine’s instructions for making a small panel holder, and it’s working great so far. This one was made on a heavy white piece of particle board I had downstairs, but it was so easy I might make a smaller, lighter one for outdoor use.

Oil Painting of a Peach Blossom

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

We have peach blossoms! Last year the winter cold was too intense and there were none on our little front yard tree. Very pretty. The dutchman’s breeches, bluebells, hellebores, and daffodils are also going strong. We planted a tray of pansies last weekend. Flowers!!!

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