Back from wonderful summertime adventures, just in time for the Glenview Art League Summer Art Fair! Stop by and see me tomorrow and Sunday from 11 to 5 (forecast looks good, yehaa!).
Here’s the finished piece. The white flowers are anemone, also known as windflower. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Greek anemōnē means “daughter of the wind”. This painting was inspired by a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Working on it really brought me back to that space, in that spectacular sunlight.
It will be over in the etsy shop shortly – click on the painting to check it out there.
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.
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.
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!
My daughter has a white rosebush named Cloudette, and this is one of the delicate blooms.
Click on the painting to see it in my etsy shop.
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?
Click on the painting to view it in my etsy shop.