Things have been quiet on this blog, but happily busy in the art room and beyond. These two lilypad panels were a real experiment, using a palette knife and a favorite “catalyst” shaper to scrape paint into varied facets of green, and then carving out water, leaves and light.
I’ve been teaching at Insight Fine Art Studio for over a year now! It’s been wonderful and energizing – a great, creative community. In addition to weekend classes for kids (6 to 18), I just started teaching an adult class on Fridays from 9:30 to 12:30. There is room available in that class, so check out the Insight website, or let me know if you’re interested in joining.
The time has come for a new website! It’s not complete yet, but I’m busily building it out at debandersonfineart.com. Eventually it will have a shop and a calendar of upcoming art events. For now, I’m preparing new work for the Old Town Art Fair on June 8 and 9, 2019.
I’ve taken a new leadership role as president of the Glenview Art League. This group has been an encouraging community art makers for me since I joined almost 10 years ago. We host art demos, an annual Youth Art Fair in February and Summer Art Fair at the end of July, an exhibit program where artists showcase their work with local businesses, and more. For more information about that, check out the GAL website.
Finished! This was my demo painting for the workshop at the library last week. I just added it to the exhibit today to replace a painting that sold. Thanks to everyone who attended the artist talk and workshop. And thanks to the staff at the library for putting it all together and hosting artwork in their beautiful display area. I hope to teach more workshops in the future. Send me an email if you’d like to be notified of future events.
I recently started teaching classes at the Insight Fine Art Studio in Skokie. I’m having a great time with it! The studio is lovely, filled with creative vibes. Mary, the owner, is wonderful. Check it out.
Hello! These large, color-filled paintings have been shown in progress many times on my instagram account (debrhapainting). They are now hanging in the beautiful display space at the Glenview Public Library. Join me there for my artist talk on April 4 at 6:15, followed by a painting workshop in the library from 7 to 8:30. Register for the workshop here at the library website.
The light at daybreak changes so quickly, and it’s so beautiful I find myself chasing these effects and sometimes confusing a painting. For this exercise I painted three six-inch panels with a 20 minute time limit. It was a very cold morning.
It’s been a busy week of framing, block printing and packaging up work for the upcoming Evanston Art Center Winter Expo! Preview night will be November 17, and the show runs through December 21, 2017. Here’s a link to a pdf with all the event details. I’ll have many small paintings and linoleum prints for sale.
I’ll also have three paintings in an encore showing of the Northbrook Paint the Town Plein Air Show. Two, including Windflowers below, are pieces I completed at the event, and the third is the moonset from the last post. I think they will be at the Northbrook Historical Society starting November 12.
Here’s a warm-up piece I did today, to prepare for this weekend’s outdoor painting event: Northbrook’s Paint the Town. On Friday and Saturday 30 artists will be painting outdoors throughout Northbrook. Sunday morning there will be a quick-paint event in the Village Green, a painting demonstration by award-winning artist Steve Puttrich, and an exhibition and sale of finished paintings, with awards ceremony. The weather forecast is for rain, rain, rain, which just adds to the adventure and excitement, right? Yes.
Meanwhile, I have been busy carving linoleum blocks for prints (I love printmaking!) I will post here and in my etsy shop soon.
These cosmos are among the last of my garden flowers for the year. It’s been a dry summer and I’m not the best about watering regularly. I’ve been tilling and mulching to get a head start on spring planting. I’m also saving seeds this fall. It has been a “next-year” kind of year around here. I look forward to seeing how some of the perennials and bulbs I planted and moved around emerge in the spring. Fingers crossed.
Crossing my fingers that the varnish on this dries in time for the Prairie Arts Festival this weekend. These bluebells were a gift from a friend and fellow gardener.
At 36 by 48 inches, this is a large painting for me. Oil on canvas. These foliage projects are so interesting and absorbing. I just get pulled in. I’ll do some outdoor foliage painting tomorrow for the Prairie Plein Air Competition – hoping this easy weather holds. The Prairie Art Festival is coming up on May 27 and 28, so I’m getting ready for that, too. Enjoy the sun!