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!
Here are some early snowdrops in my neighbor’s incredible suburban garden – she has cherries, currents, plums, even paw paws. Found out this week that I made it into Schaumburg’s Prairie Arts Festival May 27 and 28 – so excited :). Lots to do!
Jewelweed (also known as touch-me-not) has seedpods that fly apart when touched. This painting was a rehearsal for my recent painting demo with the Glenview Art League. Thanks to the GAL for the opportunity. It was a lot of fun and helped me think about my painting in new ways. Both Jewelweed and Bindweed, and 21 other paintings are on display in the beautiful gallery space at Journeycare here in Glenview. The exhibit will be up for the month of March.
What a fine, busy art month we’ve had! Last Saturday was the 28th Annual Glenview Art League Youth Art Fair, which I co-chair. Such an amazing gathering of artists and artwork – every year I am surprised and impressed with the variety and the quality of the art these kids bring it. It is so inspiring! We’ll be posting more about this year’s event on the Glenview Art League website, so check it out. Thanks to all the kids who entered, and to all the people who support and encourage them. Keep on making art!
This is my painting from the recent demonstration I did for the GAL, finally finished. It’s all packed up and ready to go with 24 other large pieces (large for me, ha!), for a month-long exhibit at Journeycare in Glenview. I varnished this with Gamvar – new for me. I really like it. Not too glossy, easy to work with, and not smelly either. I have some other new work I’ll be posting soon.