I woke early to catch the sunrise, setting up my easel and oil paints in almost full darkness. A crescent moon with one bright and one dimmer star (Venus and Regulus, I think?) hung over a pale horizon, reflected in the lake.
Oil on a Raymar linen canvas panel, 8 by 10 inches, ready for framing. Click here to see it in my Etsy store.
Here is a little map of the sky I looked up on skyandtelescope.com after I got home, to figure out what I was seeing.
Thick paint, scooped on like frosting! I’m having a lot of fun with this. It’s challenging, and less predictable. When I touch a spot with a brush it might spread out, blend, lift up, or reveal some color I forgot was underneath. Lots of scrapping areas off and trying again. Below are a couple more cloud studies, a small one I did from a photo and an afternoon plein air landscape (nearly the same spot as the one above).
I went back to the same spot by the lake and painted the sunrise again this morning. The paint acts a lot differently when I apply thicker strokes. I like some of the results.
Another painting inspired by a recent stay at the Green Lake cottage, and the magnificent sky paintings of Robert Roth.
Come and see me at the Summer Art Fair in Glenview this weekend! This nest painting, based on a photo by Savannah Hagey, will be up for auction to benefit the Youth Art Fair.
After an amazing family vacation I am catching up on projects and getting ready for this weekend’s Glenview Art League Summer Art Fair! I’ll be donating a small painting to the silent auction, which benefits the Youth Art Fair, so be sure to attend if you can. The painting above is inspired by our recent stay at the cottage on Green Lake in Michigan. I have a few more to post before the show. I’ll be putting some of these in my etsy shop next week.
A six inch window into summer. In this small painting I focused again on making interesting, descriptive brush marks. Water lilies have this fresh, crisp elegance. The reflections add an interesting element, too. The water is deep and dark, and the bits of red ground bring the heat. Rivers and lakes of western Michigan have been a big part of family vacation and recreation for me. Canoeing, paddle boating, speed boating and swimming.