Here are three recent paintings of the sky over water.
I heard recently that vertical paintings reference the figure or portrait, even if the subject is landscape. That applies to these three paintings, each 16 inches wide by 40 inches tall. There is an interesting mental twist that happens while painting. The subject (for me often plants, water, and sky) draws me out of myself, and then reflects me back to myself. I explore the nature that surrounds me, in an expression of my own inner nature. I’ve had a similar experience when connecting with another artist’s work. That resonance says something about the artwork and something about the viewer, who is connecting with it.
I’m working on my new website, and I’m trying to decide whether to link this blog to it, start a new blog, or both. Anyone have suggestions for me? Ideally I’d keep this one going at the new site. I’m looking into the logistics. I want to keep things pretty simple.
I hope you are all well. It’s spring again! Plants are coming up.
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.
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.
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.