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Oil Painting: Cottage Evening

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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.

Oil Painting: Cottage Clouds

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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.

Oil Painting of a Water Lily

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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.

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Oil Painting: Waves at Lake Michigan

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This small wave painting is 6 inches square, lovely water and sky on a Lake Michigan Beach. I’ve been working in (and working on) the studio, but I’m hoping to paint outdoors again soon, especially with the weather so fine. So far improvements to the studio are limited to cleaning. I’d like to put up some art shelves and maybe rearrange furniture in there. Clear it out!

I’m happy to have started posting on Instagram this week: photos, sketches, and pictures of paintings in progress. If you use Instagram find me at debrhapainting.

I also listened to some interesting podcasts and videos recently. The artist Beck Lane shares many videos on youtube. Her three basic rules, if I’m remembering right: 1. There are no rules, 2. It doesn’t matter, and 3. Everything is fixable.

Peas are planted, peach tree is blooming – happy spring!!

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Oil Painting: Pickerel Weed

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Pickerel Weed, oil on canvas, 20 by 24 inches, ©Deb Anderson

I usually don’t look up the names of these plants until I’m done painting them (ended up realizing one painting was of poison ivy). The purple flowers here are pickerel weed – appropriate since they were growing in Pickerel Lake, a place our family vacationed every summer for many years. So many dark jewel tones – this was a fun one.

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Light Shift, Lake Michigan

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Light Shift, Lake Michigan; two panels, each 12 by 24, oil on gessoed hardboard, (1 inch deep cradle); ©2015 Deb Anderson.
Light Shift, Lake Michigan; two panels, each 12 by 24, oil on gessoed hardboard, (1 inch deep cradle); ©2015 Deb Anderson.

This pair of paintings was inspired by a beautiful evening on Lake Michigan at Bay de Noc. The slanting light had a silvery effect on the horizon. Working on these wave paintings is so soothing. I can almost hear the waves. I’ll be posting them to etsy soon, but first we’re heading out to the farmers market!

Plein air oil painting: Beck Lake, Rain or Shine

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10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson
10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

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!

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