Here are paintings I completed for the 2019 Prairie Plein Air Competition. I’m looking forward to seeing the other 48 submissions at the reception on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts building located at 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. If you’re in the area I’d love to see you there, too 🙂
I hope to do more outdoor painting soon. First, I have a few studio pieces I want to finish for the Old Town Art Fair coming up on June 8 and 9.
I also posted this on my new website – come on over and check it out.
Sometimes it’s hard to get back to painting, especially if it’s been busy and I haven’t done it for a while. Last fall I started doing these small works on paper as warm up exercises. They feel very free and experimental. Sometimes I like the outcome, sometimes not. I try to go into it without a fixed idea of where I’m going. I tape off a six inch square – I love taking off the tape when the painting is done.
I’ve posted some of these small paintings in my shop, and you can see more of them on my instagram. I’ll also be bringing some to the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago on June 8 and 9 (booth 079).
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.
November already! We had our first snowfall today. This sunset painting is inspired by a summer trip to Michigan back in July. I’ve kept busy painting indoors and out, and teaching at Insight Fine Art Studio, among other things. I post more frequently on Instagram as debrhapainting, but I’ll be bringing this page back up to date over the next few days.
I’ll also be updating my etsy shop with quite a few new pieces including a series of works on paper that I’m having so much fun with… soon, very soon!
Enjoy the weekend, friends.
Beautiful summer – I love this time of year. Here’s a zinnia from the garden. I’m pretty sure it’s done, I might glaze over the leaves today. I’m getting ready this painting and many others ready for the Glenview Art League Summer Art Fair this Saturday and Sunday. I hope to see you there.
First day of Schaumburg’s Prairie Plein Air Competition, and the weather is fine :). I’m working indoors today, but I did make it out to have my panels stamped in preparation for outdoor painting next week. These events are so fun – I get to meet artists in person that I only know online, like Maggie Capettini last year and Kate Burlette today! We get to make artwork between now and May 11, and the reception is at the Prairie Center for the Arts on May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. I’m looking forward to seeing artists there, and in action over the next two weeks.