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.
I had so much fun at the Glenview Art League Summer Art Fair last weekend! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth, I saw many friends, met interesting people, had great conversations, and some paintings found new homes :).
Next up: Art in the Garden here in Glenview on August 19 and 20. I had so much fun at this show last year! I hope you can come. I’ll be bring this small painting of our backyard nasturtiums, along with many other small, medium and large pieces. Here are the artists who’ll be at this wonderful “Grassroots Art Fair.”
Amy Taylor: Jewelry www.amytaylorjewelry.com
Cory McCrory: Ceramics www.facebook.com/cory.mccrory
Deb Anderson: Painting www.debrha.wordpress.com
Gary Jackson: Pottery www.firewhenreadypottery.com
Jill Wallace: Ice Dyed Scarves www.stilldyeing.com
Jillian Hentschel: https://www.facebook.com/Chasing-Color-by-Jillian-1842544422673601/
Ken Staggs: wood turned vessels and housewares
Nancy Sickbert-Wheeler: www.sickbert-wheeler.com
Retta Hentschel: Stained Glass www.facebook.com/I-Do-Windows-by-Rettaglass-330166626938/
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 painted in my parents’ backyard on our weekend trip to Michigan. Congratulations to my niece on her high school graduation! They celebrated with an awesome open house, and we were happy to be a part of it.
I was invited to paint with Steve Puttrich’s plein air class at the Morton Arboretum this week. I had a great time! Steve gave very clear instruction at the start of the class, along with several demos. I had a hard time choosing a spot, but ended up focusing on a shady corner of the Thornhill Education Center building. I enjoyed painting with this group – fellow wordpress artist Maggie Cappettini was also there. 🙂
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.