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.
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.
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.