Plein air

Plein Air: Library

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GVLibrary

I set up a new, diy plein air painting easel by the library a few evenings ago and made this small sketch. I like the color of the warm evening light on the brick.

I have a couple events coming up! I’ll be at the Glenview Art League’s Summer Art Fair on July 30 and 31. Also, I’ll have a painting the Glenview Art League’s Member Show at the Bookmarket starting on the fifth. There will be a reception on July 22nd, but unfortunately I’ll be out of town then.

Watercolor Painting: Moon Over the Ridge

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Watercolor, 5.5 by 6.5 inches
Moon Over the Ridge, Watercolor, 5.5 by 6.5 inches

We just returned from a road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. I did a little plein air painting and sketching, also hiking, rock climbing and relaxing :).

Here are two more sketches, one watercolor and one quick oil, and two watercolor paintings by the girls. I’ve nearly finished two studio paintings based on our trip, so check back soon for more Rocky Mountain goodness.

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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!

Click on the painting to view it in my etsy shop.

Plein air oil painting: Evening at Wagner Farm

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

After yesterday’s early morning plein air session I was pumped up to go out again in the evening, this time to the Wagner Farm Museum grounds. These two white draft horses were running back and forth, enjoying the grass and the sunset. With the glowing light, it’s easy to use too much yellow. I’ve noticed that in the past. Many things to work on.

Edit: after I posted I remembered a recent visitor’s comment about how forgiving oil paint is. If you don’t like it, scrap it off! So I took some of the yellow out of the sky, quieted down the line of trees and reposted. I’ll put the old photo of the painting below. Which one is better?

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

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Plein air oil painting: Memorial Morning

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

Got up early to paint the sunrise on this beautiful morning. I went up to the lake in the Glen and made two false starts facing east. Lovely sky and reflections in the water, but I couldn’t get anything working together. Wiped the board off in frustration, twice. Then I turned around and faced the old air traffic tower, preserved from the days when this area was a naval air base. I had better luck and more fun with this third try. Seems appropriate on this Memorial Day weekend to be remembering all the people who worked and trained here.

I’ve been enjoying Roos Schuring’s recent videos on eight problems painters face and how to fix them. Great videos. She has lovely sunrise paintings, too.

Plein Air: Spring Tree Nature Center

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8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard

Another evening of plein air painting last night, this time at the Spring Tree Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Seems to be a lot more to see there – I stayed pretty close to the parking lot. I was challenged with the composition on this one. The cottonwood tree, the foreground wildflowers and the color of the sky all caught my eye, and I ended up pretty evenly dividing the painting between them. Maybe it would be better to emphasize one over the others. I’ll have to try again and find out :).

Plein Air: Clouds Over Busse Woods

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8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard

A change of pace from white flowers. I had a great time painting outdoors, enjoying the weather and wildflowers in Schaumburg’s Busse Woods last night. Click on the painting to see it in my etsy shop.