The Anderson Family Painters

Mandarin Oranges, redux

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MandarinsRedux

This piece is a commission, revisiting the subject of a painting from a few years ago that was destroyed in a fire. I love how color bounces around on these white plates.

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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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Oil painting: Orange with Steel Bowl

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

I got so caught up in the reflections and colors in the bowl. Like glass, reflective metals are a fun puzzle to paint. Is that really what I’m seeing?!

I’ve been working with live setups rather than photos lately. I’ve always done some of each. Working from life motivates me to finish – more time pressure since things wilt or droop or get eaten or moved. The paintings I’ve had a hard time finishing are all from photos, and it’s just easier to walk away from, knowing I can come back to it later, but by then the paint is drying and the focus is interrupted. Painting from life has a different look, too.

The girls joined me for the painting session last night. I love it when we paint together. Meredith started a scene with a train, but hasn’t finished it yet. Here is Holly’s nest.

8 by 10, acrylic on mat board
8 by 10, acrylic on mat board

Family Plein Air Painting Session

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10 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard
10 by 8 inches, acrylic on illustration board

Memorial Day – the girls wanted to try plein air painting in the backyard, in the heat. I felt a bit wilted by the time they got going. I am not happy with my very quick cloud study, but I love the girls’ paintings. This is Meredith’s first try with oil paints. Holly says hers is a sculpture. I’ve been admiring the paintings of Roos Schuring, a plein air painter in the Netherlands. I’m amazed by her work, and I love watching her video demos.

6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

100th Post: Painting with Friends

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7 by 6 inches, acrylic on illustration board
7 by 7 inches, acrylic on illustration board
10 by 8 inches, acrylic on illustration board
10 by 8 inches, acrylic on illustration board
10 by 8 inches, acrylic on illustration board
12 by 9 inches, acrylic on paper
12 by 9 inches, acrylic on paper
12 by 9 inches, acrylic on paper
12 by 9 inches, acrylic on paper

Meredith and I painted with our good friend Annika yesterday. We started out painting fruit. Annika and I did a pear and an apple, and Meredith did a banana and an orange. While I worked on my fruit, the girls finished and started on abstract designs. I had so much fun and I love how everything turned out. Annika’s younger brother Jonas started painted after we were through – the last four are his. Look how he painted two designs, each in two different color schemes. I enjoyed watching him work.

This is my 100th post! It’s been fun and motivational to record our art adventures this way. Thanks for the visits and comments.

For the next three months my paintings are on display at an amazing store in Glenview called Lyzart. If you’re in the area, definitely check it out. I was fascinated with all the artwork, handmade items and crafts. Jewelry, ceramics, woodworking – I took some beautiful things home with me :). Thanks to everyone at Lyzart for all your help today, and for partnering with the Glenview Art League!

Family Paintings of Pine Cones and a Candle

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

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today the girls and I got ’round to a good old-fashioned ladies painting session. Meredith and I had many ideas of what to paint, and we agreed on one :).

Meredith used to ask for a lot of advice and help when we’d paint together, but she’s independent these days. She has one proud mama. Once again she rocked the background. I kept peeking to see what color she’d choose. I love it.

Holly refused to paint until bribed with chocolate. She quickly indicated the candle, replaced the pinecones with a portrait of her bearded Opa, and spent the rest of three chocolates worth of time signing her name.

Girl in Pink, Batman, Evil Queen and a Storm House

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8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard
18 by 12 inches, pencil
18 by 12 inches, pencil
14 by 11 inches, acrylic on canvas board

Cold rainy weather – perfect for a group art session. I tried out a few of Rose Frantzen’s methods, she has a great way of explaining what she’s doing when she paints. Painting and sketching from summer vacation photos brings me back to those fun times. We love and miss you guys!

Meredith has been drawing a lot, and doing a great job of it. Here are two pictures – one of batman and one of an evil queen. She likes her drawings to have a lot of story worked into them.

I should take pictures of Holly’s paintings in progress. For this one, she did a lovely rainbow house, and then a terrible storm with a huge flood with giant waves. Then, just in time, she painted a strong protective shell over the house to keep all the rain and wind and water out.