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Coming Rain, plein air oil painting

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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.

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Painting practice: abstracts on paper

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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).

Prairie Plein Air

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We’re already halfway through the 2019 Prairie Plein Air Competition in Schaumburg, Illinois. Between this week’s heavy rain and my work schedule I haven’t been out to paint yet! Hopefully that will change next week. This is the painting I submitted last year, along with some photos of my plein air supply kit, which tidied up last week. So far I’ve only used the reading lamp for predawn set up, but I hope to do some night painting sometime soon.

This large camera tripod was found at a thrift shop, and the mast and palette are simple diy projects – I’ve been using this setup for a couple years now and I’m pretty happy with it.

I’ve been making progress on my new website, which includes a shop where the Celandine Poppy painting is available for sale, as well as other paintings and handmade prints. I’m getting ready for the Old Town Art Fair coming up on June 8 and 9. Hope to see you there!

Lake and Sky Paintings

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Three oil paintings on cradled hardboard, each 16 by 40 inches.

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.

 

 

Oil Painting: Sunset, Duck Lake Beach

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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’m looking forward to showing work with  fine jeweler Dora Winchester on November 27 in Glencoe’s Guild Hall. More details coming soon.

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.

Zinnia, oil painting

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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.

Mandarin Oranges, oil paintings

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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.