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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).

Oil Painting: Pink Cosmos

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Here’s a warm-up piece I did today, to prepare for this weekend’s outdoor painting event: Northbrook’s Paint the Town. On Friday and Saturday 30 artists will be painting outdoors throughout Northbrook. Sunday morning there will be a quick-paint event in the Village Green, a painting demonstration by award-winning artist Steve Puttrich, and an exhibition and sale of finished paintings, with awards ceremony. The weather forecast is for rain, rain, rain, which just adds to the adventure and excitement, right? Yes.

Meanwhile, I have been busy carving linoleum blocks for prints (I love printmaking!) I will post here and in my etsy shop soon.

These cosmos are among the last of my garden flowers for the year. It’s been a dry summer and I’m not the best about watering regularly. I’ve been tilling and mulching to get a head start on spring planting. I’m also saving seeds this fall. It has been a “next-year” kind of year around here. I look forward to seeing how some of the perennials and bulbs I planted and moved around emerge in the spring. Fingers crossed.

Plein Air Oil Painting: Nasturtium

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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/