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.
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).
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!
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.
Things have been quiet on this blog, but happily busy in the art room and beyond. These two lilypad panels were a real experiment, using a palette knife and a favorite “catalyst” shaper to scrape paint into varied facets of green, and then carving out water, leaves and light.
I’ve been teaching at Insight Fine Art Studio for over a year now! It’s been wonderful and energizing – a great, creative community. In addition to weekend classes for kids (6 to 18), I just started teaching an adult class on Fridays from 9:30 to 12:30. There is room available in that class, so check out the Insight website, or let me know if you’re interested in joining.
The time has come for a new website! It’s not complete yet, but I’m busily building it out at debandersonfineart.com. Eventually it will have a shop and a calendar of upcoming art events. For now, I’m preparing new work for the Old Town Art Fair on June 8 and 9, 2019.
I’ve taken a new leadership role as president of the Glenview Art League. This group has been an encouraging community art makers for me since I joined almost 10 years ago. We host art demos, an annual Youth Art Fair in February and Summer Art Fair at the end of July, an exhibit program where artists showcase their work with local businesses, and more. For more information about that, check out the GAL website.
Finished! This was my demo painting for the workshop at the library last week. I just added it to the exhibit today to replace a painting that sold. Thanks to everyone who attended the artist talk and workshop. And thanks to the staff at the library for putting it all together and hosting artwork in their beautiful display area. I hope to teach more workshops in the future. Send me an email if you’d like to be notified of future events.
I recently started teaching classes at the Insight Fine Art Studio in Skokie. I’m having a great time with it! The studio is lovely, filled with creative vibes. Mary, the owner, is wonderful. Check it out.
Lately when I’m painting I think about prismatic, colored light. I don’t see rainbows very often, but daily I see light bending and bouncing off every surface. I see how sunlight cools at the zenith of the sky and warms at the horizon.
My paintings, including the two above, are hanging in the beautiful display space at the Glenview Public Library until May 15. Join me at the library for my artist talk on April 4 at 6:15, followed by a painting workshop from 7 to 8:30. Register for the workshop here at the library website.