Dan Nelson

Plein air oil painting: Sunflowers

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

I painted today for the first time in many weeks. Pretty rusty, but it felt good. I’ve been playing catch-up on work projects since the summer art fair. Meredith is homeschooling this year, so the start of  school  meant a new pace and a different kind of busy-ness. We’re settling in to a rhythm, and I hope to get back into regular art practice, but that may take some time. We set up in the backyard after lunch with a pile of art supplies, and here are the results. Holly drew a family portrait, our friend has a great story to go with her bear family picture, and Meredith worked on a Rupunzel-like girl.

My mom took me to Art Prize in Grand Rapids over the weekend. We saw some fascinating sculptures and paintings and fire-breathing dragons. Our time was limited so we missed a lot more than we saw. There was one artist, Dan Nelson, who painted while we watched – 50 some canvases all hung to form individual and hidden “meta” images, called Points of View. We didn’t get to see the paintings of Rick Beerhorst, a GR artist I admire, but they made the Juror’s Short List. Everyone votes by phone for their favorite pieces. The piece with the most votes wins $200,000. The overall Short List will be announce this weekend.

HFamilyHome
9 by 12, crayon on paper
NBearFamily
9 by 12, crayon on paper
MGirlWithHair
14 by 17, watercolor on paper