Deb Anderson

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.

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Plein Air: Moonrise Over Water

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I woke early to catch the sunrise, setting up my easel and oil paints in almost full darkness. A crescent moon with one bright and one dimmer star (Venus and Regulus, I think?) hung over a pale horizon, reflected in the lake.

Oil on a Raymar linen canvas panel, 8 by 10 inches, ready for framing. Click here to see it in my Etsy store.

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Here is a little map of the sky I looked up on skyandtelescope.com after I got home, to figure out what I was seeing.

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/

Sunrise, Plein Air

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Thick paint, scooped on like frosting! I’m having a lot of fun with this. It’s challenging, and less predictable. When I touch a spot with a brush it might spread out, blend, lift up, or reveal some color I forgot was underneath. Lots of scrapping areas off and trying again. Below are a couple more cloud studies, a small one I did from a photo and an afternoon plein air landscape (nearly the same spot as the one above).

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Michigan Sunset plein air

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I painted in my parents’ backyard on our weekend trip to Michigan. Congratulations to my niece on her high school graduation! They celebrated with an awesome open house, and we were happy to be a part of it.

 

Plein Air: June 2 Sunrise

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June 2 Sunrise, 6 inches square, oil on hardboard.

What an amazing way to start the day.

Plein Air: Thornhill

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Thornhill, 9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, by Deb Anderson

I was invited to paint with Steve Puttrich’s plein air class at the Morton Arboretum this week. I had a great time! Steve gave very clear instruction at the start of the class, along with several demos. I had a hard time choosing a spot, but ended up focusing on a shady corner of the Thornhill Education Center building. I enjoyed painting with this group – fellow wordpress artist Maggie Cappettini was also there. 🙂

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