Oil Painting: Bluebells

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Crossing my fingers that the varnish on this dries in time for the Prairie Arts Festival this weekend. These bluebells were a gift from a friend and fellow gardener.


Oil Painting: Queen Anne’s Lace

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Queen Anne’s Lace, another foliage painting in a series observing the autumn equinox. These are hanging in the Bookmarket through December.

Tomorrow night the Glenview Library is hosting a reception for the Nature in Glenview exhibition. It’s from 6:30 to 8, featuring several local artists. Hope to see you there!


Oil Painting: Asters

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Asters ©Deb Anderson, 24 inches square, oil on canvas.

A wave, a drift of flowers, weeds, lush and brittle. A gift, a wall, a path, a dead end.

Oil Painting: Backlit Peonies

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This small painting just got a few final brushstrokes that sent it from “hmm” to “complete.” More beautiful blooms from my good neighbor. We went to the Old Town and Wells Street art fairs in Chicago today – so much beautiful art! I am blown away. I especially loved Signe and Genna Grushovenko’s paintings, the mixed media work of Ronna Katz, and Katie Musolff’s watercolors.

I also just finished watching James Gurney’s Gouache in the Wild video. It was so good, an I hope to tune up my gouache outdoor sketching skills in the coming days and weeks.

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Oil painting of Tulips and Catkins

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©Deb Anderson, oil on hardboard, 8 by 10 inches

Pink tulips, silvery catkins.

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Oil Painting: Pickerel Weed

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Pickerel Weed, oil on canvas, 20 by 24 inches, ©Deb Anderson

I usually don’t look up the names of these plants until I’m done painting them (ended up realizing one painting was of poison ivy). The purple flowers here are pickerel weed – appropriate since they were growing in Pickerel Lake, a place our family vacationed every summer for many years. So many dark jewel tones – this was a fun one.

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Oil Painting: Mom’s Garden

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This 20 by 24 inch painting is based on my mom’s beautiful flower gardens in Michigan. Hollyhocks, hibiscus, balloon flower, marigolds, and sage, among other things.