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!
A mix of rain and sun today. I spent an hour between showers at Beck Lake, facing east. A few people were kayaking, a few fishing. I’ve painted here a few times now. I used a reddish orange ground on my board this time. I painted a few boards that color a few days ago after looking at paintings by David Mensing. Go look at them! You can see the orange/red showing through in spots and I really like that. So much energy!
This painting is for a local commission. The owners of the house are moving to a warmer climate and want a momento of their home, and of winter weather. About five more inches of snow fell this morning. Meredith and I planted pea seeds in the garden just yesterday. I knew snow was in the forecast, but I didn’t think it would stick.
This studio piece has been sitting in the corner for a while, waiting for final touches. I used a yellow ground color. It glows through the blue of the sky and water, and helps to harmonize everything else.
I love painting tangled patches of plants. I’m always working on brushstroke variety and control, and the foreground is a smorgasbord of different marks.
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Here’s another victim of our apple picking trip. This is an Autumn Beauty. I love that orangey red color.
Another evening of plein air painting last night, this time at the Spring Tree Nature Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Seems to be a lot more to see there – I stayed pretty close to the parking lot. I was challenged with the composition on this one. The cottonwood tree, the foreground wildflowers and the color of the sky all caught my eye, and I ended up pretty evenly dividing the painting between them. Maybe it would be better to emphasize one over the others. I’ll have to try again and find out :).
A change of pace from white flowers. I had a great time painting outdoors, enjoying the weather and wildflowers in Schaumburg’s Busse Woods last night. Click on the painting to see it in my etsy shop.
Here is a studio painting from photos I took early last spring. The west fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River runs through the Techny Basin Conservation Area just north of here.
Mostly cloudy today, and very cold – about 10 degrees. There is ice on the lake and snow yet in the grass.
I’ve painted near this lake before. This time I set up on the north end and looked west. The sun was behind hazy clouds so it was dimmed and everything had a warm glow, almost other-worldly. I happened to have a brownish-orange toned board with me that worked out pretty well.
On her terrific blog Rose Schuring has encouraged everyone to get out there and paint – thanks for the extra motivation and inspiration, Rose! She has also been very generous in sharing her art business expertise.
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