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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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Plein Air: Sunrise, again

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

I went back to the same spot by the lake and painted the sunrise again this morning. The paint acts a lot differently when I apply thicker strokes. I like some of the results.

Oil Paintings: Lake Fog, North and South

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Two paintings, each 12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard.
Two paintings, each 12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard.

It was a cold, windy day, with fog rolling over the dunes and the nearly empty beach. Some of the kids braved the waves while others huddled under towels in the sand. These two paintings show a bit of Lake Michigan from the eastern shore, so the left one is Lake Fog South, and the right one is Lake Fog North. I love sending paintings off to happy new homes. Sometimes it reminds me of a favorite subject that I want to explore again. These share subject and format with the Lake and Sky paintings from 2012. Thanks for visiting!

Plein air painting: Ice on Beck Lake

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12 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard
12 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard

I spent an hour and half painting by Beck Lake this morning, with mostly clear skies, ice on the lake and plenty of entertainment from the geese. I recently watched Oil Landscapes – Quick and Easy, a dvd by Brian Ryder. I tried out his methods: starting with a pink ground, careful drawing, and really scrubbing in the main areas of color. The specks are geese, there were a lot more of them but I just included a few. There was a person out on that farthest path of ice, walking back and forth, maybe fishing? My last few landscapes seemed kind of amber/brown, so I stayed away from cad yellow medium and only used a bit of cad yellow lemon.

All set up to paint at Beck Lake
All set up to paint at Beck Lake

Oil Paintings: Lake and Sky

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Two paintings, each 12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard
Two paintings, each 12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard

Happy Old Year! Here are two paintings that I finished up yesterday. Sunlit Lake Michigan, calm and clear, with cumulus clouds up in the distance. As a pair, they form a continuous image, but they also look interesting separated. These are each 12 inches by 24 inches, the same dimensions as Summer Triangle and Winter Circle, a pair of star paintings I was working on this time last year.

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I’m trying out a few new things (thanks again for the gift cards!). I used a piece of hardboard (masonite) to make a bigger palette and this was my first time using it. I gave it many coats of linseed oil over a couple days, but the porous board still sucked the oil out of my paints, making them stiff. It worked out okay, and with each day’s cleaning it seems to be happening less. It’s great to have a bigger mixing area and it cleans up easily.

I got a new brush, too —  a Princeton Catalyst Polytip bristle flat, no. 6. It’s synthetic and very stiff, I like it a lot, may get a few of the other sizes.

On our trip to Michigan the girls and I tried out a little tin of watercolor pencils, adding color to sketches. Watercolor is tricksy, but these are portable and it’s nice to add simple washes and still have the control and texture of colored pencils. Thumbs up.

Oil Painting of the Shoreline

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11 by 14 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard
11 by 14 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard

Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful weekend in Michigan. The girls have just gone out to play in the new-falling snow. I finished this painting this morning. It’s another view of the lake in the Glen. Check it out my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/debrha.

Plein Air Sketch of Beck Lake

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10 by 8 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard

It was a beautiful day. I spent an hour and a half painting at Beck Lake this morning. Painting outdoors is complicated and full of distraction. I’ll try to do more plein air this year, and get a better feel for it. I may work on this painting more tomorrow, indoors. Two inspiring artists who do beautiful landscapes and frequently paint en plein air: David Westerfield and Laurel Daniel.