First day of Schaumburg’s Prairie Plein Air Competition, and the weather is fine :). I’m working indoors today, but I did make it out to have my panels stamped in preparation for outdoor painting next week. These events are so fun – I get to meet artists in person that I only know online, like Maggie Capettini last year and Kate Burlette today! We get to make artwork between now and May 11, and the reception is at the Prairie Center for the Arts on May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. I’m looking forward to seeing artists there, and in action over the next two weeks.
I paid extra for these mandarin oranges with the leaves on. Definitely worth it.
A new exhibition of faculty artwork in North Park University’s Brandel Library includes three of my paintings. Here is a link with information about the artwork. The show will last most of the spring semester, so check it out if you are able!
Okay, they’re really slices of Minneola tangelos, also known as Honeybells. They are so sweet and flavorful that it almost hurts to eat them. Painfully delicious. These were in the fruit and vegetable box from Fresh Picks last week. Fresh Picks delivers produce, meat and groceries that are mostly local, mostly organic. I set up a biweekly standing order, and I can put extra things in if I choose. It’s not as direct as a CSA, but I like it. Especially for the seasons when the farmers market is closed.
This is another series of timed sketches, 15 minutes each. I was going to do 10 minutes each, but the first one looked so awful at 10 minutes that I couldn’t let it go. I watched a Daily Paintworks video on color mixing last week and I’m trying out some new colors. These sketches are liberating – the stress from the time limit takes all of the stress out of the results. The inner critic is distracted. I like how they look all stacked up together. Different perspectives and different lighting.
It’s almost Christmas! Here’s another still life with a clementine and juice. Holly drew circles which might be people or “round and round things from a movie”. Then she painted black over everything – night. And then she took pink and purple paint and brought the dawn – wake up time. It took a while but eventually the black night paint lifted. Meredith had a dream a few nights ago about candy land, where treats are nutritious. It was such a good dream, she made this painting of it. The snowflakes are black licorice.
Clementine and OJ: available – $80
My daughters and I have continued with still life paintings. Here are a couple more from this week. My youngest daughter is finally getting some representation.