The light at daybreak changes so quickly, and it’s so beautiful I find myself chasing these effects and sometimes confusing a painting. For this exercise I painted three six-inch panels with a 20 minute time limit. It was a very cold morning.
It’s been a busy week of framing, block printing and packaging up work for the upcoming Evanston Art Center Winter Expo! Preview night will be November 17, and the show runs through December 21, 2017. Here’s a link to a pdf with all the event details. I’ll have many small paintings and linoleum prints for sale.
I’ll also have three paintings in an encore showing of the Northbrook Paint the Town Plein Air Show. Two, including Windflowers below, are pieces I completed at the event, and the third is the moonset from the last post. I think they will be at the Northbrook Historical Society starting November 12.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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. 🙂
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.