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Coming Rain, plein air oil painting

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Here are paintings I completed for the 2019 Prairie Plein Air Competition. I’m looking forward to seeing the other 48 submissions at the reception on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts building located at 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. If you’re in the area I’d love to see you there, too ūüôā

I hope to do more outdoor painting soon. First, I have a few studio pieces I want to finish for the Old Town Art Fair coming up on June 8 and 9.

I also posted this on my new website – come on over and check it out.

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Prairie Plein Air

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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!

Plein Air: Daybreak Trio

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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.

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Plein Air: Moonrise Over Water

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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.

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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.

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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Michigan Sunset plein air

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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.

 

Plein Air: June 2 Sunrise

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June 2 Sunrise, 6 inches square, oil on hardboard.

What an amazing way to start the day.