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Oil Painting: Snowdrops

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Snowdrops©DAnderson

Here are some early snowdrops in my neighbor’s incredible suburban garden – she has cherries, currents, plums, even paw paws. Found out this week that I made it into Schaumburg’s Prairie Arts Festival May 27 and 28 – so excited :). Lots to do!

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Oil Painting: Daffodils with Red Tulip

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12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas
12 by 12 inches, oil on canvas

 

Plein air oil painting: Far Towers

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10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, plein air
10 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, plein air

I went out painting yesterday, just downstream of where I painted last week, facing north instead of south. This is the west fork of the Chicago River, and those are the Techny Towers of Northbrook. I spent so much time walking around and checking out the birds that I only had about 30 minutes. I’ve been trying to limit my time so I can do some quick paintings on our trip. I touched it up after I got home.

Oil Painting of Crocuses

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Crocuses
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

This warmer weather tempts me away from the easel and into the garden, but here are a couple early spring crocuses. Happy Mothers’ Day!

 

Night Ride: Oil Painting of Mars and Jupiter

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8 by 8 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard, SOLD

Last month I went on an amazing bike ride with good friends. We stayed out riding on the woodsy Des Plaines River Trail as the sun set. The first stars appeared, and in the west two bright planets stood out – Mars and Jupiter. It gives me chills to think of those distant planets swinging through their orbits, and us gazing up through the trees. It was very dark by the time we got back to my friend’s house, and she had a feast waiting for us.

To go with each of these star paintings, I’m making a simple hand drawn star map showing the constellations and directions.

Oil Painting of Backyards

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6 inches square, oil on hardboard

Great day – the weather was great, and I spent part of the afternoon painting outside. This sea of green is the view from our backyard facing south, through the neighbors backyards. I like the shade under the trees with the bits of bright light punching through.

While I was working on this, I was thinking I need to revisit Laurel Daniel’s blog. She paints such beautiful plein air landscapes — I am so inspired by her work and her wisdom.