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.
Finished! This was my demo painting for the workshop at the library last week. I just added it to the exhibit today to replace a painting that sold. Thanks to everyone who attended the artist talk and workshop. And thanks to the staff at the library for putting it all together and hosting artwork in their beautiful display area. I hope to teach more workshops in the future. Send me an email if you’d like to be notified of future events.
I recently started teaching classes at the Insight Fine Art Studio in Skokie. I’m having a great time with it! The studio is lovely, filled with creative vibes. Mary, the owner, is wonderful. Check it out.
Here’s a warm-up piece I did today, to prepare for this weekend’s outdoor painting event: Northbrook’s Paint the Town. On Friday and Saturday 30 artists will be painting outdoors throughout Northbrook. Sunday morning there will be a quick-paint event in the Village Green, a painting demonstration by award-winning artist Steve Puttrich, and an exhibition and sale of finished paintings, with awards ceremony. The weather forecast is for rain, rain, rain, which just adds to the adventure and excitement, right? Yes.
Meanwhile, I have been busy carving linoleum blocks for prints (I love printmaking!) I will post here and in my etsy shop soon.
These cosmos are among the last of my garden flowers for the year. It’s been a dry summer and I’m not the best about watering regularly. I’ve been tilling and mulching to get a head start on spring planting. I’m also saving seeds this fall. It has been a “next-year” kind of year around here. I look forward to seeing how some of the perennials and bulbs I planted and moved around emerge in the spring. Fingers crossed.
This small painting just got a few final brushstrokes that sent it from “hmm” to “complete.” More beautiful blooms from my good neighbor. We went to the Old Town and Wells Street art fairs in Chicago today – so much beautiful art! I am blown away. I especially loved Signe and Genna Grushovenko’s paintings, the mixed media work of Ronna Katz, and Katie Musolff’s watercolors.
I also just finished watching James Gurney’s Gouache in the Wild video. It was so good, an I hope to tune up my gouache outdoor sketching skills in the coming days and weeks.
This piece is a commission, revisiting the subject of a painting from a few years ago that was destroyed in a fire. I love how color bounces around on these white plates.
This is a radiant little orange. I was having some trouble with it – I accidentally put the orange right in the center of the board. I wiped the painting down, started over and it came together. “Brave little orange faces the future.”