Saturday, March 30, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
|Lilies and Phlox, pastel, 20x30, $1900. framed with AR glass|
Summer is a few months away and I am craving more color! Michigan is very drab this time of year.
I have painted in this garden many times through the years and it has provided an large source of inspiration for me. This new painting is a studio painting. I used my artistic license to change the background and changed the pink phlox to white. This is the same corner garden, only looking towards the bench instead of the trellis, and I left out the fence. You can do those things as an artist and I hope you think it works. I may still paint a studio piece based on the Garden Shadows, below.This new pastel painting will be featured in my first summer show at the KIA, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo on June 7-8. See my web site for my complete summer show schedule for 2013.
|oil plein air, 2011, SOLD|
|Garden Shadows, oil plein air, 2012, 11x14, $800.|
Sunday, March 24, 2013
|The day was overcast even though the forecast was for sunny weather!|
|I decided to pushed the color a little to add variety and depth. You can see there are a lot of grays and browns in this landscape, so I mixed up a variety of warm and cool grays.|
Sunday, March 17, 2013
This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Grand Rapids Art Museum's event called "Art in Bloom". The event was originally geared for floral designers to create a floral sculpture inspired by a work of art in the museum. In the last three years, they also have invited four "plein air" artists to set up a still life in the museum and paint while the guests meandered and voted on their favorite floral design. This year we painted for three hours on Saturday. I decided to keep it simple so I could finish my painting during that time. I choose to paint carnations and had the idea to paint them laying on the table in a simple arrangement. It wasn't as easy to arrange them as I thought it would be, but stuck to my initial concept. The painting surface is the same as the painting in the last blog, an 8x12 oil primed linen mounted on a birch panel. I am happy with the result.
|Carnations, oil on linen panel, 8x16, $850. framed|
|at the museum|
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Today I went out plein air painting. It was in the mid 30's with bright sunshine, I soon felt overdressed!
This place is near to my home and I discovered it last fall, thinking it would be a good painting spot. I am set up on a flat earthen ledge, held up by a tree and the roots. I kind of felt safe, though I was concerned about my sled of equipment sliding down into the river. Overall, I was excited to try this new size format for a painting panel. I am also thinking that this composition will translate well into a larger painting of the same subject.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
|Bay Sunset, pastel, 18x12, $900.|
Painted from a digital photo reference. This painting will probably be at North Seas Gallery this summer unless it sells first!
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