My husband is a nurse at the local nursing home. He volunteered me to do a portrait demo. I asked Richard to be the model because he has a sense of humor and I could joke with him. This is a 16" x 20" acrylic. Acrylic would not have been my first choice for a portrait but because of some issues the residents my have with fumes from oil and dust from pastel acrylic was the safest. I also gave myself less than two hours to finish it. The experience was so positive that I also volunteered to do a painting demo at the assisted living residence. My husband made a frame for Richard and his remark was "That is probably the best part." I think Richard was the best model ever.
This view is from the Fort Madison Art Center's garden tour. I painted this ahead from a combination of on site and photo reference. This view is from 115 Young street in Nauvoo, IL. There were lots of great views and gardeners sharing their expertise. The Mississippi is muddy so that is what I see in the water. Sometimes I manage to find a stream that runs fairly clear. There has been a lot of rain lately that stirs up the mud.
I often paint on canvas and if I am happy with it I attach the canvas to a panel. It also helps if I have to make adjustments and can crop the image. I added more grass to the bottom which should be covered by the frame.
My husband is a RN at the local nursing home. He talked me into volunteering to do a painting demo to entertain the residents. I said I would do it but he had to pose for me for practice. This was an acrylic because the dust from pastels and the fumes from oil may cause problems with some of the residents. Acrylic was a bit more challenging and I had to spray water on the paints every once in a while. This does look sort of cartoony. I blamed that on my husband not sitting still. I will post the artwork from the demo and hopefully they will enjoy the performance.
Plein air painting at Wilson Lake. I found this tree interesting. The day soon became overcast followed by a short rain. The rain was not long enough for me to try to capture it so, I concentrated on the greens.\
On Memorial Day the parks are busy, so I was reluctant to go painting there. It is not that I mind people watching, just that I will be in the way unless I lug my stuff down the trails out of the way. The weather forecast was predicting rain so I decided to set up in my yard and paint the peonies. The sun was shining when I started but soon came and went. The blooms also changed as they were opening while I was painting. This was a good painting exercise.