Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Winter on the Des Moines River

This is a larger painting based on a 12" x 6' painting. I am trying to paint larger but slowly working my way up. Hopefully by the end of this year I will be able to paint a 48" x. 
20" x 10" oil on Ampersand panel.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunset on the Cattle Pasture

This is a larger version of a previous study. This was painted on a orange pink ground. The study was on painted on a pink ground. 
20" x 10" oil on Ampersand panel.

I am thinking that maybe it needs to be cropped.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Summer Pasture

This is a large painting based on a previous study. I reworked it especially with the cattle in front trying to give it depth and scale.
12" x 24" oil on Gessoboard.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Volunteer 7

This is after editing. I changed the eyes to work with what I had in the photos. Added the plaid shirt.

This was after the 2 hour painting session. I decided to use a horizontal format because of the cowboy hat. I took photos that I will use to refine the finished painting. Loved the cowboy hat. Obviously this is a volunteer from the local rodeo committee.
14" x 11" oil on panel.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ruffled Swan

The mating for life challenge on the Daily Paintworks site. I used an image from morguefile.com as reference with a few changes in the background.
6" x 6" oil on canvas panel

Monday, February 23, 2015

Gray Barn on a Gray Day

Tanking photo from the car again. This was mostly grays. When we started out driving that day there was sun casting wonderful blue shadows on the snow. This scene was more challenging. With a little creative license I added color. 
12" x 9" oil on canvas
I paint on preprimed canvas without support so that I can crop an image as needed. I do think this one might be better as a 12" x 6" 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Winter on the Des Moines River

Another painting based on a drive by photo. The ground color is close to the same as the burnt orange in the sunset colored tree on the left.
12" x 6" oil on canvas panel

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hanging Around the Water Warmer

Usually I have to move cattle around to get the best composition. Sometimes a photo works perfect as is and this was perfect except for the blue thingy. My husband asks me why they were hanging around a dog house. I tried to look it up on the internet assuming it was a water heater or feeder. I couldn't find it but I am just going to call it a water heater. That fits better with my title play on the words about hanging around the water cooler.
12" x 9" oil on canvas panel

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Winter Pasture Sunset

I was driving and my artist friend Jessica, took the photo reference from the window of the car. That explains why the cattle were not staring at us. Just the right lighting. I still had to edit the photo and move the cattle around. I love painting snow in shadow where throwing in blues and purples adds to the color scheme.
9 x 12 oil on canvas panel

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Volunteer no 5

Nick helped to implement the building of the old fort along with many other projects. He was a marine and this is his favorite hat. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Volunteer 4

This is the volunteer from the local Salvation Army. She was nominated for citizen of the year. I enjoyed painting her for the lovely pink and peach coloring and that beautiful white hair.
11" x 14" oil on panel

"Lammert Paint Box & Canvas Holder"

I attended a demo and this was available for purchase Notice the handles that were made for those of us who need extra leverage when turning knobs. This is the "Lammert Paint Box & Canvas Holder"

The box measures roughly 17"x 13" closed.  Weight is 7 lbs.  This includes the glass palette.
(With around 10 tubes of paint....9 lbs.)

Here shows the inside of paint box.  The Glass palette (painted gray on the back side) has velcro strips on each corner.   These will hold the glass in place when the box is vertical. 

Left of the palette (shown here) is area for holding tubes of paint when traveling.  Shown here is a cardboard insert. This fills the space between paint tubes and top lid while carrying the case vertically.  (Keeps them from moving around all over the place.)

In right lid.....elastic straps for holding brushes in place while traveling.  Here we've shown a bungee chord on the left.  I use this in my box to hold paper towels in place .

Glass palette and cardboard insert is included with box purchase.

This picture shows how the middle divider can be removed.  The box is deep enough to hold a Sennelier  120 half stick Soft Pastel  box set in place while the box is closed. 

The Canvas Holder closed..... ready to carry!

Canvas Holder is able to hold a board or stretched canvas up to 21" tall. 

The holders are 12" in length so they will hold from a small canvas to a much wider one safely in place. (guessing...24" or so)  
The 1/4" wood insert is for a tripod mount (camera mount on tripod)

Here's the set up on an Artwork Essentials tripod. 

Gin is now taking orders to make this box/easel set for anyone interested in a light weight,
fast, mobile painting set up.  (tripod not included) See it on Gin's blog

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Exhibit at Fairfield

These are just a few of the paintings I have on exhibit at the Fairfield Arts Association located in the Sondheim Center in Fairfield, Iowa. This exhibit runs until the end of March. The opening reception will be March 6th during Fairfield first Friday Art Walk. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Volunteer no 2

Miss Ann and Queen Lizzie
Annie volunteers at the local PAWS animal shelter. She sorts and redeems the refundable cans, plastic and glass bottles. This helps maintain the shelter. Annie has been doing this for over 2 years and has put in countless hours. Her Puggle Lizzie is of course her rescue dog. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Volunteer 3

This is the volunteer from the Sheaffer Pen Museum. Fred has been a volunteer for various organizations throughout the community for years. He is great to work with. 
11" x 14" oil on panel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rocky Bank

I just finished this and started to take photos when after the first one the camera battery died. This one photo seems good enough
6" x 8" oil on canvas

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tomatoes on the Vine

Just finished this in time to make the Monday post.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Volunteer 1 Janice


I have a new project starting in conjunction with the local art center
I am looking to create an exhibit honoring volunteerism and the non-profits they support with an exhibit scheduled for February of 2016.  This idea originated from an artist in Maquoketa.

The exhibit will be based on the “Portrait of Maquoketa” exhibit by Rose Frantzen. Rose’s idea was that: “Typically, the subject in a portrait is a person who can afford to commission a painting or someone the artist finds intriguing for his or her own reasons. In a Main Street Maquoketa storefront, Rose Frantzen painted portraits from life of anyone in her hometown that wished to pose for her. “I wanted to paint my neighbors and fellow Maquoketans without any selection or choice on my part, attempting to capture a direct portrayal of the people around me,” said Rose. “Together, we could democratize portraiture, allowing anyone to be painted just by showing up and participating.” From July, 2005 through July, 2006, Rose painted 180 12x12” oil portraits.”  http://oldcityhallgallery.com/page6/index.html

Typically when we honor someone for their volunteer contributions to the community it is the main person, such as Rodeo Parks' Eddie Richards. In this case the exhibition wishes to herald those “behind the scenes” folks that participate in regular and loyal fashion for their nonprofit. We want to honor the volunteer that shows up and does whatever needs to be done. We want to encourage volunteers with the idea that they are needed at all levels. I aim to capture their everyday strength.

We are asking that Fort Madison nonprofits select a representative volunteer that represents the organization.  The selected volunteer for each organization will need to show up for a 2 hour portrait painting session at the FMAAA. I will work around their busy schedule. This session will consists of myself painting the final portrait for the exhibit and will be open to any other artist who may want to take advantage of a live model. The volunteer will be able to keep the oil painting, but it must be available for the exhibit. 

The exhibit will consist of all the portraits and canisters to collect donations for the participating organizations, included with information on volunteering at these placements.

I look forward to this opportunity to paint, promote and highlight this great community with all the people who make it so.

I asked my sister to identify this lady and she knew right away. Such a relief. Although I tweaked this from a photo when I got home. She is well liked and volunteers at the local art center along with lots of other organizations.