Sunday, September 18, 2016

Recent paintings

Catiri's Art Oasis gallery. Painting created during the quick paint. 
12" x 9" oil on panel

Catiri's Art Oasis Fresh Paint entry painting of the field North of Amana, Iowa
11" x 14" oil on panel

Railroad depot view from the pedestrian bridge.
6" x 12" oil on canvas panel 

Rock wall again.
11" x 14" oil on panel

Morning Fishing.
14" x 11" oil on panel

Friday, September 16, 2016


Third version of the Geode Rock wall fishing. This is a commission so I painted three versions. I told the client that it is a common subject and I could still sell the other paintings. The people in the paintings were just a suggestion and they could be whoever you wanted them to be. I feel the couple in this one look the best. It was hard to try to give the suggestion of a woman and a man.
11" x 14" oil on Raymar panel.

This is the second version. I like the feeling of sunlight the best on this one. My original plan was to paint plein air, that is until I found out where it was located. I had to walk a dry creek and then through some shoulder high weeds on uneven ground on past tree branches that gave me stinging blisters. I took may camera and put together the background from the photos. I would still like to paint plein air but will have to wait until the park staff decide that they need a trail there. 
9" x 12" oil on panel

This is the first version.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September Exhibit at Keokuk

I am currently showing at the Keokuk Art Center round room for the month of September
Lone Tree in Fall 21" 18" oil on stretched canvas

Petunies 12" x 6" oil on panel

Canadian Geese in the Park - plein air
16" x 10" oil on canvas

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cattle Pasture Plein Air

This Saturday I participated in the Paint Marceline plein air competition. This event was organized by the North Missouri Arts Council. They supplied a map of possible locations, which saved a lot of time driving around sizing up the scenery. I stopped off at this century farm and as I was walking around the owner came home. When I asked about cattle, he very kindly drove me and my gear out to where the cattle were cooling off in a mud pit under a hedge apple tree... perfect. I liked the tree that caught my attention first and then I quickly saw the cattle.  I always wanted to paint plein air in a cattle pasture and the owner assured me they were friendly, but watch out for the cow patties. They did stick around long enough for me to sketch a few of them. The mud was another challenging  element. I soon found that when dropped off in a distant cattle pasture in the hot sun I needed to plan better; I forgot bug spray, sun scene and something to drink. I guess it encouraged me to paint fast.  
14" x 11" oil on canvas

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mosquito Park

On a recent shopping trip to Burlington I stopped at Mosquito Park. This is a little park with a big view of the Mississippi River. Cloudy days make for challenging grays and the view pushes the distant grays. This is definitely a place I plan to revisit. 

This was painted on a dark mossy green ground, basically wiped off from a previous painting
6" x 12" oil on panel

This was wiped off. I got a phone call and had to quit here. I painted into a Pthalo blue and Burnt Sienna mix with Liquin added. I think I could have left that unfinished look, after all it is basically a study. Another place to go back to.
6" x 12" oil on panel

Monday, July 18, 2016

Study Underwater Rocks

A quick painting study. The water was still which gave me a better view of the rocks. 
8" x 6" oil on panel

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lotus Along the River

Green in sunlight and shadow is something I need to work on. A great opportunity to practice on it with the Lotus in full bloom, actually I am a week too late according to a passing jogger. There was plenty left at this spot. Artist Tim O'Neal excelled at this with large colored pencil drawings of Canas leaves. Tim does not have an internet presence, so you will just have to take my word for it.
11" x 14" oil on canvas. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Three Tree Trunks

A couple of years ago we went to Wilson Lake to paint lotus blooms. They must have thinned them out because my latest trip to Wilson Lake yielded a few sporadic blooms. I did find this scene with the late afternoon sun peaking through the foliage.
I started this with M. Graham's Walnut Alkyd Medium mixed with burnt sienna and ultramarine.
8" x 8" oil on canvas  

Waterlilies Study

The waterlilies are in full bloom along the river. This was painted plein air starting with a burnt sienna and ultramarine blue ground mixed with alkyd medium. It was a little complicated for me to do plein air so I took photos to work on it later. The Mississippi river is the light blue stripe in the background.  
11" x 14" oil on canvas

Three Tree Trunks

A couple of years ago we went to Wilson Lake to paint lotus blooms. They must have thinned them out because my latest trip to Wilson Lake yielded a few sporadic blooms. I did find this scene with the late afternoon sun peaking through the foliage.
I started this with M. Graham's Walnut Alkyd Medium mixed with burnt sienna and ultramarine.
8" x 8" oil on canvas  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Study in Greens with water

Late afternoon at the lake. The water changes so fast it is hard to keep up with it. When the wind picks up the water has ripples with dark green and white. When it is still, there are slight ripples that just make the reflections a little wavy. 
14" x 11" oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Self Portrait at 39

Self Portrait at 39
I am cleaning house in my studio. I was flipping through some sketchbooks and found this. It had been so long ago I forgot about it. I had to ask my husband, "Who does this look like?" to be sure it looked like me. I haven't seen that face in a long time.

Old Brooder Shed
This is another sketch from my 1991 sketch book. This building was drawn plein air, one of my earlier attempts. The building is gone now but it used to be a chicken shed and later cleaned out for a playhouse. 

Location Unknown
I am not sure anymore where this scene is from. It did date my sketchbook by the signature. I really should date my sketchbooks.

The Pickup
I often sketched in ink to get over the eraser habit. You will notice the horse in the foreground has three front legs. Don't have time to fix it, just move on. The reference for this was a photo I took of the local rodeo. Back then they had an afternoon performance and I could take some decent photos.

I found an earlier sketchbook but declined to post the sketches. I started out copying comic books. One of my favorites was Vampirella. I don't remember the artist but my guess it was probably Frazetta. I wish I still had that comic book.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Another Field of Hay

This started as a demo for an painting and wine party, but they preferred to paint fall trees. Since I already had the basics drawn in I finished it. The clouds I took from another photo. I have painted this scene before with fall foliage.
11" x 14" oil on canvas

Friday, July 1, 2016

Chasing the Light

This should be the final. Sometimes I don't know when to quit. Since this is due tomorrow then it is time to quit. I changed the sky with a little warm tones around the trees. I also mixed in darks with the lights near the top, hoping to give the appearance of the masses of stars. Darkened around the firefly she is chasing. Added a couple of fireflies in the grass and some more in the distance. Darkened the girls skin in the shadows. Although I suspect fireflies don't glow that bright I claim creative license. 

The local art center is having a themed exhibit titled, "It's a Bug's Life". I failed at photographing a dragonfly and a couple of other insects on a recent hike. With no other option, I pulled this together with a couple of photos of my granddaughter chasing a bird. Made up the night scene and the "fireflies". No one said they had to be anatomically correct.

When talking about painting people one of the artists complained that you can't sell your paintings from the life drawing class, so why bother. A lot of what I paint ends up just practice. When I try something out of my area of expertise, my failure rate is higher than usual. This one is oil and it did take some wiping off and fixing to get a natural feel. Even now I plan on waiting til it drys some to tweak it. 
11" x 14" oil on canvas on panel

Monday, June 27, 2016

knowing when to quit

Yesterday was the annual Fort Madison Area Arts Association garden tour. I like the access to private gardens but the trade off is lots of visitors. I do like that it is often friends I haven't seen in a while. I don't know if the distractions were the reason I was unhappy with this painting or my usual odds of failed paintings. I am used to constructive criticism but one of the visitors stood over my shoulder and dictated which lily did not look right, not why it failed, just that I needed to fix it. So I painted on, Granted I was not happy with the painting anyway, Her "help" was like people who complain about politics but don't have any solutions. I got home and wiped the painting off, the end. 

I did take this photo so that later I can critique it without stress. I think maybe it could use more lost edges and one of the lilies needs to be the center of attention. Anyone who wants to post their opinion is welcome, just remember "What would you do to fix this?"

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Into the Woods

I stopped along the road to take photos of these cattle hoping for a perfect composition. This one stuck me as interesting painted exactly as the photo. I had considered putting a cow facing left in the back with its head in the large green space, possibly more in shadow. That may be for another time. The ground for this is close to the color of the cattle.
14" x 11" oil on canvas on panel

Friday, June 24, 2016

Devil's Creek

This is a spot I used to go to years ago. When the river is up the road there gets flooded. When it recedes the road is broke up and full of deep potholes. But worth the slow drive around the potholes. It is a great fishing area, so I have shared the bank with fishermen and women.
12" x 6" oil on canvas

A walk on a trail through the tall weeds will lead to spots on the bank with this great view under the bridge. It was too challenging for me to capture the reflections of the waves on the bridge, but I had to try. 
14" x 11" oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When They Spot Me

This is the day to tweak my paintings. On this one the rabbit on the right looked too big in relation to the others. Still not sure. 

The rabbit on the lower left looks a little deformed in the face. Tweaked that and fixed the back. The original scene was just grass leading into the shadow. I just made up the landscape and had fun with it. I guess I just needed a break from reality.
12" x 9" oil on canvas panel

Update with Cattle

This is a painting from a previous post. I decided to add the cattle that I had taken photos of.
10" x 8" oil on panel

The original photo was taken under different lighting conditions. Although this may be more accurate because I have been using Pthalo Blue a lot lately. I like the deep rich color but it does take some time getting used to.

This is what it would look like cropped to 8" x 8" .

View from the Cemetery

This started with a ground of Burnt Sienna mixed with liquin. I painted into the still drying ground. Most of the colors worked well this way, except for the sky. I finally brushed it on rather thick. 
8" x 8" oil on canvas