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.
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"
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.