Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mississippi Drift

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.
11" x 14" oil on panel

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greenhouse Roses

I will be plein air painting at the garden tour in Nauvoo. This was a practice from the local greenhouse. The tour will be on Sunday and I am looking forward to this event. 
12" x 9" oil on masonite to bid at auction

Friday, June 13, 2014

Chestnut, Sorrel and Black

This is currently a work in progress. I keep going back to it and making adjustments. 
12 x 24 oil on Ampersand panel

This is the rough in. As I was painting I still made adjustments. If only I could spot my mistakes better at this stage.

At this stage is where I noticed my mistake. The neck on the horse on the left was too long.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pastoral Scene

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.
9 x 12 oil on canvas panel

The rough in started on a white ground.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hay Bales

I did a study of this in a smaller version. I was happy with that and did this 10" x 20" version.

usually I do the main subject matter first but in this case I was procrastinating for fear I would mess up. 
10" x 20" oil on Ampersand panel

I will be exhibiting locally at the Snake Alley Art Fair on Sunday June 15th in Burlington, Iowa

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nurse Jim

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.
16" x 20" Acrylic on masonite 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


This is the final painting. I increase the contrast between the head and the background from the previous version.

This is still a work in progress. I just wanted to post something.

I added the green background to contrast the reddish brown.
16" x 20" oil on Raymar panel

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lone Stand

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.\
12" x 6" oil on canvas panel.