Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sunset Over the Des Moines River

This is a small studio painting from a plein air study. We  were painting when a storm came up. I moved under a shelter house and painted on.
8" x 8' oil on canvas on panel

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pink Rose

This was also created on a yellow ochre ground.
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bentonsport Rose

The rose garden at Bentonsport still had some nice blooms. I started this one on an orange ground hoping to capture the peachy rose, but I ended up with a pink rose. I need to work on that.
6" x 8" oil on canvas on masonite panel.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Plein Air Painting with the Zorn Palette

Carroll and I had a painting class scheduled at the local art center. Four of the participants had to cancel, so the rest of us decided to go plein air painting at the local park. Blick Art Materials is having a contest using the Zorn palette and this is my entry. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas on panel.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wilson Lake Fall Study

We stopped at Wilson Lake to catch the leaves starting to change color. 
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch at Appleberry Orchard

Nearby is an apple orchard/pumpkin patch called Appleberry Orchard. This is the perfect time of year for painting there. Great landscapes and lots of pumpkins still left in the field. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Experimenting with acrylic and just dropping in bold colors. White is a good color to play with colors in shadow.
6 x 8 acrylic on paper

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blue Roan Horse

Still have acrylic paints to use up. The blue I have is pthalo and it shows in this painting. I decided to try to work with this color more after I saw it used so well by a plein air painter.
8" x 6" acrylic on panel.

Monday, September 15, 2014

White Horse

This is one of many horses at the parade. This was a very calm well mannered horse and looking alert. I enjoy painting white because of the opportunity to use any color I want in the shadows.
6" x 6" acrylic on panel

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Orange Peeled

I went plein air painting without success. This was painted late at night to try to make the 30 paintings in 30 days deadline. I did miss yesterday.
6 x 6 acrylic on panel

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunrise Over the Mississippi

Before and after a storm are the best times for clouds. 
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sunrise Over the Park

This was the sunset I tried to capture a couple of weeks ago. This was created from photos that don't do it justice. The two plein air paintings of this are the posts on August 19th and 21st.
8" x 8" oil on canvas

This painting was accepted into the annual Exhibit of the American Academy of Equine Art.

Black Crow

This is sample I did for a painting class with younger students. My intention with this is that the male students would enjoy painting this and to encourage them to experiment with color especially with black . I also used acrylic.
8" x 8" acrylic on canvas on masonite.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Clouds over the Mississippi

I only had time to paint the clouds and left out the bridge. I took photos with the intention of putting it in later. 
8" x 16" oil on canvas

I am planning a painting from the photos I took of the parade. These are my practice sketches. I am not that confident on my ability to paint profiles and I have a lot of reference profiles from the parade to practice on.
8" x 20" graphite on matboard

Monday, September 8, 2014

Starr's Cave Nature Center - Day 8

Yesterday we went to Starr's Cave to paint. There were some wonderful sites along the creek bed that required us to haul our stuff. I took photos instead and chose this view close to the parking lot. Some children came by and complimented me on my "bear" on the top, only it was supposed to be a cow. I stayed a little longer and fixed that, then asked my husband what it was: "a cow".  Now I am finished.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Parade Sketches - plein air day 7

Yesterday I watched the Rodeo parade and took pictures. This was a great opportunity to sketch the spectators. The above sketch was from across the road and I did have to draw fast before they changed position. You do not have time to erase.

The parade was stopped and I had time to sketch this majorette. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Plein Air painting Day 6

 I found this spot along the bank of the one of 3 small ponds located around Wilson Lake. 
6 x 12 oil on canvas panel

Friday, September 5, 2014

Plein Air painting in Wilson Lake 1st painting

All of my plein air paintings yesterday were waterscapes. This was painted around 2pm and there was not a lot of shadows. The shadow under the far trees was what attracted me to this scene. They seemed to have a blueish cast.
6" x 8" oil on panel.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wilson Lake Plein Air

I am participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days. I decided to do 30 Plein air paintings in 30 days. I started with paintings I did at a plein air competition. 
Today I did three to get ahead. This one was especially challenging for me. I wanted to paint the underwater log. I can't guarantee that I will do the tough ones since they may take longer. 
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dangerous Combination

I had to drop some paintings off for an exhibit and on the way home I stopped to paint.  A friend joined me later outside Mount Pleasant. Oakland Mills was our first choice but we found a shady place on the banks of the Skunk River in Waterworks Park. This rope swing and hollow tree drew me in. The rope looked old and possibly ready to break should anyone try to use it, not to mention it is hanging from a hollow tree. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas panel.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Amana Skies

The last day of plein air painting in the Amanas the skies were so beautiful. This was a quick painting trying to capture the ever changing sky.
6 x 12 oil on canvas panel

Monday, September 1, 2014

Plein air Amana

This was the painting I did on the overcast day. Usually I avoid overcast days but I wanted as many paintings to choose from as I can. I painted without stopping for lunch that day.
11" x 14" oil on panel