Thursday, February 6, 2020

repeating subject matter

When putting a show together I noticed that there are subject matters that I repeat, snow on wood was one of them. Part of the reason is I can make use of a limited palette on a cold day. This one was painted plein air in January 2020 at Indian Lake. 
6" x 12" oil on panel

This was painted plein air in Rodeo Park on a day with temperatures in the single digits in January 2019. I would often see walkers in Rodeo Park but not that day.
6" x 12" oil on panel

This one was painted plein air at Shimek State Park in March of 2019
6" x 12" oil on panel

This one is early fall at Wilson Lake without the snow. I should to go back there after a snow fall. 
9" x 12" oil on panel

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Cold weather plein air painting

Ice piled up on the banks of the Des Moines river. A beautiful scene.
12" x 6" oil on panel

Indian Lake wood pile waiting for the next season's campers.
12" x 6" oil on panel

Challenge painting bare trees and perspective. 
12" x 9" oil on panel

Monday, January 27, 2020

Snow scenes

I am participating in the Strada easel challenge. Last year I managed to get out and paint snow scenes out in the cold. This year I sat in my car, which still counts as paint from life. In my car I can paint watercolor without worrying about freezing water.

I did get out one day when the weather was a little milder. A little 12" x 6" oil. 

Another one painted from inside my car.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

plein air painting

Plein air painting this time of year is a good practice in mixing neutrals. 
Oil on panel 8" x 5.5" 

Monday, January 13, 2020


I am participating in the January Strada Easel daily paint from life challenge. These are a few of the still life paintings. I paint in watercolor if it is late in the day. I find it easier to photograph watercolor paintings. Most of my oils are photographed using natural light. #stradaeasel #stradaeaselchallenge