Another moment from The First Brush of Spring paint out week in Southern Indiana last spring. As we were cutting through a shady alley, I was taken by this scene of late afternoon sun breaking through and making patterns on the buildings. The bright red truck appeared to have a spotlight of sun on it.
I've known Lennon since she was a bump and I've wanted to paint her since she got here. This baby is just as photogenic as her beautiful mom, whom I've painted several times. She's at that fun, busy stage now where she's toddling and curious about everything. Here she's seems to be taking a break in her reading to contemplate something. I love how babies are all plump spheres, rosy, heart-shaped lips, and button noses.
I'm so happy to announce my painting "Waiting for the Show", won Best of Show at the Ventures in Creativity Juried Art Exhibit last weekend. The judge was the Ohio OPA artist, Carolyn Lewis. I liked this painting but winning this award was a complete surprise and I have to admit, pretty sweet.
A view of the last post from a few steps up the street. This is slightly bigger and obviously in a square format with a bit warmer colors. This canvas surface is also more "toothy" and absorbant, so it required a heavier hand and thicker paint. This, again, was captured in New Harmony at that golden hour of the evening. For an person like me with an small town, Indiana childhood, it evokes familiar, nostalgic memories of heading home after a day of playing outside in the neighborhood.
This is another painting that came out of my trip to New Harmony, Indiana, during The First Brush of Spring. At the end of the first full day, while the expected rainstorms were still holding out, I walked around with my friends scouting for scenes to paint the next day. The sun was going down and casting those beautiful long shadows while I snapped photos and caught this moment. The rains indeed arrived that night, so this view had to wait until yesterday when I painted it in studio.
A friend modeled for this figurative piece that presented some nice challenges with foreshortening.
Figure drawing and portraiture have
always been my preferred subjects, both as an artist and as an art
lover, so this was a project I loved tackling.
Tim Horn is such an amazing artist and teacher. I was so lucky to be able to attend his workshop last year and jumped at the chance to go again when he came back to his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. In both classes, I not only learned valuable lessons in plein air painting, but was also fortunate to be in the company of very nice and fun loving workshop mates. Here we are all at the end of the third day, just before going our separate ways. Tim's work is captivating. Check out his website here - http://www.timhornart.com/
Here are a couple of my paintings from the workshop. It was seriously HOT out, but we could hardly complain since the expected rain never materialized.
New Harmony is a tiny little town but has great shopping. There are only four restaurants and one of those closes after lunch, but there's a shop run by a dulcimer luthier and a collective of shops that include a stained glass place, kitchenware, antique stores, and the best clothing place I've found in a long time. During one of the rainy days, we shopped and I found these little gems.
Another painting that came out of our time in New Harmony. I mentioned the weather wasn't optimal most of the time, but the day I took this photo was the exception. We arrived on a beautiful day in the afternoon shortly before a ceremony and exhibit at the Hoosier Gallery. People were gathering and greeting each other, waiting for the show to begin when I snapped this pic of these lovely ladies. They just had to be painted. I don't think I'm the only one who took advantage of these unwitting models.
Last month a bunch of painter friends and I joined over 200 other artists in New Harmony, Indiana for an annual paint out called "The First Brush of Spring". There are several planned events and competitions, but the main draw is to paint scenes of the very charming town in the company of people who love plein air painting. It was great fun although the weather didn't cooperate. We had one full day when it didn't rain but it was cloudy and threatening to pour down most of our time there. I did manage one outdoor work, but the rest of my pieces came from photos. This one is of my traveling companion, bunk mate, and good pal Linda from a photo snapped during one of our wine breaks.
On a day of blizzards and nor'easters, I chose this moment from last summer to use for a painting exercise. The challenge was to do a "quick draw", allowing no longer than two hours from start to finish. I had a bit of time to spare, such was my motivation to project myself into this memory of warmer days. But spring is coming. Spring is always coming.
February was such a cruel teaser. We had temps close to 70 which led to outdoor activities and kayak trips. Our crocuses were in bloom and the daffodils and tulips were well on their way. Now on the cusp of St.Patrick's day, there's a blizzard on the east coast and plenty of snow here. This painting began with full anticipation of spring, marrying my favored subject of portraiture with my lesser explored attempts with florals.