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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Facing Fall in July

9 x 12
oil on linen panel
Although there's nothing autumnal about this scene, painted plein air on a very hot July day,  it is so named since I was facing the Fall Pavilion in the beautiful Calendar Garden of The DeFries Garden in New Paris, Indiana. The garden is divided into the fourths, encircling this lily ladened koi pond with lovely little buildings and seasonal flowers to glorify each of the four seasons. It's also marked with each month of the year and the brick walkway is imprinted with each day plus holidays.  For details, visit the garden's designer Jon Cutrell's Flickr page by clicking here. Two artist friends and I painted in this paradise last week and though it's over an hour away, I was so impressed, I drug my husband back there yesterday so he could admire it as well, gardener that he is. It's no wonder it's a popular destination for weddings and other events. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the drive and I'll be painting for quite awhile from the many photos I took.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Bass Mansion and St.Francis Gardens in Spring

14 x 11
oil on linen
The magnificient old Bass Mansion on the grounds of the University of Saint Francis with the spring flowers in full bloom. It is a spectacular structure and is now the centerpiece of the university. There is a beautiful pond just behind it, complete with swans.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Back Yards

12 x 9
oil on canvas
Still trying to get some exercise for those plein air muscles but this one was done from a photo taken in Yellow Springs, Ohio during the Tim Horn workshop. I did, however, paint it fast, as if I was working outside and had to make decisions and strokes quickly. All in, it took about 90 minutes. 

Last night was the artist's reception for a juried exhibit held annually, called Ventures in Creativity. It's always fun event since most of the artists are known around Indiana and largely from here in Fort Wayne. I entered four that were all accepted, which of course made me very happy, but that was nothing compared to how I felt when they announced the winners. My self portrait, "Selfie in a Pink Hat" won Best of Show. What a rush. So a big THANK YOU to judge Lynn Dunbar who came up from Louisville Kentucky to be the juror for this event. Here, again is the painting...
"Selfie in a Pink Hat"
BEST in SHOW
Woo Hoo!!!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Market Activity

16 x 12
oil on linen
Our city hosts several farmer's markets throughout the summer, but this one, The Barr Street Market, is my favorite. I painted it last year and enjoyed the process, and the outcome, and I especially enjoyed that it sold right away! So when we visited it a couple of Saturdays ago on a beautiful sunny day, the bright canopies were practically glowing, inspiring me to give it another go.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Arrangement in Vermillion and Green

12 x 12
oil on panel
 
This painting came out of a need to harness these gorgeous colors. It began with the little bouquet from our yard plopped into the green Ball jar and a stack of fabrics I bought to make pillows for our patio furniture. I was captivated by the sight of those colors together and started gathering anything that might play off that palette. I really wanted to add a tiny baby doll that I've kept from childhood, but I'll save her for another time. I arranged about 50 different poses with all kinds of props before settling on this one that includes my grandmother's old banjo-uke, my aunt's cut glass bowl, and the rose colored wine glass and applique hankie I found at a rummage sale. I absolutely loved painting this, especially in air conditioning. 

I've been investing a lot of time trying to up my game in plein air. It takes an entirely new set of skills and I'm acutely aware of just how much of a novice I am at painting from life outside. But it's been fun in spite of the sunburns, mosquito bites, and other mishaps, such as when the wind picked up my entire easel, along with the painting, paints, brushes, and solvents, and blew it all into a pond. The fun part includes a paint out where my painting sold right of my easel and a fantastic workshop with Tim Horn.

Here are a few shots from that amazing time with Tim. It was held in a charming college town, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and was attended by the nicest bunch of folks I could hope for. We bonded together over our shared passion for art, especially Tim's, and after painting all day, would meet up each night for margaritas and dinner in town. Unfortunately, we never got a group shot.
Tim with one of his incredible demos. I wish so much now that I'd bought this one.
My effort on the last day. A painting of the home of Tim's friend, Branson Pyles.
Me and Tim at the end of the day with temps in the 90's. Still happy.








Saturday, April 2, 2016

Selfie in a Pink Hat

10 x 10
oil on Ampersand panel
I think the title says it all here. Sometimes you just run short on people willing to pose.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Eat at Joe's

12 x 9
oil on panel
Maybe you've heard the phrase, "there's more than corn in Indiana". Absolutely right. One very small and charming northern town draws gourmets to what some publications have judged the best French restaurant in Indiana. This is a view looking down the street towards the restaurant. The town is rich with great plein air subjects, a painter's dream.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Retro Cutie

8 x 10
oil on canvas
We recently stayed in a great hotel, which was new but designed to replicate the old motor courts. Really cute. The room included an aqua, deco refrigerator, barn type sliding doors to the bathroom, cement floors, and big rustic wardrobes. This car with their logo, was parked outside along with the Airstream food truck I painted earlier. Such fun.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Brooke

10 x 8
oil on canvas
This was painted today, quick and loose, just to use up paint on my palette, and may be one of my personal favorites. 

Serene
24 x 20
oil on canvas
And I just finished this, also of Brooke and as a gift to her. She just delivered her little girl last week, a beauty just like her mama. I'm so happy for Brooke and her sweet husband.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Precious Cargo

20 x 16
oil on board

Brooke again! This time with her little passenger more clearly defined in this more classic approach. I kept it loose with my big round brush for most of this painting. When I stepped back, I was amazed with how well the silky brocade drape turned out.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Blooms

16 x 20
oil on canvas
Another painting out of "the Brooke session". She is such an angel to pose for me. 

...and here is my beautiful friend,  model, actress, and mommy-in-production, Brooke with her painting when I delivered it to The Castle Gallery.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Glow

 16 x 12
oil on canvas
 My beautiful friend Brooke. Painting her is like painting a sunrise or clouds that are so gorgeous, you can't believe they're real. She is an artist's dream! And that beauty is truly inside and out.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blue Stacks & Lemons

20 x 16
Oil on canvas
I've collected some fun, colorful bottles and other assorted glass lately just for the pleasure of painting them. This still life was set up in our back window with a nice view of the pond with ice building up on it. I love that fish bottle and the Buddha bottle!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scott

8 x 10
oil on canvas
  My husband let me practice my portrait chops by sitting for me. I appreciated his heroic efforts to stay awake.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kohaku and Company

12 x 24
oil on canvas

Colorful Koi, greens, blues, orange, and browns. I totally indulged myself with color today after seeing nothing but white, gray, and dull brown outside.  And I know winter weather has just begun up here in the north so that's going to pretty much be our palette for a while. This was painted from a photo I took in Florida a few years ago.