Thursday, October 11, 2018

Keep on Painting

MUNCH A BUNCH!
During a recent plein air event, I had the chance to take many photos, and this is one of the results from those photos.  I love the face of a cow. They are always so curious and they have those big beautiful eyes.  This calf was chowing down on sweet summer grass and looked so content.
I painted this on a violet toned panel and if you look closely, you can see some of the violet peeking out.  I tried to maintain a looser style on this one and am happy with the result.
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Monday, September 24, 2018

HOMESTEADER'S RANCH

BARN VIEW- BESENDORFER RANCH

This painting was also done at the plein air event in Midway, UT.  At another ranch, we met a rancher whose land had been in his family from the time of the homesteader's.  It was a very interesting location for painting since the rancher had a museum of sorts of all the old equipment that had been used in years past. This painting was done on a dark toned canvas which made me lay down a good amount of paint in the process.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

WILD FIRES!

SMOKY DAY AT THE PROBST RANCH

I recently attended a plein air event in my new home state of Utah.  Our state has been ravaged by wild fires this summer and on this particular day, the smoke showed up in where I was painting in Midway, UT.  It partially obscured my view of the mountains and gave the surrounding countryside a faded distant look.  This painting shows my interpretation of the smoke entering the valley.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

WHATEVER IT TAKES

ROUGHING IT AT OSH KOSH

Aviators are a hardy bunch and many of the ones attending the convention at AirVenture in Osh Kosh, WI camped.  The convention site has a camping area that has to be the largest I have ever seen.  
 The aviators camp in conventional campers but also have an area available to camp with your airplane.  I spotted this airplane and tent set-up on one of my wanderings around the convention site.
The airplane was doing double duty in the clean-up department with its propellor serving as a towel rack. This painting is done on a toned red canvas board.
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Wonderful Summer in Transition

OSH KOSH FLOATER

 This summer has been a very busy one.  My husband retired, we sold many belongings, packed some for storage, then moved to Utah.  In between all of that, we went to Osh Kosh, WI in July for the annual AirVenture convention for aviation enthusiasts. Though I am not a pilot, I am married to one, and have shared over these many years in his passion for flying.  This is the first year that we stayed for the entire convention, even arriving a few days early to help with set up.  Because I cannily look at so many airplanes and watch so many airshows without getting BORED, I brought along my passion for painting.  Subject matter did not disappoint and I was able to get out several days to do some painting "en plein air."  This particular painting happened on a beautiful day at the sea plane base located at the southern end of Lake Wenebago.  I had a lovely day under the shade trees watching the planes land and getting in some painting time.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

MOTHER'S DAY

TULIPS FOR MOTHER

This painting is a studio piece that I finished in time to honor Mother's Day.  Though my Mom has been gone from us for a number of years now, I remember how fond she was of spring flowers, especially tulips. So this painting is in her honor, as well as for all mother's everywhere who give unconditionally of themselves for the betterment of their children and families.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Spring at the Conservatory

CONSERVATORY PATH

This painting is a plein air study done at the Franklin Park Conservatory during a plein air painting session. Unfortunately,  about half way though the painting process, we were struck by a pop up thunderstorm and had to run for cover.  I did take a photo of my subject before the rain started so was able to finish this at home.  Hope you enjoy!!