Friday, May 22, 2015

FIELD OF MEMORIES


AWAKENING

This is another painting that was completed during the last paint out with one of the plein air groups that I paint with. This is the view looking to the left of the spot where I painted the view with the gravity wagon. The fields had not been plowed yet, and this one still had cornstalks from last years crop.  Along with the corn stalks were some new pale green and pink toned weeds that had taken hold of the earth. I used to enjoy walking the fields when I was a little girl, and I have a collection of arrow heads found on those walks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

REMEMBERING


BRIGHT SPOT ON A STORMY DAY

On a recent paint out with the Ohio Plein Air Society, I painted at a large farm near Mechanicsburg, OH.  As many of you know, I was raised on a farm, so this view of a gravity wagon seemed very familiar. It was a stormy day, with rain showers moving through intermittently.  It was a challenge just to keep myself and my painting equipment dry, but my umbrella worked like a charm, and I was able to do this little painting. I did have a challenge with getting the paint to adhere to some areas of my gesso board that had gotten wet from the storm.  It really is true what they say about oil and water not mixing!! Here's to farming memories!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WINKING AT YOU

Ooh La La (I'm Going to France)

Last Saturday, I traveled to Bellefontaine, OH where the flying club that my husband belongs to was having a practice session for the upcoming aerobatic contest season. I went along to see old friends and to help out with planning for the Ohio Chapter's contest.  One of the pilots served as a coach for the practice session.  He is a wonderful pilot and has been selected to be on the USA team for the World Aerobatic Competition to be held this August in France. His plane, featured in this painting, was parked on the ramp and when I looked at it, I knew it was going to be a painting. It will be disassembled, crated, and shipped to France. Doesn't it look excited?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Plein Air at Sycamore Creek


Last Saturday,  the plein air group that I paint with painted at a place called Sycamore Ridge Park in Pickerington, OH.  This is a photo of the area that I selected to paint. I finally got the painting photographed today and the photo below is the painting that I almost finished at the site, then put the finishing touches on at home.


SYCAMORE PARK COVERED BRIDGE

You can see this and more of my paintings at www.carolgranger.com and on my Facebook page by searching for Carol Granger Studios.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A CAT LIKE NO OTHER

ACE DIZZLE

All cats are unique. They come into our lives and weasel their way into our hearts, even the strange-and-not-so-friendly-ones.  Ace is our daughter Erin's cat.  She got him when she was still in high school.  He arrived one day in the engine of a friend's car who was at our house visiting.  He was covered in oil and grease and was a tiny little thing. I think that ride in the car's engine had an affect on his brain and his personality. I have been around lots of cats, but not one as unusual as ACE.
He now resides full time with our daughter, who lives in Utah.  Whenever she visits,  I always see scratch marks and teeth marks where the little "devil child" has attacked, always just playing. So here is a painting showing Ace's kitten days, when he was such a cutie, and not so badie.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Another Day at the Beach


SANDY PLAY

This painting is from the same trip to Hilton Head.  As I said before, I love to people watch, and these three boys were having a blast digging in the sand. I loved the bright colors of their trunks, as well as the waves crashing on the shore, quite a challenge to capture. You can see this painting and others on my web-site, www.carolgranger.com, and on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cfgrangerstudios.