Plein Air Convention Pastel Paintings 3


Into the Blue
Pastel landscape painting    9″ x 12″       See Pricing
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I was incredibly honored that Savoir-Faire, a fine art supply importer, requested that I demonstrate at their booth during the Plein Air Convention. They know how much I love their products and kindly sent me a half-pastel Seaside set and a pad of Sennelier Pastel Card a couple of months ago.

Its a bit nerve-racking to paint in the hugely crowded exhibit hall where hundreds of accomplished artists are prowling the aisles, experimenting with new products and buying their favorites. And it is just TOO WEIRD that while we are attending the biggest gathering of plein art peeps in the world, we demonstrators are working from PHOTOS – the very opposite of what we all live for. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I thought I’d bring a little northern Michigan to southern California. I was happy with the way these two pieces came out and received great comments from the wandering artists and buyers. I worked for an hour an a half on each one using Pastel Card as my substrate. I am liking this paper more and more. It stops me from becoming overly detailed and fussy with my application of pastel. I like the gritty surface and the soft edges it creates. But when I want strong emphasis, it lets me create strong, expressive strokes. Yum.


All is Well
Pastel landscape painting    12″ x 9″       See Pricing
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This artwork was created with:
Paper: Senellier Pastel Card
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Days End – Oil Painting


Oil Skyscape Painting    16 x 20 inches      See Pricing

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Southern sunset from our balcony…. This one is off to J. Petter Galleries in Douglas/Saugatuck, Michigan.
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This artwork was created on: Linen Canvas
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Evening Fire – Pastel Painting


Pastel landscape painting    12 inches x 18 inches
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Sundown.


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Kitty Wallis Warm Belgian Mist Paper
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

Sunset Stroll – Oil Painting


Oil Plein Air Landscape Painting    8 x 10 inches      See Pricing

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Summer days and nights “Up North” on Lake Michigan, the grand dame of them all…

 

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

St. David’s Bridge – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     11 x 14 inches   SOLD     
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The last of my paintings from the Wayne Plein Air Festival. I just found out yesterday that this piece sold, which makes me very happy. ;o)

You can see a great video that shows the painters, events and awards of the festival here. Wayne has really strong festival support from their community and it shows in everything they do. Totally first class. I really hope I will be juried in again next year!!
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

On the Beach – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Seascape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches
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Ahhhhh… A warm sunny day at the ocean near Siesta Key.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

“Our Town, Our Land – Painting Saline”

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I am very excited to announce that in March I’ve been invited to show artworks I’ve created of my hometown area. I’ve painted the farms, meadows, homes and buildings of my community for years and it such a thrill to show them all together in one place. Two Twelve Arts Center is our local haven for creative experiences and they are true supporters of our Saline area. I’ve been framing (along with my wonderful new studio assistant, Kat) for weeks and the pieces are really piling up!

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We’ll hang the show on February 26th and the show will run thru April 27.

I’d like to invite you all to the Artist Reception on Friday, March 4 from 7-9 pm. Stop by, I’d love to see you!

Two Twelve Arts Center
216 West Michigan Avenue
Saline, Michigan
734.944.ARTS

Gallup Park Oil Paintings

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Under the Bridge Oil landscape painting    12 x 9 inch     See Pricing
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On the last day of Terry Miura‘s landscape workshop, we met at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor for a full day of plein air painting. It was cold and extremely windy but we were intrepid artists and we soldiered on! Terry painted a beautiful demo of the Huron River with tree reflections and then invented and added a canoe just for the heck of it! We were all amazed. It’s so illuminating to watch a master painter at work.

One of the most eye-opening bit of information that I learned from Terry had to do with his color palette. Instead of using sienna, he uses transparent oxide red. This would seem like a small and unimportant change, but it made a world of difference in my paintings. Sienna is a very opaque, heavy earth color. When I combine it with Ultramarine Blue to block in my composition, it blocks the light of the canvas. When I use Transparent Oxide Red, I get a very dark, but SHEER color that allows for a bit of sparkle in the shadow areas. I was immediately smitten with it and now use it for all my oil paintings. Thank you Terry!

The piece above was my first painting of the day, probably done between 10:30am and 12:30pm. I always love painting water but what really drew my eye that day was the sunlit, chartreuse bush behind the bridge. Adjacent to the dark shadows of the bridge, I knew it would make a great focal point. I was a little daunted at drawing the arc of the bridge, but Terry commented on its accuracy so I felt a bit more confident.

After lunch I attempted another view of the bridge from a farther vantage point (below). I approached Terry for help because I was happy with the structure of the bridge and water, but very unhappy and totally frustrated with my sky. Terry hadn’t touched my other paintings but felt he needed to actually show me what needed to be done, instead of just explain it. I was happy to oblige. In about 5 minutes, he totally obliterated the tons of tiny clouds I had included, and loosely brushed in a much more believable, cohesive massive of clouds. He was absolutely right. It was exactly what the painting needed.

I hope my brain can contain all of these marvelous new ideas without exploding!

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil Paints

Umbrian Skies Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor plein air skyscape paintings    4.75″ x 7.25″    See Pricing 
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One day, after a really disastrous and frustrating attempt at a plein air watercolor painting in Italy (which I ripped into little, teeny, tiny pieces), I refused to be disheartened. There was simply too many scenic possibilities to clam up and get into an artistic funk. To loosen up, I decided to paint really quick, small studies of the passing clouds. No pressure, no expectations, just trying to capture the fleeting images before me.

I’m proud to announce that my painting “Rob’s Gaze” was chosen as one of the Portrait Finalists in the 31st Annual Artist’s Magazine Art Competition. It was one of my first portraits in oil and I am so honored to be recognized in this competitive show. It will be listed in the December 2014 issue.

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This artwork was created with:
Paper: Saunders Waterford Watercolor Paper
Medium: DaVinci Watercolors

Umbrian Lake View Oil Painting

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Plein air oil  seascape painting    9 x 12 inch     See Pricing
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One lovely afternoon in Italy, after visiting a different site, we stopped by Lake Trasimeno to have lunch, play and paint. Umbria is the only land-locked province in Italy and there are not many lakes. But this one is absolutely beautiful. Many Italians were enjoying the weekend on the beach and some of our group rented boats and visited the islands that we could see from shore. I chose (of course!) to stay on land and paint. I set up on the shady beach and painted Castiglione del Lago a city that is perched on a small peninsula on the lake.

I painted on a rust-toned canvas quickly and without pressure to capture details. I knew we only had a bit of time so I worked mainly to capture the main masses and colors.  I used only one brush, a #10 flat, and I think it helped me keep the painting loose and simple.


This artwork was created on: Gallery wrapped canvas
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil Paints

August Afternoon Pastel Painting

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Plein air pastel landscape painting     12 inches x 9 inches      See Pricing
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Another day of wandering the back roads one day last August. This scene attracted me. Bright billowing clouds over a sunlit field, which was just starting to change colors. Little did I realize how difficult it would be!

I knew I would have to draw the sky quickly, but Mama Mia! Those clouds were zooming! At one point I decided that I would just have to paint my “remembrance” of the clouds. It was just impossible to recreate each one in the few seconds that they were in a certain position. Although I did catch a bit of the sky’s feeling, I think I could use a lot more work in that area. Maybe I should do what I’ve heard some other artists attempting. Give yourself a time limit to capture a scene, figure or still life. A short time limit. Like 10 -30 – minutes. Then stop. No more fussing or adapting or filling in. No more questioning. Done. Then go on and do another. And another. And another…


This artwork was created with:

Paper: UArt Pastel Paper
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Glimmer – Pastel Skyscape Painting

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Pastel skyscape painting     18 inches x 14 inches    SOLD
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The skies are calling me again. Fall sunsets are so amazing: pure unadulterated color in its most vibrant form. And I love that they are devoid of a specific message. Each person brings their own history and connections to them.

I feel hope in this piece. Just a “Glimmer”.


This artwork was created with:
Paper:
Burgundy Colourfix Pastel Paper

Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

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