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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Schlitz Audubon #49

So, you know you're out painting early when....there are still turkeys roosting in the trees (about 12 of them). They were all sounds asleep with their long, awkward necks tucked into their big bodies at about 5:00 a.m. I took this picture on my way back up the hill around 7, a few were still sleeping in. What a wonderful morning enjoying the sunrise and observing nature waking up!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cedarburg Plein Air #2

This is one of those paintings that just "happened." In other words, it was a fast and furious painting due to the subject matter and light conditions. I was so delighted to find out Cheryl had all these chickens and two geese. They were in the coop for the evening, so it was fun to observe and paint these moving, feathery targets.
Thanks to my hubby for a great title.....CLUCK, CLUCK GOOSE!!!!

Cedarburg Plein Air #1

It's been a busy few weeks preparing for the 11th annual Plein Air event in Cedarburg (I'm on the planning committee and painting). We were thrilled to have nearly 150 artists painting in the event. Here is my painting from Riveredge Nature Center (day 1) and one of the paintings I submitted for the exhibit. "Summer with my Siblings" was another one of those special opportunities to meet some neat kids. After chatting with the kids a bit, the oldest sibling went back to the house to get some artwork that he created. We talked art for a while (he's very, very talented), then I had to get back to my clouds as they were ever changing! Also made a re-connection with the homeowner of the adjacent property as she brought out Gatorade to the artists who were painting thoughtful!!!! My next postings will show the paintings on her amazing property.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Six Months

I painted this summer Lake Michigan scene a few weeks ago at Schlitz Audubon. When I brought it home, I placed it randomly next to some of my winter paintings for drying time. Then, I noticed about the same composition and skyline/treeline of these two paintings....the difference being ice vs. sand! And, the difference of six months!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

All Things Green

Tis' the season for the onslaught of green. My goal this summer will be to find more subtle variations and really study the shifts of color when warm light hits the cool light (on sunny days that is). One pleasure of plein air painting are the people you meet in the process. While painting this scene, I met three beautiful little girls and their lovely Mom (HI!!!). The girls all love to paint and draw, which always warms my heart.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Schlitz Audubon #48

It's June 2 and I wore my winter coat painting at the lake today. Well, I'd say I'm getting great value out of that winter coat! It's been fun comparing my color palette of these warm lake paintings to those of my winterscapes. I've decided that painting sand and it's variation in color/temp is not easy....a good thing to work on this summer.