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Friday, June 27, 2014

Port Washington Plein Air

As part of the Cedarburg Plein Air event, artists from all over descended on Port Washington on a stormy, foggy morning.  Fog, mist, sun and rain rolled in and out over the two day period making painting a challenge.  My first set up was at South Shore beach where I hiked down the shoreline, thinking I would avoid the alewives.  No luck there.  So, I plunked down right in the middle of them and began painting.  Loved the variation of light on these beach paintings.
The alewives were everyone on the beach
"Storm Watch at South Shore Beach" 11 x 14, Oil
Then took a break and waited for some sun.  The My Radar app on the phone is such a great tool for Plein Air painters.  Later that afternoon I set up on the sidewalk and painted the marina.  Good thing I finished quickly because the fog enveloped us again. 
"Waiting for Wind" 8 x 10, oil
Went back very early the next morning to catch a sunrise, there was a tiny glimmer until the fog rolled in once again.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Plein air at Lion's Den Gorge

Spent an afternoon in Port Washington recently and it's such a wonderful place to explore.  I painted on main street with a friend and enjoyed talking to some of the residents about our upcoming Plein Air event when many artists will be painting in Port on June 18 & 19.  On our way home, we stopped at Lions Den Gorge and did a quick sunset.  It was amazing that there were no mosquitos yet and the colors were just beautiful.  Painting a sunset was the perfect way to end the day!
Plein air sketch, 6 x 8

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Painting in Utah

We recently had a wonderful family vacation in Utah visiting my husband's parents.  I was able to squeeze in a little painting time for some quick sketches.  My goal is to use these studies to create larger pieces for the Studio Tour this fall. 

Our son Michael purchased an art book for me while we were on the trip....the forward written by Robert Redford regarding the Zion National Park experience.  "I was dumbstruck by the towering power of it's geology...multicolored features sculpted into the most magical rock kingdom I had ever seen...a place drawn by God's own hand."  That is exactly my feeling.  Painting there was overwhelming as the colors were so foreign to me, yet I was in AWE of God's creation.  I met some great families who were interested in the painting process and had the opportunity to visit the galleries in St. George, Utah.  Reconnected with the dynamic owner of The Mission Gallery, Jane Meyer and met one of the artists whose work I admire very much, Marc Hanson. 

Plein Air sketch in Snow Canyon, St. George, UT
8 x 10, oil
I met some great kids while painting here....HI!
Painting at Zion, truly full of "Wonder"
Zion Plein Air, 8 x 10
Zion Stream
Zion Plein Air, 8 x 10