Monday, August 16, 2010

Pat and Jan, so good to see that you're still at it. Beautiful work! I happen to be in Detroit MI at present, but will vow to find something to paint and get it posted sometime this week. Not too terribly scenic, though.....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Two Gulls on Rowley's Bay

B& W study from photo

This study was done recently from a photo I took last year at Perrot State Park on the Mississippi north of LaCrosse. The other pastel (with 2 gulls) was painted last week in Door Co. the morning after I painted the scene on site at Rowley's Bay in the evening. It was too cold and windy that morning to go back and paint it again like I wanted to do so I painted if from the sketch and a photo I took the evening befrore. I bought a 9 x 12 inch digital picture frame for that purpose as weather in Door Co. can be pretty tough to paint outdoors in and it was a great way to get more information immediately from my own photos without having to use a laptop (the last thing I want on vacation is a computer).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blackhawk Island Plein Air Painting

I did this black and white study to warm up today. There is a lot of green out there so simplifying was helpful--just worrying about the values.

After lunch I progressed to color. It was a beautiful day on the island (which is actually a peninsula except during floods). We were on Lorine Neidecker"s home turf (American poet, b.1903-d.1970). She lived simply, in a log cabin near the water's edge. Very rustic but easy to see why she liked it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spring in Wisconsin

It's spring in Wisconsin and the greens are looking more like summer. I'm ready to get back to the black and white value studies--but here's my attempt at greens. I was southwest of New Glarus last Wednesday, painting until sunset. It was super windy but the hill behind the road I was on provided the perfect wind break.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Still life

Unlike Jan I have not been brave enough to paint plein air. But recently I really wanted to paint from life so I started with apples. Lines and Colors blog featured Jeffrey Hayes' still life paintings and using a shadow box so I built one out of foam core which I used for the lemons painting. I need to tone it down a bit but I like the way you get really dramatic lighting.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

January 31, 2010

Winterscapes are closer to b/w at least. Sunday was a windy but beautiful day. Found a spot to paint that was out of the wind.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy New Year to everyone! Don't know if any of us will check the blog out but thought I would add the charcoal sketches I did of my cats down in my studio just before the holidays this year. Sophie was sound asleep but I caught Dexter just as he put his ears back and got that psycho kitty look on his face. I added color with pastels to his sketch but I like the black and white one best. Hope everyone had happy holidays and that you are finding time to paint. I'd love to see some work and hear from you all. Best Wishes for a great New Year, Pat