Thursday, July 13, 2017

Central Ohio Plein Air exhibit

“Dog Days of Summer: COPA at the Brown Family Environmental
Center of Kenyon College”
July 29 through September 22, 2017,  9781 Laymon Road, Gambier Ohio

Members of the Central Ohio Plein Air group were asked to paint on the grounds of the Brown Family Environment Center at Kenyon College in July to prepare for a plein air exhibit at the center. The painters were required to select scenes within the 480 acre preserve.

Please join the artists for the Opening Reception:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Center is open M-F 8:30-4:30. The exhibit will hang until September 22. Below is the postcard for the exhibit, with my painting which was completed on the grounds last Labor Day:


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How Loose?

Been finishing up some pieces in the studio begun as plein air paintings. I always struggle to get photos of my art which, to me, look like the actual art. I have several good cameras, and my cellphone of course, but when I post things online - they sure don't show the heart of what I painted. I know most artists struggle with this same dilemma. Everyone has a different device and screen to view photos online, so it's a mute point to worry about it. So, my advice, go see the art in person!

With that said, here is the piece I finished last night. I wanted a loose feeling and push away from local color. I worked more intuitively on this piece and didn't copy the actual scene.

I am preparing art for an upcoming exhibit with my local plein air group. This piece may be included, although I have one more to paint and have to decide on which of the four paintings will be hung. In the next blog post, I will include information on the exhibit - so go see art in person and feel the heart of the artist in all the paintings!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Painting the Day Lilies

My group painted today at a small family owned day lily farm. We had over 30 painters show up, which is a big group!

It was overwhelming with all the beautiful varieties of lilies. I painted with pastels and set up just down the small hill below the rows, looking up. Painting flower heads are pretty difficult, so I just painted them all.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

So Behind in Posting!

I am so behind in posting on this blog. What with working full time, and having the instant posting off my cellphone to Instagram, I just haven't kept up with adding multiple adventures to this blog!

So this will be a big photo dump! Will try to keep up with the blog from now on, as it's an important tool for myself, let alone all you fans out there! These are quick cellphone photos. Seems like I am missing a few, but here we go!

Painting with COPA at Jeffrey Mansion in the spring! Pastel
Painting at Park of Roses around Memorial day with friends:

Painting with COPA at Franklin Park, June 17:
Experimenting with Neocolor II water soluble crayons as underpaintings for pastel:

Using the Neocolor II crayons under pastels - in the field in Granville Ohio June 24 - lots of fun!

And painting with COPA on July 1st at Griggs reservoir, Scioto river, oils on panel. Took too much time chatting and not enough time painting, so ran out of time to finish in the field. Finished this in the studio.