Thursday, September 24, 2009

Autumn Edge

Autumn Edge
6 x 8, oil
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Mom and I went out to Kettle Moraine Forest today for some plein aire painting. It was a beautiful drive out, the fall leaves and colors are just starting to come out. After a long summer it feels like we're finally on the edge of autumn. It was fun to throw some red sumac colors on the canvas, along with the (probably over the top) yellows.

This is what I was looking at...

Friday, September 18, 2009

September Marsh

September Marsh
6 x 8, oil

Southern Wisconsin has had an endless summer this month, so I finally took advantage of the perfect plein aire weather. I was able to sit on a log right IN the marsh behind our house. It has been so dry that meadow flowers have replaced the reeds and are taking over the drying muck. The colors were beautiful and the best part was NO BUGS! This must be what it's like to live in California : )

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ready For Take Off


Ready For Take Off
10" x 10", oil

This one was a real humbling experience, I struggled mightily. I snapped this pix while on vacation months ago and have been thinking about painting it since. As often happens when I "think" too much on a painting it just turns into a mess. After much scraping I've just gotta call it done.

I do love painting ravens tho, I'm glad I went crazy and took lots of photos of the "friendly" ravens at Petrified National Forest this past spring.

Friday, September 4, 2009

I'm back, with cupcakes!


Sprinkles Please
6 x 8, oil

Karin's cupcake challenge (for DSFDF) felt perfect for sliding back into painting mode. I haven't painted since last April (what can I say... work happened, then summer happened). This one was really fun. I wasn't sure how I'd handle the sprinkles, so I ignored them til the end. I ended up using a small nail and dipping the nail head into the paint to sorta stamp them on. Too fun!!

The pink background is magenta acrylic paint that I used as an underpainting.