Two weeks ago Latrobe PA artists planned their first Plein Air event ever! I was excited to paint in the kind, gentle, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. Although it was a two hour drive from my home,Doreen Currie from the area, an enthusiastic and talented plein air artist, made the trip worth the effort. The painting will hang in the Latrobe Art Center with other artwork through October 22.
The final day at Lakeside I finished this 12" x 24" painting on cradled Birchwood. The previous morning was cool and overcast, very comfortable when spending time working out the composition. But, that final morning the sun showed up the highlights needed to give it a glow.
12" x 24" on cradled board
For Sale @ Artists-In-Cahoots, Lakeside Chautauqua
The Lakeside Chautauqua on Lake Erie has these beautiful gardens that were blooming profusely last week. Coneflowers, hollyhock, black-eyed Susan, Russian Sage, framing a lake that changes color as the sky and wind affect it.
12" x 12" sold @ Artists-In-Cahoots Gallery, Lakeside Chautauqua
The Ohio Plein Air Society was invited to Fremont, Ohio to celebrate their centennial year. We painted at the Rutherford B. Hayes Mansion & grounds. Our work will be hung in the gallery for viewing and purchase on the grounds until October.
My artist friend, Michelle invited me to paint with her this past week. Friday was extremely hot,but we found this lovely waterfall set apart, in the midst of the city. We painted a couple of hours in the calm oasis sharing with the snakes, wild ducklings and poison ivy.
When painting en plein air I’m drawn into a deeper sense of the beauty of the landscape. Capturing in paint some essence of God’s handiwork is an intriguing thrill. Shapes and colors change constantly via the elements, like a kaleidoscope turning as it is held up to the light. Sunlight and shadow, the movement of a breeze, makes painting en plein air so much more stimulating than painting from a photo.
I work to capture that flash of wonder the light reveals to me. Spontaneity contributes to the energy that comes through in my painting. My painting is a celebration of light and color. Light is a metaphor of Christ the creator. Light reveals color, exposing immediate substance. It reveals depth and detail. Light communicates relationships, revealing nuances that continuously change, yet have a timeless source. My Paintings are for sale in the sales gallery of Butler Institute of American Art & The Hoyt Art Center Gift Shop & on Etsy as "Pleinairimpressions". It is my privilege to be a participant in various juried artist shows, Denver Plein Air in Colorado, Ohio Plein Air Society, Butler Museum of American Art, & The Hoyt in New Castle, PA.