Friday, June 1, 2018

Suzie's Iris

Suzanne Brown invited the plein air group to paint in her backyard. I had a yearning to paint iris this week and she graciously invited us over. The small lake made a wonderful backdrop to the elegant flowers.
12" x 24"     Oil on Cradled board       $550

Monday, May 28, 2018

Hopewell Theater

One of the first sunny days in April the "Eastern Ohio Plein Air Artists" met at the Hopewell Theater on Mahoning avenue in Youngstown. We each did a painting of the interesting theater building, originally a church building. Prints of our paintings will be sold as note cards to raise money for the productions.
12" x 12"     Oil on cradled wood    $550

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Beaver Creek Spring

Plein Air in Beaver Creek State Park. Sitting alongside a stream, hearing the bird calls, soaking up the peace of a place, nothing compares. Three of my artist friends joined me here, Sheri, Carol and Peppe! Thank you friends.
12" x 12"     Oil on wood     $350

Apple Blossoms

The apple blossoms in Ross' orchard were in full bloom the same week as bluebells. It would be a shame to neglect painting this neighbor's old fashioned apple trees. Their blossoms do not last but a few days. So here is this year's attempt at painting them. such a feeling of peace and blessing to sit under the apple blossoms to render this study.

16" x 20"  Oil on Ampersand board $550

Guterba Barn

Kyle Guterba wrote, "I found someone braving the rain when I got home from work, under an umbrella doing something…..Only to find her beautiful art work of my families barn from the mid 1860"s. She has a true gift and talent. I can't wait to hang it up to share with others. Feeling blessed to stand on this same ground as the 6th generation, 162 years later after my family first settled here in 1856. What a wonderful feeling and honor to call this place home. Blessings to you Nancy Hawkins for bringing smiles to my family on this rainy spring day." Such a dear man!!
16 " x 20" Oil on Ampersand Gessoed Board SOLD
So, then a cousin of Kyle's asked that I paint another of the barn. This time I chose a sunny day. The painting came out a little different. I enjoyed them both. What a wonderful subject and story behind it.

12" x 24" Oil on Cradled Wood  SOLD

Kent Plein Air

My painting of Mohican Falls Trail was accepted into Gallery Ten
 juried show, Best of Ohio Plein Air II. They offered a Quick paint prior to the opening. This was my effort in the quick paint. Rain storms came through as we worked frantically to finish in 2 hours. I had much help to shelter from the storms. A worker at the  corner coffee house helped during the downpour. Jim Polewcheck offered to  act as my sherpa by holding his umbrella over me. A sweet lady with her daughter brought me coffee. So below is the old Kent train station, painted in the rain.
12" x 12" Oil on board  $650
currently hanging at the Kent Gallery Ten Kent,Ohio

Virginia Bluebells in Ohio

Virginia Bluebells are a rarity in our area, however you can find them hidden in a few wooded areas. Poland Municipal Forest is one place. This year they were more abundant than most people ever remember seeing them. Apparently area flooding was the key. What a beautiful day this was!!!
20" x 20" Oil on Gessoed Ampersand Board $700