One warmer day this month Brad called to ask if we were going somewhere to paint. We had talked of painting the frozen falls. The falls were running freely that day, there was ice hanging from the walls of the ravine.
A few weeks ago I entered four oil paintings, five inches by five inches each, in a benefit show. These were done from photos, not my preference; I would rather paint on location, directly from life. Never the less the paintings sold.
It has been a particularly cold winter with an intimidating wind chill! One day Brad, one of the group who paints on location with me, called. We painted the brief midwinter thaw at Mill Creek farms off Bettendorf Road. We want to paint from that hilltop one day. However one needs to ford the creek & it was running high that day.
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.