Today Suzanne and some of the women who take the Y art classes met to demonstrate in the center of the lovely spacious building. Ellie kindly offered to sit for me! As you can see she is very paintable! And a joy to paint.
The Davis YMCA is taking donations of art five inches square. These six are squares I took from older paintings. The top left was painted in Colorado. The two to the right of it are from a plein air competition I entered at the Van Wert County Fair. the bottom left is a sunrise on lake erie, and the two bottom right from one painting at a nearby pond.
6 five inch square oil paintings. Available in January at the Davis YMCA
This is my seasonal still life and a setup for a demo that I painted last Saturday at the Hoyt. I hope to take a better photo later. The painting is hanging in the Butler Sales Gallery currently. The demo is larger. I haven't finished it, but will post it when I do.
This past Monday we painted at Tea Garden Centennial Covered Bridge. Many old sycamore trees live along this creek. Moss and fallen leaves on the intricate roots of this sycamore challenged me to paint them. Brilliant sunlight in November day gave a glow to the distant trees. Shadows on the stream caught gemlike reflections of deep green & orange.
A large old farmhouse near Franklin Square, on old route 558. It was a scene asking to be painted, with the house on a hill, almost castle like. Then a Hopper like glowing sunlit south side contrasted with deep shadow to the west. My photo, taken when the painting was wet & the sun was setting, has an even greater glow!
Follow old state route 558 just west of Franklin Square. You will see this creek, which looks rather shallow. When we have heavy rains it overflows it's banks, spills over the road and into nearby fields. This week it was just a trickling creek and we could park in the field alongside.
Could hardly wait for a chance to paint this scene. The bales are of Corn Stalks. Somewhat rougher than the normal straw or hay bales. The daylight was gone before I was quite ready, however I was able to return the following day.
This painting has been juried into the Butler juried area artist exhibit, which will hang in March.
This week the weather has been perfect for painting plein air! I scheduled the plein air group to meet across from the Steiner Farm on County Line road the 2nd. The farmer was cleaning out the barn, hauling manure, but I think we were upwind, so no offense. We were all thrilled to be out painting in this perfect weather.
One section of Calla Road peters out at the edge of what is now the Mill Creek Park Wildlife Sanctuary. At one time it was a fish farm and there are several ponds in the valley to the left. We have painted here often. Last week the color seemed to be along this lane. I returned a second day to paint with a friend, to find the autubon club spotting a variety of migrating birds.
We've had an impressive two weeks of brilliant colors this year! I cannot ever paint the actual wonder of their transparent glow. However on has to try! This week the Plein air group met off of Golf drive in Mill Creek park. The weather was a little brisk, but the rippling reflections on the creek were worth our efforts.
The Plein Air group met at Kidler Nursery in Homeworth, Ohio one Monday. The place has a wonderful display of plants; also,a beautiful gazebo for wedding ceremonies. We had a peaceful, relaxing afternoon.
The city of Hermitage Pennsylvania asked artist to paint Plein Air throughout the park during an outdoor craft festival in October. The park is well kept with many trees. These trees struck me immediately! It was fun to paint on the edge of a circle of craft tents, with families and elderly and young people milling about.
The day was clear with a cool breeze. The artists met to paint on the Burbick farm along Middleton Road. I chose this scene for the stark light & shadow and the bright orange field. So peaceful to paint sitting in the landscape!!!
The East Ohio Plein Air Painters met to paint at the Charles Burchfield Homestead this week. The day was beautiful for painting. The kind docent kept the museum open until we were finished. We had a nice show of artists. Our friend Michelle came from Columbus and stayed to paint. charlesburchfieldhomestead.com
Driving by my friend Sam's place we looked up the alley and saw he had a lush backyard garden surounded with tall sunflowers. We had to paint it!! We really had trouble deciding which direction to paint. Would it be the alley side,lined with sunflowers, or with the patch of broccoli in the midst, or a view taking in all the older homes? It was already later in the afternoon, so I chose a view looking through the sunflowers to Sam's house.
This second painting is looking opposite the Leaning Tree Sheep. The sheep were moved across the road. I offered to do a demo for a first time plein air artist Mark. The next day We returned and he painted a neat composition in a square format.
Last week I met with other artists along Heck Road on the Simon Sheep farm. It was a hot day. The sheep huddled under the shade of a leaning tree all afternoon. One or two would venture out every so often to crop grass. The pile of sheep appears to be tan rocks, until one lifts it's head. So I had to hurriedly sketch in a few when they stood to eat. Sheep do not stand still!
The final day at Lakeside I painted the Women's Club. Although exhausted, from the intense heat and plein air painting three days straight, this painting felt like energy was flowing through me. God is so good!
Painted last week at a swamp along Lipply Rd. A popular road with a view of an eagle's nest. Constant traffic with people stopping to watch the parent eagles care for their young. Blooms of wild roses along the roadside drew me to this scene.
Finally! We are at the end of our journey. I had to paint along the Pacific. My Friend Henry drove me to several spots that were picturesque. We walked around while I sought the perfect spot for painting. The day was overcast. The fog lifted, but still left a moody grey.
Then came Moab, Utah. What a fantastic place to paint en plein air! I am sure Monet would have been enthralled! We used up a lot of our driving time here! Consequently we were on the road until one AM to reach our motel!
From Kansas we drove to Boulder,Colorado. While there we found that the Boulder Plein Air group & the Fort Collins Plein Air group were painting together the next morning in Loveland at Devil's backbone open space. We met my friend Laura and a number of other artists to paint in this beautiful area.
My artist friend Michelle invited me to ride to California with her last week. We made it a priority to paint landscapes along the way. This time we painted from a knoll standing on a dirt road. We were about a mile from the I 70 exit.
Painted an old fashioned street fair in East Palestine this weekend. One summer we had a sleepover at my grandparents when cousins visited from California. My grandmother walked with us downtown, about six blocks from their home, to ride the ferris wheel. Grandma rode with us. We were probably about 10 years old.
The Plein Air East Ohio group met this week at Mill Creek Metroparks lily pond. The yellow swamp iris were in full bloom in a swampy area near the pond. A few sprinkles of rain fell as clouds moved over us, the sun came and went behind clouds. A little thunder rumbled in the distance. It only adds to the ambiance of outdoor painting.
This is a painter's paradise. Took my dog, just in case I might need protection. It just happened to be the weekend a boy scout troop camped here. What a blessing those guys are. When the rains came they offered to help carry my things & lead my dog up the path to my car.
I sat outside one evening painting the yellow Tulips blooming in our yard. Not as easy as one might imagine. They nod with the wind, the sunlight highlights one area, then moves to another. The petals open to the sun, then begin to close as the sun sets. However, the movement adds to the fascination of painting from life.
There is a lovely valley near the Pennsylvania/Ohio line where the Beaver Creek winds around rocks on it's way to the Ohio River. A one way iron bridge crosses the river at one point. large flat rocks lay piled up at the edges or midstream. Sycamores hang out over the water. A vivacious woman named Penny invited us to paint the stream in her back yard. Her friendly husband also asked me to paint their house. Below are the results of a few hours painting in warm sunlight at Grimms Bridge Road. !6" x 18" on Linen canvas covered board.
Spring is finally making it's way to Ohio. A friendly couple in East Liverpool invited our Plein Air group to paint on their hilltop overlooking the beautiful Ohio river. Wind & rain storms would pass through, so we had to hold onto our easels, as well as blot the water from our pochade boxes. But it was all manageable. My biggest problem was that I left my easel at home. I attached my canvas covered board to my cart with a bungee cord. Wasn't easy to work with, but I did manage. I now like the result!
Painted this in my studio with a painter friend Michelle. Two areas of this painting lend exciting dimension. The framed landscape I painted a few years ago and the actual March landscape view through the window.
Our artist friend Michelle set up a couple of still lives with a few things we found sitting around our house. We painted each day of her visit. Some red peppers we bought at the Roger's Sale, and antique blue jar containing popcorn, one old cream pitcher, celery cabbage, etc.
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.