Friday, June 19, 2020

Country Chapel

Country Chapel - 8 x 10 Oil on Canvas board
I love painting outside, but admittedly I am most definitely a fair-weather plein air painter.  So I’ve only been out a few times this year (living in Michigan, our fair weather comes later than many other places…) and I am feeling very rusty!  So when a few friends and I went out to Greenmead Historical Park a few weeks ago and saw this quaint little country chapel, I was a bit scared of it but wanted to paint it anyway.  And I'm glad I did -- I feel like I finally got a ‘good one’!  Amen!!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Julieanna - 10 x 8 Oil on Panel
This sweet girl is a commissioned painting for a friend that I used to work with.  As their first family dog who is getting a little older, they decided to have a keepsake painting done to remember her by in years to come.  I have to say that it also brought back memories of our own black lab that we had for about 15 years.  They are among the most gentle and loving creatures on the planet, and we miss him and his wagging tail so much.
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Backyard Bird Feeder

Backyard Bird Feeder - 6 x 6 Oil on Panel
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Another in my backyard critter series.  I painted this from an photograph of a feeder that we no longer have due to some acrobatic squirrels finally succeeding in knocking it to the ground and breaking it to pieces.  I think the birds that were feeding at this particular time were grackles as they had a pretty iridescent blue on their feathers.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

It's a Jungle Out There

It's a Jungle Out There - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
We have a divot in our backyard where there used to be a huge (elm?) tree, which will hopefully get filled at some point.  But in the meantime it escapes the mower blades, so it stays fairly dense and seems to attract the little critters.  This little guy was barely visible in there until he stood at attention (which he did several times while I was sneakily taking photos out of our back window.)  His body was so small that it nearly got lost in the surrounding ‘jungle’ of foliage.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Happy Hour

Happy Hour - 7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

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I admit it... I love to paint shiny things.  Since I did the glass DPW challenge, I've been meaning to do more.  And we have had these bottles down in our basement forever, so... another glass painting.  I played with less direct lighting on this one, which I thought looked a little more like something you might see at the neighborhood bar.