Saturday, October 29, 2016

Quiet in Autumn
Oil on archival panel, 10 x 10 inches

Oil on archival panel, 5 x 7 inches

More landscapes this week. "Quiet in Autumn" is on the Cuivre River, and it was just that - so quiet with fish popping now and again. For "Gathered", my husband and I were in the Mississippi bottoms on the Illinois side (the river is just past that far line of trees). It was mid-morning, but the light was just so - many of the fields and pastures had such great oranges, pinks and reds! 

I'm taking advantage of the great weather and fall colors for painting and taking photos. Also gotta give a nod to Mary Gilkerson and her online workshop! Expect some more...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Morning Grasses
Oil on archival panel, 5 x 7 inches
Still working on landscapes and enjoying it! The weather has been mostly fine, and the colors are really changing. Two years ago, we had the most beautiful fall ever. Not quite the same this year, but I love fall, no matter! I found this scene in the morning, after a very rainy night. For those who live nearby, it was north of I-70 and east of Hwy 79, the bottoms land near a tributary to the Mississippi, I believe. 

I'm still working on that online class and learning from it (kudos to Mary Gilkerson). The learning curve is still quite steep, and I'm still throwing away a lot of paintings, but you gotta make miles of bad art before you make something that's any good!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Near Harvest
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

I've been taking an online workshop with Mary Gilkerson, a landscape artist I really admire. Part way through the course so far. Many wiped out panels so far. Finally, one that doesn't automatically go in the trash pile! 

If you know her work and mine, you can see some of her influence. I've copied certain works of several artists, and I often find that to be helpful. It's always interesting, as I go back to my own work, to see what may have changed. Taking a workshop is similar, but better. The ideas and thoughts are actually articulated rather than only inferred from the copying process. I'm trying out new ideas, thoughts...yet, I still see "me" in my work.  

Learning curves tend to be very steep at times and rather flat at times. Either one can be quite frustrating, but I would rather be learning. If a person is succeeding all the time, I guess she's not trying anything new. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Oil on archival panel, 8 x 10 inches

Although this looks almost like a shrine or memorial to this person, in reality each of the objects has a different meaning and memory to me. It is nostalgic, just a few different recollections rather than all tied up in one. 

As for technique, I'm continuing to keep solvents out of the studio. I'm surprised that the studio smells only a bit different; odorless mineral spirits are pretty odorless, and most of the smell comes from the oil paints themselves. That's not to say I mind the smell of the paint, but it has to be healthier!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Oil on archival panel, 5 x 7 inches

This is another view of Lake Superior. Some lucky folks have a house looking out on the lake, just to the left of the image. My friends and I spent a good share of an afternoon looking for interesting rocks and just enjoying the quiet on this shore. Such a peaceful, pleasant, and rejuvenating day!