Old Webster

Azalea House

This is my other painting from the ‘Paint Webster’ event. It’s a 9×12 oil on panel.

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Gardens

Chinese Garden

This is a studio painting of the stone bridge at the Chinese garden in the Missouri Botanical Garden. I’ve painted this garden en plein air in the past and have reference photos from that and other outings. I wanted to try this subject again, since I felt the first painting didn’t do it justice. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place and I hope this piece captures just a bit of that feeling. The painting is a 24×18 oil on panel.

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Paint Webster

Peonies-Old Webster

Correction :I was honored last night when my other painting ‘Azalea House’ won the Mayor’s Choice award and the ‘Old Webster’ award at ‘Paint Webster’ in Webster Groves, Missouri. This painting is sold thanks Sara!

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Orchid

Our Orchid

I bought this orchid for $2.99 at the grocery store. It was in its dormant stage and had one flower which dropped off shortly after I got it home…sad. Now it has surpassed my wildest expectations and is full of flowers! I am indoor plant challenged, so it was definitely a coup for me to bring it to this flowering stage. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Augusta Plein Air Event, cont’d.

Farm Pond in Spring – unframed

Farm Pond in Spring – framed

Here is a another painting from the Augusta Plein Air Event. About 15 artists took a workshop with artist Patrick Saunders on April 21st. We were graciously hosted by the owners of Sadler Farm and Vineyards. I chose to work on this painting of their farm pond. The water lilies were just starting to bloom and the day was overcast with light rain. You can just pick up some areas on the painting surface where the rain made little impressions in the oil paint (a good thing). Patrick is a very patient and kind instructor and has an incredible eye. He suggested a few things to help me, among them to work the water from warm to cool going top to bottom. The sky was visible at the bottom of the painting and the light was cool that day, so it all made sense. I frequently jump into a painting and trust my skills of observation when mixing color. His suggestions made me realize that it’s good to have a strategy or game plan along with direct observation and to be more mindful of this when painting plein air, especially. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this piece. If you buy it by April 30th, part of the proceeds will go to the event. Thanks for checking in to my blog! I really appreciate your interest.

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Augusta Plein Air Event -2017

Harmonie-Verein Interior

This is one of my paintings from the ongoing Augusta Plein Air Event. It’s an interior scene from the Harmonie-Verein Legion Hall in Augusta, Missouri – 11×14 oil on panel (without frame). Augusta is a charming B&B and farming community in beautiful Missouri wine country. Dedicated volunteers sponsor this plein air event annually to support a scholarship fund and to help to maintain the historical buildings in their town. If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please use the ‘contact me’ link above. If purchased by April 30th, part of the proceeds will go to the town of Augusta to help with the maintenance and renovation of this old building. The goal of the renovation is to keep the historical elements of the building while converting it to an arts, music and community space. I’m asking $250 dollars (frame included). Believe me folks, this is a wonderful cause for some lovely people who work so hard to keep their history alive. If you would like to see more art supporting this event, there is a sale on April 30th in Augusta. For more information, click here. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the sale this year which is why I am offering this piece for sale online. Thanks for your support and I hope you will take the time to visit Augusta this weekend to attend the art show.  There will be work from approximately 100 artists!

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Come Back and Fight Like a Chicken

Chicken Fight

Finished drawing of two male Greater Prairie Chickens fighting for dominance. The drawing is based on a reference photo taken by me on March 31st  this year at Dunn Ranch. This drawing is graphite and pencil on Canson drawing paper.

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Sandhill Cranes

Crane Choreography

This a drawing I made from my photo references taken during a trip to the Platte River in Nebraska this March. Tom and I went there to see the Sandhill Crane migration – an annual Spring event. We’ve wanted to make this trip for sometime, so it was exciting to finally go. The cranes are fascinating to watch. Their morning and evening flights are an awe-inspiring sight to see and to hear. We learned a lot about the birds by visiting the Audubon Center  and the Crane Foundation between Kearney and Grand Island. I would urge anyone, bird-lover or no to experience this just once. This piece is mixed media (graphite, colored pencil and acrylics) on archival mat board and measures roughly 21×23. The original and prints will be available for sale on Saatchiart.com in the near future.

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Last Day of Winter in Tower Grove Park

Tower Grove Park – March

Painted today with MOPAPA in Tower Grove Park in St.Louis. The daffodils are blooming but Ol’ Man Winter was still in the air. It was a chilly 40 degrees to start. This painting is a 9×12 oil on Pintura panel.

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Missouri Landscape

Missouri Glade in Summer

Shaw Prairie – Spiderwort

This is another piece painted on Arches Oil paper. I really like this stuff! The painting is from photo references taken by me on a Summer hike with Tom at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. The glade was studded with wildflowers and I couldn’t take my eyes off of the beautiful blue haze of the far hills. The first painting is a 12×16 oil on paper. This second painting is from the same hike across the prairie at Shaw – Spiderwort. It’s also a 16×12 on Arches paper.

 

 

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