Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Lover’s Leap at Pictured Rocks

One of the spectacular places we toured in Michigan this past week. This is part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and was painted from my photo reference. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel. We would highly recommend the tour, which leaves from Munising, Michigan. The captain and crew made it fun and informative.  We ran into more choppy weather and rain on the way back but the bulk of the tour was smooth cruising. I feel energized and inspired from visiting the Great Lakes area, in general.

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Walking to Agate Falls State Park – Michigan

 

Senior Citizen

Saw this old tree riddled with Pileated Woodpecker holes hiking to Agate Falls this past week. This is a 1-1/2 hour quick study – 6×9 oil on prepared paper.

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Harbor at Bayfield, WI

Little Beauty

Tom and I recently visited Bayfield, Wisconsin where we saw this pretty little boat tied-up in the harbor. I had to paint her. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Sunflowers

Garden Sunflowers

A small oil of sunflowers in my backyard. Ah Summer-hot but blooming. This is a 9×12 on panel.

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Tower Grove Park – July

Summer Poem

Painted in Tower Grove Park today with MOPAPA. It was a warm morning and will be another extremely hot week in STL this week. I was painting near the Piper Palm House ponds (say that three times fast). Hibiscus flowers are blooming and were reflecting in the water near the lilies and, to me, it looked like a dream or poem (or I was already delirious from the heat!). I struggled a bit with this piece and ended up finishing it at home this afternoon thanks to some extremely helpful advice from Shawn Cornell and David Huth about how to separate the reflected flowers from the actual plants growing in the water. Initially, I had them all in the same plane and they were of equal contrast and importance. By softening the reflected flowers they started to fade to the back, adding perspective to the piece. That really made it start to come together (sorry I don’t have an in-progress picture). Thanks to Shawn and Dave for helping me to see what was wrong. I’ve learned so much from the talented painters in this group and I really can’t say enough about how much they’ve affected my development as a painter. This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel.

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Color and Pattern

Summer Table

Playing here with complementary colors, textures (glass, fabric) and a selection of flowers from our backyard… This is an oil painting on panel and measures 11×14.

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Lotus at Tower Grove Park

Lotus I

I read that the Lotus is a symbol of purity and beauty in many eastern religions. Painting with MOPAPA at Tower Grove Park in STL this morning, I can understand the reverance for these amazing plants.  The delicately colored flowers grow up on long curving stems from a shallow, muddy pond and their leaves form amazing patterns and shapes as they dance in the breeze. They were a challenge to paint because, as with all things plein air, the light and shadow patterns were constantly changing. This painting is a 12×16 oil on panel.

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Facial Expression

Awe

Another fun, expressive face – awe- perhaps? Charcoal on Strathmore vellum bristol 11×14. I used powdered, compressed and charcoal pencils for this piece.

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Facial Expression

Sceptical

Since I’ve lately been playing with charcoal drawing, I thought it might be fun and challenging to draw faces expressing different emotions. I want to practice with this medium in its various forms and I think this will be a good theme to explore. This first is ‘Sceptical’. I think she looks disbelieving but possibly open to persuasion. The drawing is 11×14 on Strathmore vellum bristol paper.  I used powdered, compressed and charcoal pencils (white and black) for this piece. I have an old photo of my mother and used it as the model for the form, but this is not a very good likeness. The photo is very small, but gives enough information to see the form of the head and the eyes. I think I’ll try for 10-12 more drawings in this series – should be fun!

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Ponce Market – Atlanta, GA

Chillin’

My sister and I visited my niece this past week in Atlanta and we had a wonderful time. She took us to several places in the city on Saturday. Among them, the Ponce Market. An old Sears catalog center has been converted to shops, restaurants and flats and we spent some time walking and shopping there. As we were leaving, I spotted these lobsters on ice in a market case. The bin they were in was actually shaped like a little boat, but I thought it might be confusing in the painting, so I made it more box-like. Not sure if this was a shop or a restaurant, but if anyone knows please message me. Atlanta is a beautiful city for walking. The painting is a 16×20 oil on panel.

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