It's been a busy day, and the painting I've been playing with here isn't working, so here is a photo of me working on this painting Saturday morning with some help from our pug, Bunny...
Sunday, August 30, 2020
We had such a great weekend! Socially distant dinner with friends, a lovely Sidewalk- Art Sale yesterday, and fire last night with neighbors, and lunch with mom today!
Our Art Sale was SO much fun, and Duane sold so many of his crazy wood sculptures, it was wonderful! We are so grateful for all the friends and neighbors who came by to take our art work back to their houses and out of ours! And it was just so beautiful to have so many conversations with people too. I miss the weekend long art fairs where I would get into great conversations and make new friends and feel my brain expand with new thoughts. This was close!
And the weather couldn't have been more beautiful! What a day! Of course, I forgot to take any photos, but don't worry! We'll have another one the end of September, if we can!
I finished this diptych yesterday morning before our sale and am really excited about it~ I'm having so much fun with the water- this is another view of the rocks off Artist's Point in Grand Marais.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
I meant to post this yesterday but things got away from me! I think I like it even better than yesterday's painting...
That color of water is so elusive and amazing, and satisfying when you finally figure it out!
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
This is a 6x6 painted from those wonderful photos Duane took up in Grand Marais back in July~ I am not done with them yet!
I love the water colors, and the contrast between the two, the sky and the water- both so blue! It feels like a summer blue too, doesn't it?
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Sometimes a little painting works out beautifully. I was sitting in Elizabeth's backyard garden, admiring her flowers and watching squirrels and rabbits dance through the undergrowth, and I painted this little chair. The sun kept moving across the back, changing the shadows. I'm pretty happy with it!
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Yesterday I met with a wonderful pair of women who requested a Plein Air Painting lesson. I wanted us to be in a park that had some kind of water interest, and I'd been looking at nearby parks with lakes and found Keller park in Maplewood, just south of Highway 36 on Highway 61, and it was perfect! The lake is a lovely long one, and we were able to park ourselves just under the cottonwood trees on the small island and paint the view across the lake. Lots of lilypads and reeds, and even a few flowers. I highly recommend it!
We spent a couple hours there, and though I tried to limit my talking to allow for more painting time, I still yapped for about 45 minutes! I'm hoping I was able to impart some knowledge and ideas to my companions.
This is the larger painting I began as a demo. I did add a bit more refinement at home. Often, a painting done outside will need a bit of touching up once back inside. Light can vary and some spots may need to be brightened up, and other small details that weren't obviously lacking outside may pop up once under a roof.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Here is one I painted last week as I sat on the dock, watching Duane and Max fishing... it is amazing how calming it is, to just sit by a large body of water. Something about it pulls your breath into a deeper rhythm that slows your brain and your heart, and fills you with something bigger than yourself so that those trivial concerns that keep you awake at 2am are settled down into the tall grass of peace.
And the mosquitos weren't even that bad!
This is another small one, for a small, sweet, calming space!
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
Here's another one from my expedition to the Dodge Nature Center a week or two ago~ I really love painting water! Trying to see it and not let my brain tell me what I'm seeing is the key... tricking the brain is quite the skill. That's what artists do all the time!
It is also fun to paint outside where the public can happen by- when I was there, summer camp groups (wearing masks and socially distancing themselves) would wander past, and the kids would say helpful things like, "Wow! You're really good!"
Never hurts to hear a positive comment~
Sunday, August 16, 2020
This morning we got up early-ish and went to Lake Nokomis. Duane and Max fished and I painted for about 45 minutes. They had no luck really but it was lovely to be together.
This is the painting I kept~
I liked the light through the trees, and the movement of the trunks and branches over the water.
Hope you're having a lovely Sunday afternoon!
Saturday, August 15, 2020
This is another Plein Air painting- there's a spot down by Minnehaha creek where it passes below Nokomis street, not far from Lake Hiawatha, and I like to sit there and paint.
Maybe I'll go again tomorrow morning!
Anyone wanna join me?
Thursday, August 13, 2020
I've been spending some mornings painting outside, and I painted this one a week or so ago with the North Star Watercolor Society people at Dodge Farm, in West St Paul. I had been there last summer for a great Picnic Operetta experience from Mixed Precipitation, and I highly recommend them when we are able to enjoy public events again!
Anyway, I hadn't realized there was this lovely little pond with boardwalks/floating walks/docks to lead you through the water and the rushes, and I went down and parked myself and painted a few great little views. This is one of them.
I was interested in depicting the reflections of the green reeds, and how the water was green and brown and varied colors...