Friday, January 27, 2012

Blowin in the Wind

I have been wanting to do a painting of clothes hanging on the line. This is from a photo I took at the Elderhostel at Malabar Farm in Ohio. I cropped the picture way down to do the backyard with the clothesline. I probably spent more time on what clothes I wanted hanging on the line. I really enjoyed this painting and was inspired by the tree colors.

A dog named Annie

Finished this painting of my brother and sister-in-law's dog, Annie. She is a labradoodle. I love her silky coat. This is an 8x10 oil.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Water and Reeds

This painting sold in December at the Cafe on Main. 8x8 oil plein air done at the Carpenter Inn near Athens, OH

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Much time spent.

Just amazing how much time you can spend finding photos and uploading to your website. It takes so much time that you could be painting. Plus putting photos on the Fine Art America website in the contest section.I had realized I had a photo of a painting I wanted to enter in the contests section that had never gotten on the site. I had saved it as I was entering it into a competition and never posted it. So now it is on the site and I am not going to try to find it again on that disc. Just wasted so much time!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Twin Buttes Wyoming #2

This is the second painting of the Twin Buttes that I am doing for a commission. A little warmer than the first. Tried to make them a little different. Different skies, different warmth, slightly different tree.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Winter Sun

Despite my resolutions, I haven't kept up with the blog. I have kept up with the painting. It became a nice day when I went to pick up my paintings from the Christmas show at the Mansfield Art Center, when they asked to keep seven of them for the gallery. The gentleman said the director loved my work. Well, that does something for the soul! I went outside, and it was warmer than usual and the sun was out. Hmmm. Think I will pack up and go paint in Holmes County, one of the sites to paint in for the Ohio Plein Air Society's Tenth Anniversary Show this year. We only have until May 1 to complete and enter five paintings. Last summer wasn't too great to get them done due to various reasons. So off I went....this is the first plein air of the year. Just outside of Loudenville I found an open area with parking and decided to do this Amish Farm. When I posted on Facebook a friend said it was a Beardsley Amish, a neat clean, no frills Amish farm. I was careful to note that this was in the Holmes County Line.

Twin Buttes Wyoming

This is one of two paintings for my son, who will pick one for himself and one for his friend in Wyoming where they went hunting. They had a good time but the snow got too deep and the Elk must have been hunkered down, but they came home with good memories and great photos. I may add a little snow to the branches and trees but will wait for his response about it.

January Thaw

With one painting finished and time for another, I continued to paint. My fingers were cold. I had some little texting gloves, little knit gloves with the finger tips off. They helped! The geese continued to squabble. No one came around. The time before a Loudonville police man had stopped "to take a look" and said I would be safe in the area. He had pulled someone off today on the main road, probably for speeding, so I knew he was patroling. By the time I was finished painting I was really cold and had to go! No restrooms opened now. I opened the car door and squatted, sitting on the edge. I hoped no one could see. I had no choice.

Open Water

I had been watching the weather as I had found a lake around the corner from the last painting that I thought inspired me for a painting, so on Tuesday I drove to the spot inside the Holmes County Line and did this painting. There were about 200 ducks and geese on the meadow and lake, noisily sparing for their ladies graces.There was a brisk breeze but I loved the atmosphere and the geese. Thank goodness, I feel good about this one! Maybe I can be a cold weather plein air painter!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


This week's pet portrait, from a photo of Sheila Webster Bonham who gave permission. I left out her other dog, Lily, to do just the Aussie. It was fun and my first painting of the new year.