Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prairie paintings, etc.

I am thrilled that the top painting sold at the Springfield Museum, Ohio Plein Air Society show, "Ohio Prairies, a Year in the Life. The Painting was in the show's program and also was chosen to be in the Sunday Columbus Dispatch before it was sold.

The second painting was another prairie painting done at Gorman Nature Center.

I gave up on the 30 day challenge as I felt as if I was just turning out paintings and the quality of the paintings were not what I wanted although it was fun to work on the Yupo paper.

I have been doing some teaching, and have three students. I have been demonstrating as we paint together and that seems to be working well. I have also taking Johannes Vloothaus's Impressionistic Cityscape classes. Next Monday Feb 1 I will do a demo for the portrait club.

I have also started an 18x24 oil for my daughter-in-law. So I have been busy! I am hoping to blog once a week.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#7 Mountain Winter

Finally finished #7. Yupo with Watercolor. I am loving this medium. Love the sky and the trees. Composition could be better.

#6 Tranquil Morning

Yesterday was spent putting all Christmas Decorations away and the tree ornaments away and rewiring the tree with LED lights and putting it in the basement. So today I painted this Tranquil Morning scene and will paint another painting after my lunch. The temperature was 8 degrees and the wind was blowing. Needless to say, I am staying in! I was inspired by the snow we have and designed the scene to include some wildlife.I also wanted to practice some evergreens. The photograph ended up very pink as my Ott light died so will photograph better later.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Roses #5

#5 Roses. Again the Yupo paper with watercolor. It is amazing the combinations and the color blending that happen. I chose the Roses as I seem to be on a flower kick. The roses are from my last roses of the season that I brought in the house before a frost and then photographed. I am also getting a class together at home...hopefully four people which makes a nice group and I can spend time with each one. This will start next Tuesday in the afternoon. So I need to spend some time planning for that. Will definitely have Christmas decorations done by Sunday evening! Lots of paperwork to get done and income tax to work on. I have a meeting tonight and later tonight a big snow is coming in. The high is 13 degrees today. Cold, cold. I really don't want to go out but need to see some of the people I haven't seen since before I was working at Kingwood.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas Basket #4

Christmas Basket. This is #4 of the 30 day challenge. Again I am playing with Yupo paper with watercolor. It is not perfect but it was fun. It was so much warmer 44 degrees so I took all the outside decorations down and put them away. Now it is 34 degrees and snowing. We are to have a high of 14 tomorrow so maybe between getting the inside decorations put away then I can spend more time painting. I need to make a list so I know what I am painting the next day.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

#3 African Violet

African Violet watercolor on Yupo paper. I am really having fun with this Yupo paper. I may be painting Poinsettias for tomorrow. I picked up my paintings from the Mansfield Art Center from the Christmas Show. Jerry kept three paintings, two of them prairie paintings. Then I worked on noting where all my paintings are out to...tomorrow noting new paintings and cleaning up last year's paperwork. Worked on my income tax, too. Hopefully tomorrow I can get a few paintings done ahead and start to clean up the Christmas decorations.
Yesterday my daughter Linn and I drove to Springfield, Ohio about 1 1/2 hours away to see the Ohio Plein Air Show at Springfield Museum of Art titled "Ohio Prairies: A Year in the Life". It was a fabulous show with such varied creative works. It was an honor to have two paintings selected for this show. I also was amazed that one of my paintings was in the program. I am so glad that I got the last program that was there. I am sure there will be more printed as the show lasts until February 22. My painting is in the center of the three. Actually all of the three are from this area of Ohio. Jane Johnson and Mary Ann Clady respectfully. Today is #3 for the 30 day challenge so I need to get busy. I will take down Christmas decorations a little at a time and eventually it will all be put away. It is freezing rain this morning and later today or maybe tomorrow I need to pick up work I have from the Mansfield Art Center Christmas event.

Friday, January 2, 2015

#2 Red Cyclamen

Working on the Yupo paper is so much fun! A little more faster brushstokes than the #1 painting. Will have to try some more flower paintings tomorrow. Painted this one ahead as I am planning to go to Springfield today to see the "Prairies: A year in the Life" show with my daughter. Excited to see how they hung my two paintings that were juried in.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

#1 of 30 New Year's Day Red Cyclamen

# 1 of the 30 paintings in 30 days. Red Cyclamen. I was inspired by the brilliant color in my sunny window. I also was ready to play with the watercolor on Yupo. One gets such exciting colors running together and if something is off you can just wipe it and start over. Now off to pack up the pork and saurkraut to go to my son's and watch the OSU and Alabama bowl game. Go OSU! and Happy New Year to all!