Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Race Day

This is the first time I've been able to capture a regata in progress!  I arrived on site just as they were ready to go, so I set up quickly.  As these first two sailboats made their turn, I painted fast and furious to get those values and hues in!  I did not take a reference photo.  In fact, it never occurred to me until I saw some of the other artists looking at their phones.  I guess I've gotten so used to painting from life that I don't even think of changing my process.  The benefit is that I walk away with a fresh painting that isn't overworked and cluttered with the details of a photo.  Just another super fun adventure in plein air!  Painting number 1709 in 1709 days.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Edward Jones Inked

My first drawing of the night found me in an alley behind the Edward Jones building, pen in hand.  I loved the lines, the bustle of activity, and the light poles!  I did move one of them over, for compositional reasons.  A hot day on the pavement, I sought a shadier spot for the painting.  I've discovered that I should not leave my fountain pens in a hot car, they begin to leak ink from the joint where I grip.  That means I get ink on my hands - and anyone who knows me knows this will not work at all!  After all, I have a reputation of cleanliness to uphold!  So, I'm taking my pens inside until it cools off.  Painting number 1714 in 1714 days. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weatherby Lake Inked

I had already painted three paintings and two ink drawings, and still, I gazed longingly at this boat.  the last artist on site, I left my easel up and ready, but truly I was so tired.  The ink was calling, "Choose me!  Choose me!"  I walked back to the car and grabbed my ink pen, brush and paper.  I put pen to paper and let the ink do it's magic.  Like any old friend, the drawing soothed and energized me - I love the process!  Once finished, I framed it, changed and joined to party beginning around me!  What a great painting day!  Painting number 1713 in 1713 days.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


What a beautiful afternoon for capturing the regatta on Weatherby Lake!  The cloudless sky quickly turned to stormy - and this was the color change in the heavens!  So beautiful, I had to turn my easel to get it!  This one has a new home!  Painting number 1712 in 1712 days!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Goldenrod and Sunflowers

Oh my!  What a day!  This morning seems so long ago!  This was a warm and muggy day for painting - but did I ever make the most of it!  Three paintings, two ink drawings, and a Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Signature show opening at the Albrecht Kemper Museum, followed by a nocturne paint out!  A great day to get experimental - and I did with two of them.  I was painting at my leisure for this prairie scene, and the peace and calm nearly oozes from it.  Funny how much of my personal experience of the moment seeps into each painting!  Painting number 1711 in 1711 days.
Oil on panel, 12x9
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fountain at the Rose Garden

Today finds me painting in one of my favorite gardens - the Rose Garden at Loose Park!  The morning was absolutely beautiful as I starting laying down paint.  Many hands were grooming the roses, as other worker bees buzzed around the garden.  When I noticed several workers standing near the fountain, I thought I'd better start getting the fountain in.  Sure enough, it was turned off for a little work.  This often happens en plein air.  A boat sails away, an animal flees the scene, lights are turned out, or a fountain gets shut down.  When this happens, I move to another section of the painting, waiting for the return of my subject.  Animals will return again and again in a rhythmic fashion.  In the case of boats, I normally see the bustle around the boat - and start painting like crazy!  The fountain came back on, and off again two other times - and I finally got it done!  Painting number 1710 in 1710 days.
oil on panel, 14x11
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Starlight Theatre Inked

This is one of the seven works I created on site this week at the magical Starlight Theatre.  What a gorgeous day for plein air, and the surroundings could not have been more posh!  This was the one drawing that I did not get a chance to paint, time simply ran out.  One piece sold today and the other 6 will be hanging at Starlight for a little bit.  So fun to be a small part of the magic out there!  Painting number 1709 in 1709 days.
ink on paper, 6x4
on display at Starlight Theatre