Monday, November 30, 2020

Inside Union Station


Today's painting site for the Monday Morning Watercolorists was Union Station - and I just had to go!  All decked out for the holidays some things remain the same. The giant wreaths in the front windows, the huge Christmas tree (see those tiny doors in the background) with garland and small trees dotting the main hall.  Missing are the wonderful wooden benches for reflection and tree gazing as well as access to the public restrooms.  A special Christmas display is set up in the north hall where tickets are required.  This is such a great place for the holidays, so happy to paint here with friends!  Painting number 2881 in 2881 days. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Casper


Focusing on portrait work is so much fun with this sweet baby boy on my easel!  I find I can learn SO MUCH by taking deep dives into certain areas of my work. I have long been a portrait artist, first in graphite, later in ink and acrylic, and some in oils.  I'm very comfortable in the black and white, and am now exploring the color like I haven't before. I grow with each painting, and I feel like I am seeing the planes of the face in new ways. Why not get playful with the paint?  I can't wait to see what unfolds as I study portraiture in depth!  Painting number 2880 in 2880 days. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Country Cabin


The autumn color this year all through the midwest was amazing!  While in Steelville for an Artist Residency, I was contacted about driving out to check out this country cabin for a commission. In this family for 4 generations, this place and land holds many special memories.  I love getting to paint a home that has meant so much for so many years.  I have the best job ever!  Painting number 2879 in 2879 days. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Beau


This sweet boy has gotten into more trouble than all of our other dogs combined.  Very accident prone, he's had life threatening injuries more than once, and he has bounced back each time.  All that pampering while injured really turned him into a 110 pound lap dog, with so much personality!  So, tonight, Beau is on my easel, as he lays around waiting for snacks!  The light is a bit blown out on this portrait, so I'll try to take another pic tomorrow in the daylight.  Love this gentle giant!  Painting number 2878 in 2878 days. 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Washington Painter House


I loved this historic place from the first time I laid eyes on it.  Very similar in style to my own family home, these architectural lines always draw me in!  With the iron fence adorned with holiday garland, this was a "must paint" for me!  With ink and watercolor I drew the scene, added in the watercolor gently, then returned for a bit more ink.  Each handmade paper absorbs differently, so I often find I need to adjust my technique in process. Love exploring all the challenges of the mediums! It really is all about the journey!  Painting number 2877 in 2877 days. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Portrait Study in Black and White


On a weekend full of portrait study, it is so fun to try different colors and techniques!  Here I laid down the planes with ivory black and titanium white, adding the tiniest bit of ultramarine blue.  I arrived with my plein air set up, but am now wishing I had a few more soft brushes.  I use a lot of heavy duty workhorse brushes (Princeton Catalysts) in the field for my daily work, and only had a couple of Rosemary brushes in this box.  A softer, lighter brush is better for blending where desired. I find that I like leaving plenty of brushwork and strong strokes untouched.  This portrait journey is going to be SO FUN!  Painting number 2876 in 2876 days. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Looking Down the Katy Trail


The artist in me LOVES exploring new towns.  My first trip to Rocheport finds me rising before the sun to paint as much as possible before focusing on portraiture for the rest of the day!  I'm invigorated by painting en plein air - no matter how little sleep I get nor how little I've eaten. The simple act of putting paint to panel or paper makes me feel so alive.  Why waste a minute?  I'll catch up on sleep and food when I get back home! Painting number 2875 in 2875 days. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Rocheport Depot


Here for an artist weekend of portraiture study, I simply can't resist my gorgeous surroundings!  Out at first light, I am squeezing in as many ink and watercolor paintings as I can before returning to my all day portrait study!  Love this historic small town and I can't wait to return with my oils to capture more of it's beauty!  Painting number 2874 in 2874 days. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Katy Trail B&B


I am staying in Rocheport for the first time for an artist weekend, and this Katy Trail B&B has been a wonderful place to land.  The charm of this sweet place is right down my alley- so of course I had to paint it!  After a day full of portrait work, it was great to get out in the fresh air.  I sketched this with ink on handmade cotton paper, then added watercolor from my travel half pans.  This town is so full of vintage scenes - I wish I had more plein air time!  I will definitely return for more plein air and biking, too!  Painting number 2873 in 2873 days. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Dean


 

This weekend finds me working on my portrait skills in oils!  Joining 7 other artists in the charming town of Rocheport, I've spent today in the Community Hall.  I'm hoping to complete 6 portraits, honing my skills in the process.  I've already learned something very valuable - I can breath life into a portrait by working from a black and white reference photo, working in the color organically.  Who knew?  I plan to really delve into portraits during the winter months, so this weekend is meant to kick start that process.  Thanks, Nyle! This historic district is amazing, simply filled with vintage buildings - all calling to me to paint!  Oh how I wish I had several plein air days scheduled!  So, I'm sketching before and after the scheduled portrait hours, and will certainly return for more work in oils one day.  Painting number 2872 in 2872 days. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Cardinal Trees


This enchanting place is a perfect getaway, if only for a couple hours!  With ink and watercolor I sketched out the scene before me, going back in with a little more ink.  The trimmed trees line the pathways, and are in many themes.  One can pick the ornaments right off the trees for purchase.  I found the cheerful cardinals donning this tree irresistible!  After I painted this, I bought a couple for my own tree!  Painting number 2871 in 2871 days. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Fairfield Covered Bridge


This nostalgic covered bridge in the city park of Fairfield, Illinois a local icon. Painting it for the Fairfield Art Splash in September, it is the first time I've had the bridge on my easel!  This seems to be my year for painting covered bridges - and oh how I love them!  All paintings for this event were to be kept secret until after the show and sale, which finds me playing "catch up" with my posts!  Love this small town and all of it's unique treasures to paint!  Painting number 2870 in 2870 days. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Two Fishermen


I love painting by the water - ocean, pond, lake, river or creek, they all hold a peaceful magic.  The rhythmic sounds of babbling water leads me away from daily cares, like a balm to my soul.  Capturing the gentle movement of boat on water is a joy, a sliver of peaceful rural living.  Life is all about the little things, after all.  Painting number 2869 in 2869 days. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Poinsettias!


Oh the colors of Christmas are upon us!  When poinsettias start lining the shelves at one of my favorite nurseries, I start thinking about decorating again!  I still have 5 poinsettias from last year - so I didn't bring another one home, but I did add 4 new plants to my tropical collection!  With 15 minutes left before meeting the others, I started this miniature ink and watercolor on 3x3 cotton paper. Fast and loose, quick marks and dashes of paint brought this scene to life - with a minute to spare!  Even a tiny painting can capture the essence of the place!  Painting number 2869 in 2869 days. 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Family Tree Nursery


The Family Tree Nursery is a "must paint" during the holiday season!  Christmas trees line the walkways, all glistening with ornaments for sale.  The Monday Morning Watercolorists have met in this special place today, even though it is 64 degrees outdoors!  Though I hardly paint inside on a gorgeous day - this place is the exception!  Love my ink and watercolor for such an interior scene!  Painting number 2868 in 2868 days. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Fox Babies


Sometimes, I just want to paint some cute fox babies!  I'm not in the plein air realm today, but have instead turned to adorable wildlife, inspired by the red foxes I've spotted across the road and on my Mom's property.  I don't think I've ever drawn a fox before, so this was certainly good practice!  It's all about the lines and angles, especially when the forms are unfamiliar.  In the past I've chosen to draw 100 of whatever challenged me, like 100 people, 100 cows, etc...... are there 95 more foxes in my future?  Yikes!  It's fun to take a break every once in a while!  Painting number 2867 in 2867 days 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Elmore Clock


I have admired this vintage town clock since I first arrived in this small town so many years ago.  Hanging on the corner of the old Bank of Elmore building, this clock is embellished with the same stained glass as the building.  Stopping in Christie's Cafe across the street for lunch with mom, I sketched this miniature painting while waiting for our quiche.  I'm so happy to finally get to paint it - wish all towns had such wonderful clocks!  Painting number 2866 in 2866 days. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Huzzah Valley Barn


From a vantage near the Huzzah River, I looked back to see this wonderful Steelville icon nestled in the landscape as it has been for so many years.  This barn is leaning to the east now, and it's days may be running out.  So if course, I had to sketch it!  With my favorite TWSBI Diamond mini fountain pen loaded with Levenger's Raven black ink, I sketch the lines of this scene.  With a little water in my brush pen, I soften some of those edges and drop in some more ink.  Love this old barn - hope it is still here next year.  Painting number 2865 in 2865 days. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Sundance Over the Farm


 I am always drawn to gorgeous skies - especially in the rural landscape!  Choosing a wide format -20x10, I am able to concentrate on what's really important about this scene. The forms and colors in that sky are a bit challenging!  I really try to see the subtle changes, so that every mark counts.  Looking twice, painting once - lol. By careful observation I can stay on track with my vision for this place.  I find that a much more effective way than dropping in masses, and then tweaking.  Painting is a journey, and this season finds me studying my subjects intently. Painting number 2864 in 2864 days. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Elmore Depot


After spending the day in Genoa and Elmore, Mom and I settled in the Walter Ory Park, along the North Coast Inland Trail for a quick sketch.  The day was so warm, it was very pleasant to spend this record November heat outdoors.  Just last fall we attended a festival here, where we dined in this building with Mom's friends.  It has been fun for her to see so many of her friends, and bittersweet to head back to Missouri.  Love getting to spend time in this space, if only for a little while.  Painting number 2863 in 2863 days.