Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sunset at the Courthouse

This has been a super busy painting day - with this painting ringing in as my fourth!  I love this place, and I had fun painting it!  My first couple of years here, I stayed in a Hollywood glam apartment right across the street - and this was my view each day.  I really enjoyed doing this at sunset!  Painting number 1741 in 1741 days!  The icing on the cake?   This painting has beg selected for the annual Fairfield poster next year!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Looking Down Main

What a beautiful collection of shops there is along this historic Main Street in Dubuque!  With the light turning golden in the sky - I knew I had to paint it!  This was a quick paint since I had to work fast to get it to completion before the artist picnic at Eagle Point.  Onlookers were good company as I painted, and the awnings came out just in time to be painted!  My oldest daughter called me two thirds through in crisis - and I finished the rest on auto pilot!  Thank God for miracles large and small.  Painting number 1741 in 1741 days.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bullard's Farm Market

I LOVE painting pumpkin farms, patches and markets!  Nothing rings in autumn like a trip to a pumpkin patch!  The wonderful color of this barn when paired with the pumpkins was irresistible!  By the light of the moon on the might before, I could clearly see a lot full of pumpkins, but the barn and market was a real treat in the daylight!  This is actually the second one I have painted, as the first went to another buyer.  And to top that off, I may just paint this again to hang on my own wall!!  Painting number 1740 in 1740 days.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Steeple Square Inked

This church is one of the most beautiful buildings I have had the pleasure to draw!  The architecture is so complex and stunning - I can only hope to do it justice!  Composing with my painting in mind, I started this one on the sidewalk by White St.  As I worked, it was all lines and angles, and the relationships of all those masses.  These street scenes have really been appealing to me lately. As I moved forward in paint, I moved a little to the left, making the street less prominent.  So happy to capture this place in ink, I think it is only the first time of many!  Painting number 1739 in 1739 days.  I had a sprinkling of days where I couldn't get my post to load while out off town.  I'm going to have to play catch up to get things back in order!  And would you believe I'm almost out of panels again???

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fig Leaf Shop

Driving down Bluff Street, this charming shop just begged to be painted!  After a quick ink drawing, I started to fill in the masses like a puzzle.  Person after person stopped to chat as they walked out with their packages.  Before I was even finished, the sweet owner came out and wanted to buy it right off the easel!  After packing up my gear, I went inside to deliver my painting and walked out with a new wrap for the Patron Show Friday night!  What a whirlwind week this has been! Painting number 1738 in 1738 days.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Entry to the Courtyard

A drizzly, wet day for a quick paint, this beautiful landscape was my reward for venturing out!  Not knowing what to expect at the university, the scouting was fun.  After a quick spin around the place, I settled close to my subject in the wet grass - and painted liked crazy! With a light rain already on, I knew I had to get that panel covered with paint or the rain would create a resist for my oils.  I worked quickly to get this vintage scene painted, and framed it up for turn in.  Waiting for my fellow artist, we barely made the turn in on time!  Nothing like living life on the edge!  Painting number 1738 in 1738 days!  SO MUCH to LOVE about Dubuque!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Millwork Night Market

The wet as drizzly day turned into a beautiful evening to spend downtown.  After getting two paintings completed in the drizzle, I was ready for some hot food to recharge and do it again!  Tonight's venue was the Millwork Night Market on 8th add Jackson, where I could capture a graffiti artist at work!  As I walked up to the scene, I could already see the painting unfold.  Choosing a vantage I could capture the bikes, trailer, graffiti artists, night market AND urban buildings, I got to work quickly.  Starting with a dark panel, I am basically painting the light, one stroke at a time.  It was fun to see old friends from last year's event and paint such a unique place with fellow artists.  Nowhere but Dubuque offers up such an experience!!  Painting number 1737 in 1737 days.