Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Salina Art Center

Pen and ink is one of my favorite mediums on the street - especially for architecture.  This fountain pen is my TWSBI mini in silver, with an extra fine nib.  I have De Atramentis Archive Ink loaded in this pen, for those fine sketchy lines I don't want to move.  After I complete my initial sketch with this pen I switch to a broad nib and a soluble ink, so I can move that ink with a little water to achieve my mid-tones.  I had to tuck myself in close to the bank building for shade and shelter from the wind, seemed like the wind never did let up!  Painting number 3043 in 3043 days. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Peonies at Linda Hall Library

The day was chilly and damp, and the peonies were shining at Linda Hall Library.  Several varieties were starting to bloom, and a few were just starting to open.  The weekend's rain had pummeled them a bit, but they were rising again.  Visiting with another artist I hadn't seen since covid started, I painted as we talked, happy to catch up with a kindred spirit.  She was finished before I was, and moved to her next location.  Turning my attention to my painting, I coaxed a few edges together before finding my next subject.  I love the time spent in a garden, visiting with friends and capturing the beauty around me in oils.  Painting number 3042 in 3042 days. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Looking Down S. Sante Fe

In town under an hour, and I found quickly my way to the Historic district just blocks from my housing.  I gravitate to wonderful places life this, steeped in history while embracing the arts!  I just had to sketch this lovely street scene in pen and ink!  Setting up against a bank building for shade and shelter from the strong wind, I began my line work with my extra fine nibbed fountain pen and water resistant ink.  Once I had my road map in, I started with my broad nibbed pen and soluble ink.  The broad nib delivers more ink per line, and I find I'm using ink more quickly.  The bonus is time saving, because I'm repeating lines less often, but I must be careful.  It is pretty easy to drop too much ink - and then I'm blotting up the excess before it can dry!  I love how ink lends a timeless quality to any subject, and it is especially well suited for architecture. Painting number 3041 in 3041 days. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Blank Canvas Gala

 I have never been to Salina, Kansas before today - and boy was it a treat!  The historic downtown district is full of vintage buildings and small town charm, with artistic embellishments sprinkled about.  I first sketched 2 pen and ink paintings of Sante Fe and the front of the Art Center, before deciding to work in oil.  I started blocking in the space when the band arrived.  As they practiced, I painted them in.  Once the patrons arrived, all dressed in white for the Blank Canvas Gala, I started painting them in as well.  As the light shifted to evening, I made a few adjustments as needed.  All three pieces were auctioned off, with intermission for 70 mph winds and hail.  Three tornado warnings later and the worst hail storm I've ever seen, I am now getting this posted.  I sure met a lot of nice people here today.  I'm looking first to visiting again when I have more time. Painting number 3040 in 3040 days. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Klondike Park

The white sands surrounding the lake at Klondike Park are so unique!  Looking forward to painting here, I didn't let the rain stop me!  With umbrella in tow, I set up close to the water, for the best vantage.  I kept the umbrella over my panel until I had covered it with oil paint, necessary to get the paint to stick.  If that surface got wet with rain first, the oils would slip right off.  I've used an umbrella twice this week - when I haven't used one for years. That blowing rain makes it a valuable tool for painting en plein air!  Painting number 3039 in 3039 days. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Sunflower Hill Farm


Sometimes I have to get deep in the weeds, in the rain, to get the best paintings! After an ink sketch while it was only misty, I hiked to the car to frame, then up that hill to the barn to turn in.  My oil gear in tow, I rushed back down to the wet and rising creek to paint this gorgeous scene.  The waterfall just behind me was so loud I could not listen for approaching snakes - which meant I had to keep checking over my shoulder. After all, this is prime snakes territory.  I squeezed between 5 trees with just enough room to raise an umbrella until my panel was covered with paint.  Then, I could freely paint until finished.  The wild sweet William and mustard blooming along the creek was breathtaking, and so saturated with color in the rain!  It was a pretty wet, miserable evening, but oh I had so much fun!  Painting number 3038 in 3038 days. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pink Peony Impressions

I just could not walk past this tree peony without painting it!  Today's "Monday Watercolorists" location was the Overland Park Arboretum, and I try to never miss a chance to paint here.  I drove through a little rain to get here, but the overcast and chilly afternoon soon warmed up and the sun came out, adding a glow to the freshly washed blooms!  After painting these, and one other nearby, I then scouted the rest of the paths through the garden. I'm always thinking about that next painting, and checking the blooms for peak color.  There will be many peonies blooming in the coming days.  Painting number 3037 in 3037 days. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Defiance Ridge Inked

The view from the vineyard, looking up towards the house, is so inviting.  The very overcast day soon cleared up and the day was beautiful for painting!  I start first with a water resistant ink to sketch out my scene lightly.  Next I go in with a water soluble ink and lay down the darkest darks, getting the mid tones with a water brush pen. For this trip I am using my newest TWSBI mini in white and rose gold, with a broad nib.  It is the first time I've ever used a broad nib - and I like it!  It drops a heavier line with more ink, allowing me to get those rich darks more quickly.  It is, however, a little too broad for a couple of my papers that seem to have a heavier coating of sizing.  I must be very careful to not lay too much ink.  Things could get crazy in an instant and turn to night!  Haha!  Every painting is a lesson, and I enjoy every minute of it!  Painting number 3036 in 3036 days. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Rainy Day Allium

Oh the beauty of a misty day - and allium!  I just got back to town, and the arboretum is alight with these beauties!  I've a few blooms opening of my own (which I almost stayed home to paint), so I was rewarded with this when I arrived on site.  I did not walk further!  Painting two paintings while in Monet's Garden, I didn't scout the rest of the place until finishing!  I wait all year to paint the alluring allium!  Painting number 3035 in 3035 days. 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Springtime at the Cabins

As we drove down this Locust street, these cabins surrounded by springtime bloom captured my attention!  I had Teddy stop the car and started unloading my art gear on the spot.  I suddenly realized I had left my palette in the freezer back at Augusta Shores!!  Already late to start the History paint out, I dropped Teddy off instead and rushed back to get my palette.  The early light was still strong when I returned so I missed no time setting back up to paint!  I really love the rich colors of early morning light - and this was a delightful painting morning!  Even if I was standing in full sun!  Painting number 3034 in 3034 days!  

Saturday, May 1, 2021

View From Montelle

Oh what a glorious morning for painting at Montelle Winery!  After painting the vista in oil, I put my oil gear back in the car and started with ink.  Each piece of these handmade papers have a different feel, and the sizing is always different.  This paper was particularly crisp feeling, as if the sizing were heavier than normal.  For ink, this is not a problem, I just adjust how I lay the lines.  When floating on a little water, the ink moves readily, and I add a little more ink where needed.  This view has really opened up since the new owners bought this place.  Love seeing houses and ponds I've never seen before!  Painting number 3033 in 3033 days. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Morning at Montelle

 What an amazing morning to paint at Montelle!  I arrived, intending to sketch in ink first.  When I saw this view and the stunning light, I knew I'd have to switch media!  It was fun to visit with everyone while painting enjoying the beautiful sunshine, cool breezes and this view!  So happy this painting has a new home! Painting number 3033 in 3033.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Goats on the Farm

What a great farm to paint!  Our private estate paint had goats, chickens, labs - and lush scenery - so much to choose from! I first set up inside the gate to paint these sweet goats, but soon discovered that was a bad idea!  Before I had uncovered my paint, three goats were trying to climb my easel, another knocked my palette off and started chewing the plastic, while still another jumped up on me, and a baby walked on my panel - all within 2 minutes of set up!  Grabbing my entire box, I lifted it over this gate and climbed out.  From this side, only four of them squeezed through to nibble on anything they could reach.  I had no idea they were such a handful.  And to think, I have been tossing the idea around of getting a few goats!  So adorable to paint, but rambunctious too! Painting number 3032 in 3032 days. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Road to the Vineyard

Oh my, what a perfect morning for capturing that early light!  With fleeting light, I like to lay in my darkest darks and lightest lights, so I can compare all other colors with those two. I am using a mix of black and Alain alizarin crimson for marking darks this week.  I like they way it warms up those deepest dark areas, abs it gives me a nice color to push other masses into.  Painting number 3031 in 3031 days. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

La Charette Farm

This place is simply amazing!  With many acres of woods, creeks, bluffs and farm land, it is hard to focus on one subject!  When I saw the old John Deer and hay wagon, I simply had to draw them in pen and ink - and rest them in their setting.  With such a detailed sketch, the actual line work took longer than normal.  I like to do those initial lines with a water resistant ink, coming back in with an ink I can move with a little water.  This particular paper is a handmade Shizen cotton paper, and one that is tricky for me to use.  This paper resists the ink a little before accepting it, making it harder to control.  With a little effort, I bent it to my way, and this drawing now hangs in the owner's home.  Painting number 3030 in 3030 days. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Morning Light at the Creek

I knew as soon as I saw the golden light spreading across the landscape, that I would paint it. I jumped across to find the perfect vantage, and started knocking on darks. Lightest lights were next, because the light is fleeting early in the morning. The host of this event graciously put out a breakages spread that was amazing!  I do love getting to paint special places like this!  Painting number 3029 in 3029 days. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Afternoon at Noboleis

 I headed out to scout with oils on board, and when I found this spot I realized I would HAVE to use my pen and ink!   So, hauling all is my gear back to the car, I switched gears and gathered up my ink gear. Hiking down to the vineyard, I looked up at the buildings on the hill and started to sketch. With pen and ink I drew in each one, coming back in with my favorite TWSBI Diamond mini fountain pen loaded with Levenger's Raven Black ink.  With a little water I was able to achieve the mid tones I wanted, and headed back to the car to frame up.  This was the quick paint, only two hours of paint time, but it didn't take me that long.  I really love my pen and ink, and it is always a good day when I'm sketching!  This painting sold right away, and it will hang in the office of Nobeleis Vineyard.  Painting number 3028 in 3028 days. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Rain Over Augusta Bottoms

It has been years since I have painted the Augusta Bottoms!  It was such a pleasure to return again today and capture the beauty - even in the rain! I found shelter at the baseball field with this delightful view, and started laying in darkest darks and lightest lights, then comparing all transitions to those values. The rain lightened up as I was finishing with a little burst of sunshine at the horizon!  It was so fun to visit with artists on site and enjoy the banter between friends!  Painting number 3027 in 3027 days. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Balducci's Inked

What fun to return to Balducci's Vineyards for a sunset paint!  I walked out to my location intending to paint in oil, but wanted a longer format for this very wide view.  This was my longest substrate for my longest frame, so I chose to sketch the skyline in pen and ink instead.  With such an overcast sky, I was doubtful of the color pop, which also helped to persuade me to work in ink.  Besides, I do love ink and sometimes I just need my ink fix!!  I'm so happy this painting has a new home!  Painting number 3026 in 3026 days. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hickory Lake Boat Launch

We arrived just in time to pick up our packets at the registration in town, dashing to our host home to unload a few things from the car.  Starting a little late, we scouted down the main road through Augusta Shores.  As soon as I saw the light on Hickory Lake, I wanted to paint it!  The very clear blue sky reflected so beautifully off the surface!  Standing mid way up the drive, in the sun, I found my perfect vantage and sketched it out in paint.  Starting a paint at 1:00 is something I almost never do, so the light was a challenge!  I struggled to make sense of the light and shadow in the distant trees, I even had to walk away from my painting to clear my head!  Haha!  With so many daily paintings under my belt, this almost never happens.  With perseverance I tried to make sense of it all as color came back into the scene with time.  This painting took twice as long as it should have - and it ended up winning the Augusta Shores Paint Out!!  The moral of this story is - NEVER GIVE UP!  Painting number 3025 in 3025 days.