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South Trail Head, Ojibway

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South Trail Head, Ojibway.  Plein Air 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard $250

South Trail Head, Ojibway. Plein Air 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard $250 (Sale pending)

Tuesday was a beautiful sunny day.  Even though the temperature was -8°C or 18°F I was dressed for the weather.  My paints however, were not liking the low temperatures.  They were stiff and hard to get out of the tube.  My pochade painting box was not co-operating and I struggled to get my panel secured.  Yes, a few curse words were muttered.   Then,  I could hardly loosen my tripod legs.  I did eventually get set up, but frustration had set in.  It took me a bit to settle down, and get into the scene.  Some days just don’t seem to go well.  I quit early with my painting only partially complete.

smDSC_8364Friday we got another beautiful sunny day, and the temperature was much warmer.  I set out again to finish the painting.  I made some changes this time out.  My hubby is always bringing me home random items.  He recently brought me a thermal lunch bag.  Into this bag I put all my paint tubes, along with a hot water bottle.  It really made a big difference in the paint.  It was easier to get out of the tube and it seemed to remain workable much longer.  It could also be because the weather was not quite as cold.  Thankfully, I was able to complete the painting.

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Home Sweet Homestead

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9 x 12 Oil Painting “Home Sweet Homestead” in its final stages on location.

 

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Home Sweet Homestead, 9 x 12 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard, Plein Air $350

 

John R Park Homestead is one my favorite places to paint.  It is part of the Essex Region Conservation Authority.  I paint on location here many times a year, and demonstrate plein air painting at many of their festivals.  This beautifully preserved classic revival 19th century home was built 1842 on the north shore of Lake Erie.

Dexter Nightlife

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Dexter Nightlife, Plein Air Commission.  8 x 10 Oil on panel.  NFS

Dexter Nightlife, Plein Air Commission. 8 x 10 Oil on panel. NFS

I will deliver this painting to the Red Brick Restaurant in Dexter this week.  I was painting Night Visions at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, and the owner asked for a commission of her restaurant.  I came back on the last night of the event to complete the work.  The temperature dropped down into the 50’s!  This was August!  I was not dressed for it, and ended up having to leave before I finished it.  I ended up with laryngitis, but thankfully it didn’t last long.  The laryngitis probably was due to all the talking I did during the event.  Most of the work was completed on location.  I added the people, benches and window lettering from a photo.  So, I think you can classify this as plein air.

Dexter Nightlife

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Dexter Nightlife, Plein Air Commission.  8 x 10 Oil on panel.  NFS

Dexter Nightlife, Plein Air Commission. 8 x 10 Oil on panel. NFS

I will deliver this painting to the Red Brick Restaurant in Dexter this week.  I was painting Night Visions at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, and the owner asked for a commission of her restaurant.  I came back on the last night of the event to complete the work.  The temperature dropped down into the 50’s!  This was August!  I was not dressed for it, and ended up having to leave before I finished it.  I ended up with laryngitis, but thankfully it didn’t last long.  The laryngitis probably was due to all the talking I did during the event.  Most of the work was completed on location.  I added the people, benches and window lettering from a photo.  So, I think you can classify this as plein air.

On the Verge of Winter

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It seems I’m behind on a few paintings.  The group went out to paint December 1st at Ojibway Park.  While winter weather had not quite set in yet, it was chilly, and damp.  The water in the creek at Ojibway Park had not yet frozen over.  Looking across the road from the Park entrance I could see a neighboring house.  This corner of the creek was almost choked with reeds, not an easy subject at all.

On the Verge of Winter, Ojibway.  Plein Air 9 x 12 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard, Plein Air $350

On the Verge of Winter, Ojibway. Plein Air 9 x 12 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard, Plein Air $350

Painting the reed filled corner of the creek at Ojibway on Dec 1, 2014

Paiting the reed filled corner of the creek at Ojibway on Dec 1, 2014

 

Artilicious!

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Recent event

My Display at Artilitious 2014

My Display at Artilitious 2014

I participated at this great event to benefit The Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Two of my pieces found new homes at the event.  While it was difficult to see them go, it was good to know they will be loved at their new home.

 

Wednesday November 12th Tickets $15.
All you can eat.
Doors open at 4:30.  5 – 8 p.m.

Giovanni Caboto Club
2175 Parent Ave., Windsor

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Artilicious is proudly sponsored by Caesars Windsor, Riverview Steel, AM 800 CKLW, Eyes on Windsor, Biz X magazine, RBC, and Windsor Police Services.

The Coming Storm

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Title: The Coming Storm” 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Panel.
EIGHT people came out today! WHOOT!

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I got to the site about 10:10, we start at 10:00.  I like to be early, but today I was late because hubby had the car.   Even though he got back to the house on time, it threw out my routine.  I dropped him back off to his coffee club, but I skipped picking up my coffee and Egg McMuffin and went right to the park.  I was thankful to see two artists were already set up and painting, so I took off and got my brekky!  I got back to the park around 10:30.  I spent the next 15 or 20 precious painting minuets eating and chatting with the group, but I love them and was not concerned about the painting time because after all the weather forecast said it was supposed to clear up by noon, and they are always right!  More artists arrived.

I finally set up, set out my palette and put the under painting on my board.  I quickly sketched in the outline of my composition.  The sky kept changing and getting darker, but it looked like the clouds were all staying to the south.  Where was that promised sun anyway?  My senses told me that I better treat this painting like I was in a quick draw contest and get er DONE!  I used my palette knife and stuck to the paint I already had laid out on my palette.  I moved very quickly with my small knife sculpting out the contours of the hill before me.

It was around noon when it started…  a fine mist, then a drizzle.  I got my umbrella up, and my painting managed to stay dry.  I popped it into the wet canvas carrier that’s built into my pouchade box.  The paint on my palette was running all over, but I managed to get it cleaned up. 

EIGHT people came out today! WHOOT! We had to run for cover at noon. Seeing the dark clouds rolling in I treated this painting like a quick draw event. Now if I could only do that more often. — at Malden Park

EIGHT people came out today! WHOOT! We had to run for cover at noon. Seeing the dark clouds rolling in I treated this painting like a quick draw event. Now if I could only do that more often.
— at Malden Park


Here are the results! I also painted pretty thick with my palette knife.
Now if I could only do that more often.
— at Malden Park.

Afterwards, we all formed a caravan to the nearest McDonald’s for coffee and a great chat.

Line Dried Linens

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Line Dried Linens, 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand board

Line Dried Linens, 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand board

Painting Line Dried Linens

Painting Line Dried Linens

Wonderful, but breezy day yesterday out in the county. My umbrella turned inside out at least three times. Lucky it was easy to get it back, nothing broke, and my pochade box with painting did not fall over. Mind you, I had it strong armed the whole day. In spite of the winds I managed to complete this painting on site. The owner likes it, and it maybe sold as a Christmas present. I will frame it and take it back out to close the sale when it’s had a chance to dry a bit. What was really a funny co-incidence is that 30 years ago we bought our house from her son! What a small world!