Fawn in the Grass

Last week I was at my friend’s house in a remote area, and a baby fawn came and lay down in a grassy section near some trees. I snuck up on the little fellow, and took a picture; this week, I painted him in acrylics. This took time to do, but I was able toContinue reading “Fawn in the Grass”

Pumpkin Patch: acrylic painting

I have a friend who loves pumpkins, collects all types of pumpkin figurines, plushies, etc. She commissioned me to create a pumpkin patch for her, and this is the result. If you look closely, you will see a tiny ladybug that I put on one of the leaves in front!

Egret in Wetlands: acrylic painting

Recently, I decided that a smartphone was not adequate for taking bird photos, so I decided to buy a DSLR (Canon) with an extender lens (until I can afford a real telephoto). I then became a bird stalker. Specifically, I began stalking one of the egrets who stays around a nearby marsh. Day by day,Continue reading “Egret in Wetlands: acrylic painting”

In the Canopy: semi-abstract

I have been experimenting with going a bit looser and more abstract in some of my paintings. The other day, I saw the sun filtering through the trees in the woods, and decided to try to paint how the light affected me. This is one of my first attempts at abstracting somewhat what I see.Continue reading “In the Canopy: semi-abstract”

Red Wing Blackbird: acrylic painting

One of the signs of spring in Michigan is the red-winged blackbirds calling as they nest in the wet areas. This inspired my painting of one in acrylics. I combined a photo I took a few days ago of some wetlands nearby, with the blackbird to show him in his native habitat. The palette wasContinue reading “Red Wing Blackbird: acrylic painting”

Prophetic art: Wind in my Sails

Yesterday, I did the weekly prophetic art time with my friend. I saw an image of a sailboat, so I painted this one from imagination; I put it on a lake with the water sparkling because I love it when the sun here does that. The painting is in acrylics. “Wind in My Sails”, acrylicContinue reading “Prophetic art: Wind in my Sails”

Plein aire sunny day study: Garden Statue

It is a sunny day in Northern Michigan, so I decided to do a quick acrylic study of my friend’s garden statue. The daffodils are up; but my acrylics dried really too fast (even with a Stay-Wet palette). So, there were a few lumps in the paint in the end. But I love the gardenContinue reading “Plein aire sunny day study: Garden Statue”

Plein Aire study: Birch Tree

I decided to paint a beautiful birch tree that is only a few feet from the beach at Lake Huron. This study was done in acrylics. The day was hazy and a bit grey, so the colors are quite different from the previous sunny day study. I used my usual palette for this painting.

Learning to Paint Impressionism: Lilac blooms

A few days ago, I set up a still life in my studio with a lilac sprig that I took from the bush outside. I wanted to paint my impressions of light and color, following the Hawthorne method as best as I could. Because of the late afternoon sun, there was a lot of goldenContinue reading “Learning to Paint Impressionism: Lilac blooms”

Learning to Paint Impressionism: Sunny Day block study

I am in the pursuit of color. That means that I am doing what is considered a basic study in art school: block studies. Because I want to learn impressionism (a la “Charles Hawthorne” method) I am following the suggestions in Lois Griffel’s book, “Painting the Impressionist Landscape”. So, I decided to do the sunnyContinue reading “Learning to Paint Impressionism: Sunny Day block study”