Friday, August 26, 2011

On a Vintage Cloth

I'm running woefully behind on my blog posts!  It's been quite a busy summer.  One of my friends shot this photo of me at the opening of my show, "On a Vintage Cloth", on Saturday, August 20th, up at 3 Pines Studio and Gallery, in Cross Village, Michigan.

People ask me what my favorite color is.  I'm not sure, but everybody's sure it's orange! 

The painting I'm standing in front of is titled "Butterflies and Lemon Pie" (or some such title -- it's all a blur at the moment). 

Stay tuned for more show photos!

Sunday, August 7, 2011


 "Kayaks #1" -- plein air field study -- oil on birch panel 8x10"

 "Kayaks #2" -- plein air field study -- oil on birch panel 8x10"
Both paintings were done on Saturday morning, August 6, 2011, at the Glen Arbor 3rd Annual Plein-Air Paint-Out.  Before I drove over, I had made up my mind to find some colorful boats to paint.  I'm rather tired of painting green meadows.  Even lakeshore scenes are getting a little ho-hum.  It just had to be a strong, bright color -- and something with good lines, a strong composition!  I can't paint ho-hum.

Lo and behold: Putt-Putt Golf, on Oak Street, right in downtown Glen Arbor!  It was the answer to my prayers.  Besides minature golf, they rent out kayaks.  There were several stacks of orange and red kayaks that caught my eye.  

Hardly anybody was there on Friday night, so I set up my easel for a "test run" painting.  Well, what else was there to do in town?  Sit in a bar?  That doesn't interest me.  Before I even had a painting finished, I had a buyer.  I knew I'd found my gold mine!

Registration for the paint-out was Saturday morning at 8.  That's when all the artists get their blank canvases stamped on the back, then scurry out into the countryside, free to paint until the final deadline.  By 4:30, we were to have our 2 (maximum) paintings framed and turned back in.  

I went back to good old Putt Putt Golf at about 8:15.  And Lordy, Lordy -- the mosquitoes!!!!  I knew I'd brought bug repellent but I couldn't bear to leave my easel.  So I let them bite away.  Tiny little bastards, but blood-thirsty devils.  Oh well -- I'd found my subject and nothing was going to stop me!  By 11 AM I had my two paintings done and in frames.

What to do the rest of the day?  And it was SO hot and humid!  I got into my Flex, cranked the air conditioner on high, and toodled around the countryside, enjoying the views.  Stopped at a garage sale and ended up doing a painting in their front yard (but that's another post!).