Today marks my 200th blog entry. If Facebook hadn't come along there would have been many more, but while I am still entering things here other artists that I have followed in their blogs no longer keep them going. I chose to put up some of the latest work I've done in the drawing "class", parenthesis, because there isn't a teacher in this class. Just a watercolor and a charcoal drawing of a live model posing for the Skokie Art Guild drawing group. Another picture is the three entries I have in one of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago shows. Finally there is a little 8 x 10" oil of a monument (actually most likely a headstone in a cemetary) set back in the woods from the rest of the cemetery. I was out painting last fall with two old art school friends in a churchyard while the sun was getting low in a late afternoon.
The making of this year's Christmas card began with a photo from Facebook. A friend posted a picture of her husband standing next to the Christmas tree they cut down near their new home in Colorado. Editing him out (my apologies to Ken), I did a watercolor about 5 x 7". Scanning the painting we had photos made (sorry all you tech savvy people, but the computer is not something I understand well, I'm sure there are other ways to get this done). We bought card stock with envelopes the appropriate size and glued them down.
Most of the time I was in Door County I spent with my dog and not painting. I was there to just be there, but did a few paintings. This one was done in the late afternoon one day when the sun was creating a kind of fairyland of light blue over the meadow through the woods. It was not easy to paint because it made things look flat. Successful or not, I enjoyed standing among the trees and looking out through then and did this 8" x 10".
Last Saturday at the drawing class I did this charcoal drawing and a watercolor painting of the model. The remarkable thing about the drawing is that I did it in 5 minutes ---- portrait, hands and torso. Never done one that fast, although we always start out with a couple 5 minute poses. This was done on newsprint paper.
When I am not painting with the Plein Air Painters of Chicago I go to my art guild's Saturday morning drawing class. After some 5 and 10 and 15 minute poses we finish with three 25 minute poses. That gives me enough time to do some watercolor portraits or figure studies. These were all done within the last several months. It's enough time to work if you can work fast, for there isn't enough time to really dry some areas, but if you plan ahead you can work in another area while the area you want to explore a bit more dries for more work.
With a little help from my friend Ed Hinkley I have matted and framed my watercolor plein air paintings. I have found over the last several years that my mat (or matte) cutting skills aren't what they used to be, so I asked my friend Ed about using his mat cutter. These are my six of seven watercolors I did in New Mexico this fall. One is an OK painting, but not quite as good as the rest.
So, here a a number of works here at the house....what I need is a gallery to take them.
The Plein Air Painters of Chicago had their 2017 show at the Palette & Chisel Academy north of downtown Chicago. I had four of my paintings in the show. I think I have posted them here before individually. Well, no sales this time, but I did get a compliment from the writer of the Palette & Chisel's blog. Click on this: http://thisoldpalette.blogspot.com/ and scroll down a long, long way and you will see my painting "Pancake Breakfast" and the comment. Thanks for stopping by......