Thursday, July 24, 2008

Barns & Farms show, Kewuanee, Wisconsin

The last two years I was fortunate enough to have two paintings chosen for the Barns & Farms nationally juried show in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. Each year I've sold one and then had to return to pick up the other painting. When I left home it was 92 degrees; along the lake in Wisconsin it was 68 degrees. I love driving in farm country and I stopped to paint by this harbor where the Kewaunee river meets Lake Michigan. (Not all that pleased with what I did this time, so I'm not posting that dog.) About 25 miles south of Kewaunee is the town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin along Lake Michigan. There's an old pickup truck parked at a gas station. It's a Chevy short box, either a 1939 or 1940. Despite the high price of gas and the long drive (3 1/2 hours), the scenery and old cars along the way make the journey worthwhile.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunset photo and two PAs from The Fields Project

Now it's been a couple weeks since I did The Fields Project. The people there and the artists as well were all very nice and went out of their way to help us out. I can't as yet say whether I will return there next year since I have enough trouble figuring out my life day to day. The two PAs are both 8" X 10"s and were done in an hour to an hour and a half. The sunset photo was one of many beautiful ones. Oregon, Illinois is about an hour west of Chicago. Once you are there, you feel a million miles away from Chicago -- which can be a good thing!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Wm. R. Leigh and Joseph Raphael

These are a couple watercolor works I did for practice. The first is Wm. R. Leigh the painter who trained in Germany and then painted in the American West (done about 9 X 12 inches). The other is Joseph Raphael, another artist, but not the California Impressionist (done about 5 X 7 inches).