Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Pastoral life, or painting in the city amid the sound of mowers

This is an 8" x 10" that I did in a park setting just outside the city limits of Chicago. While I painted the park workers were mowing the grass and using those gas operated grass trimmers. One guy came over, shut off his trimmer and started to talk. I was OK with that, but I did have to stop painting. Seems like everyone who sees an artist painting has to bring up some painter they have seen on television, so it's probably a good thing to stop what you (I) are doing and take the time to bring a little reality for people who have not really seen an artist in action. (not that I don't like tv artists) This week I am off to Fresh Paint Amana in Amana, Iowa which I did last year. I'm just hoping to do better than I did in Mineral Point....not happy with most of my work there.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Plein Air event, Mineral Point, Wisconsin

I did this 8" x 10" last weekend along the creek in Mineral Point. It's very small and courses through the east side of the town and once fed a large brewery there. I did about six paintings, which for me is low production. I felt like I was in the batter's box fouling off pitches or striking out. I just was not painting very well all week. This one I did show in one of the galleries sponsoring the event and it sold.....not many did.