Today I finished another piece in my series of paintings representing scenes from Bear Butte just outside of Sturgis, SD. Previous posts explain the history andRead More
As I mentioned in my last post about this piece, it wouldn't take long to finish! The painting was just dry enough to tighten up some of the ...Read More
The subject of today's painting is from a hike Jack and I took over a year ago on Bear Butte Mountain. We hadn't planned on doing the hike, but decided to get up close and personal with ...Read More
A couple of weeks ago I put a teaser image of my commission on my blog. Here is the whole enchilada! This was my first attempt at ocean/seascapes. I was a bit intimidated by...Read More
We had a foot (or more) of SPRING snow yesterday & all last night in the hills of Lead, SD. That means spending a day in my studio. Woot. (Update...Read More
Nothing like waiting until the last minute!
Just wired up "Aspen Stand" and getting ready to drive to The Matthews in Spearfish. Entering this painting and "The Last Stand" into the 34th Winter Art Show. Wish me luck because as a staff member of The Matthews, I have been helping with the artist registration these last three days. Some of the art is amazing!
Show opens on Wednesday, March 20 upstairs in the Opera House Theatre and lasts until Saturday, March 23. Free to the public. Come in and vote on the piece of art you think deserves the People's Choice Award!
|"Aspen Stand," 12" x 24", oil on gessobord, $375|
Well, it's been snowing for over 24 hours and I'm going a bit cabin crazy. We have at least a foot. It's hard to tell since the snow is blowing sideways. There are 2 and 3' drifts all around the house. And Lead being Lead, there hasn't been a single plow on our road.
So, it was time to finish the painting I started last Sunday. The studio was freezing which made for a quick studio afternoon. There wasn't much to do since my last post.
Isn't it grand when a painting practically paints itself?
This was a nice Sunday. Did some contract work for a couple of Facebook clients, did some laundry, actually wired up a painting (that I always put off), Jack did the cooking for supper, and I got into the studio and started a painting. In fact, I almost finished it. Sometimes it happens that way, doesn't it?
Earlier this summer, Jack and I rode our bikes on the Mickelson Trail in South Dakota. There were so many beautiful scenes it was hard to pick which painting to do. Private note: Later on the ride, I was mesmerized by the scenery so much that I rode right off the trail and down a rocky embankment. That hurt like a son of a gun.
As most of you know, I always paint my gessobord or canvas first red or some warm color. I don't like starting a painting on a a white background. After the background is dry, I sketched in the landscape with pencil very lightly and then went over it in a dark paint. Both the background and the sketching paint is acrylic. No patience for waiting for the boring part to dry. When I want to paint, I want to paint now, not in 2 days.
Then, the hard part was -- do I finish it in acrylics or oils. That took about 45 seconds to decide. Oil. Then it was off to the races.
So, here is the painting in stages. I hope to finish sometime this week and when I do I'll post again.
Have a great week!
|"The Last Stand," 24" x 48," oil on gallery wrapped canvas, $1200|
Last spring, my daughters came out for a visit from Chicago. We drove through Custer State Park in Custer, SD. I don't live too far from there and had never gone through it before. Isn't that the way? The last people to play tourist are the people who live in the area!
We wanted to see the roaming buffalo and their new babies -- which we saw plenty of. Along the way, we were slowly driving by this large grassy hill with only one tree on top. Erin, my oldest, jumped out to run up and I took a bunch of pictures.
So, that is why it is called "The Last Stand."
If interested in purchasing, please contact my gallery, The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, 605.642.7973.
|This is the poster created from one of the children's paintings. This is Gavin's piece.|
Besides the children's art, this event coincides with the BLACK HILLS PAINT OUT! The plein air painters have been very busy all around the hills and the WET SALE will also be taking place at the Masonic Temple.
|Just 3 of the finished paintings for First Step Daycare fundraiser. |
Click here for full story. Or click the "Community Projects" tab above.
Project One: First Step Daycare Fundraiser, Deadwood, SD
|This was the quietest they were |
I had a budget to get some paint, brushes, and canvases. Eight canvases to be exact. Initially I only wanted to work with 4 kids this age, but decided 8 would be the absolute limit. Kids have a limited attention span and my patience could only handle that many with loaded paint brushes at one time!
|Getting their ideas down on paper.|
The second visit entailed just a practice day with the use of mixing paints, applying paint, how to use their brushes, including keeping them clean. Oh, and NO black or brown paint was allowed on their palettes. Kids like to overuse those colors and everything eventually looks like mud.
|Pencil drawing by one of the kids.|
|Painting lesson day: Learning to handle 2 different sized |
brushes and how to mix paints.
A problem started happening with the attendance having different kids almost every day. Trying to have the same children throughout was proving to be difficult. Also, the new kids wanted to do the project, but they were already behind in lessons. Hoo boy. We made it work. In fact, one of the kids who started a lesson late, Gavin, proved to be a natural artist. I liked his work so much, that his drawing replaced one of the original children's drawings (also, this child's schedule didn't allow her to be there when I was...thus, she wasn't able to finish the project).
|Enlarged kids' drawings with their crayon sketches next to them.|
|Base coat of red over all of them. Bring on the kids!|
The third visit, I got in the room, set up the desks, put out the plastic tarps, filled all the palettes, put out water, brushes, paper towels.... You know how many of the original 8 kids showed up? Three. So... we got three out of 8 finished.
The next time I arrived, I managed to get a few more original kids, but the ones whose drawings I didn't choose, were allowed to paint the canvases of the kids who didn't show for the final day. So, those paintings will have both names on them.
Here are the proud artists with their paintings. Some of them are the original artist & painter, and some are the painter only.
Nyla Griffith, one of the main people to make sure this day care facility became a reality for the city of Deadwood, will be making poster of one of these paintings to advertise the fundraiser. I'll publish that later!
Look up just above the top post and you'll see that I've added some tabs. One is called "Community Projects." I have a couple of things going on.
Just getting in the groove. A cold, rainy day makes it easier to buckle down and paint. This is from a photo taken last weekend when my daughters visited from Chicago. We were driving through Custer State Park and my oldest bolted from the car to climb the hill that had only one tree.
Still deciding whether to finish in oils or acrylics.
More to come.
|"Frank," 24"x24", acrylic on cradled gessobord|
This is a rather posterized style that I haven't done before. Frank seemed to be the perfect subject for this type of painting. In fact, he slept near my feet the whole time I was working on this today.
Planning on spending more time doing just that.
Standards For Your Digital Images
Before I give you a link to an article for documenting your artwork digitally, I thought I would update y'all about the results of the Winter Art Show (from my previous post). I was honored to receive 2nd place in the Professional category. This was my first award since moving to SD.
I am to do even better next time!
Okay...those of you artists who lean a finished piece of art against a chair and snap a quick out-of-focus shot, then wonder why you were rejected from a juried art show....
- Thursday, February 23, OPEN for public viewing 12 pm to 7pm
- Thursday, February 23rd AWARDS ceremony at 6:00 PM.
- Friday & Saturday, Feb. 24-25, OPEN for public viewing 12 pm to 6 pm