I Am

I painted this for the owner of Blue Sky Yoga Studio in Libertyville, Illinois. She sat in this pose for an amazing four hours, with barely any breaks. We chose this pose because it was her favorite, but once completed my favorite thing about the piece is how it reimagines this common image from art history with a female subject.  Prints of this piece are available at Fine Art America.

SONY DSCThis piece is 30×24 in, acrylic on canvas.

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New work From the Current Show

New paintings! After a very successful opening reception at the Jack Benny Center in Waukegan, Illinois last night, I’ve uploaded images of some of the paintings shown there that haven’t previously been on this website. We were so honored that so many people came and looked and showed their support, and were particularly thrilled with the number of kids that came. A few of these pieces have sold, but many are still available and can be seen anytime the Benny Center is open through the end of September. Please see my Fine Art America Website for a complete list of availability and pricing, as well as for prints of any of these pieces.

To visit the work in person, please stop by 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, Il, Monday-Thursday from 10am-9pm, Friday from 9am-5pm, or Saturday from 9am-4pm.

Black and White and Paint All Over

 

Black and White

I just finished hanging a show at the The Jack Benny Center in Waukegan, Illinois. The show, entitled Black and White and Paint All over, features the black and white photography of my husband, photographer Bradley Haas at Ampersand Print, and all of my most recent paintings.  I’ve included mostly smaller works, painted on location. Many I’ve never shown before. Stop by any time during the month of September.

 

Capturing the Sunrise

This is a series of three pieces I painted as the sun rose over Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach State Park this morning. The first piece is tiny-5×7-because the sun rose so much more quickly than I could paint it. The second one shows the sky in transition. Shortly after I started it a dense fog blew in, picking up the colors of the sun and muting the light surrounding it. By the time I started the third piece, the sky was thick with fog, though there was a tiny sprinkling of light at the water’s edge where the sun rose above the fog. I recently read a quote in the book, Hawthorne on Painting, in which Charles Hawthorne is reported to have said, “A painter spends his life in despair trying to paint the beauty he sees…”  I felt this so acutely this morning, striving to emulate beauty that seems so far out of reach. But Hawthorne says later on the same page, “If a man lives a lifetime and seriously and humbly studies these things about nature-the beauty of the spots of color made by objects as they come together-it cannot but react on him as a man and, by the time he has painted for forty years or so, he’ll begin to have a glimmer of what beauty is.” So I’m making it a goal to hold off judgment of my work for another thirty years or so.

SONY DSCSunrise Before the Fog, 5×7, acrylic on gessoboard

SONY DSCSunrise as the Fog Blew In, 11×14, acrylic on gessoboard

SONY DSCAfter the Fog Blew In, 9×12, acrylic on gessoboard

Prints of these paintings can be purchased at Fine Art America by clicking on the appropriate painting. All three originals are also for sale.

Man Overlooking the Beach

I painted this at Illinois Beach State Park on the 4th of July. Lots of people came and went as I painted, but the man at the top of the hill was there for almost the entire time I was painting. I think he must have gone through four cigars because he was smoking almost that entire time, too (Unless one cigar can last several hours?).

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Man Overlooking the Beach, 16×12 in, acrylic on gessoboard

Prints of this piece can be purchased through Fine Art America. The original is also available for purchase.

Morning at Waukegan Beach

The last time I took my children to the beach, I was struck by how different the perspective was when I was sitting in the sand building castles with them instead of standing up at my easel. So I came back to the exact same spot and painted sitting down, from the same perspective.

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Morning at Waukegan Beach, 12x16in, acrylic on gessoboard

Prints of this piece are available here. The original is also available for purchase.

 

 

Harbor in Early Morning

This piece kept me on my toes-I started very early in the morning, around six, and the light changed so fast that the orange sun that was in the painting when I started had moved up behind the clouds before I had a chance to paint it. But I think the end result was worth all the small adjustments I had to make as the light changed.  Prints of Harbor in Early Morning  are available here. 

SONY DSCHarbor in Early Morning, 16×12 in, acrylic on gessoboard

Vacation Sketches

I just got back from a week in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. While there, I visited a new art store and used what I bought painting at the beach in Fish Creek. These paintings were a fun challenge, since the supplies I bought were limited-a palette knife, four paint colors (three primaries plus white), and clay board. I had no brushes, and I was missing most of my favorite colors. Combined with some great photos, I’m hoping to use these sketches to paint some bigger pieces during the cold, miserable winter months when I’m missing the beach.

SONY DSCOvercast Day-Fish Creek Beach, 9×12, Acrylic on Clayboard

I painted this on the one day I had scheduled for painting without any children along, so I was disappointed when I woke up and it was raining. I stuck with the plan, though, and by the time I got there I was greeted by an absolutely stunning overcast morning sky. It sprinkled on and off while I was working, but luckily the piece was small enough that I was able to put up the umbrella and keep it dry. The rain on the palette actually helped to keep my paint from drying up on me. Prints of this piece available here. 

SONY DSCPier at Fish Creek Beach, 8×10, Acrylic on Clayboard

I painted this piece my second day painting. The sky had cleared a little, and there was even a little sun by the end of the morning. My five-year-old came with me, pastels and paper in tow, and we worked side by side for a little while. She also spent quite a bit of time taking photographs with my cell phone, presumably for a larger work she has planned as well. Here is her interpretation of the same beach.

E's fish creek beachUntitled, 12×9,  Pastel on Pastel Paper

She’s kind of amazing.

Reading the Kindle on a Rainy Day

I painted this all in one long eight hour session yesterday. I think it was the first time since college I had a live model for that long, and I was shocked at how much easier it is to paint a person from life than from a photograph. Hours and hours less time with better results. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone other than my amazing husband willing to sit still for 8 hours without compensation. SONY DSCThis painting is 18×24 in, acrylic on canvas. Prints are available for purchase at Fine Art America. 

Hofflander’s Bridge

I spent last Saturday afternoon painting at the Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival in Waukegan. The day was perfect, and all kinds of interesting people stopped by to chat. I painted Hofflander’s Bridge, a small bridge connecting the two sections of the festival over a little stream. Here is the finished piece (12×16, acrylic on gessoboard). The two children at the bottom peering into the stream are actually the same child-I painted my daughter into the picture when she happened to pose like that. She looked at the painting and asked me to paint her again, but I told her I couldn’t have two children in matching clothes. So she changed her clothes so I could paint her again.

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Here’s a bonus shot of my husband took of me while I was painting. It’s amazing to me how much the perspective of a scene changes just a few steps back.

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Prints of this piece are available at Fine Art America.