Self-Portrait At the Beach With my Mother

This piece is oil on canvas, 18×24. SONY DSC

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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.

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.

Important Lesson

So I carefully checked the battery in my camera before leaving the house, and when I discovered it was down to about forty percent, I carefully removed it for charging and put in the backup battery. Then I loaded up the kids, picked up Grandma (who very nicely offered to keep an eye on the little ones while I played around with the camera) and headed to the beach. And discovered my backup batter was dead. These are the shots I snapped furtively in the three minutes before the camera gave out completely.  Lesson learned-never remove the battery without charging immediately. Here is what I got before it died: