My first pet portrait commission, featuring the lovely Penny Lane. This piece is acrylic on canvas, and 18 by 14 inches.
Thursday, February 5th, from 7-9pm, is the opening reception for a group show at the David Adler Music and Art Center. I’ll have five paintings, including three new pieces which have never been exhibited before. Below is one of the new pieces, Come With Me. This piece was one of three winners in the January Lake County Art League member’s competition.
Leading up to Christmas, I usually do a lot of portrait commissions. This year I had a client who was willing to experiment with hers. I’ve always loved vintage photographs, and so for these I tried to approximate the color of a vintage photograph, but with some variation in the warms and cools of the color. I’m really excited about how they turned out. I’m updating the custom portraits page to include these, and hoping I’ll have the chance to do many more in the future.
I painted this in mid Autumn on site at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I was high on a hill-actually the same hill I painted the Japanese Bridge from, but facing the other direction. It was an absolutely beautiful day; this time of year every day painting outside is particularly wonderful, because I never know which day will be the last before it is too cold. Prints of this piece are available at Fine Art America. The original is also for sale.
Bell Tower at the Botanic Gardens in Autumn
14×18 in, acrylic on gessoboard
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.
Prints of these paintings can be purchased at Fine Art America by clicking on the appropriate painting. All three originals are also for sale.
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.
Morning at Waukegan Beach, 12x16in, acrylic on gessoboard
Prints of this piece are available here. The original is also available for purchase.
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.
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. This painting is 18×24 in, acrylic on canvas. Prints are available for purchase at Fine Art America.
This is a quick sketch of the subdivision behind my house. It’s 12×16 inches; acrylic on gesso panel. Painted with a palette knife. It was really nice to get out and paint in the fresh air, but I am so sunburned. Prints of this piece can be purchased here.