Boy in a Blue Bathing Suit

 

This is my little guy playing at the beach this summer. His joy in the water is just incredible. It may be impossible to fully capture, but I keep trying. Prints of this piece are available at Fine Art America. 

SONY DSCBoy in a Blue Bathing Suit, 20×16 in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

 

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Bell Tower at the Botanic Gardens in Autumn

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.

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Bell Tower at the Botanic Gardens in Autumn

14×18 in, acrylic on gessoboard

$150.00

 

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.