Learned a few days ago that this one sold through the Jura Silverman Gallery in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This painting was painted from within a State Park: The Karner Blue Meadow State Natural Area. As part of www.PaintTheParks.com I will make a donation to my local chapter of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail.
Last night we got home from a 10 day trip to Colorado to visit our son. While there I was able to complete this plein air piece. I was interested in capturing the shadows on the dirt road and the light on the yellow aspens. This painting is available through the Jura Silverman Gallery, Spring Green, Wisconsin.
September is such a busy month. We have been like the squirrels scampering around hiding their nuts, getting ready for winter. The past few days I've not had a new painting to post for the 30 day challenge, but I have been painting; the trim of the house, a book case for my daughter, and I worked on a couple of commision paintings. Also I have been getting ready to teach a workshop this Saturday.
This painting is from a photo I took near my home, at a property owned by friends. I have been wanting to paint this for quite some time. I liked the way the light was coming down illuminating the pines, the red maple and the leaves that were floating on the river.
This painting is available: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/autumn-on-the--pine-river/257063
Day 3 - Breaking Through 6 x 8 Framed 10 x 13
Available through the Jura Silverman Gallery, Spring Green, WI.
Just a small one for today. I reworked yesterday's painting, making a few changes.The remake is shown below along with the 6 x 8 Study for yesterday's painting and below that is a photo of the underpainting for Burning Off of the Fog.
I have once again accepted Leslie Saeta's challenge to complete a painting a day each day during the month of September. I hesitated to accept the challenge. September is a very busy month and I don't like to set a goal I can't keep. I decided an attempt to paint daily is better than not attempting at all. I am working on a new technique. I have tried using an underpainting in the past but I found myself rarely using that method, but I just took a workshop with an artist whose work I have long admired; Barbara Jaenicke. She uses an underpainting and I have decided to try this method again. Yesterday's painting and todays painting were both started with an underpainting. I am beginning to like this method, but I still have a few challenges to work through. this painting is available through Daily Paint Works: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/burning-off-the-fog/254397
These three framed original pastel paintings will be part of the silent auction on April 26, 2014 at the Red Cross Heroes Event in Wild Rose, WI. Here is a link for more information.
The event features great entertainment and is a sellout annually. Register early. A great opportunity to hear some fantastic music and support a very worthy cause.
This is (was) the view across the field behind my house. The little white country church burned to the ground a few weeks ago. This was the original version of this painting. At some point I removed the church from the painting. I still have the painting and I plan to put the church back in; maybe the parishners would like it as a remembrance. I hear they will be rebuilding on the same lot. The church was a beautiful, historic landmark. I don't have words to describe my feelings when I looked out about 8 pm the night it burned. Our quiet moonlit winter landscape was filled with the flashing red lights of the firetrucks and in the center the huge ball of orange as the entire building was totally engulfed in flames, a stark contrast to the moonlight on the blue snow. The site was even more horrific in the light the next morning.
We still have plenty of snow, and it will be here for awhile. Two years ago the ice was off our lake on March 15. We still have snow on top of the ice, and it was very thick this year, so it won't be melting for some time.
This painting is available unframed via PayPal: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/winter-farm-ditch/208217
As winter continues on in Wisconsin, I decided to do a colorful autumn landscape. This is one of my larger pieces so it took a few days to complete. I have difficulty working any larger because I can only handle glass that is 24 x 36, which is the size this one will be framed.
Here is a collage of 28 of the 30 paintings I created for Leslie Saeta's 30 Day challenge.Painting is easier than creating things like this. I could not get two of the images in, so here are 28 of the 30.
Day 24, almost there, six more to go. This was done from a photo I took of the woods near the end of my driveway. Behind the deer is the neighbor's corn field where the deer had been most likely eating dinner.
I am often attracted to derelict buildings. They seem to tell stories, and I like to embellish the stories in my own mind; thinking about the people that have used or inhabited them long ago. I wonder what the builder of this building would think if they saw this building today, so sadly neglected.
This was painted from a photo I took while my husband and I were hiking with my son and daughter-in-law near Fraser, Colorado in the Arapahoe National Forest at St. Louis Creek. This is very near their home; what a beautiful area, I see why they want to live there.
Ten percent of the sale of this painting will be donated to the Waushara County, Wisconsin Chapter of the Ice Age Trail as part of the PaintTheParks program.
Day 16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
After hiking at Rib Mountain with the Waushara Outdoor Women, the group that I was with took a side trip to the exact center of the northern half of the Western Hemisphere. North 45 Parallel, West 90 Meridian - Marathon Co. WI, They were slightly more fascinated by the location than I was. I was more interested in this little creek that was nearby. I loved the reflections of the autumn trees in the still water.
The heavens are yours and yours also the earth, You founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south.
Watching clouds is a favorite past time and has been since I was very young when I spent many hours laying in the grass, chewing on a blade of grass, and watching the clouds drift by. Clouds are often subjects in my paintings.
My husband and I were looking through old family photos and we came across a black and white photo taken about 1940 of his grandparent's cottage on a small lake in Michigan. The cottage was still in the family when we got married and we both have fond memories of the cottage, the lake, and the good times we had with family there. I loved the play of light in the tall grass and the shadows on the cottage. I remember the pale yellow the cottage was painted.
Wisconsin is SO green and lush in the summer, and this winter has been VERY cold, the past few days have been bitter cold and now we have a warm up, but freezing rain, so I've been looking for colorful summer reference photos to work from. It does seem to warm me a bit.
The sun was coming up and creating a red glow between the branches on the pine tree that was covered in snow. Some things that are so beautiful in life are difficult to recreate. The digital image is not capturing the painting's subtleties.
"Women of Waushara" WOW is a group of women who get together to hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, kayak, etc. This painting is from a photo I took while hiking with the WOW group last fall, at Rib Mountain.
Day 2 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
I grew up in farm country, my parents had a farm in Ohio and even when we moved to Michigan we were in a rural area with a big farm field behind our house. I have many happy memories of my childhood and I think that must be why farm scenes attract my attention as subjects for my paintings.
Overlooking Bohn Lake ( from the Ice Age Trail, Waushara County, Wisconsin) 6 x 8
Day One is here! A New Year, a new challenge. I've joined over 300 artists who have accepted Leslie Saeta's challenge to start the new year by creating a painting a day in January. You can check out all the daily postings by going to Leslie's blog: http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/
This painting will be donated to the Waushara County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail. They will use it as part of their fundraising event on February 15 - The Candlelight Sweetheart Event: http://waushara.iceagetrail.org/chapter-events