Saturday, February 25, 2017

Day 25 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Today I did not complete a painting. Here is a work-in-progress that I worked on today. This is a larger version of the small painting posted on the  23rd. I have put away the reference photo and I am working only from the small painting, in an effort to avoid adding more detail than is necessary in the larger version.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 24 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Clouds Over Ice 16.5" x 9.5" Pastel on Canson MiTeintes orchid paper.
Cumulus clouds in an intensely blue winter sky. The vibration created by the contrast of the orchid pink paper and the blue causes the sky to come alive.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day 23 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Indiana Dunes Lakeshore 6.5" x 6.5" Pastel on Uart paper.
Painted this from a photo and sketches made during  my Artist-in-Residency at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in August of 2016. I am considering doing a larger version of this one.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day 22 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Through the Trees 8" x 8" Pastel on UArt paper.
The sun filters through the trees and spills out over the snow, creating patterns of light and shadow.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 21 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Twilight 12" x 16" Pastel on Uart paper.
Twilight creates a soft peachy sky which lightly touches the snowy hills and the roofs of the farm buildings nestled in the valley. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 20 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Hillside Farm 6.5" x 10" Pastel on UArt paper.
Today I decided to paint something green. It was a gray day outside and the snow is melting and looking dirty, so I didn't really feel like going outside to paint.This was painted from a photo I took in summer. I don't really know why but my attention is often drawn to rusting metal roofs.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Day 19 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Long Winter Shadows - En plein Air 8.5 x 10" Pastel on Art Spectrum paper.
It was another unseasonably warm winter day in Wisconsin and a great day for painting outdoors. The sun was bright and the shadows were long. From my view the sun was just kissing the tops of the trees. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day 18 ~ February Challenge

Cirrus Clouds ~ En Plein Aire 12" x 9" Pastel on Richeson Pastel Paper
It was another unseasonably warm winter day, so I headed out to paint outdoors. I didn't travel far, just to the field behind my house.The sky was intensely blue with high, thin cirrus clouds. It was great to be outside. Working on the  Richeson paper was new to me and I liked the rough texture and deep tooth.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 16 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Country Road 5 x 7" Pastel on Richeson's Pastel Board
Today I tried a surface that was new to me, I liked the suttle texture of this toothy surface. Not sure if it was the small size or the texture of the surface but I was able to achieve a looser style which I was quite happy with.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Day 14 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

East Shore - Plein Air, 12.5" x 9"
It was another great day to be outdoors painting.Though I would have liked to spend maybe half hour more on this one, but the clouds rolled in very quickly becoming completely overcast and the wind started whipping, so I called it finished and headed inside.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Day 13 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Winter Lakeshore 10" x 10"
Today was a great day to be painting outdoors. The sun was warm and the temperature around 42. I sat at the end of the dock and painted the long shadows of the trees acroos the snow-covered ice.  The shoreline weeds sticking up above the ice were catching the sun's rays and the sky was deep blue with wispy clouds

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Day 12 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Hills and Clouds 7" x  9" Pastel on Uart 400 grit pastel paper.
On this blustery, winter day I enjoyed working in the sutdio from my reference photos taken when the temperatures were warm and it was a fine day to be outside.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Day 10 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Winter River Light 7 x 9
Here's the revised version of yesterday's painting. I got so involved in this one, that I didn't complete a new painting to post today. Check yesterday's post to see the work-in-progress.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Day 9 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

 This is a photo of the underpainting for Winter River Light. The underpainitng was sketched with hard Nu-Pastels and then a brush and alcohol was used for the underpainting.
I love using Uart paper because it accepts this wet technique. Not all pastel papers will stand up to getting wet.
Winter River Light 7 x 9" Pastel on Uart paper, is a work-in-progress. I still need to "clean-up" the shapes of the trees and branches, and the sun shapes filtering through the branches. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Day 6 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28 Days

Winter Evening Sky 5.5" x 7.5"
Pastel on Uart paper
My dad used to say "sky blue, pink and purple"  referring to a color that did not exist. I often am reminded of that phrase when I see a sky like the one in this painting.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Day 3 ~ February Challenge 28-in-28

Slip Slidin' Away 11" x 14"
Another take on the sun slippin' below the horizon on a winter evening. Yesterday's version was a tiny 4.5" x 5.75". This one was done as a demonstration for the residents at the Heartland House Care Facility. CLICK HERE: TO PURCHASE THIS PAINTING

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Here are the first two days paintings for my self-imposed challenge to paint 28 daily paintings, one for each day in February. My plan is to do small studies and then select some of the best to complete larger works. I am trying to loosen up, working with less detail and working in a small format encourages that. If you care to comment on the ones that you feel would make good larger paintings, I would love your input.

 Snowy Hillside 4.5 X 6.25"
Slippin' Away 4.5 x 5.75"