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Hope, plus coming events

Hope, plus coming events

I’m a fan of Andy J. Pizza’s Creative Peptalk Podcast. Here’s a quote I’ve been savoring from episode 243 (roughly transcribed, towards the end): “Everybody needs hope every day, and they need art that helps them say ‘yes’ to life. That cup gets empty really […]

Travel painting

Travel painting

Past midsummer and I still don’t have much of a routine. That seems to be the way summer goes – every week a little different. After a great experience at the Old Town Art Fair we took a short trip to Michigan and a camping […]

Coming Rain, plein air oil painting

Coming Rain, plein air oil painting

Here are paintings I completed for the 2019 Prairie Plein Air Competition. I’m looking forward to seeing the other 48 submissions at the reception on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts […]

Art practice: abstracts on paper

Art practice: abstracts on paper

Sometimes it’s hard to get back to painting, especially if it’s been busy and I haven’t done it for a while. Last fall I started doing these small works on paper as warm up exercises. They feel very free and experimental. Sometimes I like the […]

Prairie Plein Air 2019

Prairie Plein Air 2019

We’re already halfway through the 2019 Prairie Plein Air Competition in Schaumburg, Illinois. Between this week’s heavy rain and my work schedule I haven’t been out to paint yet! Hopefully that will change next week. This is the painting I submitted last year, along with […]

Lake and Sky Paintings

Lake and Sky Paintings

Here are three recent paintings of the sky over water, part of a series I’m working on. I heard recently that vertical paintings reference the figure or portrait, even if the subject is landscape. That applies to these three paintings, each 16 inches wide by […]