Saturday, April 19, 2014

Maple on the Marsh Trail

Maple on the Marsh Trail, 10" x 8" plein air oil on stretched linen.

Warm and breezy day in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Myrick Park marsh trails were busy with people enjoying the day, and the water was filled with coots, ducks and noisy geese. This is a view of the footbridge from just past a large grey maple tree.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oaks and Outbuildings

Painting at an old farm in Red Wing, Minnesota.
A beautiful day, and I got to meet up with some painting buddies. :-) 
It was pretty windy, and I meant to find a sheltered spot, but ended up out in the open, and just held onto my hat. I love these old oak trees, but I got off on the wrong footing trying to paint them. Half way through it looked like my paint tubes had just spewed onto my canvas. It came out okay in the end, if a bit rough, and it was a good challenge anyway!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Snow Clouds

Snow Clouds and Birches, 16 x 20" oil on linen/birch panel.
Another one drying on the easel.
 I find snow so challenging: the way it drifts, catches the light, and casts shadows, and how it can look so different depending on the light, weather, and time of day. It can be dull or dazzling. Hard and soft. I'll keep trying to get it right!