Monday, April 27, 2009

Painted today north of Port Washington, it was rainy and the temp was dropping. I can’t believe I haven’t been painting outside for three weeks. I have been busy, but still. I could tell I was a little rusty on the first painting. I think I liked the last painting with just the barren road, and stark gray sky the best. I ended up with five. Things were greening up a little bit but not too much yet near the lake. I listened to the Brewers game at the end.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cold Spring Painting

I have been busy framing and getting a new job and stuff. But I think I finished this one this week. It is a farm on Madison Street in Waukesha that is getting dilapitated and is lying dormant. The trees in the field remind us that it is no longer a working family farm, and the building seems to fade into a memory.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Figure drawing

I drew the famous Jerry last week at Carroll. I tried watercolors for the first time with a model, I've drawn Jerry since I was a teenager.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Summer show schedule

As of now my show schedule is as follows,

May 10 Marshfield
May 16-17 Broad Ripple in Indianapolis IN
May 29,30,31 Summerfair in Cincinnati OH
June 5-7 Columbus Art Festival Columbus OH
Possibly June 13-14 Hinsdale, IL
June 20-21 Stone Arch Festival of the Arts Minneapolis MN
July 11,12 Art off the Square in Madison WI
August 29-31 Art Street in Green Bay WI

Possibly more will come

Here are a few plein air painting from this spring /winter

Top one is sunset from the Hide House in Bayview, I couldn't resist painting the bright orange sky, it was so much colder than its' warm color would let you believe.
Middle one is a road is Woelfel Rd in New Berlin during a march snowfall. I would have liked to have stayed and painted that moment forever, but it was getting dark quickly and I had to go teach a class. I almost spun off the road right after this was painted, but I was lucky for there were quite a few spin offs.
Bottom one is from January, I liked the my headlights hit the snow and the way the sky was still a faint gray blue after the sun had set. I listened to the NFL playoffs that day while I was painting. One wouldn't think painting pastoral scenes and football would go together, but when you paint for a living anyhting that eases your mind is a good thing.

I couple paintings that I have been working on. I hate that they look soooo much crappier in a digital image than in reality.
I liked the idea of looking into the sun, one is the spring ice on the mississippi river and the other is my favorite tree from Williams Farm on bryn road.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Painted near Port Washington today. Somedays it is hard to get the ball rolling, and some days everything is magical and you can’t do anything fast enough. Today was more of the former than the latter. Had to get gas, and then was hungry and went to Subway and the took a couple wrong turns. Then ended up painting a barn that I remember painting last year on Kentucky Derby day. I wasn’t so excited and then I saw a couple hawks sparring, and had to say to myself, you know I am lucky to be outside observing and being around things that are important to me. I was focused and had a good day from that point forward. I found some structures on Falls Rd. that I had painted years ago and was happy to see them and paint them again. The north to south stratus clouds helped out as they seem to stay in position longer for me to paint them, or at least repeat themselves. After feeling unmotivated in the beginning at the end I got into a groove and did seven paintings that I was satisfied with.

Painted in New Berlin on Woelfel Rd and Observatory Rd . It was sad to see the land subdivided and for sale. Perhaps that is one of the few good things about the recession is less development. Of course that is such a stupid word, as the land was more developed when it was a healthy forest two hundred years ago than it is today. There are three old farms in a short stretch that are solemn and fitting to my sensibilities. The sky was faded and heavy, but it was cold and in the end rainy. I like the consistency of the light, but it was mundane. It feels old when I am there. I feel the structure of a way of life that once thrived still standing. It feels dead, as that system for the most part doesn’t exist. Seems like all that is grown now is hay and corn. Perhaps we will come to our senses and make that most of these places before they are all in a state of disrepair