6 x 6 oil on panel

Last week at my workshop I was pretty overwhelmed with dealing with the weather and also trying to learn as much as I possibly could. But now, back home, it's starting to click. Too bad it starting to make sense in the middle of the night. I could have used some sleep! But I kept dreaming about repainting the hydrangeas from Door County. I'm not even that big on painting flowers, but these just kept calling me. So this morning I knew that this is what I had to do and this painting came together pretty quickly.

I cropped the composition quite a bit (which is what Randy was suggesting from the beginning) and used my smaller panels and fuller palette which was more comfortable for me. It definitely helped that I had sketched and painted this already from life! I'm pretty happy with this. I might go back into it when it's completely dry... but then again, I might not.

Exciting News...

I'm pretty excited that my small painting "Sunny Saturday" has been accepted in the Real People 2012 show which is presented by the Old Court House Figurative League in Woodstock, IL.

The show will open on Thursday August 2 at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, and will close on September 28. Reception will be held on August 18 from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Come if you can! Reception date has been changed to August 25!

Sexton Workshop Final

After a day of blistering heat, a day of high winds, a cloudy day, then an all day rain, I left for home this morning on a beautiful clear day in the 80s. With the occasional puffy cloud in a beautiful blue sky!! ha! This was the day I had been waiting for all week! I guess that's the luck of the draw.

The weather definitely was a challenge for me. But I'm so glad I took this workshop and I learned a lot. Randy was great! Always calm and easy going and spending a lot of one on one time with you and each of your paintings. The last day was spent critiquing our paintings and showing us how we could improve on them all. We then either worked into our paintings or started a new one with the changes we discussed. This was a great exercise. Here are my two paintings after working back into them. I did paint a third but decided to wipe it.

Randy Sexton Workshop Day 2

Our class met at the Fish Creek Harbor for the second day. It was a lightly overcast, threatening rain most of the day. It was very windy by the lake. Randy painted a demo of a motorcycle that was parked on the road.

He masses in a large dark shape to start. He compares this to a portrait. This is just a portrait of a bike. 
At this point he does a lot of wiping out to get the correct shape and establish the lightest areas.

Love it!

Randy Sexton Workshop Day 1

It's been blazing hot here in Door County. Painting out in this heat this afternoon was a challenge in more ways than one! A true test for me, and I'm not sure I succeeded in a graceful way. But I'm cooling off now so I thought I would post a few things.

After our initial introductions and a small talk, Randy sent us out to sketch. We decided to stay close to the school because of the heat. Here is a photo of his first preliminary sketch. He had us do at least 3 or 4.

Here is a photo of his demo. He did not consider this done yet, but I didn't get a photo of it after he worked on it some more.

He premixes piles of his main colors in order to compare the value and temperature of them while still on his palette. I don't usually do this but I gave it a try and liked it. It made me slow down and think more before filling my canvas. I do like this process. 

He decides on his darkest dark, lightest light, coolest color and warmest color. Then develops his palette around that.

This is the spot I decided to paint. I was in shade when I started... but in full sun by the time I was done. 

And this is a bad photo of my results after 1 1/2 hours. I took this photo out on our balcony and there is a shadow on the left side and bottom of it. I'll try to get a better photo later. I'm not unhappy with it, but deciding on the composition is always tricky. 

 It's supposed to be cooler tomorrow, but maybe rain. We are headed to the harbor. I'll post if I have time.

Randy Sexton Workshop

I'm headed up to Door Co tomorrow. I will be taking a workshop at the Peninsula School of Art with Randy Sexton next week. I think it's going to be a good one. I'm very excited and a bit nervous. I don't think I'll have time to blog while there, but I'll post about it when I get back. 

Carter & Briggs - SOLD

5 x 7 oil on panel 
private collection North Barrington, IL

This is a commission I just finished for a good friend of mine. Her boys, Briggs (on left) and Carter (on right) were perfect subjects. I put some twinkles in their eyes, but I promise they were glittering even more than this! Would love to try painting these two again.

Snips N Snails

5 x 5 oil on panel
private collection Cedar Park, TX.

This is Sugar N Spice's bro. Just turned 3 and cool as a cucumber!

Sugar N Spice

5 x 5 oil on panel
private collection Cedar Park, TX.

More spice than sugar sometimes just like it should be! This was a fun to try to capture this little girls spunk! 

Looking Down

5 x 5 oil on panel

I thought this was an interesting angle on things. I loved how his chest glowed cool and warm. Hopefully you can tell he is standing in a wading pool. It's one of those blow up ones. 

DPW Phone Photo Challenge

4 x 4 oil on panel

This is my submission to this weeks Daily Paintworks Phone Photo Challenge.

Still keeping things loose and simple.

Sprinkler Time - SOLD

5 x 5 oil on panel
private collection Herriman, UT

Enjoying the sprinkler on a hot summer day. The big challenge seems to be catching the water in his mouth! 

Still working on staying loose and bold.