Portrait Revolution


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I am pleased to have one of my portraits, and a tip for artists included in both UK and US editions of the Portrait Revolution.

Featuring 450 portraits from 200 members of the international online artists community, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party, the book has sections on different media, styles, and themes within portraiture. There are also 15 featured artists, showcasing a variety of individual styles, and 15 featured subjects, where readers can see the varied interpretations of the same source photo by different artists. It’s a combination of visual feast, and tips, techniques and inspiration for making portraiture.

Simultaneous editions published in the USA and the UK will start shipping in April, 2017.

The USA/Canada edition

is published by Watson-Guptil (an imprint of Penguin Randomhouse), and will start shipping April 11, 2017.

In the USA or Canada, ask for it at your local book or art supply store:

ISBN: 9781607749967

From anywhere in the world, pre-order online with free shipping from:

Book Depository

In the USA, you can also pre-order from:


Barnes and Noble

In Canada, you can also pre-order from:



The UK/Australia/New Zealand edition  

is published by Pimpernell Press, and will start shipping April 7th, 2017.

In Australia, New Zealand or the UK, ask for it at your local book or art supply store:

ISBN: 9781910258507

From anywhere in the world, pre-order online with free shipping from:

Book Depository.

In the UK, you can also pre-order from:


In Australia, you can also pre-order from:


In New Zealand, you can also pre-order from:


A few recent works


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To purchase artwork use the contact form below.

Streamlined and New theme

I’m SO happy with the new theme WordPress 2017!  It’s just what I wanted in a website.  I was so discouraged with the mechanics of my site, that I stopped blogging.  With the new look, maybe now I will get back at it!

Things to do list is long: first

  1. I need to get my artists statement updated.
  2. Get social sharing links established.
  3. Then update my galleries.
  4. I need to remove all the old prices.
  5. Put up a generic price list .

Hoping all that does not take me long.

Revamping the site

Mistakes mistakes, oh the pain!

Since I moved my site to godaddy I’ve found  out the hard way that their servers are painfully slow.  Much of my theme formatting, especially my extensive gallery, broke in the move as well.  In order to try to make the site more user friendly I’ve deleted all the news posts.  I have saved the site on a free wordpress site, which believe it or not is a LOT faster. 

To compound matters, I let my old website photographerpainterprintmaker dot com go back to the domain thieves.   You guessed it, someone grabbed it and has posted a static page of my work there in hopes I will pay them a gazillion dollars to buy the site back.  Lessons learned too late.

You may see my temporary blog here:  https://artistpainterprintmaker.wordpress.com/

Recent Paintings


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Just a quick update.  To view availability and prices click on the image.  Direct inquiries to PaintPleinAir@gmail.com

Moving to a new webhosting service

So, I’ve not been blogging much lately because I’ve just been distracted by life.  I know this may mean very little to most of you, but I’m moving my site off of the free WordPress host to a paid host.  I will be able to do things there that I can’t do on the free hosting site.  However, I’ve run in to a few snags, and the process is taking longer than anticipated.  Basically, my gallery of photos has broken and won’t transfer properly.  What a pain.  Once that is completed then I can switch.  This should not effect my followers it’s a behind the scene sorta thing.  Forgive me for falling off the face of the earth.  You can always follow me on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/EGMacDonald

Wishing You all a Happy Holiday!


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MacDonald Merry Christmas2015- gif made by Elizabeth from her original painting The Clark Cabin

Here’s wishing all my family and friends a very Happy Holiday and Blessed New Year.






I’ve managed to get out every week to paint, except for this week.  I scheduled a paint out at Willistead for Monday, but the fog had other ideas.  Many of our group members are from the county.  The last thing I want is for someone to drive in that mess.  It looks like December’s weather is going to continue to make things difficult for painting outdoors.  We can paint in most weather, however, rain is a pain!

Heritage Villiage

I’m happy to say we did get out and paint in the first snow of the year.  We went to the Transportation Museum and Heritage Village.  They were decorating the museum and village for Christmas. We had planned on a group breakfast in their 50’s inspired diner.  Little did we realize that they had changed the diners hours for the winter.  How disappointing! However, the kitchen staff was there cooking up lunch for the volunteers, so they kindly opened up just for us.  We were blessed!

I painted a wee log cabin that day.  It was originally owned by the Clark family.  They were some of the original settlers in Essex County.  The family still lives in the area, as do many who were granted land by the Crown.  I went to school with the descendants of the family who lived in this tiny home.  I had no idea that was the name of the cabin until someone mentioned it on Facebook. Funny thing, my maiden name is Clarke. Call me silly, but it made my day.

snow, oh no!

It was a chilly day, and while I was painting it started to snow.  Regular oil paints would not be budged in this weather, but I paint with water soluble oils, and they don’t like to get wet!  Like the Richard Harris song, you don’t want to leave the cake out in the rain.  I had to quickly turn the painting upside down.  I ran off to get my van and umbrella to try to shelter my work from the snow.  I did manage to continue painting in spite of the snow.  I wanted to complete it on site.  Almost all of my work is done entirely on location.  I live in a very tiny house, and as a result I have no indoor studio space.  The great outdoors in my studio.


I made the painting into a holiday gif, that you can see above.  That was NOT easy!  I had to learn how to do it.  I looked up the tutorials online and worked on it for days, in a free program called The Gimp.  The Gimp is much like Photoshop.  I struggled with the tutorials, and it just was just not working.  Eventually, just did it my own way.  Guess what, it worked!  You can see the original painting without the snow below, and soon on my available paintings page.

Limited Palette

On The Clark Cabin painting, as well as many of my paintings, I used a limited Palette.  On the Clark Cabin palette included:  Yellow Ocher, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone purple, a dab of Cadmium red on the bow, and Titanium White.  I’m sure those strange colour names can be a bit confusing; artist quality colours are generally named for their ingredients.

New Habits

A limited palette is a challenge many artists impose on themselves.  The goal is to see how well you can mix colour.  For Plein Air Artists, the less paint you have to carry in your gear, the better.  A back pack can get heavy very quickly.  If you are flying with your gear you really have to watch your luggage weight.

I’ve taken up this challenge many times.  I’ve not always recorded what paint I used.  I’m embarking on a new habit of photographing my palette before and after the finished painting.  A three colour plus white is the ultimate limited palette.  This palette usually includes some form of the three primary colours of Red, Yellow and Blue, but there are many shades, and hues of these three colours and knowing how to work with them is the challenge.

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In the slideshow above you can see the limited palette I used on the painting, Malden Hiltop, along with an on location sight size photo.  Sight size is another very common method of painting which I will cover in a future article.

Recent work

Other painting locations last month include: Studio, still life Pear Study, Lakeside Park in Kingsville, and McAuliffe Park, in Tecumseh.  (Click on any image to see details.)

Fall, My Favourite Time of Year


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I’d like share with you what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks.  As always, I’ve been busy organizing paint outs with my group, framing paintings to exhibit at Artilicious, painting, entering paintings in contests with the Oil Painters of America, delivered a painting to its new home in Amherstburg, cleaned up a flooded basement, (yah that happened) and went to three fundraisers in one week. Yep, I never stop.

I sent a photo to Arms Bumanlag the weather reporter at CTV Windsor that he used on his Facebook site on October 27th.

Arms Bumanlag used my image for the weather Oct 17th

I Painted a few paintings

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Delivered a painting that I painted at the Doors Open event in Amherstburg.

Had a great time at Artilicious, the Kidney Foundation fundraiser at Caesars Windsor

Thank you to Eric Bonnici from “eyes on windsor” for posting this great photo of me at Artilicious on his Facebook community page here: https://www.facebook.com/EyesOnWindsor

Thank you to Rodney Denis photographer of BIZ X magazine for publishing my photo on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BizXMagazine/

I entered these two paintings in the Oil Painters of America Online Showcase.

Donated a painting to a fund raiser to help a family with three children who are going blind.

Title: Well travelled Path. Location: Ojibway 8 x 10 framed Donated to Rankin Family Fundraiser.

Title: Well travelled Path. Location: Ojibway 8 x 10 framed Donated to Rankin Family Fundraiser.

People say I’m busy.  I guess they are right!  Thank you for following my painting journey.

Nov. 3rd Artilicious Benefit for the Kidney Foundation

Poster - finalGet your tickets in advance here:  The Kidney Foundation – Artilicious

You may also purchase them the night of the event at Caesars Windsor.

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Where: Caesars Windsor
377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor
Augustus Ballroom
Time:     5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

For prices and images of my available work go here: Available Work

Two Weeks Away with Family


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It’s always a great time when I get to spend some R & R with my family.  One of my very best friends just happens to be my brother’s wife Darlene.  We have many interests in common.  My vintage Airstream trailer is on my brother’s property in Michigan.  We spent almost two weeks there this month which included a couple of trips to see fall colours.  Surprisingly both the trip up to NW Michigan and the River Cruse in Bay City didn’t yield much of a colour show.  However, we did get a bit of colour in central Michigan.  No paintings this time but some nice photos.


Road Trip up to North Western Michigan for Fall Colours

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Sailing Trip up the Saginaw River out of Bay City

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