On the Verge of Winter

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It seems I’m behind on a few paintings.  The group went out to paint December 1st at Ojibway Park.  While winter weather had not quite set in yet, it was chilly, and damp.  The water in the creek at Ojibway Park had not yet frozen over.  Looking across the road from the Park entrance I could see a neighboring house.  This corner of the creek was almost choked with reeds, not an easy subject at all.

On the Verge of Winter, Ojibway.  Plein Air 9 x 12 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard, Plein Air $350

On the Verge of Winter, Ojibway. Plein Air 9 x 12 Oil on Ampersand Museum Series Gessoboard, Plein Air $350

Painting the reed filled corner of the creek at Ojibway on Dec 1, 2014

Paiting the reed filled corner of the creek at Ojibway on Dec 1, 2014

 

Annual Member Show at ArtSpeak Gallery

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When:
December 5, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – December 19, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Where:
ArtSpeak Gallery
1942 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4
Canada

Selected Works at  ArtSpeak Gallery

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Artilicious!

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Recent event

My Display at Artilitious 2014

My Display at Artilitious 2014

I participated at this great event to benefit The Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Two of my pieces found new homes at the event.  While it was difficult to see them go, it was good to know they will be loved at their new home.

 

Wednesday November 12th Tickets $15.
All you can eat.
Doors open at 4:30.  5 – 8 p.m.

Giovanni Caboto Club
2175 Parent Ave., Windsor

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Purchase tickets online here: http://kidney.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=9273&mid=8

Full info call: 519-977-9211 or emuscat@kidney.on.ca.

For only $15, sample and experience tasty creations from over 20 local restaurants in an all-you-can-eat setting, shop local artisan vendors, enjoy a complimentary McCafe coffee and more! Tickets are available at kidney.ca/Windsor or at your local RBC Branch in Windsor & Essex County. Be sure to like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArtiliciousWindsor  for updates on this exciting event!

Artilicious is proudly sponsored by Caesars Windsor, Riverview Steel, AM 800 CKLW, Eyes on Windsor, Biz X magazine, RBC, and Windsor Police Services.

The Coming Storm

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Title: The Coming Storm” 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand Panel.
EIGHT people came out today! WHOOT!

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I got to the site about 10:10, we start at 10:00.  I like to be early, but today I was late because hubby had the car.   Even though he got back to the house on time, it threw out my routine.  I dropped him back off to his coffee club, but I skipped picking up my coffee and Egg McMuffin and went right to the park.  I was thankful to see two artists were already set up and painting, so I took off and got my brekky!  I got back to the park around 10:30.  I spent the next 15 or 20 precious painting minuets eating and chatting with the group, but I love them and was not concerned about the painting time because after all the weather forecast said it was supposed to clear up by noon, and they are always right!  More artists arrived.

I finally set up, set out my palette and put the under painting on my board.  I quickly sketched in the outline of my composition.  The sky kept changing and getting darker, but it looked like the clouds were all staying to the south.  Where was that promised sun anyway?  My senses told me that I better treat this painting like I was in a quick draw contest and get er DONE!  I used my palette knife and stuck to the paint I already had laid out on my palette.  I moved very quickly with my small knife sculpting out the contours of the hill before me.

It was around noon when it started…  a fine mist, then a drizzle.  I got my umbrella up, and my painting managed to stay dry.  I popped it into the wet canvas carrier that’s built into my pouchade box.  The paint on my palette was running all over, but I managed to get it cleaned up. 

EIGHT people came out today! WHOOT! We had to run for cover at noon. Seeing the dark clouds rolling in I treated this painting like a quick draw event. Now if I could only do that more often. — at Malden Park

EIGHT people came out today! WHOOT! We had to run for cover at noon. Seeing the dark clouds rolling in I treated this painting like a quick draw event. Now if I could only do that more often.
— at Malden Park


Here are the results! I also painted pretty thick with my palette knife.
Now if I could only do that more often.
— at Malden Park.

Afterwards, we all formed a caravan to the nearest McDonald’s for coffee and a great chat.

Line Dried Linens

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Line Dried Linens, 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand board

Line Dried Linens, 8 x 10 Oil on Ampersand board

Painting Line Dried Linens

Painting Line Dried Linens

Wonderful, but breezy day yesterday out in the county. My umbrella turned inside out at least three times. Lucky it was easy to get it back, nothing broke, and my pochade box with painting did not fall over. Mind you, I had it strong armed the whole day. In spite of the winds I managed to complete this painting on site. The owner likes it, and it maybe sold as a Christmas present. I will frame it and take it back out to close the sale when it’s had a chance to dry a bit. What was really a funny co-incidence is that 30 years ago we bought our house from her son! What a small world!

A Month in Seattle

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Confidence!  9 x 12 oil on panel

Confidence! 9 x 12 oil on panel

I’ve been very busy this summer.  Currently I’m spending a month in Seattle, Washington.  One of the wonderful things I’ve done while here is to paint with many Washington based artists.  However, keeping you up to date is a problem because I can’t access the internet.  I’ve taken some time out to visit a library so I can at least give you a look at one painting I painted at the Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, Washington.  I have my brother and sister in law to thank for bringing me out to Washington for this great opportunity.  I will be back home at the end of the month.  Here’s hoping you can last that long between updates!

A Day at the Beach

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Monday’s paint out was at one of my favorite locations to paint, Cedar Beach.  The wind was pretty stiff and the sun was hot, but my umbrella kept me cool and prevented me from a nasty sun burn.  I like the results.

 

A Day at the Beach, 8 x 10 oil on panel.

A Day at the Beach, 8 x 10 oil on panel.

Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival 2014

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I am very happy to announce that my painting “Paint Your Wagon” was awarded 2nd prize in the Quick Paint catagory at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival by the 2014 awarding Judge,

 


I painted 4 paintings during the week, and started on a commission. I could have painted more except we had rain Monday and Tuesday. I painted 3 evenings on Nocturne paintings. First time ever for a nocturne and it was loads of fun, except it was freezing cold in the 50’s.

The most exciting part is that all 5 of my paintings from the week (commission included) SOLD!!!  What an incredible week!  I had so much fun.  It was also a grueling week.  Standing  from 8 A.M. until Midnight at my age is quite painful and exhausting, but I survived.  We had some real cold weather where the temperatures dropped into the 50’s.  I chose to paint a nocturne, and I got a commission while painting it, so I ended up painting in those cold conditions for three nights in a row.  I developed laryngitis, but thankfully I got my voice back quickly.  The voice probably was from talking as well.  There were a lot of visitors to my easel.  One gentleman brought me pizza while I was painting at night!  It was YUMMY!  Dexter has great pizza.

Painting and Sketching at our Cabin

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We spent a week up at our cabin. It was just my husband and I.  Usually my sister and brother are there too.  We lost my sister to cancer in February, and my brother is traveling across the U.S. in his Bluebird Wander-lodge R.V.  It was hard not having them there.  My sister and her hubby usually parked their toy hauler trailer next to ours and we would have coffee together every morning.  August 3rd marked 6 months since she passed.  My brother in law held a memorial motorcycle ride for her back in Colchester.  I wish I could have been two places at once.

It was a miracle I got any painting or sketching done.  We’d not been up yet this year, so the first few days were spent waging war on the mice and their mess.  They are disgusting, and there is just no way to keep them at bay.  They will find a way in no matter what preventive measures you make.

I played at doing portraits on my tablet, but I’m not really ready to share any of that yet.  I did a pencil sketch portrait from the Julia Kay Portrait Party group.  A small plein air watercolour,  and an oil painting of the rifle river.

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Visiting Margaret

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Mary and I went to visit our friend Margaret today.  Margaret is the co-founder at the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society.  She and I founded the group back in 2009.   She’s been laid up with a broken leg for over 6 weeks, and we all miss her.

I first got the watercolours out after having them tucked away since fall.  The pot was sitting in the shade, and lack of sun made it difficult to give it depth.  I should have put a cast shadow in, but I forgot.  Oh well.  It was just a quick sketch.  You always see your mistakes once you photograph your work.  I don’t go back in and fix my plein air paintings in the studio.  Why?  Discipline.  My mistakes will glare at me and hopefully make me get out of bad habits.

I also brought along my vintage Sheaffer fountain pen to try out. Everything was going swimmingly, until I tried to add watercolour. OOOPS!! The ink was not waterproof. So… I rescued the sketch by washing the ink. It was fun. Need some waterproof ink though.  There is no one who sells it around here, so I will have to go online and have it shipped in.  That of course raises the price beyond reasonable.  *sigh*  … and people wonder why artists charge so much for their work.