I will deliver this painting to the Red Brick Restaurant in Dexter this week. I was painting Night Visions at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, and the owner asked for a commission of her restaurant. I came back on the last night of the event to complete the work. The temperature dropped down into the 50’s! This was August! I was not dressed for it, and ended up having to leave before I finished it. I ended up with laryngitis, but thankfully it didn’t last long. The laryngitis probably was due to all the talking I did during the event. Most of the work was completed on location. I added the people, benches and window lettering from a photo. So, I think you can classify this as plein air.
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.
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.
Today found us doing a bit of Urban sketching. Even though Hyram Walker’s Distillery is now owned by Wisers, no one in Windsor calls the plant Wisers. Walkerville will always be Walkerville. Anyway, in our group the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society we are starting to try out themes for our paint out locations. Todays them was Urban Sketching, or street scenes. I thought I’d try a bit different composition. Not sure how successful this particular subject was, but I will try it again sometime soon.
35 International Sketch Crawl. Dieppe Park/Detroit River from the Windsor Side., a photo by photographerpainterprintmaker on Flickr.
The sketch crawl started out cold, (-1 C or 30 F) cloudy, and breezy (26 km/h or 16m/h out of the north). Brrrr. When I left it was partly cloudy, a balmy 7 C or 44 F with winds at 30 Km/h or 18 Mp/h out of the NE. It’s no wonder everyone left early. I managed to find a cozy spot though… in my car! I actually think I got a lovely sketch out of what would have been a lost day.
YAY!! Post #100!
What an incredible summer, and fall looks like it’s going to be great as well. I’ve been painting every week, and I tell you it feels very good. Invitations to demonstrate Plein Air Painting have come to us all summer. We were invited to participate in Explore the Shore, The Lost Arts, and the Migration Festival. We were rained out for Canada Culture Days which was a disappointment. Hopefully next year the weather will co-operate. Next week our city is having an all day cultural think tank for the arts. I’m going to post a few of my works from the summer, so you can catch up with my whirlwind life.
An ominous red-brown cloud hovered over the area this day. Zug Island in Detroit, Michigan was spewing toxins into the air without care. The factories in that area send an incredible amount of pollution across the river into Windsor Ontario Canada. No-one seems to be able to stop this. I can find stats on almost all of the US and Canada on Cancer rates, but not Ontario. Why? On the maps that I did find, Michigan is among the worst for cancer rates. We are down wind of them, so if a conclusion can be drawn, I would think we would at least equal Detroit in environmentally induced cancers. We went to paint a lovely picture that day. I could not.
The spring may have been wet, but we have been blessed with some very wonderful days this summer, and this one was one of them. Monday July 4th found us on a historic site for both the US and Canada. This replica of a 19th century grist mill is located across the street from the Duff Baby House.
The Duff Baby house is listed on Canada’s Historic Places web site. They say:
“As a colonel of the militia during the War of 1812, Baby was one of 600 soldiers captured by American troops. The house survived attack, occupation, and looting by the Americans, but required numerous repairs following the war’s end. ”
What a place to be on July 4th! A place steeped in historic events between the US and Canada.
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So, I’ve not had much time to tell you about my trip to California last month. So, just for giggles, here’s my one and only photo of the Pacific Ocean. My cousin wanted to take me but I would not let her. Why? Well the ocean was at least an hours drive away from her home. I told her before I went to visit that they didn’t need to entertain me. I wanted to see them, and not the local tourist spots. Everyone leads busy lives, and they are no exception. We made a trip into LaJolla because her birds needed their beaks trimmed, and that’s when I got to see the Ocean! YAY!