Monday, June 10, 2024

Nestled in the Woods

This rainy day painting started as one of my acrylic demonstrations with the High School Plein Air sponsored by the Steelville Arts Council last weekend.  I mentored 20 students over three days in 5 different paint-outs.  It was such a super fun weekend filled with very talented young artists, and I hope that I have impacted their art journey in some small way.  I would have loved an opportunity like this at their age.  This painting is now showing at Gallery Zeke in Steelville, Missouri through mid-July.  Come take a peak in person.  Painting number 5068 in 5068 days. 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Steelville Presbyterian Church

How dramatically the light can shift in just a couple hours!  What was illuminated at the start fell to shadow by the time I finished.  This painting will be a lasting memory for my Steelville host family as she retires from pastoring here, to move closer to family.  Steelville is such a wonderful place to visit, and I do love painting here. Painting number 5067 in 5067 days. 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Hope at the Farm


It was another beautiful day for painting at the Kick'n K farm!  I found the shade of an old oak tree to stand in, and sketched this painting out first in ink. Once all was in place, I started applying the watercolor.  The horses walked in and out of my composition, abs I painted them in when I could.  This painting now Showing at Gallery Zeke, come see all the wet paintings tomorrow from 10 to 2. Painting number 5065 in 5065 days. 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Drag Race Road


This is the first time I've been down this road, and I find a fun slice of Americana to paint in Steelville! What drew me to this street was 3 brightly painted old houses right beside this.  Planning to paint all three on the street, I decided instead to paint the bright colors of this cool place.  Painted on my Dad's birthday, he would have loved this place.  Now Showing at Gallery Zeke until Saturday! Painting number 5064 in 5064 days. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Big Bend Rural School


It was so peaceful by Hoppe spring, sketching the one room schoolhouse in pen and ink.  Cool, refreshing air wafted in from the spring as I started this. I didn't decide until half way through to leave it in ink alone.  I like the timeless mood of pen and ink on handmade paper. It feels a bit like stepping back in time for a little while. Painting number 5063 in 5063 days. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Morning at Maramec Spring


What a treat to paint at one of my favorite places today - Maremec Spring Park!  The water is stunning and the light was soft this morning, setting the stage for a moody painting at the waterfall.  Painting to the sound of the water is sheer joy, as the painting emerges from the panel.  This one is now showing at GalleryZeke!  

Monday, June 3, 2024

Afternoon at the Cabin

It was a lovely morning for painting a log cabin in the woods, and I just couldn't resist painting the morning light.  I had to keep moving closer to my subject to stay in the shade of the outermost walnut tree.  The sun was in and out today, so I marked that light early to be sure I'd have it.  I do so love these rural Missouri homesteads. This painting now Showing at Gallery Zeke in Steelville, and is my 5061st painting in 5061 days. 

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Afternoon at the Barn


I love painting the vintage barns of the Missouri heartland - even when I'm short on time!  With only enough time to enter two paintouts briefly for the Summit Art Plein Air, I arrived here on my way out of town for a 30 minute quick paint.  It was like sprinting in a race to get this painted, framed and turned in - but it was also my little slice of sanity on a crazy day.  I always feel better when my daily painting is done. Painting number 5060 in 5060 days. I've had no coverage these last 5 days, so none of my photos would load to a post.  One would think the days of no service areas were minimal, but they've only grown worse in the last year.