Our spring-break this year was a wonderful, southern caribbean cruise. I knew there would be lots of subjects I’d like painting, but not a lot of time and bringing oil paints was not practical for going on and off a cruise ship. I don’t have much experience with gouache, so I thought this was a good opportunity. An opaque form of watercolor, it allows you to rework and paint over areas.
Here’s some of what I did. I used a 7" x 10" watercolor pad. Each of these took about a half hour.
Palm studies and a view from the deck of Fort de France bay on Martinique.
It's easy to get out of the habit of posting when you are busy. Busy with work (I’m still a part-time graphic designer), family, travel, and all of the other necessities of life.
I have been painting a lot though. Large paintings, studies, and finishing past starts. Here’s a study for a commission I’m about to begin of the Michigan shore and plein air start from last summer that I couldn’t complete at the time because of an impending storm.
After a couple years off, I again have a piece in ArtPrize, the giant art event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of my largest paintings, 40" x 78", Footprints in the dune, is a depiction of a morning at Warren Dunes.
Grand Rapids is a great town to visit especially during ArtPrize. My painting is hanging in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Downtown for a couple more weeks.
I commute to Michigan a lot, especially in the summer, because I love it and love to paint there. This year those trips have been even more frequent because we are building a cottage near Glen Arbor. Monitoring its progress just gave me another excuse to be up there painting. That, and participating in four plein air events, teaching two workshops, as well as keeping a steady stream of work heading to galleries.
Here are some of the fruits of my summer labors.
Day Sailor, painted at the Fishtown Preservation Society plein air event. Oil, 12" x 10"
Summer Dusk, Glen Haven, oil 10" x 8"
Afternoon Dunes, oil, 9" x 12" Received 2nd place at the Glen Arbor Art Association’s August paint-out
Two of my demo paintings for a workshop:
Thorsen Farm Grainary, oil, 10" x 10" and Sunset Beach Morning,