Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Are we there yet?

I've spent most weekends this summer traveling—shows, painting events, vacation. This coming weekend is no different, I'm on my way to Glen Arbor, Michigan, again for the Art Association's annual plein air paint-out. There is a quick-paint on Friday afternoon, and the all day competition on Saturday. Hoping for good weather.

At the same time, Water Street Gallery's landscape show "Are we there yet?" opens Saturday, August 3.  This painting is a recently finished studio piece that will be a part of their show.

Spring Aspens,
oil, 24" x 36"

Saturday, July 20, 2013

New studio work

I've been spending time in the studio for another upcoming exhibit. Water Street Gallery's annual landscape show. Here's a new one that I will be taking up to Douglas, Michigan. The show opens August 3.

This is a location I painted at last fall in Manistee.

Afternoon clouds, oil, 16" x 20"

Saturday, July 13, 2013

With sand and without

A couple of my recent Michigan plein air paintings.

The first was from atop Sleeping Bear Point first thing in the morning. So calm and quite. I was about a half-a-mile above the beach on the dune but I could hear the gulls splashing in the water below.

The second one is at Portage Lake, again, in the morning. When I arrived you could barely make out the opposite shore through the fog. It began to burn off as I was finishing.

Morning on Sleeping Bear Point,
oil, 12" x 9"

Beside the lake, oil, 8" x 8"

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Two weeks in Michigan

I just returned from a great two weeks in Michigan. I spent the first week painting and getting ready for my Center Gallery show in Glen Arbor. A nice opening reception with a few sales then and more during the week-long show.

At the end of the week I got a last minute invitation to be a part of the first Fishtown Plein Air Paint-out. Fishtown is an historic little fishing village and dock area in Leland, Michigan. The Fishtown Preservation Society put this on as a fund-raiser. Fifteen artists did two paintings each for the Sunday evening reception and sale at Main Street Gallery. My painting of one of the old fishing tugs, the Janice Sue, was awarded 2nd place.

The Janice Sue, 
oil, 12" x 12"

The second week was spent with family relaxing at Family Camp. But I did get some painting in and also had a reception of some recent pieces at MacBeth & Co. in Onekama. More images to come.