Sunday, November 30, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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Oh, I had fun painting portraits this weekend. I painted this man’s younger brother a few months ago. It was cool to find the familial similarities as the portrait progressed. And I do love painting beards.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two Horses and a Donkey on a Rainy Day

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Well, I guess I don’t have much to add to the title. Just a little painting of farm animals eating in the drizzle.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cows and Crows

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I am pretty sure that one of these tiny calves is the one that we saw a few weeks ago, moments after his birth. It seems odd that there are TWO calves this time of year, but there they are. It was one of those days with a bite to the air, but the sun still warm enough to make you happy. My favorite parts of this painting are the crows flying through.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marsh on the Back Way to Big Rapids

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The countryside to the northeast of Big Rapids, Michigan, is just gorgeous. The road curves around the edge of the marsh here, and it’s a good spot to stop and admire the view. While painting today, I was listening to an interview with Ted Genoways about the environmental consequences of petroleum mining in the Canadian tar sands. Maybe it's because my head was already in the North with the painting, but I found it particularly compelling. And very scary. I highly recommend listening here, or reading his article in the December issue of Outside magazine.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Northern Swamp


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I always love passing by this little swamp on our hike through the woods out to Nordhouse Dunes. Actually, I usually miss the swamp on the way there, as we leave the trail just before it to go bashing through the woods in search of an elusive “more direct” trail, which sometimes exists and sometimes doesn’t. (Some of you will understand this only too well.) This painting is at the end of the day, on our way back, with the last of the sun coming through the trees and lighting up the grasses on the other side of the water.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunflower Field

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I painted this from a photo that my daughter took this summer, by the side of the road in Michigan. I often shy away from painting foregrounds, opting for distance views, but this one forced me to paint the stuff that was close up. And I liked it.

Friday, November 7, 2014

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I went to see the Egon Schiele Portraits exhibit at the Neue Galerie today. Wow. I’ll be thinking for a while about his lines, his compositions, and his FEARLESSNESS. I loved this show.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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I loved this little girl’s green eyes and chic blond bob, but I was also really into that groovy orange and white dress. I’d love to do a larger portrait of her with the entire dress. I am pretty sure, though, that half an hour is the max this little bundle of energy is going to give me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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Yesterday I painted three little girls who were adorable, if not completely into the whole sitting-for-a-portrait thing. There was a little fussing, a little crying, a little easel-kicking, and a little paint smeared on the wall. Even so, it was WAY better than working in the office. So bring it on, local (and not so local) parents. The holidays are coming, and a portrait makes a very special gift.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Nordhouse Dunes No. 2

This is one of my favorite places on earth. You have to hike a little bit to get here, but it’s so worth it. Friends and I once hiked in at sunset, nestled our sleeping bags into the warm, soft sand, and fell asleep as the stars came out. Let me tell you, in the wee morning hours, that sand is freezing cold and rock hard. (The stars are spectacular, though.)