Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dancing Reflections

I so enjoyed the 2016 Plein Air Festival in Door County, Wi.  Unfortunately, my trip was cut short...but not before I could visit Gordon Lodge for a second time at sunrise.  On this morning, the featured artists weren't there...just me...and a gentleman quietly fishing from the shoreline.  It was so very quiet and peaceful as the sun rose and reflections danced across the water.   I hope to return to this magical place someday.

Dancing Reflections
9x12, soft pastel 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hanging Out In Door County

There are many homes and cottages around Kangaroo Lake near Bailey's Harbor, Wi.  A nearby neighbor's laundry provided a great little scene to paint.  With five brothers and sisters, hanging laundry on the clothesline was a frequent activity and fond childhood memory.

Hanging Out In Door County
8x6, soft pastel

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On The Way To Sister Bay

It doesn't take much to find a nice scene to paint in Wisconsin...this shed outside Sister Bay with an old boat beside it was just the ticket.  I especially liked the shadows on the rooftop.

On The Way To Sister Bay
9x12, soft pastel

Roadside Hollyhocks

Door County is one of the most picturesque places I know.   Boats, harbors, spectacular sunrises and sunsets...and more flowers than you can imagine!

Roadside Hollyhocks
10x8, soft pastel 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hedgehog Gift Shop

Day one of the 2016 Door County Wi. Plein Air Festival.   I came mostly to watch the pros...but I couldn't resist a little practice time. What a gorgeous time of year to be on the peninsula!  

The Hedgehog Gift Shop is in Gills Rock near the top of the peninsula.  A very cute shop on the water. If you know me, you know I couldn't resist the colors!

Hedgehog Gift Shop
6x8, soft pastel

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Across The North Fork

Across The North Fork
8x6, soft pastel


Camping in Cascade provides lots of opportunity to paint!  Especially along the river in front of our campsite.  I love how the late afternoon sun was hitting the side of this little outbuilding and its reflection in the water.   Such a peaceful little scene.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jalapeño Harvest

This little painting started out much more abstract...but after fiddling with it, it took a turn towards realistic (which I was trying to avoid).  I'm not sure what to think...so, it's finished (for now). Thank you Stephanie Gerhardt-Matkovich for the inspiration!  

                                                         Jalapeño Harvest
                                                            8x5, soft pastel
                                        

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Spotlight

A colorful "landscape" and a few others that didn't get posted the last few weeks.     I'm almost caught up!  
Spotlight
  8x6, soft pastel


North Fork Of The Payette River
6x8, soft pastel

Along The Boise River
6x8, soft pastel

                           Pansies
                      5x5, soft pastel

                       Primroses
                    7x7, soft pastel

                           Daylily 2
                      8x10, soft pastel

                    Winter's Timber
                     8x10, soft pastel


                   Green Butt Skunk 2
                        5x7, soft pastel

                 Royal Coachman 3
                     5x7, soft pastel













Monday, July 11, 2016

Lillies On The Rise

Did I mention that the summer is flying by?  Well anyway, here's another piece that didn't make it into the blog during the past couple months.  I originally painted this one as a 6x8 study then decided to paint it in a larger format.  I love the lily pads reaching up beneath the water towards the sunlight.  I also love the turquoise colors and movement of the water.  So refreshing!

Have a great week!   -c

Lillies On The Rise
11x14, soft pastel







Saturday, July 9, 2016

Summer Catch Up



It isn't that I haven't been painting lately...it's just that I've been painting walls.   A very boring task but a necessary evil to keep the house up to date.   In any event, I'll post what few paintings I HAVE been able to accomplish below.   The fly fishing theme is one I'm thoroughly enjoying!   I am hooked for sure!  

I'm also looking forward to a couple weeks in Wisconsin to visit family this summer and attend the Door County Plein Air Festival...where I hope to crank out a few more paintings.  Until then...

 Joe's Hopper, 5x7, soft pastel


Green Drake, 5x7 soft pastel

 Royal Coachman, 5x7 soft pastel


Opening Day, 8x10 soft pastel 

 Royal Coachman, 5x7 soft pastel

Grey Drake, 5x7 soft pastel