Monday, April 16, 2018

No Spring colors yet

Maybe I better get used to painting in the snow. Here is how my painting from February turned out.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

More Snow?

In my last post I said spring is coming soon. You'd think I'd know better than that.  Here's another studio snow painting.  A scene from Cherokee Park that some of us have painted before.  Probably my best snow painting of the winter.  But still, I'm ready for a spring scene.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Ponds at Holy Wisdom Monastery and Salmo Pond

With the warmer weather I was able to get out and paint a bit yesterday at the monastery and draw today at Salmo Pond.  Today I went to Crossroads Coffee House in Cross Plains and saw Jan Norsetter's group rosemaling show and I bought one of her door crowns.  It is just beautiful as is all her work.  Several pieces including a cello had already sold and the opening is tomorrow from 5 to 7pm.  Beautiful work by Jan and two other rosemalers.  I think she is so amazing that she gets so much plein air work done AND all the rosemaling, too.  Makes me feel so lazy!  Tom came out yesterday and painted, too and it was fun to be out there painting again.  There were Buffleheads on the pond and a pair of cranes came at sunset as I have seen them do several times this month.  Maybe they will nest there?
Fisherman at Salmo Pond

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Two small gouache studies at HWM pond

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Plein Air Events

I was recently notified that the City of Oshkosh will be having their first Plein Air painting event this year.  I decided it was about time I updated the entire list of 2018 events.  Scroll down on this page and check the right-hand column for the list.  A link to Oshkosh's information and other events can be found there.  If anyone knows of an event I've missed please let me know.

Tom Gilbert

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bucky On Parade

Hey all. I have pretty much finished up all the paintings from last year I want to save. Warm weather can't come soon enough. In January I submitted a few ideas to paint Bucky for the Bucky On Parade event uptown this summer. I was notified in February I got a sponsor and two weeks ago I got to pick up my Bucky statue . They tell me mine will be at Law Park for a few months. I pretty sure this preview is no spoiler. 85 were chosen I think and can't wait for the preview party to see them all together.This is all so cool. 2 years ago I was the only artist I knew.
The title is Strike Up The Band and it is going to be a one badger Shake The Lake celebration.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mountains at Last!

I just returned from a trip to Arizona to visit my daughter.  After spending my entire plein air life in Wisconsin I finally got to paint some mountains.  This was started plein air in the Tonto National Forest, just east of Phoenix, but then I did work on it some more at home.  I also have lots of Grand Canyon photos but the views from there are so immense and overwhelming I'm not sure I'm up for  doing paintings from them.

I have a robin visiting my back yard the last couple days so Spring and painting outings must be coming.  Soon!