Thursday, September 22, 2016

Indian Lake and Birds in Art

Landscape with ducks in permanent collection
Plein air watercolor by Lars Jonsson - Peregrine Falcon

Pastel on watercolor paper
Last week I painted at Indian Lake in the afternoon and the above a pastel I did on watercolor paper.  The technique was supposed to be pastel used to augment a watercolor painting but it eventually turned into all pastel.  The paper was really too rough for this technique and I will try it again on a less rough cold press paper like Arches.

Saturday I drove up to Wausau for the annual Birds in Art exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.  The landscape with ducks is part of their permanent collection (sorry I forget the painter!).  Many of the paintings are also landscapes with birds in them but most focus on the birds as the one above by Lars Jonsson a great contemporary Swedish artist.  This painting is on a full sheet of Arches 300 lb cold press and was done in the field which amazes me.  He mentioned that this female Peregrine did hold still for quite awhile as he sketched her.  Those are just 2 examples of the wonderful art they have in the show and their permanent collection.  There are paintings by all 3 generations of Wyeths including a really nice landscape by N.C. Wyeth.  It is a free show and well worth the drive.  I saw a few maples starting to turn and in another week or so there will probably be lots of color up there.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DCPAPA's Robert Tarrell's Upcoming Show in October

Robert Tarrell will exhibit his paintings at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI.  The exhibit runs from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 30.  The gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday, October 9 from 1 - 3 pm.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Cancelled due to rain!! - Evening Painting Sept. 21 at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton

We will meet here at 4pm on Wednesday Sept. 21st for a plein air painting session until sunset.  This view of the pond is a popular subject  on the west side of the grounds but there are some good views on the east side of the property, too and the monastery building is very interesting.  There is also a garden and small orchard on the north side as well as a large prairie parcel but it is a bit of a hike to the prairie.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Yahara River Painting

Here's another Tenny Park painting.  Seeing the other posts, it looks like we had some inspired painters yesterday.  I had to repair this one at home this morning.  Yesterday I wasn't sure about it but then I realized I had painted the bridge too large.   So I fixed that, repainted most of the water, added some details, and now I think it works.  Getting objects the right scale seems like such an easy fundamental but I have admit when I'm on location and painting a long view, I've had my share of difficulty with it.  There seems to be a tendency to make distance objects too large.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tenny Park

Nice overcast day this morning at Tenny Park. I painted this on a gray 9 x 12 Ampersand pastelboard. I brought it home and tweaked it a bit in the upper left. Overall, I think it is done.

Tenney Park, September 8, 2016

Tenney Park Bridge, September 8, 2016 by Jan Norsetter
What a beautiful morning at Tenney Park. Overcast and windy so bugs were not an issue:-) For those of you who watched this painting develop I did scrape off and even out the gobs of dark green water. The paint was just too thick for my tastes.