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.

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