Monday, September 18, 2017

A few paintings from Wexford, Ireland

I am sorry, I haven't joined the group for some time due to summer traveling and beginning of school year. In early August I spent a week in Wexford, Ireland at the Plein Air festival. It was a great event, attended by about 120 artists from Europe, Asia and the US. There were daily paint-outs, workshops on location, a quick draw event and a final exhibit at the Green Acres Gallery in Wexford. The festival was very well organized with a major focus on painting. Spectacular Irish scenery and generally good weather, fantastic food and excellent company of so many wonderful artist made this event truly special!  I managed to complete ten paintings at the festival altogether. Here;s a sampler. :-)  They are all oil on Raymar board, 12"x16", except for the boats (10"x12").

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I'd sure love to see everyones artwork on here

Happy Sunday all. There used to be many artists posting there work and I know when I first started it was a little difficult to figure this out. Do new members know to contact Pat to get access? It seems to be Tom and I's mutual admiration society, lol. Here is an Indian Lake painting I started a month ago and just got around to finishing it. There was a double sun  and an ice cloud rainbow for a while. Such a cool day.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Belleville Park

The park is really in nice shape. It was hard to find a bad spot. I picked a shady spot with a nice breeze. Sure would be nice if I didn't need a few hours of touch up to have a painting. Someday.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Belleville Park

We had a nice day for the outing yesterday at Belleville and surprising enough there were fall colors in the trees and fields across the lake  So I went a bit crazy with the color on this one.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Food for thought

Happy Saturday. I just wanted to share something cool that I think many of you would appreciate. I might be the last to realize this. If you're like me you have accumulated a lot of plein air paintings, some better than others. As a group they look better though. I approached Cool Beans Coffee CafĂ© on Tuesday and by Thursday I had a dozen things hanging with sale prices. All I had to do was ask. We all do his for our own reasons. For me it's to improve my overall abilities and spend hours in great locations doing it. I like to think of the paintings I create in a few hours as practice as nice as some may be. Nothing would please me more than to sell enough to pay for my supplies.

Is art really art if no one sees it? Commence finger snapping.

I encourage everyone to get their art out.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Indian Lake

We had a really beautiful morning for our outing at Indian Lake yesterday.  It amazes me with how often I've been there, that I still find exciting new scenes to paint.  Well, not drastically new (the lake is still in many of them) but there's always something new to strive for in each painting.

Rick says he wanted to go home with a completed painting.  I couldn't manage that myself but here's mine after some fixing at home.


Indian Lake 8-29

My goal today was to leave with a finished painting. It was close. I'd change so much given time but I did add a few saturated colors in the foreground and called it done. I want to work far more deliberately with a loose feel. I waste so much time pushing paint around and not getting what I want.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Holy Wisdom Monestary

I regressed at bit this day, lol. I spent the whole time painting a value study for some reason and it really wasn't good. I added color at home.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Holy Wisdom Monastary

Just a few painters at Holy Wisdom yesterday and the weather was a bit touch and go, but we managed to get about a two hour window for painting. The sun even came out for ten minutes so I could define the highlights in my landscape.  The photo shows Rick Yanke painting a view of the pond.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mineral Point Plein Air

I just returned from the Paint the Point event at Mineral Point.  Others there from our group were Jan Norsetter, Diane Washa, and Jim Faecke, who, amazing enough, all won awards.  Jan won 2nd place, Diane 3rd, and Jim the Quick Paint.  And there were many quality painters who produced a lot of good work so it was quite competitive.  But apart from the competition, there was some great (but varied) weather, great scenery, good food, good painting friends, and just a fun experience, at least when I wasn't too stressed out about painting.

I'm adding an image of people viewing the quick paint paintings outside the gallery space.  And also one that shows the character of the nearby countryside.  I didn't win anything, but, darn it, I'm posting my painting just because I like it.

Check out the Arts Mineral Point Facebook page if you're interested in more info on the event.  There really is some great scenery in that area and even if you don't participate in Paint the Point, if you get a chance to paint there, be sure to do it.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Donald Rock at Donald Park, Mt Vernon, August 1, 2017

Donald Rock at Donald Park, Mount Vernon, WI; August 1, 2017 - oil on board, 12x18", by Jan Norsetter
A beautiful, hot, sunny day at Donald Park. The morning sun on Donald Rock is usually irresistible to me.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Donald Park 8-1-17

I'm leaving my cruddy tree as a reminder I need to find a better way to do it.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Donald Park Outing

We had a beautiful summer morning at Donald Park.  Lots of flowers coming out in the fields to add color.  But somehow my painting is still mostly green, but, green or not, I liked the view and the mosquitos didn't find me at all.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Prairie by Cherokee Marsh

Thank you, Marla and everyone else for a great outing and pot luck lunch! Yesterday's effort, oil 12"x16", needs a few touch ups.

Painting at Cherokee Park and Pot Luck at Marla's

Many thanks, once again, to Marla and Russ for graciously hosting the group yesterday.  We always enjoy your beautiful home and garden.   Several of us painted from Marla's porch while others went to the park.   And thanks to everyone for all the great food!!  Sorry for not getting more photos (I was too busy eating!) but below are a few and a random selection of the morning's work. I thought they all captured the feeling of a midsummer morning.
Marla with one of Jan's oils

The Viewing Tent

Gretchen's watercolor

Tom's painting

Sarah's value study in oil

Sarah, Doug and Marla's wonderful porch

I did a few corrections before posting my watercolor & soft pastel

Darya's oil painting at the marsh

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cherokee Park 7-18-17

It was nice meeting with you all this afternoon. Thank you Marla for hosting. Your house is beautiful. My helpers and I had a great time.    8x10 oil on canvas

Paoli 7-15-17

Here is my effort from Saturday. It's a little 8x10 I am varnishing it to take it back to the girl in the hut that wants it. :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Paoli Painting

It wasn't a DCPAPA event but a few of us painted at Paoli on Saturday during their music festival weekend.  Maybe we can post some of the paintings.  Here's the two I did.  The second one was a quick sketch of the scene while I drank beer and listened to two musicians playing.  Now that's the way to paint! I think the guy on the left was Johnny Cash ... at least that's how I painted him.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Warner Beach

Here's another Warner Beach painting.  My first version had some problems with it ... I was distracted by the paparazzi.  Here's the repaired version.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Warner Beach and Pot Luck Lunch

Some of DCPAPA's paintings from this morning at Warner Beach

Thanks so much to Kung for hosting us for a pot luck lunch today.  We all enjoyed touring his in home studio and gallery.  Many wonderful oil paintings!! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pheasant Branch, evening of June 7

I am sorry I was too lazy to follow some of you up the hill -- the views and your paintings are great!  I was so tired that evening that couldn't even stand up in front of my easel, so, instead, I went down to the springs, sat on the bench there and did this study of the grasses and springs.  Oil on Raymar board, 12"x16".

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Memorial Union Terrace June 21st

It was a beautiful evening to paint from the Union Terrace.  I sketched for a while from the Terrace and then went over just west of the Union Theatre. It was pretty peaceful over there with a great view of Picnic Point.   I think it would be a good place to paint a nocturne, too.
View from the Union Terrace
Sunset Over Picnic Point

Siraj Hull - Watercolor Show

My show is free of charge, and the display is throughout the month of July, 2017 at:

The Health Sciences Learning Center

750 Highland Ave. Madison, WI 5370

Plein Air Painting at Warner Beach Area - 8am to noon - June 27th

Meet in the parking lot off Woodward Drive for painting from 8am to noon.     Image result for warner beach madison wi

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pheasant Branch Evening June 7th

I got around to adjusting the values in the sky which I had originally painted much too dark that evening.  I was not sure I could paint that much lighter over darker pastel but I brushed a lot of the darker colors off and I think it worked out ok.  The ground is Pastelmat, a French paper made by Clairefontaine and it is one of my favorite papers.  It is not a sanded paper but still allows a lot of layering and comes in great colors for landscape painting.  This one was Buttercup which along with Maize are really nice ground colors for summer pastels.