Sunday, May 27, 2012

Green lake 2012...Another Award!!! Wow!

Sherry's Poppies and Peonies
12x12 oil
$400 framed
Forecast upper 90's got me leaving the house early for my 1 1/2 trip up to Green lake today for their 2nd Plein Air day! So my friend Carolyn Larkin meet me at 7am and off we went! I painted there last year but we had rain most of the day so of course all looked very different! We arrived around 9, checked in and then drove around hunting just the right spot!! We hoped to find something that would free us from a very green landscape. We found it!! But no one answered the door to give us permission to paint. What to do???? We drove into town, got a bite to eat etc...then back and when we got there the car was gone. So we set up and started painting hoping not to offend!

Garden on Hwy T, Green Lake, WI

I decided to do a quick 15 minute study of color, composition and value to work out the issues before I painted a larger piece...Here is my 8x8 study:
Study Poppies and Peonies
8x8 oil $125 (No Frame)

Right after that I set up to do the same scene was already getting really hot outside and I didn't know how long I would last! I laid in block of color very fast till the whole panel was covered.  Then I got out my trusty palette knife and worked out the rest! "Sherry's Poppies and Peonies" is the result.  Guess what... I got a People's Choice award!!!  That makes 3 awards for the season...I'm a happy camper!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunny then Cloudy then Sunny!!! (Kewaskum)

Through the Wild Honeysuckle
20x16 oil $550 Framed

This Friday evening and Saturday was the first 2012 Plein Air competition in Wisconsin. Held in Beautiful Kewaskum WI we had beautiful weather on Friday and very overcast skies on Saturday for this 2 day event. As is my habit, I got there early. I like to get one or two pieces that I consider "frame-able" in quickly and then take more time to really find something I want to paint. This kind of takes some pressure off for me. I set up on Friday just after four and began to paint the river which was beginning to light up with a strong evening sun. All things were very green which is a challenge for painters! "Evening Walk" was my first effort.
Evening Walk
12x12 oil $350 framed
Then, as I was watching, the sun seemed to light up the willow across the river  from within like a lantern. In a race with time I began to paint it. "Willow" is what resulted done in heavy palette knife and broken color all in less than an hour.

9x12 oil $250 Framed
I met a friend for dinner and drove the hour home thinking I would sleep in a little in the morning so as to be fresh and perhaps miss the early morning rain that was forecast. And so I arrived in town around 10am and began the "hunt" for the next painting. The light situation was so different than the night before that all of the spots I had scoped out no longer attracted me. I drove for an hour with the internal clock ticking loudly. I needed to turn in my work by 2! Finally around eleven I found this beautiful farm all wrapped in an opalescent sky and peeking through some honeysuckle bushes.I set up as quickly as I could and began! "Through the Wild Honeysuckle" was the result. I liked it enough to enter it instead of Evening Walk and guess what??? I won my second award of the season for it!! A judges merit award! 

All these pieces are currently available so let me know if you would like one!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

2012 New Harmony: First Brush of Spring!!! (I got an award!!!)

Wow...I am soooo far behind on my own blog. Over the next week or so I will attempt to catch up!

In Mid-April for the 7th year I attended the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association's Spring event titled First Brush of Spring held in New Harmony Indiana. This year was an AMAZING experience!!!  As is our habit we arrived the Friday before to spend some family time with my husbands family who live in the area. We found my mother-in-law, who I love, doing quite poorly and I wondered if I would be able to participate in the event at all. It was a "one day at a time" proposition but as it turned out I was able to participate! I am thanking God for her recovery!

Almost a year ago I had signed up to take a four day workshop that I has wanted to take for years with master artist C.w.Mundy!! In my opinion you can learn painting via workshops with renowned artists who are graciously willing to share what they know. C.w. is an impressionist which probably fits my style more that anything else and so I was excited to learn from him.

C.w. Mundy
On the first day of the workshop we were indoors for a full, and I mean FULL, day of lecture where he walked us through his "7 Foundational Truths of Painting"...Drawing, Squinting, Design, Value, Color, Edges, and Paint Manipulation. I had light bulbs going off everywhere!

Day two-four we set up in the most beautiful place!! New Harmony has a peony farm...acres of peonies! With the early spring for the fist time when I was there they were blooming!!! Magic! C.w. did a small demo in the morning and then in the afternoon we painted. The assignment was to take a 20x16 surface and divide it into 4 8x10 sections. Then we had 15 minutes to do a value study in one of the sections of the same view that C.w. had just demoed. Then he critiqued each and every one of ours (I think over 20 of us). Then we did a second and again critique. In the morning we did two more so that we had four value studies one one surface.

Four 8x10 value studies by Wendie Thompson
We broke for lunch and when we came back we were to do a 16x20 painting of the same scene...we had one hour...timed...not kidding!! Then critiqued again each and every one! These were very valuable lessens for me!!
Beyond the Peonies 20x16 by Wendie Thompson
The forth day was Thursday which is when the competition began so I got up very early and got my canvases stamped and got out to the peony field and started painting. I had about an hour and a half before class began to paint.
Miss Jane's Peonies 12x9 by Wendie Thompson
When class began C.w did another demo. Because it was also a competition day we had the option to paint or listen/watch...he did not comment on our work this day at all! I watched and listened to him in his process as he thought through everything before he applied paint to his panel...amazing!

I was sitting with a bed of Iris' between him and I which were somewhat distracting in their sheer at lunch I painted them:
From Glory to Glory 10x20 by Wendie Thompson
After lunch C.w. talked to us about  his personal story (He is a deeply Christian man who seeks the Lord's will in everything he does.) and then the business of art. I gained many helpful insights and was greatly encouraged in both my art and in my personal walk with God!

BONUS!!! I won an Artists Merit award for Miss Jane's Peonies!!!

Sorry this was so long but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I'm sure it will take me most of the year to fully integrate everything I learned...let the journey begin!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Faces, faces and more faces!

I have always been fascinated by faces. The smallest shift of muscle under skin revealing completely differing attitude or emotion...often a fleeting fluid shift. A communique from within...then gone. Faces are providing an endless source of education for me both as an artist and as a communicator...I love them! All are framed. Contact me for availability!

Dance of the Open Hand
9x12 oil
$325 framed

Feather in her Hat
12x12 oil
$425 framed

12x12 oil
$425 oil

Red Shawl
12x12 oil
$425 framed

Whatcha Lookin At?
12x12 oil
$425 framed

It's Been a Good Day
12x12 oil
$425 framed Currently at the Schauer Center for the Arts, Hartford WI

The Wizard
12x12 oil
$425 framed


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