Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall Walk

This is the third version of this painting. It's OK. I made the mistake of doing it in pastel first which I really liked. Then I painted it in oil. That was a dud. So I tried it again. The pastel is still more interesting. I think I learned something here, but what???

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rain, Rain

Gray rain today. This is the field down the street again. The fall colors are still beautiful in the rain.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Rose Township

I love trains.  I live in a town that has been a hub since the beginning of trains in Michigan. Once a month for a week or so the activity picks up and you hear trains  night and day.  It's possible to get stopped for a train going to and coming from town. I have never lived in a place where I  couldn't hear a train in the background. I love the sound in the night. The engineers have different, distinctive whistles. Some can be downright sad. One day, I'll get up to painting an actual train.

I had a very productive day. I also finished "Dozens". A large, messy bunch of flowers. Just the way I like it. 24x21, oil on panel.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dozens (unfinished)

I have nothing finished for today. I spent the morning shopping with my daughter. I've also spent time this week doing painting related things. So- this is a painting I'm working off and on for two weeks around the other stuff. I just cant resist large bunches of flowers. These bloom in my garden from now to frost. It's a big painting, 24x21.
I have been out learning to take pictures on manual setting with a tripod. I've learned lots. It just takes practice but its worth it. The depth of field is so much better than on auto.  It's a beautiful time of year to be out walking around  shooting pics.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

North Woods

In Northern Michigan, the woods are covered with ferns. They turn a range of colors from rust to cream before they return to the earth for the year. It's a very pretty sight that goes on for acres. Late afternoon it's quiet, peaceful and the light through the trees is unreal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sunday Morning

I'm really happy with this painting. I went on Sunday morning to Fenton (the next town over) and took pictures. Lovely morning. People out walking were nice. Good experience. Yesterday I painted this. I feel it's mine from start to finish and that's great.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Just Nuts

These are from a shag bark hickory tree in my yard. I've lived here 16 years and found them  only last year. They are really are too much work to eat. (but delicious)  Makes you appreciate the times we live in.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Summer Revisited

Remembering summer?? No, I just didn't have one thing in mind to paint yesterday. Another student had this little picture so I worked with reds and oranges. Fun. Not much work here, just playing around. Sometimes it's a good thing. I  have only one more class. Boo Hoo.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Tight Squeeze

A spot on my street really has trees growing right up to the very edge of the road. Two cars can barely get by. If a truck comes, one driver has to yield. Every now and then a chunk gets taken out of a trunk. They won't be there forever.

Monday, October 12, 2015

River or Creek?

Another view in my neighborhood. A swampy area with water running through it. Beautiful colors in fall.  I've been shooting pictures the last few days because the weather has been gorgeous. This one was taken with a cell phone at mid-day. These last few pastel landacapes are the largest ones I've done since my challange started. It just feels better.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hensell Road

This is a view of my road. I waited for the fog to mostly lift to take the pic but figured the shot was a loss. Actually, I am happy with the results.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Alice In Wonderland

"Alice In Wonderland", 24"x20", oil on panel

Yesterday I worked for several hours on a painting which I realized was an absolute dud. It's aggravating when you put time in on a work that doesn't pan out. It was an arrangement of gourds with a gargoyle I won in a white elephant game years ago. Once again, the idea was better than reality. I'm going to do it again because I love the gargoyle.  
So, tonight I am posting a painting I've been working on for the last week. Unfinished but close. The annual LARGE aster  painting. Below, is an unfinished work from five years ago. Started after my Father died, the idea was a vanitas in commemoration of him. Maybe I'll take it to my class tomorrow and get help to finish it.

Unfinished, 30"x23", pastel on watercolor paper

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Things


I bought these at a farm stand down the road. Two for a dollar. Put the money in a mailbox next to the stand. The joy of country living. I also bought a small pumpkin for a dollar. You can't get that at Kroger.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Apples x 3

It's suddenly fall here. Time for apples and cider mills and fires and whiskey. I think I'll try a few fall themed still life paintings in the next few days. This one is from the pastel class which is turning out to be really fun. It's good to push yourself into something different every once in a while.

Thursday, October 1, 2015



Pastel painting is proving to be a real challenge for me. This is the Pine River - again. I imagine this is what it looks like this time of year.