Tag Archive: Michigan Dunes


Checking in…

Greetings! It is FINALLY springtime here! The lush spring colors are always an inspiration. I have been working with watercolors, watercolor sticks, acrylic inks and acrylics in my sketchbooks. Here are a few samples of my work!

The hay roll scene was done in watercolor on Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 5.5 x 8.5 with watercolor and watercolor sticks

The daffodil painting was done in watercolor, watercolor sticks, outlined with speedball pen. Then I added a wash to the ink to get the background color. Canson Mixed Media Paper, 7 x 10

Lastly, the dune picture was done with watercolor, watercolor sticks, Inktense pencils, and ink. Strathmore Mixed Media 9 x 12.

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Fini? (or Two for Sunday)

Happy July All,

I have been working on my dune pictures and I think? that they are both done (I had my sister Amy helping me this morning putting on the finishing touches). Both are scenes from the Saugatuck Dunes. Both are oil. The first is 16 x 20, the other is 11 x 14. Both were done with Oil Bar/Sticks (no brushes) on stretched canvas.

Saugatuck Dunes - 16 x 20 oil

Saugatuck Dunes – 16 x 20 oil

 

Saugatuck Dunes - Oil Study 11 x 14

Saugatuck Dunes – Oil Study 11 x 14

I may post more this week to make up for neglecting my blog! Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Good Evening! I have been multiplexing between acrylic, watercolor and oil sticks! Oil and Water don’t mix, but you can swap between oil and water in different paintings! All of my efforts this week are WIPs (Works in Progress). My first painting is a 16 x 20 oil on canvas. You may recognize the site, it is the Saugatuck Dunes from Oval Beach. My buddy Shelly and I were just there for an afternoon last week (Of course, the minute we got our camera’s out… it started to rain)

Saugatuck dunes - 16 x 20 Oil

Saugatuck dunes – 16 x 20 Oil

My next painting is a WHOPPER. It is 48 x 36 in (yes, 4 ft x 3 ft). It is a farm scene for a children’s ward. It’s Acrylic on Canvas! I did the second coat on the horse today and Don and I put in the barn.

Farm Scene - 48 x 36 Acrylic

Farm Scene – 48 x 36 Acrylic

The horse should look familiar, I have been sketching it for WEEKS!

Finally, here’s a little watercolor of a swan. We have been very luck this year to get some GREAT SWAN pictures. This is another WIP. The little guy still has some frisket on his wings and head. He’s getting another watercolor wash, even as I type

Swan - 9 x 12 WC with Inktense Pencils

Swan – 9 x 12 WC with Inktense Pencils

That’s it for today! Hope to post more as I complete these projects!

 

Dunes – Value Studies

Happy Mother’s Day!

I have been working on a picture of the Dunes for one of my friends. Started out with some sketches, and some oil studies (using OilBars).  My art teacher turned me on to the value studies and now I use them. Not only do they help with values, they also help with composition and with paint manipulation.

The value studies are 6 x 8 and the painting that I started is 11 x 14. Went wild with the reds today! Hope to actually have something finished by next week!

Value Study 6 x 8

Value Study 6 x 8

Value Study 6 x 8

Value Study 6 x 8

Value Study 6 x 8

Value Study 6 x 8

 

Oil Study = 11 x 14

Oil Study = 11 x 14

Oil Study = 11 x 14

Oil Study = 11 x 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Quick Quick

Here are two oil stick paintings that I did for my art class this week. Both are 9 x 12, the value study is on PAPER, the color study is on canvas board. Sorry for not posting more, but have been busy working. You know how that goes!

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Let me know what you think!

Linda

Where to start?

I have so much to share, AND I don’t want to get boring, so I will try to pare it down a bit. First, went to North Padre Island on vacation. Had a fabulous time, took a ton of pictures… Have then about 1/2 sorted. Saw two types of herons that I did not even know existed! AND it was warm. Supposed to snow again tomorrow. Maybe the weather men are really playing an April Fools joke on us.

Here are a few 4 x 6 Charcoal Sketches (with Regular and white Charcoal).

Lk Michigan Dunes - Charcoal

 

Gray Barn - Charcoal

 

Leelanau House - Charcoal

 

Next, I would like to show you the two 4 x 6 Oil Paintings I did with Oil Sticks with weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Leelanau House - 4 x 6

Leelanau House – 4 x 6

 

Saugatuck Dunes - 4 x 6

Saugatuck Dunes – 4 x 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a 16 x 20 oil painting on Canson Paper (not archival, but GREAT Practice)

Leelanau House - 16 x 20 Oil

Leelanau House – 16 x 20 Oil

 

The last one is a little too BLUE.. could be because of the paper that I used. When I do the final version, I will use an ORANGE Background. That should give it a nice warm glow!’

Have a great week!

Linda

 

Getting my hands dirty…

Yes, it is yet ANOTHER dreary afternoon. So, I decided to do some more value studies and oil bar studies. These are all TINY. 4 x 6 with a limited pallette. Payne Gray, Naples yellow, Lemon Yellow, Magenta, Burnt Umber and white

Saugatuck Dunes - Charcoal

Saugatuck Dunes – Charcoal

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saugatuck Dunes - Charcoal

Saugatuck Dunes – Charcoal

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

 

Charcoal on Craft Paper

Charcoal on Craft Paper

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

Oil Bar 4 x 6 on Canvas Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for stopping by. Let me know if you have any questions! I’d like to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

Tools of the Trade

Still sketching and drawing and doing value studies. These are ALL good things. I have to learn to USE my oil sticks effectively so that I can produce CONSISTENT results (blah blah blah). These are things that I tell myself, my art instructor never says anything that mundane. She is kind and generous with her praise and knows that I try very hard. Even though some of my results are less than stellar. SHE IS GREAT! SO, what did I do this weekend? Value sketches.. and I did some quick tiny 5 x 7 oils just to try to get the values. I will only show you the one that turned out okay (the other I will throw away and we will never speak of it again)

Saugatuck Dunes - Charcoal

Saugatuck Dunes – Charcoal

 

 

Saugatuck Dunes - Charcoal

Saugatuck Dunes – Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saugatuck Dunes - Charcoal

Saugatuck Dunes – Charcoal

 

 

Lk Michigan - Charcoal

Lk Michigan – Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the oil stick sketch – 15 minutes (dark, light, medium)

Saugatuck Dunes - Oil Stick 5 x 7

Saugatuck Dunes – Oil Stick 5 x 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I worked on Rocky… He is mostly dry and I will be taking him to class with me — He needs HELP!! (He is NO WHERE NEAR DONE YET!)  I really need some practice with the tools of my trade!

Rocky - Oil Sticks on Gessoed Paper

Rocky – Oil Sticks on Gessoed Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, here we are! It is Sunday already and I haven’t posted in awhile, so I thought that I would share. I have been doing 5 x 7 watercolors LIKE CRAZY lately. All different themes. So here they are!

5 x 7 Great White Egret – Watercolor + Inktense

5 x 7 Sunflowers – Watercolor + Inktense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 7 Dunes – Ink

5 x 7 Dunes – Watercolor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 7 Orchads – Watercolor + Inktense 

 

5 x 7 Hillside – Watercolor + Inktense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally —

5 x 7 Katie’s Fence – Watercolor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope that you enjoyed these little pieces. They are FUN FUN FUN to do (you never get to see the ones that I throw away! That’s why I call them.. Filtered Watercolors!

 

Seemed like there was more….

Hi All,

Work has been busy, and life sometimes just doesn’t let you do what you want!

I was able to spend a few hours today painting and have to admit that it felt really good. Seemed like there was more, but this is all that was picture worthy. All three are sketches, but I am really excited about the dunes. I did this one with Daniel Smith Watercolor sticks exclusively. Using them like crayons and I had a blast!

Let me know what you think!

 

Watercolor Sketch - 5.5 x 8 Sketchbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Sketch 1 - 5.5 x 8 Sketchbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Sketch Dunes - 11 x 14 DS WC Sticks