Tag Archive: plein air

Where to Begin?


I have been Plein Air painting with my good friend and mentor Marianna this summer. I have learned so much from this lovely lady!! Since I have a few minutes today (Bailey (the dog) is napping!!), I scanned some of my work to share with you.

The painting on the left is acrylic landscape, on acrylic primed canvas board, 8 x 10. The two center pieces are of an “elusive” oak in Townsend Park. We park our cars in the morning when the light is perfect and by the time we get set up, the light is gone. The tree has a lovely shape and I have many pictures of it. Hope to be able to capture its essence. The oil painting is on an oil primed canvas board, 8 x 10. I used water soluble Daniel Smith Oil paints, and oil bars (my old stand by). The last sketch is another interesting tree at Townsend park. If I have spare time at the end of class, I try not to waste it!

This week, we did something entirely different! Abstract!

If that isn’t enough, how about a few monoprints to finish the day?

Upper Left is a geranium in acrylic, the lower left is an orchid in watercolor and the right is a painting with the daisies painted in oil pastel as a resist. Then I mixed yellow and indigo on a Plexiglas plate and laid the daisy painting into the paint. Once the acrylic was dry, I scrapped off the acrylic from the daises and there it is!

I’d love to hear from you! Have  a great week!



Monoprints 101

I have been doing a fair amount of experimenting and haven’t had much luck until today. Yesterday, I put watercolors on a piece of glass and let it dry over night. So this morning I made three monoprints! I was excited with the results!

This is the 8 x 10 glass plate that I painted the sunflowers on

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Next, I wet a piece of 9 x 12 Watercolor paper and made this first print. It REALLY bleed all over. I think that this may be something that I can work with later.

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The next print was on Dry 9 x 12 Watercolor paper. I added some red to the center. This piece was scanned and it is pixeled, but you can see how nicely the colors are “staying put” on the dry paper.

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Lastly, this is the final print on Canson Mixed Media paper (though there is still a significant amount of paint on the glass). There was just enough paint on the paper that I could move it around a bit and create flower petals. I may embellish this further with reds and blue.


AND in the overshare department, here is an 8.5 x 5.5 Watercolor that I did of a scene from my plein air class. If you see a black blob in the trees, you can blame it on the dog!

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Unfinished Business

Yesterday, I had two missions! First – clean up my studio, second – work on the painting for my Christmas card. So while attempting to throw out the “old stuff” to make room for the new stuff, I came across this unfinished plein air painting.

Ada, Oil 8 x 10

Ada, Oil 8 x 10

This morning I whipped out my trusty oil sticks/bars and finished it up. I am so pleased with the results!

Ada, 8x10, oil

Ada, 8×10, oil

And how did I do on my Christmas card. Well, take a peak. I used Canson Paper, Liquitex markers, ink, and some sparkly markers. And low and behold…

Christmas 2014 - mixed media

Christmas 2014 – mixed media

Obviously, this is just a sketch. But I like the idea! Have a great week!




The first two pictures are a plein air painting of a house in Ada. It was done with oil bars/sticks on a 11×14. The second is a quick dune study – 9×12 also done with oil based/sticks.

It was great fun to get back to IT!

Let there be .. Goats?

I’m pretty sure that you haven’t been spending a lot of time this summer wondering “Why hasn’t Linda posted anything lately”.  Just in case you were wondering, I have been pretty busy, just not producing ALOT of art.  First, lets start out with the Plein Air paintings. These two are 8 x 10 boards, painted with Oil Bars/Sticks. Both done in 1.5 hours (first one needs to be finished up)

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi - 8 x 10 oil

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi – 8 x 10 oil

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi - 8 x 10 oil

Plein Air, Reeds Lake, Mi – 8 x 10 oil


And I DID promise you goats. I FINALLY finished drawing my last goat. They are now both on the canvas. I did a “negative painting” with inktense Pencils, wet it down, let it dry and then will finish painting the inside. Here are the Goats as promised!

Goats - acrylic on canvas

Goats – acrylic on canvas

Lastly, here is the entire painting! Three weeks and it HAS to be done!

Farm Scene - 48 x 36 Acrylic

Farm Scene – 48 x 36 Acrylic


Well! Back to painting! Enjoy!




It’s a Plein Air type of night!

It’s Tuesday and that’s means it’s PAINTING DAY. Thankfully, the weather was perfect. We got out about 3:00 pm and painted until after 5:00. I did NOT get done tonight.

BUT! I was very pleased with my efforts. The colors are bright and vivid, not overworked. Structurally I think that it holds together. That’s why I do sketches… if I would have gone with the first sketch, the painting would have fallen off the edge of the canvas!

Here’s two pictures, one of the oil sketch and another when I added some color. Did NOT get it all done, but .. who cares! We were outside painting! Let me know if you have any comments.

Ada, Oil 8 x 10

Ada, Oil 8 x 10


Ada, Oil 8 x 10

Ada, Oil 8 x 10

Just got back from Plein Air Painting (or as it auto corrected on Facebook — PLAIN AIR)! It was FABULOUS! Did a sketch and then an hour later had an 8 x 10 painting done with …. wait for it…. Oil Bars and Oil Sticks!

Here is the sketch

Plein Air Sketch

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Here is the 8 x 10 painting! The setup is very simple, easy and I stayed CLEAN!!

8 x 10 oil sketch of a shed

8 x 10 oil sketch of a shed


Highly recommend oil sticks if you have an interest in Plein Air painting in oil! Have an excellent week!



Been a LONG TIME!!

Hello out there! I know that it has been a LONG time since I posted anything. June FLEW by and now it’s the 4th of July weekend. I’m trying to savor every minute of it. So, here are some of my works in progress:

Backyard Fall - 7 x 11 Watercolor


This has been FUN because I am taking a watercolor class in a few weeks and am trying to get my head wrapped around watercolor techniques again. I am using Daniel Smith WC, the colors are brilliant. It is a joy just working with them. Here is another WIP of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse - 7 x 11 Watercolor


Will post again when finished.

For some reason, I have been on a Canadian Goose kick lately (I should have a separate post just for all the Goose artifacts I have produced lately). This one is an Oil Pastel on ColourFix paper –

Canadian Geese - 9 x 12 Oil Pastel


Finally, my weekly Heron. This is a big one and don’t now exactly where I’m going with it yet.

Ink Heron - 12 x 16 Inktense Pencils and Sticks

I was attempting to do an abstract background (you know, get a loose look). We’ll just have to see where this one goes! Have a great day! Happy painting!


Rainy night in Michigan

Went plein air painting with my buddy last night and did a nice oil painting in her back yard. Unfortunately, the light was bad tonight for taking photos so it turned out a little shiny. Maybe I’ll post another version of it again tomorrow. Take a look and see

Denise's backyard 11 x 14 Oil Sticks on Sanded paper

I also wanted to show off my TREE from my art class — I did this one off a photo after I messed up the tree in class. This is an oil painting and I love the richness.

My Tree in Lowell 11 x 14 Oil Stick on Sanded Paper

If you would like, take a minute and take a look at the detail in My Tree. It’s turning out quite nicely.

Happy Weekend~!!!!

Paintings from Class!

Hi All,

Sorry that I haven’t posted lately. Should have some time this weekend to paint and post (If I don’t spend it all cleaning our house!) Here are three pictures from my art class. I am having a riot! It is so much fun to do plein air painting!

Poppies - 9x13 Oil Pastel on UART

Next we have the barn….

Barn - 6x9 Oil Pastel on ColourFix

And then another barn

Barn II - 10 x 13 Oil Pastel on UART

It occurs to me now that I look at the paintings that my perspective it off. I need to practice practice practice!