The Big Bur Oak, ©2014 Maggie Capettini, oil on gallery wrap canvas 12x12 | $150

The Big Bur Oak

A couple weeks ago, I was daring and parked along Route 6 to paint this grand old Bur Oak. Ok – not super daring – I pulled off on a wide gravel shoulder. But – my first roadside painting. I had a gentleman stop and ask me directions (no interest in what I was doing) and…

Oval Beach [plein air] , ©2014 Maggie Capettini, 9x12 oil on archival cotton panel - Private collection

Oval Beach

This is my final painting from my morning at Oval Beach in Saugatuck. For this trip, I forgot to pack a paintbrush, so the painting was done en plein air, entirely with knives. It was a last-minute decision to do this painting – glad I did! It may be my favorite of the day.


Study – The Other Side of the Dune

This little 5×7 was my warm-up for a morning of painting at Oval Beach in Saugatuck, MI. I found myself without any paintbrushes, so this is done all with painting knives. I really liked all the different greens and the hazy mist of sunrise from the top of the dune. This one may become a…

Dune Top, ©2014 Maggie Capettini, 11x14 oil on archival cotton panel | $160

Dune Top

  For my second day of plein air painting in Michigan, I headed to Oval Beach in Saugatuck. The kids did some dune climbing while I worked on this one. I forgot one essential thing when packing my painting bag before leaving home…a paintbrush! I brought not one single solitary paint brush to one of…

Summer Winds at North Beach [plein air] , ©2014 Maggie Capettini, 8x10 oil on gessoed hardboard | $115

Summer Winds at North Beach

My trip to Michigan this year was different than the last few. Summer wasn’t quite as hot as usual. We’ve been lucky with very beach-y weather the last few years. This year, the water surface temps the first few days were in the mid 50s. Brrr! That makes my skin hurt upon leaving the water…

Hadley Wildflowers [plein air] , ©2014 Maggie Capettini, 7x5 oil on gessoed hardboard | $60

Hadley Wildflowers

After painting Summer Evening with Queen Anne, I went in search of a particular Coneflower I had seen on my hike into Hadley Valley. I really wanted to do a painting focusing on the Coneflower with other wildflowers surrounding it. I included the Clover, Bee Balm, and some pretty yellow flowers, along with a variety…

Summer Evening with Queen Anne [plein air] , ©2014 Maggie Capettini, 8x10 oil on gessoed hardboard | Collection the artist

Summer Evening with Queen Anne

I went for a late afternoon painting session at Hadley Valley in late July. The wildflowers are out and just so pretty. The Queen Anne’s Lace are particularly eye-catching in the late afternoon, their white faces catching the last bits of sun. I did a bit of blocking in with a brush, and the rest…