Glory In the Morning [plein air] ©2015 Maggie Capettini 9x12 oil on linen | Available

Glory in the Morning

On my last day painting in Naperville’s historic district last month, I searched for one final spot to set up. I almost forgot about the First Congregational United Church of Christ at Benton and Center. I’d been near there a couple of times and admired the church’s design as well as the way the light played…

Italian American [plein air] ©2015 Maggie Capettini 9x12 oil on linen panel | Available

Italian American

Last month, I had some time to myself. I spent it walking around the historic district of Naperville, seeking out subjects for architecture paintings. My plein air paintings to date are mostly landscapes, and I have wanted to try my hand at painting buildings for some time. My first attempt was “okay” – not terrible…

One Plus One Equals Four ©2015 maggie capettini, 9x12 oil on panel | Private collection

One Plus One Equals Four

This painting represents two people starting a life together and, over time, their family growing from two to four. I painted this in a friend’s back yard. How lucky are they to have this gorgeous view?! Wherever this family goes, they now have a reminder of the view and of the time they spent growing…

Gracie, ©2015 Maggie Capettini 10x10 oil on linen panel | private collection

Gracie – A Portrait of a Dog

For Gracie, I strayed away from my usual split-primary palette. Instead, I used Prussian blue, Burnt Umber, Terra Rosa, Naples yellow, and Titanium white. Working from a photograph, I did a drawing with thinned Burnt Umber. Then, I blocked in the darks and built up to lights. The eye was tricky to get for this…

Fall in the Porkies ©2015 Maggie Capettini 9x12 studio oil on archival cotton canvas panel

Fall in the Porkies

The Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a place I have never been, but I hope to someday go. This photo was taken there in the fall some years ago.