Fall Approaches

Today, despite morning and afternoon thunderstorms, I was able to get out and paint at Dean Nature Sanctuary. The last few weeks have felt like summer, but today was a lot like fall. We still have some 80s predicted in the week ahead, but…fall approaches.  Advertisements

My Very First Award

The judged exhibit for the month of September at La Grange Art League Gallery is “Life in the Heartland.” I entered the little painting above, along with one other. I was so excited to receive the news that “The Way to the Cave” was awarded third place. This exhibit is in honor of Ed Shaver,…

Pond and Prairie

Fall leaves me with some more free time than summer, so I’m planning to get outside and paint once a week. Last week I painted at a small nature preserve that had a beautiful prairie and pond. I’m trying to work with knives more…and learning what I can achieve visually with them. Click the image…

Exhibition Closing

Today I took down my West Chicago / Meeting Place exhibit at Gallery 200 in West Chicago. The paintings were up for a month, but their stories will last much longer than that. As I completed paintings, I shared them on a Facebook group of current and former West Chicago residents. I received a lot…

Ogunquit, Maine – Plein Air

I could have painted in Ogunquit for days and days and days. Too bad for me, I was only there for 3 days – but I managed to paint FOUR plein air paintings. That tells you something! I did only one with brushes (Skipping Rocks) – the other four were all done with a single…

Long Beach Island Plein Air

One of my stops for summer vacation was Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, NJ. I spent my time at the beach relaxing (not painting), but I did a couple of plein air paintings in the early morning hours before we rolled out to the beach. Click each image to see the paintings in my…

Artist-in-Residence

This article was originally published in my studio newsletter. To subscribe, click here. This year, I will be the Albright-Inspired Artist-in-Residence at the Warrenville Historical Museum in Warrenville, Illinois. In 1924, Adam Emory Albright (1897-1983) acquired a vacant church building on Second Street in Warrenville. He and his twin sons, Ivan and Malvin, did their…