- taken outdoors
- flash off while taking your photo
- camera set to the highest resolution
- nice balance of dark and light areas (optional but nice to have)
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
18" x 24"
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
Here's one in progress. I'll try to work at least one hour every night this week until it's finished. This is the beginning section of Dune Ridge Trail.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
I have just finished my stay as an artist in residence at Indiana Dunes National Park. Here are three finished paintings from my trip and I have plenty more in progress. The chick coop painting is now part of the National Park Collection.
This was an opportunity of a lifetime. The park and trails are something that I’ve never experienced before and being an artist there with my tools was a blessing. My art is very much intertwined with my faith in God so each day when I did my work it was in the light of His presence. I’m still growing and learning as an artist and painter. In other words, I’m a work in progress in both my faith and my art.
I want to say thank you to Jeff, Stephanie, Tommy, Sarah and Robin. These people really made my stay perfect. Jeff Mazurek is the park ranger who is in charge of this A.I.R program, Stephanie, his wife does the housing. Jeff gave me an excellent tour of the park. Tommy and Sarah were my housemates during this stay. Tommy works in maintenance at the park and Sarah is in charge of the volunteer programs. It was great getting to know them and I learned a thing or two about park life. Robin has a lovely Airbnb in Ste. Genevieve, the town where I stopped on my way to the park from Mississippi. I enjoyed visiting with her at the lake and the tour of beautiful St. Genevieve. It's truly a hidden gem. This Mississippi girl says thank y'all for your hospitality!
Jeff said something to me during the tour that stuck with me and that was "paint what inspires you". I’ve learned that makes for the best work. Paint from your heart, not your head. There were so many trails to hike and beaches to explore. There were bird-watching platforms and rivers to canoe. There was so much to take in and enjoy and I did.
I set up my easel throughout the park to do plein air painting. The Chelberg Farm inspired me the most.
Not that a ramble afield makes everything
okay, just like that. But going out alert
and open causes some chamber of the heart
that has temporarily drained to pump
again. You can remember that you can
harbor loss, hold tight to sorrow, and honor
grief, while still rejoicing in the rich gifts of
the earth… and in a world deeply flawed…
this is no small potatoes.
Robert M Pyle Orion, March/April 2005
Here are some of my takeaways for artists that participate in this program:
- Paint with a fan brush. This works great at getting the grasses.
- Wear insect repellent every day before your leave
- Bring water on your hikes (obviously but I forgot when I hiked on Cowles Bog Trail)
- Take your dinner to Lakeside Pavilion and eat it while you enjoy the sunset (you really can see the Chicago skyline across the lake)
- Visit the local art store, Firme Art, on highway 12, and buy something to support this awesome art store #buylocalthinkglobal
He wanted me to sit in it so he could get my picture. This was taken at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.
Robin's gazebo & lake
I recommend her place if you visit Ste. Genevieve. She took me on a tour of the countryside and showed me some of the oldest French homes from the 1750s. Thank you, Robin!
Head over here to check it out: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25071465?source_impression_id=p3_1631369733_3NnyaWKqQUmdMmGV
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
Sunday, June 27, 2021
6" x 6"
Natchez Trace along the Banks of the Ross Barnett Reservoir
Here are a few of my most recent paintings. I've been working outside (plein air) a little more too. I'm getting ready for my artist residency trip to Indiana Dunes National Park In September.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
I wanted to share a few pictures of some pet portraits I've painted in the past. Please reach out to me with any questions and contact m...
Dune Ridge Trail 18" x 24" Oil on Canvas Here's a painting from my recent trip. I've posted a few of the "In progress...
Chicken Coop at Chellberg Farm The Barn on Chellberg Farm The Cows at Chellberg Farm I have just finished my stay as an artist in residence ...