Spring is FINALLY here! It is my favorite time of year, there are so many nice days ahead of us!
I am getting ready for a workshop at my farm in June.
Painting outdoors is a great and worthwhile activity. There are so many reasons that artists love to work directly from nature, en plein air. Nothing beats setting up your easel in front of nature, mixing colors on your palette and working on a canvas. The birds sing to you while you mix and paint the vivid colors of the landscape. As you make brushstrokes on your canvas the country air refreshes you, and at some point you realize that you are truly living in the moment.
I teach classes that will give you the skills that you need to confidently get outdoors and paint. I have worked with so many amazing students over the years, and have seen them create striking paintings. I have had people come to my chicken coop studio who have not painted since their school days, that left with tears of joy because they never thought that they could paint. It just took a class to show them that they could. I want you to succeed. I have put together a curriculum that shows you what you need to pay attention to, and allows you to forget about everything else and immerse yourself in your artwork.
My workshops are perfect for the absolute beginner, who wants to try out plein air painting for the first time because the concepts are easy to grasp. The classes are also perfect for advanced painters, because the concepts can be infinitely built upon. If you are an beginner, and do not have supplies, I am offering a supplies package to use one of my easels and all the supplies you need for the weekend class for only $25. This is a great opportunity to give it a try!
I want to check in, about some calendar dates, with those of you who are thinking about taking a class. If you have any interest in taking one of my workshops, at my farm in Rock Springs, could you please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with which weekend works for your schedule?
June 15 and 16
June 22 and 23
I will also be teaching classes at the Peninsula School of Art. These dates are set, and the June 3 and 4 class is FULL.
September 13, 14
Thank you for allowing me to share my paintings and my classes with you. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
I got a new camera, and used it to shoot images of a bunch of new work that I created over the winter. Some of them were created in the studio, but most of them were painted directly from nature.
One challenge that I had this winter, was not being able to use my umbrella. The umbrella that I use has to stake into the ground, and because the ground was frozen, I couldn't use it. In the past couple of weeks, we have had too much wind to paint with an umbrella, so I still have not had a chance to use it.
The best days are yet to come. Spring is always my favorite time to paint. If you are interested in any of the work posted, would like to see more images of a certain peice, please email me at email@example.com The prices that are shown include framing and shipping.
Thanks for checking in with me!
P.S. The settings that I used to get a good exposure for these shots were ISO 100, APERTURE at f/8 and compensating for shutter. I had the paintings on an easel, and the camera on a tripod. It was a sunny day, and the paintings and the camera were both in the shade when I took the shots.
The photographs were then cropped and color corrected in photoshop, but they needed very little color correcting with those camera settings. When I zoom in on the images, I can see individual brushwork. It's been a journey to learn how to get good photo's of paintings, but this seems to work for me.
|Winter Forrest 16x20" $500|
|Autumn Bales - 11x14" $350|
|Door County Farm - 24x30" $800|
|Early Winter Sunset 9x12" $200|
|The First Day of Spring 12x16" $400|
|Winter Hoarfrost 5x7" Sold|
|Winter Morning 6x9" $125|
|The Last Day of Winter 12x16" Sold|
|Doty Street 20x24" Sold|
|Winter Farm 9x12" $200|
|Springtime in the Studio - 14x18" Sold|
|Sunflower Still Life - Pastel - 24x18" $550|
|Sunflower Still Life - oil - 24x20" $700|
|Oranges - 24x18" $600|
|Devils Lake Studebaker 9x12" $200|
|Winter Bales 9x12" - $200|
|Winter Farm 9x12" - $200|
|Schneider Road Moonrise 9x12" - $200|
|The Neighbors Place 9x12" $200|
|Hoarfrost - 9x12" $200|
|Hoarfrost Effect 9x12" - $200|
|Winter in the Spring Green Hills 9x12" - $200|
|Dark Skies 9x12" - $200|
|Dusk 9x12" - $200|
|Snowpile 9x12" $200|
|Sunset over the Eagles Nest 9x12" - $200|
|February Sunset 11x14" - $300|
|Dusk in February 11x14" - $300|
|The Neighbor's Tractor 9x12" - $200|
|Tractor Shadows 9x12" - $200|
|Winter Woods 9x12" - $200|
|Winter Forrest 12x12" - Sold|
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
In my last post, I was getting ready for a flood. The water did get high, but my house or my studio did not flood. I am feeling fortunate, but I know that some other people's homes probably did flood, and I also know that flooding on the Baraboo river is just the way that it is now.
I have been filming my experiences painting over the past couple of weeks. I'm putting the video's up on youtube. Here is one of the first, I'm looking forward to some nice painting weather to film my video's because this day was cold and windy. The light was nice though.