9″ x 12″ oil study
a pair of Sandhill cranes at Volo Bog (not far from Chicago).
Sailing Close to Shore
sometimes I don’t feel like using color
used — Gamblin Portland Grey (light, medium and dark) and Chromatic Black
White herons fly among old oaks.
Wetland area where I like to hike. I combined palette knife strokes with some brushwork.
9″ x 12″
Abstracted scene of a threatenening sky at sunset over a meadow with trees in the distance.
Looks a bit like rain is coming.
a palette knife painting, 9″ x 12″
9″ x 12″ oil on canvas
9″ x 12″ oil on canvas
A bright meadow and the edge of a forest. 9″ x 12″
9″ x 12″ study… A quiet place with many fallen dead trees in the water.
Often, I see Great Blue Herons standing in the debris, perfectly camouflaged, waiting to catch a meal. Also, white egrets and woodpeckers come here, and turtles sun themselves on top of the logs.
I left out a lot of details… the abstraction of the place was more important to me.
oil study 9″ x 12″ Limited palette using cad. yellow light, cad. red light, quinacridone magenta, ultramarine blue, phthalo green, Portland grey (light, medium and dark) and chromatic black.
This is basically the Kevin Macpherson palette (except I’ve subbed the quin. mag. for aliz. crimson).
started using new limited color palette today…
A small oil study. The canvas was “toned” a light peach color before starting the painting…
so that color is showing through a bit throughout.
inspired by this photo
One of my very favorite places to go hiking– (Middlefork Savanna, Lake Forest, IL)
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view from Northwestern University looking south. Chicago skyline in distance.
another view looking south toward Chicago from NU.
looking East over Lake Michigan from NU campus. Ah! peace and quiet! An absolutely perfect evening.
I may take up some plein air painting this summer! I can’t get enough of this view in summer.
11″ x 14″ ” ‘Blue’ Lab”
11″ x 14″ “Got Carrots?”
This is a small quick oil sketch I did some time ago. I’m thinking a big canvas with many repeating bird shapes might be fun…a migration theme.
That reminds me, a few winters ago, I was fortunate to travel to New Mexico to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. My husband and I witnessed thousands of migrating sandhill cranes, Arctic geese and other birds. The birds travel here and stay through the winter. When they come in to land or take off–huge numbers of them all at once–the sight is awesome. This is a magnificent place to visit if you are a nature lover.