Category Archives: En Plein Aire

Painting the Prairie

I’m not a plein aire painter, as you probably know if you’ve read this blog for a while. That fact didn’t stop me, though, from joining fellow artists from the area in the recent “Paint the Prairie” event at nearby

Painting the Prairie

I’m not a plein aire painter, as you probably know if you’ve read this blog for a while. That fact didn’t stop me, though, from joining fellow artists from the area in the recent “Paint the Prairie” event at nearby

Fast and Furious

Our midwestern weather is finally warming up. As I write this — on May Day — it’s close to eighty degrees outside, which for those of you who don’t use Fahrenheit is about 27 degrees Celsius. Either way you go,

Fast and Furious

Our midwestern weather is finally warming up. As I write this — on May Day — it’s close to eighty degrees outside, which for those of you who don’t use Fahrenheit is about 27 degrees Celsius. Either way you go,

Nature Sketching

Early this morning I drove to our City Park, one of my favorite places for hiking, sketching, and just communing with nature. There are several different shelter houses, some which have hiking trails leading from them into the woods; others

Nature Sketching

Early this morning I drove to our City Park, one of my favorite places for hiking, sketching, and just communing with nature. There are several different shelter houses, some which have hiking trails leading from them into the woods; others

This Is Why I Don’t Do Plein Air

One thing that would help me in my art is plein air painting. It’s been suggested to me many times, and the art groups I belong to occasionally hold plein air sessions. I conveniently manage to be busy on those days

This Is Why I Don’t Do Plein Air

One thing that would help me in my art is plein air painting. It’s been suggested to me many times, and the art groups I belong to occasionally hold plein air sessions. I conveniently manage to be busy on those days

Summer Leaves

As an artist who is still working to learn basic oil painting skills, nothing pleases me more than coming away from a painting session with something I actually like. I smile when I see this Summer Leaves painting: This is a

Summer Leaves

As an artist who is still working to learn basic oil painting skills, nothing pleases me more than coming away from a painting session with something I actually like. I smile when I see this Summer Leaves painting: This is a

This Is What an Artist Does

Yesterday morning marked another step on my journey as an artist. I took my portable easel, put my oil paints and other supplies in plastic bags, grabbed a canvas panel and headed out the door en route to my first

This Is What an Artist Does

Yesterday morning marked another step on my journey as an artist. I took my portable easel, put my oil paints and other supplies in plastic bags, grabbed a canvas panel and headed out the door en route to my first