I'm a full-time oil painter living in the North Bay. Can be painting vineyards in Napa within 30 minutes of leaving my home or paint within walking distance of where I live on Mare Island. Impressionist Plein Air painting is my passion.
Andrew Wyeth is a famous American artist of the 20th century. One of his most famous paintings is called Christina's World. Mr. Wyeth had a summer home in
Cushing, Maine. When in town, he often visited the Olson family and
sketched and painted many of the family members and their property.
Christina Olsen suffered from polio. While visiting the historical home
from the 1700's during my recent paint trip to Maine, I captured this
scene (Christina's Window, 14 x 11) of the chairs Christina would sit at as she viewed the world
through the kitchen window.
Framing is an essential part of presenting professional fine art to
the world. Questions arise about how ornate to go, how thick of a border
and whether to use a gold, brown or black frame. Frames are personal so
I don't take offense if a collector wants a different frame that what I
originally put on the art work. However, I do try to use what shows the
piece in the best light. I need your help with this 20 x 16 oil
painting of a horse at the Santa Barbara Mission. I put it in both a
black and brown frame. I know which one I'm leaning toward using. I'm
interested to know which frame you think works best with this painting.
If you are in the San Francisco area, a trip to the Legion of Honor
before August 3, 2014 is a must. The Intimate Impressionism exhibit is
worth your time. A wide selection of well-known Impressionist painters
are included. My favorite was Mound of Butter by Antoine Vollon.
California Coast, 20 x 24 oil painting of Laguna Beach, was selected into the 15th Annual American Impressionist Society
(AIS) Exhibition. The opening reception is October 2 at Abend Gallery
in Denver, Colorado. There were over 1,300 entries and only 165
paintings were accepted into the show. I feel honored to be included
again this year.
The Winter months can seem long and discouraging to an artist that likes to paint outdoors. We find ourselves wondering if Spring will ever come. When I become lethargic and unmotivated to be creative, I head to the beach. Even in Winter, it lifts my spirits. This has increased my creative energy. What do you do as a plein air painter to get through Winter?