Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Take Flight

I have been having fun painting planes this year.
I tried to stay loose with this Fairchild 22.
It is more about the feeling of flight than an airplane illustration.

Take Flight
10" x 20" oil on panel

Now it has flown off to be framed
 by Ken at Burns Gallery and Tea Emporium
 in Bonaparte, Iowa.

I will be including this and other paintings
 in a group show with my painting buddies
 Carlene Dingman Atwater and Gin Lammert 
at the gallery in June.

This painting was inspired by yet another photo 
in Eric Presten's book Vintage Flyers.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Visit to Monet's Garden

I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago
 and made another visit to Giverney to see Monet's Garden.

The cherries were in bloom in front of Monet's iconic pink and green house.

I walked to the other side of the garden
 and sat for a while on a bench near the pond.

My sister Mary was with me.
She sat alongside me and read while I did a little painted sketch.

Here is the sepia drawing I did with my new waterproof sepia sharpie.
Thanks Dawn, for the gift of the soon to be discontinued color!

Here is my finished sketch.
Well it's not mine anymore, I gave it to Mary as a keepsake of an absolutely perfect day.
It was all too short a visit as always.

I took lots of photos so I hope to do a few more paintings
in the coming months.