Category Archives: My backyard

No Snow

It was snowing last night. When I went to bed we already had a couple of inches on the ground. I got up early today to go out and paint it, but it had all melted. With no snow to … Continue reading

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Firewood

This is a sketch in my sketchbook I did today. I liked the fun shapes and contrast of warm circles with the cool bark. I would’ve liked to have added more texture to the bark.

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30-Day Challenge

Twice a year an easel company sponsors a contest. The challenge is to paint something from life every day of the month and post it to social media. At the end of the month they randomly choose a few people … Continue reading

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Cloudy Sketches

I was heading out the door this morning to run errands and noticed the cloudy sky. It reminded me of Winslow Homer and was too interesting so I went back inside and got my paints. The grocery store could wait. … Continue reading

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Days Ends

I don’t usually like painting midday but once school starts that will be the bulk of my painting time. Generally I like morning light and evening light is good too, but I have fewer opportunities for evenings unless my wife … Continue reading

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Nessie

I’m still trying to do more studio paintings. Here’s another one done from sketches. It hasn’t really satisfied the idea I was after. I may try another version. Nessie, watercolor, 11×15″  And here are a couple of oil sketches on paper … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable

I’ve been working outside my comfort zone to try to learn some new methods and techniques. I haven’t exactly been enjoying it, but hopefully I’m learning some things. Outside My Comfort Zone, watercolor, about 15×11″ I finished this before lunch … Continue reading

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Garage Fix

Today I tried to fix this plein air watercolor. I wanted to change the light from overcast to sunny. I tried lifting the sunlit area on the driveway and it didn’t really lift very well. I tried sanding it. Didn’t work. … Continue reading

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Hostas

I tried painting hostas in my garden this morning unsure if it was a subject I’d be able to handle as a plein air painting.

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Pinwheel

A pinwheel in my pumpkin patch this morning.

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