A landscape oil painting at Kentucky's Shaker Village. I was captivated by the morning sun shadow on the side of this stone meeting place on the far west side of the historic village.
In the far left is a red barn where the horses and stable are located.
Wednesday was the first paint out of the year with Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass, one of two plein air groups I have now joined.
I had to overcome fear of painting in public and then doing so with outstanding professional artists with their own studios. I was pleasantly surprised with how encouraging and inspiring other artists are. I think they understand the constant struggle and problem-solving of creating art.
We all are at different levels of experience and ability, but the quest for perfection always seems just out of reach. I believe that is the secret of why artists are a happy, encouraging, persistent, helpful lot. We're all struggling together.
Daffodils and a plein air study bloomed on first day of spring. Four-minute video shows the prep, practice, scrape out and try again. Plus, a sneak preview of the next painting in progress.
Kentucky pastures and horse farms display the purple of lavender fields of France. Henbit, a weed, is among the earliest and most colorful of blooms in early March.
This video is more detailed than usual (16 minutes), capturing the process of painting with water mixable oils. I provide live commentary as I paint, correct, change, and explain my goals of composition, values, and focal point.
How I spent my first day of retirement. The brick silo of a Shelbyville, Kentucky farm caught my eye. The farm is across the street from Cracker Barrel and under threat by encroaching development. The video shows the entire painting with a palette knife in under four minutes.
This short video covers sketches, small oil studies and photos I have taken to plan for my next large work. I would love your vote and why one of these would be your favorite.
Never give up as an improving artist. It took three tries to get this oil portrait right of granddaughter Starlight. The video demonstrates the success along with the failures. The lesson for those who wish to dabble in art -- release the inner child and get rid of the inner critic.
Fifteen-minute sketches in gouache help me work on compositions and see if I have something worthy of a future painting. Day 2 of my retirement and transition to full-time artist. Celebrating second chances.