After loosing my Studio Dog, with my broken heart, it was SO hard to get back into the swing of things, to get back to any easel (plein air or studio). So, after a few weeks, we went camping. We took our new puppy and what fun we had! For a short while, we rented a pontoon. We packed Dennis's fishing gear and my plein air gear. Boat loaded and ready, I thought, "it's now or never! I've GOT to get back to painting!"...............We trolled around the north east corner of Indian Lake, looking for just the right spot to drop anchor. Dennis came upon this quiet little area, full of lily pads. The sky was a gentle blue with huge white billowy clouds. The pontoon had a nice cover, so I settled in and painted for about an hour. My heart heavy with grief over loosing my 14 year companion, I painted ever so slowly. But, as time went on, I began to get my muse back! I was painting!! And I was enjoying it, broken hearted or not....I WAS painting again! Dennis threw in his line and waited. He looked so peaceful, just sitting and waiting. HOWEVER! ............Unbeknownst to us, even though we had the anchor down, we drifted. Slowly, ever so slowly, we drifted into edges of the the crop of lily pads! Oops! I quickly put lids on medium and turpentine, held tightly to the tri-pod, and Dennis gunned the engine. The props ripped through a few plants, but not enough to cause too much damage to this lovely area. We only dragged a few plants for a little while as we pulled away. Whew! My painting was nearly done. We settled in again. I painted, and Dennis fished a bit longer. We brought home no fish on this little outing, just a canvas with a beautiful sky and A Few Lily Pads! To see this larger, please click here.
I love early mornings on the marshes of the southeast coast of our beautiful country: bird songs, breezes, and fresh scents in the air!
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As the rain steadily fell on rooftops, onto the palm branches and pine needles, and into cool waters of the pool below; I stood on the balcony in Hilton Head, and mixed various greys to match the grey patterns before me. Crows, blackbirds, and ravens often get a bad rap, but these two traditionally are symbolic for joy. And, it was joyful, during my week on the island, to listen to them sing and watch them playfully glide through the air, as they seemed to be playing tag with one another. In the midst of rain and crows who have a "bad" reputation, I took pleasure and joy in listening and looking for the good in this otherwise, "could-have-been," drab day. Praise the Lord at all times. The Joy of the Lord is my strength. Not for sale, but prints can be purchased here.
To the symphony of beach sounds, I painted.
Waves coming in softly,
Lapping at the shore,
Dogs running playfully up and down the beach,
Sea gulls singing
Their way over the incoming waters,
Curious visitors standing quietly nearby,
Offering their words of encouragement.
Whew! This storm was strong and fast. I barely had time to paint. No fish were caught on this trip! TO SEE LARGER, CLICK HERE.
The winds were strong today on Indian Lake. The easel even blew over! Everything went flying!
Business cards scattered in the wind, the water to clean the brushes totally dumped out, and the easel parts were a little skewed (not bent, not broken, just a little out of place). The Ampersand panel was covered in mud, but I was undaunted. With the help of loved ones (our son and daughter-in-law accompanied us today!) "Father's Day" celebration), we picked it all up, wiped off the panel, and started painting! In the photo below, you can see my sweetheart fishing and my easel (just before that strong wind dumped it all over!) Even though the waters churned with pontoons, speed boats and ski-dos; Dennis still caught catfish today! Yum!
The rain was falling this morning, when Dennis and I drove to Indian Lake; he with his fishing rod, and myself with my pleinair easel. By 11:30, the sun came out and the lake mirrored the beautiful blue sky. Just a perfect, perfect day! Blackhawk channel is a favorite spot both for fishing and for painting. Dennis caught bluegill this time (last time it was catfish), while I painted the lovely reflections of the sky. I particuarly loved adding the little specks of orangish yellow on the far left top of the painting. That's where the waterlily leaves were turned up and reflecting the sunshine, too!
Bluegill on the chopping block!.........Aren't his colors gorgeous!!
It was Father's Day. We're home now, Dennis has cleaned the fish (I can't wait! Yum!), and he's resting with a good book, while I'm posting this blog. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ZOOM VIEW.
West Winds over the lake were fierce (Indian Lake, Ohio), as we each got our "sea legs" back. For Dennis, this meant fishing, and for Donna, my beloved plein air painting (which has been scarce). He and I have had a very, very "long, long" year of 1) health issues: appendicitis (Dennis), then myself (shingles, followed by an intense allergy attack and sinus infection), and 2) previous commitments and daily responsibilities: Dennis's full time job at the base coupled with full time work at home (keeping up an acre of land, with its weeds and gardening, keeping three cars running, helping Brian with plumbing, and our own plumbing....the list goes on and on); and my two classes at Wittenberg, one of which was highly intense (a semester load in 3 weeks). Yearly, I do home-school assessments and must stay licensed to do that. Whew! We truly needed this day off. We truly had our own West Wind of a year. Take a look below at a photo of Dennis's grin (tells all). Typically, when fishing, he catches one or none. Wow! Were we blessed. He caught 8 catfish in one hour. Dinner! Although we technically "skipped church," the entire day felt like Jesus was saying, "Good job, kids. You've had a long, long year." Grace, not law. TOO SEE LARGER VERSION OF West Wind, please click here.
The flowering trees in the field across the road were in beautiful bloom last week. Soft, gentle breezes send their sweet scents across to me as I gazed beyond the fence line. Click Here for a larger version. Click Here for the Auction.
The gently rolling waves of The Little Miami River literally sang to us, as Michelle and I painted on the banks. Oh, what a marvelous experience! Ohio IS so beautiful!
"Nestled in" is a larger version of "A Bird's Paradise," (below). "Nestled in" was painted as a gift for Donna and Tom Wyatt who so graciously hosted us as I painted at Lake Waynoka. "A Bird's Paradise" was painted quickly and on location [Donna and Tom's backyard at Lake Waynoka], while "Nestled in" was painted in the studio, from photo references as well as from the original plein air painting, "A Bird's Paradise." Pleinair painting captures colors and lighting conditions that many times are difficult to discern in photographs. Often, pleinair works end up being stand-alone paintings with merits of their own; however, many pleinair paintings are actually preliminary "notes" for the artist. I like my first attempt, but prefer the studio version in this instance. What do you think?
"Nestled in," although in a private collection, is available as prints. To order prints, please click here.
Dennis worked on the deck. We are nearing the finish line! Below, you can see some of his hard work and the view I will be painting "from the deck."
Don't forget, .............take a look at the student's work this week!!
"Morning Light on Lake Waynoka" SOLD at the 2011 Lake Waynoka Art Festival (Auction & Sale). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with a dear couple who live at the lake. What a gorgeous gated community this is! Thank you, Lake Waynoka, for having the Ohio Plein Air Society for a weekend of painting and fun! Although this painting is sold, nice prints and/or notecards can be ordered from Fine Art America. Click Here to see how nice the prints look and/or to order.
Dolls, Dolls, Dolls!!
Karen, Karen, and I had such a fun time with our "Little Miss Revlon" dolls (from the 1950's). Little Miss Revlon dolls were made just before the Barbie craze. Google it! Really interesting. Rare dolls!
Another painting from Lakeside! In the background is the Pavilion and the boardwalk out over Lake Erie. To see more about this painting, please click here.
AUCTION of TRICKLES FROM HEAVEN (above) ends in just a few hours!!! CLICK HERE TO BID.
THE WEDDING! THE BABPIPES!
Click below to hear the bagpipes! (and to see a video of the wedding)
Brian and Daisy had the most beautiful wedding and the bagpiper was one of many special touches! Enjoy!
Paintings that sold in the last few weeks:
"Treasure Island," oil on canvas panel, was painted at Treasure Island Park in Troy, Ohio. The sun was just beginning it's descent, and the clouds were quickly darkening, so I was painting rather quickly! A lovely little park on the Great Miami River in Troy, Treasure Island Park offers a gentle view of the bridge and the courthouse tower. For more information and to see a larger version of this painting, please click here.
THERE ARE MULTIPLE IMAGES APPEARING IN TODAY'S MARIAN PAINTING.........
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The surface of TREASURE ISLAND is slightly textured, and is painted in oils on a rigid canvas panel (not stretched canvas). However, my favorite support (and now Dennis's favorite as well) is made by a company called Ampersand. These panels are made of masonite and are therefore absolutely rigid. They are treated with several coats of gesso, then sanded several times to create a very smooth surface. I enjoy the "bounce" that comes with "stretched" canvas; but having had one of my paintings succumb to a hole being poked through it, I quickly switched to a harder surface: Ampersand. For other surfaces, see this video by Justin Clayton discussing painting supports.
"At the Feet of Jesus"
© Donna Pierce-Clark
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