"Sunset Over Eagle Lake" 8X10 $350 Gold wood frame.
I have been enjoying painting a series of Cadillac Mountain paintings at sunset. The clouds and colors are amazing. I was trying to capture a Spring feeling and I think I succeeded. I used many photos to paint this scene. I am looking forward to the weather clearing up. The sun has not been out for many days. It has been raining too. I can paint in very cold conditions but painting in the rain is not as easy.
I am always drawing my golden retrievers late at night. They are nice looking dogs. Very cute when they are sleeping. I know they will not be around forever, so my sketches will be good memories of them someday. Here are three of my better sketches of Duke.
I have been reading "American Wilderness" by Barbara Babcock Millhouse. The artist Durand was doing poorly with his portraits. His friend Cole told him to try plein aire painting! "I am sorry that you are at times so depressed in spirits; you must come and live in the country. Nature is a sovereign remedy. You sit, I know you do, day after day, in a close, air-tight room, toiling, stagnating, and breeding dissatisfaction at all you do." Cole's solution was: "IF you had the untainted breeze to breathe, your body would be invigorated, your spirits buoyant, and your pictures would charm even you." So Durand did go to the country with Cole. Durand began sending paintings of landscapes to the National Academy exhibitions. His landscapes quickly sold. Durand gave up portraiture! He announced, "I leave the human trunk and turn to the trunk of trees!"
I do find plein aire exciting and healthy! Nature is a sovereign remedy!
I saw the woodchuck again in my neighbors yard. The crow was bullying the woodchuck!
I sold another painting this weekend. The lady purchased the painting for a gift for Mother's day! What a great idea. I love the idea of supporting a woman artist for her Mom's present! Excellent!