Paint Out at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Trees by the Shore, watercolor on 5 x 7 hot press paper.

I spent the day at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House painting en plein aire. This is a juried show. The Reception is tonight. I painted two pieces in watercolor. The first, above, is of two trees on the shore of Lake St Clair. It was morning, and fishermen were out in their boats. My second piece was of the statue of Edsel and Eleanor. I painted it to look like they came alive.

Edsel and Eleanor, watercolor on 9 x 12 140 lb paper
Statue of Edsel and Eleanor on the Ford House grounds.

It was a very enjoyable day! Wish me luck!

Honorable Mention received

Humming Birds, by June Nash
11”x16” on Arches 140lb hot press.

I painted this watercolor in January. This was at the start of my zoom, in-home, studio gatherings. We wanted to paint hummingbirds. It took me a while to complete. First I painted the two birds, but they were just two birds on a page. So I painted a vine to help join them together. I joined a watercolor mentors page on Facebook and received a lot of great ideas on how to make this painting look finished. Everyone said that the background flower in the center was too dark. I needed to lighten it up, but I just couldn’t get it to look right. Finally I painted over that one flower with white acrylic paint, which allowed me to redo it in a lighter shade of watercolor. All of my hard work paid off, because I received an honorable mention at the spring show. I am really happy with how the painting turned out, and thrilled to have received this recognition!


Ballerinas. Arches 9” x 12” 140lb cold press, by June Nash

I get together virtually with a group of artists twice a week. I love our virtual painting sessions. We interact, share ideas and create. It is normally themed, and this week the theme was ballerinas.

I struggled at first as I tried sketching. I kept erasing and was getting frustrated. Then I decided to put the paint down first and started wiping away the paint to form my figures. I had fun with it and am happy with my results.

I am back to updating my blog!

Sorry to have been away so long, but I am back. My absence from this page doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I have been making pottery at the Anton Art Center, Painting Watercolors through Zoom with the Lakeside Palette Club, and always Urban Sketching.

Butterfly by June Nash from photo taken by Wendy Kohlmann. Watercolor on 5″ x 7″ hot press paper.

I painted this butterfly during a Zoom Paint-Along with Lakeside Palette Club Members. Wendy Kohlmann allowed us to work off some of her photos. I chose this one. We get together every 2 weeks and paint in the comfort of our own home studios, connecting online through Zoom. It is a lot of fun, and I find that I am more productive when painting with friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tom the Turkey has been through a lot! After his creation he lost his base, some toes, and even his tail fell off. I was able to patch him up for the big day with help from super glue, Elmer’s glue and a little bit more clay. He is now coated with a clear coat finish and ready to stand out as the center piece he was meant to be.