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!

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.

Urban Sketching at the SCS Farmer’s Market

It was a beautiful morning at the Farmer’s Market in St Clair Shores. After a few warm up sketches, I settled on the petting zoo for my final watercolor on 9 x 12 inch watercolor paper.

I set up my chair on the far corner of the pen, where I thought I’d be out of the way of the crowds. These goats, and a few sheep, decided I was a curiosity. Goats come, people follow. The kids feed the kids and I have my choice of subjects as children, adults and animals move about in front of me.