Wednesday, December 29, 2010
It took a little trudging through the snow to get to this tree, but I was interested in it. I like the twisty trunk, the reaching branches, and the way the winter sun illuminates the scene. And I think the name fits it just right! 9x12 Pastel on Wallis paper.
Monday, December 20, 2010
There was a slide of this scene in my stash of reference materials for many years. Barns always interest me, and the corn stalks peeking through the snow kept the scene feeling warm. But could I pull off the rolling field and the kiss of frost on the trees? I started with a 6x8 inch study. That worked, so I then went for 9x18, on the large size for me. The snow is multicolored, and there are touches of red to keep it lively. Enjoy. Pastel.
Friday, December 10, 2010
These trees are in my neighbor's front yard, and I get to see them every day. They have grown so much since we moved into our house. They change with the time of day, the light, and the seasons. Here they are in their winter finery.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
It is sometimes unfortunate when beautiful old buildings are demolished before their time. Such was the fate of the Lyceum Theater in Duluth, MN. Parts of the building live on in a beautiful local garden. I was fortunate to be able to paint in the garden and included some of the stonework from the "Lyceum" name in the finished paintings. These paintings were recently rediscovered by me as I cleaned my studio. It would be better if people interested in theater or history could see them!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
What makes a good subject for a still life painting? An artist can be inspired by the sentiments evoked by an object, by what's available, or by the object's interesting shape or color. Just about anything goes. What's most important is how the artist handles the subject - arrangement and placement of objects, lighting, and point of view are some of the aspects to consider.
Friday, October 15, 2010
You are invited to the 2010 Kelley Gallery Miniature Art Show. I am one of over 45 artists accepted into the exhibit, and I have three paintings in the show. You can see the paintings on the Kelley website, preview the show, purchase one for yourself!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
I was one of 41 artists participating in the 8th Annual Plein Air Painting Competition sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony.
"Plein air" means "in the open air" so we all painted outside, on location, all week.
Completed paintings are framed and exhibited at the Art Colony, then judged and awarded prizes by a prominent artist.
This was my second year in the event. Artists are allowed 2 entries into the general competition, plus optional night paint and quick paint entries. Last year it was my goal to finish a painting to enter. I like to paint at night, and I was able to finish one to enter for that, too. I was pleased with my pieces and enjoyed seeing them exhibited with all the other artists' work.
This year, my goal was two pieces for the general competition, plus my night piece. Did it! At the opening reception I was honored to have two of my paintings chosen to win awards - First and Third Place in the Pastel category of the general competition!
Enjoy! And a special thank you to my painting PALS and the Art Colony for their support!
Monday, August 16, 2010
"Serenity" is one of a series I painting based on a view at a nearby lake. The series has been enjoyed by many, with people often telling me how it reminds them of summer evenings at their cabin. But no one ever loved it enough to give it a home.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
One View, Three Visions
Plein Air Painters of Lake Superior
Michelle Wegler, Lisa Stauffer, Cheryl LeClair-Sommer August 10 through August 27, 2010
Opening Reception August 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Art Reach St. Croix + St. Croix Galleries
224 North 4th Street
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
So much is "green" these days: not just the grass and trees, but consumer goods as well. I still like the original green best, I think.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
While viewing photos of a new baby I was stopped by one of little feet. How cute were these!? Irresistible - they had to be painted. I hadn't gotten a baby gift yet for the new parents, and I thought they'd enjoy a painting of their little daughter. I got to work, wrapped it, and gave it to the mother. And yes, mom says, the painting is much enjoyed.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It has been my pleasure to enrich the lives of a number of people lately - my paintings have been given as gifts for special occasions. The events included birthdays, wedding anniversaries, new baby, and (my favorite - husband points all over this one!) Honey, I thought of you today. Some of the paintings were commissions, others were chosen for the special meaning they have for the recipient. Commissions included loved ones, both human and pets, which are paintings that are treasured by all. Landscape paintings were chosen because they evoke fond memories of places and events whenever the painting is viewed. I expect recipients of these gifts to be happy, but an unexpected benefit is to see how happy the gift giver is for these events. Someone who gives the gift of art knows that the gift will be like no other, and it is truly from and to the heart: from me, the creator, through the giver, to the receiver. Thank you to all whose lives have been enhanced and who have done so for mine, too.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Putting on a conference is a lot of work for those behind the scenes. How do all 255 paintings get hung? And awards decided? And food served?? And programs selected??? Fellow artists, that's how. In the end, it's all worth it. I had the opportunity to help with the 2010 Conference in Duluth. Conference is a chance to meet new friends, see old friends, and be surrounded by art and artists. Who else can better understand the joys and angst of painting than fellow artists?
Friday, April 16, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Imagine standing on a frozen lake under the full moon, painting! I had the chance this winter at art camp, and finished this painting. The island is so small it's called "Mouse Island". The moon lit the snow beautifully! And the silence was amazing, with the clear sky, deep snow, and no wind.
I was excited to go on this "camping" trip. It turned out to be a wonderful experience! Sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony and held at beautiful Camp Menogyn on West Bearskin Lake, the weather cooperated beautifully, the surroundings were stunning, and the company of fellow artists in the lodge was inspiring. Meals were provided, so I was able to go out after my post-breakfast tea, and paint until noon, head in when the meal bell rang, then back out until the dinner bell. The weather was lovely enough to go out after dinner one night and paint under the full moon.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The show title is "A Touch of Red". No problem for me to put a touch in most of my paintings. In these two, the red is a little subtler in one than the other. The whole show is beautiful, and I was glad to have the opportunity to see it. It is at the Burnsville Performing Art Center through the end of February.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The woman on the phone told me she had the cutest kitten in the world. Aren't they all too cute?When I went to her house to meet her now-grown cat, in preparation for a painting, I saw what she meant. The photo of the kitten showed a perfect handful of fluff, and beautiful eyes! I also really liked the little paw.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Wausau, WI is four hours from where I live, and turns out to be an enjoyable place to visit. I was there for the opening reception of the Midwest Seasons Gallery Gala. I was able to visit galleries, an art museum, parks, attend the gala, and have dinner with a friend. There was a nice attendance at the event, and I was pleased to meet gallery owners, artists, and art enthusiasts.The Center for Visual Arts is in a friendly part of town, and the gallery space was airy and bright. The weather did not cooperate for painting outside (freezing drizzle-my least favorite weather!), but I did see plenty of inspiring scenes in town and on my drive home. Hopefully I'll be back to paint!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Oil painting is a different creature than pastel painting. I've been doing pastels for many years, but am new at oils. When I envision a new painting, it's in pastel that I see it. But oils seem so luscious, too! So, I'm playing with my oil paints, doing small and very quick paintings. I have a stack of 6"x8" canvas covered panels. I've toned them with different colored under-paintings. I'm psyching myself up to just paint, not create a masterpiece (yet!). I set a time limit of 20-30 minutes, which means I have time most days to do one, and I hopefully won't get bogged down in details on the painting. The feel of the paint and mixing the colors is of most interest to me right now. I am using painting knives rather than brushes. I am using a subject that I'm familiar with, not altering the composition for this project. So, here is today's result!