Here’s wishing all my family and friends a very Happy Holiday and Blessed New Year.
I’ve managed to get out every week to paint, except for this week. I scheduled a paint out at Willistead for Monday, but the fog had other ideas. Many of our group members are from the county. The last thing I want is for someone to drive in that mess. It looks like December’s weather is going to continue to make things difficult for painting outdoors. We can paint in most weather, however, rain is a pain!
I’m happy to say we did get out and paint in the first snow of the year. We went to the Transportation Museum and Heritage Village. They were decorating the museum and village for Christmas. We had planned on a group breakfast in their 50’s inspired diner. Little did we realize that they had changed the diners hours for the winter. How disappointing! However, the kitchen staff was there cooking up lunch for the volunteers, so they kindly opened up just for us. We were blessed!
I painted a wee log cabin that day. It was originally owned by the Clark family. They were some of the original settlers in Essex County. The family still lives in the area, as do many who were granted land by the Crown. I went to school with the descendants of the family who lived in this tiny home. I had no idea that was the name of the cabin until someone mentioned it on Facebook. Funny thing, my maiden name is Clarke. Call me silly, but it made my day.
snow, oh no!
It was a chilly day, and while I was painting it started to snow. Regular oil paints would not be budged in this weather, but I paint with water soluble oils, and they don’t like to get wet! Like the Richard Harris song, you don’t want to leave the cake out in the rain. I had to quickly turn the painting upside down. I ran off to get my van and umbrella to try to shelter my work from the snow. I did manage to continue painting in spite of the snow. I wanted to complete it on site. Almost all of my work is done entirely on location. I live in a very tiny house, and as a result I have no indoor studio space. The great outdoors in my studio.
I made the painting into a holiday gif, that you can see above. That was NOT easy! I had to learn how to do it. I looked up the tutorials online and worked on it for days, in a free program called The Gimp. The Gimp is much like Photoshop. I struggled with the tutorials, and it just was just not working. Eventually, just did it my own way. Guess what, it worked! You can see the original painting without the snow below, and soon on my available paintings page.
On The Clark Cabin painting, as well as many of my paintings, I used a limited Palette. On the Clark Cabin palette included: Yellow Ocher, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone purple, a dab of Cadmium red on the bow, and Titanium White. I’m sure those strange colour names can be a bit confusing; artist quality colours are generally named for their ingredients.
A limited palette is a challenge many artists impose on themselves. The goal is to see how well you can mix colour. For Plein Air Artists, the less paint you have to carry in your gear, the better. A back pack can get heavy very quickly. If you are flying with your gear you really have to watch your luggage weight.
I’ve taken up this challenge many times. I’ve not always recorded what paint I used. I’m embarking on a new habit of photographing my palette before and after the finished painting. A three colour plus white is the ultimate limited palette. This palette usually includes some form of the three primary colours of Red, Yellow and Blue, but there are many shades, and hues of these three colours and knowing how to work with them is the challenge.
In the slideshow above you can see the limited palette I used on the painting, Malden Hiltop, along with an on location sight size photo. Sight size is another very common method of painting which I will cover in a future article.
Other painting locations last month include: Studio, still life Pear Study, Lakeside Park in Kingsville, and McAuliffe Park, in Tecumseh. (Click on any image to see details.)
I’d like share with you what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks. As always, I’ve been busy organizing paint outs with my group, framing paintings to exhibit at Artilicious, painting, entering paintings in contests with the Oil Painters of America, delivered a painting to its new home in Amherstburg, cleaned up a flooded basement, (yah that happened) and went to three fundraisers in one week. Yep, I never stop.
I sent a photo to Arms Bumanlag the weather reporter at CTV Windsor that he used on his Facebook site on October 27th.
I Painted a few paintings
Delivered a painting that I painted at the Doors Open event in Amherstburg.
Had a great time at Artilicious, the Kidney Foundation fundraiser at Caesars Windsor
I entered these two paintings in the Oil Painters of America Online Showcase.
Donated a painting to a fund raiser to help a family with three children who are going blind.
People say I’m busy. I guess they are right! Thank you for following my painting journey.
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Say hello to my latest plein air piece. This is the lovely Gibson Gallery located in Amherstburg, Ontario. My group, The Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists group exhibition “Painted on Location in the Great Outdoors.” is currently on display there until August 2nd. This painting will be one of over 35 paintings featured in my solo exhibition at ArtSpeak Gallery in Windsor, Ontario. This exhibition opens on Monday July 20th, and runs to Saturday July 25th. ArtSpeak Gallery is located in the historic neighborhood of Walkerville. It is my extreme pleasure to be showing my work in the gallery during the 13th annual Art Walk & Rock Festival. This festival is one of two annual art walks, and by far the best attended. There will be dancing in the streets to the rock bands. and foodies in the cafe’s sampling local wine, and craft beer. An event not to be missed!
…This former Michigan Central Railroad Station, ca. 1896, has been renovated to its original Romanesque glory featuring towering ceilings, hardwood floors and beveled glass windows. A full season of exhibits showcasing Essex County artists, traveling exhibits from Ontario museums and galleries and an unique Artisan Shoppe make this heritage building a vital center for the visual arts, offering art and craft lessons, an artist guild and three needle art guilds. A railroad museum, featuring artifacts and memorabilia, is housed in the attached caboose. ~Gibson Gallery
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So many things happening this month. Oh the EXCITEMENT!! I’m finally having my first solo exhibition! Next week should be quite interesting. Over a year ago I booked our local Art’s Council. I actually booked last week, but they called me and said they had to move me one week ahead, did I mind. Actually, I did mind as there was another event that I like to attend every year, Explore the Shore. Moving the date would mean missing that weekend. There were no other openings, so I had to take it or loose out on the gallery all together. Little did I know what would happen.
Every year the neighborhood of Walkerville has an Art Festival. I happen to live in this great historic neighborhood. This is a pretty exciting weekend. They close down the streets. Rock bands play, patio’s fill up and there is a great deal of excitement. You never know what weekend they will choose. Well, what made this so exciting is that my show just happens to be running during on the weekend of this great event! I did not plan this, but mind you, I had hoped. This means that the traffic in the gallery will be quite high. So, think of me next week, and come visit me at the Artspeak Gallery. My show runs from July 20th until July 25th.
Arts Council Windsor & Region
1942 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor ON N8Y 1E4
So what else is happening?
As you may or may not know, I run the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists group. We have a solo show in the lovely town of Amherstburg at the historic Gibson Gallery. The show has 12 fantastic artists participating in it. The work is simply phenomenal. Our opening was a great success with a full house. We have been asked to hold the show over to August 2nd, and we are planning a closing reception on that Sunday afternoon. So if you missed the first reception, you have the opportunity to attend the 2nd. Join us from 2 until 5 at the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg, On.
the Gibson Gallery
Fort Malden Guild of Arts & Crafts
140 Richmond Street
Amherstburg, ON N9V1G4
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I spent two blissful days on Pelee Island, but now it’s time for me to buckle down and let everyone know what’s happening in the near future. June has already been a busy month, but there is still more to come. July kicks off many events in Windsor and Essex County. There are festivals everywhere. Amherstburg hosts many summer events. My group, The Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists, will be part of Amherstburg summer activities. The Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg, Ontario will host our member’s exhibition during the Month of July.
One of Windsor’s best events is the Walkerville Art Walk & Rock street festival. The streets are closed and Walkerville businesses open their doors and host the work of area artists. You can dine at one of the many great restaurants, or sit and listen to tribute bands as you sip wine and nibble on hors-d’œuvre on the patios.
Last but definitely not least, I’m doing it! For many years I’ve arranged group shows, and never had time for my own solo show. Well this is the year I finally get out there and present my work at the Artspeak Gallery. Do come out and see what I’ve been up to this past year.
Paint out at the Lavender Fest
My group the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists are invited to paint in the lavender fields during the event. We will be there on Saturday June 27th from 10 until 5
Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artist Group Show
at the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg.
July 7th to August 1st.
Meet the artists reception Sunday July 12th Noon – 5:00
Website and Map to the: Gibson Gallery
Exhibition & Sale
Extreme Outdoor Painter, Elizabeth MacDonald
Solo Show Artspeak Gallery, Arts Council of Windsor & Region. July 20th – 25th
Two Day Reception during the festival Walkerville Art Walk & Rock July 24th & 25th.
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