Near Baileys Harbor

"Near Baileys Harbor"
5" x 5"
Acrylic on hardboard
I've been in Wisconsin at the Door County Plein Air Festival.  I've rubbed elbows with some of this country's and Canada's foremost plein air artists. They will be painting up there for the rest of the week. While zigzagging across and up and down the peninsula I found terrific subject matter to paint.  I'll be using the new material for a while to come. 

I got home tonight and painted this field of winter wheat mixed with a still-green grain.  The colors stopped me in my tracks as we drove to Baileys Harbor to see the artists on that side of the peninsula.


Ruddy Wheat

"Ruddy Wheat"
4" x 5"
Pastel on sanded paper
The field of wheat had taken on the complexion of a roasted chicken, or a marshmallow on a stick before it bursts into flame. I knew it would not be waving in this field the next week when I drove past.

It was fun to depict the different areas of colour in the field on this small painting. Nearly as fun as making the thin line of fence with my stick of pastel. I love this crazy medium.


Island in the Wheat

"Island in the Wheat"
7.5" x 10.5"
Pastel on paper
An island off shore of a harvested wheat field shone its flaming maples that October morning.  I saw them through the evaporating haze and was happy I drove this route instead of the other. 

I'm in Colorado visiting galleries, looking for a place to represent me. If I miss posting for a few days, please know I'm fine, just here with only my camera.