I have had quite a break from daily posting. The show at the Food Co-op is down and I had an art booth at the Soldiers Grove Art Festival last weekend. Today I took about 15 photos of various oil and watercolor paintings and will start posting more regularly again. There is a group art opening at Green Man Oct 1st (Thursday) and I am working on 5 oil paintings titled "Backyard Daydreams" for that show. I'll get photos taken as soon as I can and post them. I also re-shot a bunch of my paintings that just didn't look right when I posted them the first time.
I have 8 of my latest oil landscape paintings for sale at the Viroqua Food Coop for the month of August. There are 6 shown here and the originals show much better than these photos! I am grateful for the chance to share with my hometown what I have been up to since the closure of Art Vision.
Three of my art group members went up to the Door County plein air paintout. Kathie Wheeler went for the whole week as a featured artist, and Carla Christ and I went for the Saturday Quick paint that was open for anyone who wanted to compete. I had 2 hours to capture these boats in the Fish Creek Harbor waiting to go for a sail. The whole atmosphere is festive and somewhat intense with 80 artists painting in a small designated area and hundreds of onlookers watching. I love it!
I was straightening up my studio and it occured to me that it might be interesting to see my art space. I usually paint outdoors but I use this space to do my final touches and to keep my stuff organized and displayed. This fall I will have an open studio for anyone who wants to see the paintings in person.
available for sale 8x10 oil on panel $75 unframed $175 framed My painting group and I met way out in the country at the end of a dead-end gravel road. This charming group of buildings and hay field really struck me as "farm scene." I love it when we find a beautiful out of the way place to paint.
available for sale 9x12 oil on panel $175 framed $100 unframed - Cedarburg plein air event I needed a break from people and the heat so I drove around and found this nice scene. There was a shade tree in just the right spot so the next morning I got up early and was done by 8:30.
available for sale 9x12 oil on panel $175 framed $75 unframed - Cedarburg Plein air event Across the street, I found a nice shady awning to paint under this sweltering day. People came and went very quickly at that table. It was unbearably hot!! This man was ready to go the minute they sat down.
available for sale 9x12 oil on panel $75 unframed $175 framed - Cedarburg Plein air Event This fisherman had a beautiful day out in his boat, unfortunately he never caught a fish the whole time I painted this scene. Near the shore by my feet, fish splashed around in the weeds and startled me every so often.
Here I am painting again thanks to local Beloit Photographer John Spates. The sun came out and brightened up the colors after this photo was taken.
I entered this painting in the Plein air paint out competition and it sold at the reception. I have a soft spot for small town shops as I had one for 13 years. I also really like the skyline of these old buildings. The store on the far left is the Villager frame shop, I felt like I was painting my own store in some ways. Nice closure for me.
available for sale 9x12 oil on panel $200 framed $100 unframed When I was driving around Beloit, looking for places to paint, this building caught my eye because it looked like an old boathouse from my childhood at my Grandparents cabin. Getting to the edge of the river to paint this painting took me through a maze of warehouses and no trespassing signs. I found an employee at the Box Company to ask permission to paint this scene. When I was done, everyone had gone home and there was a huge metal gate across the exit. My Mother would have fainted if she knew I was in an industrial park by myself at 8:00 at night. The gate opened as I approached, as the employee had promised, and I was really, really glad it did. This painting can be purchased at the Villager Art Gallery in Beloit until the end of July. 608-365-6007
Beloit has a great Farmer's Market on Saturday's. They block off two of their downtown streets and fill them with Venders and Customers. I was amazed by the amount of dogs there, I found out that two nearby Farmers' markets do not allow dogs, so dog owners from miles around go to the Beloit Market to buy their veggies and to show off their pooches. This particular booth was owned by a longstanding vegetable vender who had broken his leg at 80 years old. His two daughters were filling in for him and I could tell he was well liked by all of the well wishes his customers were sending him. I could also tell it was killing him not to be there because he kept calling and getting updates on sales! His red headed daughter bought this painting as a surprise for him.
available for sale 9x12 oil on panel $200.oo framed $100 unframed
Here I am painting last weekend in Beloit WI while listening to great blues music. The town is working hard to improve it's image and it is working. Local Photographer John Spates took this photo of me while I painted.
I entered this one in the Plein air paintout competition and is available for sale until the end of July in Beloit at the Villager Art Gallery and Fabulous Framing 608-365-6007.
watercolor 13x17 -sold For today, here is a watercolor I painted on an Amish farm I call "Fannies". In the pond there are 2 enormous orange goldfish that surface often. I found the two blooming trees charming, as if they were an old married couple who sits atop the hill and have seen many seasons together.
I am definately going back to paint this peaceful oasis. I listened to birds and relaxed so completely I added 10 years to my life this day. This painting is for sale at the Driftless cafe until the end of June.
available for sale 11x14 oil $150 unframed $225 framed
My ex-husband Terry is a great photographer. He has captured hundreds of glimpses of people living their lives. This painting was done from one of my favorite photos in my stash. I think I will enter this one in my local fair. It was taken there close to ten years ago.
available for sale watercolor 12x12 This painting started out as poured paint on watercolor paper. I knew it would become a landscape, but wanted to let the painting happen on its own to a degree. Once I can see areas forming, I can develop them more. This technique is very good when you need to loosen up, and reconnect with your intuition.
sold pastel 8x8 When I drove up to the painting site yesterday, I was amazed how many painters were there and already set up. We really had a great turnout. I had a nice time visiting though I came home empty handed. I found another older tree portrait in my files to post.
"Gandolf" aka - Jerome McGeorge -sold- oil on canvas
"Duck hunter" - Pete Strachen - sold - oil on canvas
My Wednesday Plein air group and I are showing our work at the Driftless Cafe thru the end of July. I have these two portraits plus the "Waterfall" (see below). All of my paintings are $175.00 for this show. This Thursday evening at 7:00, meet the artists, enjoy some great food and listen to music.
not for sale watercolor 12x18 This painting was inspired by the children's song "Row, row, row your boat". It struck me, we are all rowing our own little boats down the river of life. These two figures have paused for a moment to meet eachother.
available for sale 9x12 canvas One of my Wednesday morning portraits. Most of our models are people we know. This duck hunter brought along great props so we could see how he looks in the field. I didn't paint everything he brought but it really helped me place him in his environment. I especially love the classic thermos top as a cup.
available for sale 9x12 oil on canvas Our Plein air group is still inside on Wednesdays. We have one more model lined up and then we will be outside till fall. I have a stack of paintings to post of past portraits but this one is fresh from yesterday.
I recently closed my frame and art supply shop (Feb 7, 2009). This was how I felt when I realized now I can paint full time. There are many sad parts to closing a store after 13 years and there are many joyful parts too. I choose to dwell on the joy!
available for sale 11x14 oil on canvas panel This painting has really tiny art glitter all over the sunbeam parts. Photos just don't capture it, the glitter looks like whitish specks. This figure is featured in many of my sketchbooks.
available for sale 11x14 oil on canvas panel, unframed It is hard to tell in this photo, but the whitish specks coming off the birds' wings and on the ground are tiny gold glitter. I did the sketch for this painting during one of my last days at Art Vision, for me, it represents "taking the leap" and being an artist full-time.
sold "Eve's portrait" 5x7 This little pastel painting reminded me of "Inner Calm". I have a couple brand new versions of these two poses done in oil last weekend, but I need to take a photo of them. This one was all ready to go.
sold 11x14 Watercolor Strong Women are a common theme for me. Being comfortable in your own skin and keeping an inner calm are what we all strive for. This painting is one of my favorites, it was purchased as a wedding gift to a Woman in the town I live in. I see her around and she never fails to tell me how much she loves this painting and wants more. I just love collectors like her!!!
Christine Larson was born into a family where creativity was encouraged and supported. Chris is fascinated with the emotions connected to color. “I begin a piece by choosing the dominant “mood” color. As I paint, I stay open to new directions the painting may take. I know the painting is done when all of the lights and darks are in, and the final “spark” is there.” She strives to convey on paper or canvas her interpretation of the unseen forces connecting all things. “In my studio work, I tend to place figures in an otherworldly dream landscape. In my Plein Air landscapes, I often try to show Nature’s vibrations as I experienced them, through the use of color and the ever changing effect outdoor light has on it." Christine Larson is a member of Brave New Artists and is a long time member of the Vernon Co. Plein Air Artists. She can be reached at:firstname.lastname@example.org and many of her paintings can be purchased through her online Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChristineLarsonArt