Sunflower fields and Plein Air Painting

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I am not a fan of plein air painting…. there I said it.  It is very hard to do for me.  I typically get a rough painting on the canvas, let it dry overnight, then work on the painting till its done.  Unfortunately if you keep mixing paint, you end up with what artists refer to as “mud”.  So moving wet paint around a canvas can be pretty difficult for me.  So Plein air has always been daunting.  Nevermind lugging all your equipment, dealing with the elements, and being on display while you paint.  All tough for me!

But it looks like the universe was giving me a push this year! My daughter is starting an AP art class for her senior year, and on her list of things to do this summer is paint plein air. Plein Air painting would be a much different experience with my daughter. So we packed up our art supplies and headed to a local farm that has stunning sunflower fields.

If you have not painted plein air, one tip I have always found helpful was to cut the canvas shape out on a piece of paper, and use it to frame your painting.  So helpful!



After picking her view, my daughter sat down at her easel to paint, and I immediately was inspired.  Why not paint my daughter?


I did what I could at the site, and will add a few more details once it dries.  Overall it was a great painting day, with only a few casualties of bugs flying into my painting.  So if you are an artist, and thinking about painting Plein Air, I encourage you to try!  It is always great to step out of your comfort zone, and I certainly did today!

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If you would like to see these sunflower fields, there is a festival this weekend, July 20-21st.  It is located at Buttonwoods Farm, off of Rte 165 in Griswold.  They sell bouquets of sunflowers, and the proceeds go to the Make a wish foundation.  As an added bonus they also sell delicious ice cream!  So if you are local to Griswold, Ct, you should make the trip!


Commissions, Plein Air and Sunflowers



Commissions are wonderful, and I am always grateful for them.  I have had a few people send me a photo to create a painting from, and I am working on them now.  One is of the Charles W Morgan, and one is Cinderella’s castle.  I have about 4 commissions going right now,  and I don’t consider them finished until they are delivered.  What a feeling of accomplishment for me when I can cross one of the list that it is delivered!

Commission of castle in progress


It’s almost that time of year!  The sunflowers should be blooming soon!  These are the magnificent fields at Buttonwoods Farm, in Griswold, Ct.  Besides having wonderful ice cream, this time of year they also have incredible fields of sunflowers which they sell to benefit the Make a wish foundation.  These fields are an inspiration to artists like me, and you will see artists painting, and photographers taking pics of these stunning blooms.  I painted plein air last year, and am hoping to do it again this year.  For anyone that does not know, plein air is when you paint on site, out of the studio, braving the elements.


plein airThis was me last year, braving the harsh elements to create art.  Ok, maybe it wasn’t harsh elements, but it was certainly fun!  Sadly I could not reward myself with ice cream at the end, as the lines are so long.  But luckily I live nearby, so I can rectify that easily at another time.  For those that make a special trip, the ice cream is worth the wait.  I am hoping to paint plein air again this year, with more artists, so you may see me there early one morning.  If you do, stop by and say hello!
My Dad had his heart surgery and is home recuperating, and my daughter is also home for the summer.  So I am creating a balancing act finding time for family and painting.  Hopefully I will have lots more time soon to create!

That’s it for now… my first blog post on wordpress is now published.  Hope you enjoy it and come back for more!  Until then…

Creatively yours,