Sunday, June 29, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
artists Cathy Bouzide and Danny Mansmith. The bin has been wrapped
with countless strips cut from bedsheets either donated or purchased
from thrift shops and other bits of fabric given for this project.
Farm owner Mike Pfeiffer donated a pair or worn work pants as a final
touch. I did a small watercolor of the bin while I was there, the
first art of the art!
Tonite was a potluck dinner at Mix Park in for all the artists, hosts,
and committee members. The food was delicious as usual and after
dinner each artist gets up to talk about their week and many funny and
touching stories ate shared. We all become very close in a short time.
Tomorrow is the Art Festival and Sale also at Mix Park in Oregon. And
then it will be time for us all to leave this unique place and head
Friday, June 20, 2008
so much I decided to stay right there and paint. No airport security
to chase me away so it was a good spot to work. Today Barb's farm was
open to any of the artists that wanted to come and paint. We went for
our plane ride at 9:30 and it was a perfect ride, no bumps at all! The
field designs turned out nicely. I find the portrait of Lincoln
amazing. All of the designs were marked out on grided fields using GPS
that the farmers use. They use multi colored flags and then mow the
designs by following the correct flags.
The rain and storms went north and south of us today and made for some
interesting skies. I painted until 3 and then went to visit Gary and
Judy Bocker, my first host family. Gary had quadruple bypass 4 weeks
ago on Wednesday so they are not hosting this year. This evening I
spent preparing work for the fair on Sunday. Saturday night is the
closing picnic so tomorrow is the last chance to finish everything up.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
shade of four tall trees, I had a view of the valley all the way to
the Rock River. During the morning, I went to some locations nearby
and finished three small paintings and came back to the house to have
lunch with Barb. After lunch, Barb took me for a tour of her farm on
her ATV! What fun! She has about 370 acres, close to 270 are in corn,
several hay fields, and the rest is pasture for the Black Angus herd.
It quite an operation and beautiful land! I got some great shots of
the cows on my camera which I will be able to post next week. Tomorrow
we will be painting on her place, so I will have to get some more
pictures. Also tomorrow are the much anticipated plane rides to see
the completed field designs! There are 3 designs plus the ones done by
the high school students last month. Tonite was a cookout for the
artists and host families and the home of Joe and Donna Popp, members
of the Fields committee.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Today we were on a farm that was created by Grayson Welty in 1907. It
is still owned by his descendants, now into the fourth generation.
There were 7 artists on this site today, we all took lunch together
with the current owner, John Croft. The weather was again picture
I started with a small watercolor sketch and then decided to venture
into a larger work. This is the largest painting I have ever completed
outdoors, it measures 20x14. Usually, I don't work larger than 11x14
I forgot to include info with the photo of the "Blackhawk" statue that
I posted ok Sunday. Done by Laredo Taft and his students, it is the
second largest concrete statue in the world. The head and shoulders
were cast separately and had to be joined with the body using a slurry
made mainly of cement and applesauce. Taft meant it to be a symbol of
proud Native Americans, but the name Blackhawk has stuck with it altho
it looks nothing like him. He stands proudly above the Rock River.