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Gouache Study at Selma's Garden

While my wife was attending a dyeing workshop at the T. C. Steele Historic site I decided to paint a gouache field study of the entrance to Selma's garden. The garden was recently restored to what it would have been when Selma created the garden. I intended to only paint a cluster of flowers but the temperature hit 92 so the only shade tree I could find was at the garden entrance. I spent about 2 hours on the painting but it was enough to capture the scene and lighting as the afternoon sun hit the daffodils. Instead of doing another painting I spent the remaining hour swinging on the porch swing at the House of the Singing Winds.  Since it was a Sunday afternoon there was no noise from workers on the grounds so you could easily imagine what it was like for T. C. Steele and Selma to live there and the peaceful environment the location provided.  As I relaxed in the breeze and the sound of the frogs in the goldfish pond I thought what a change it would have been for them to move fr…

2018 Indiana Heritage Arts 40th Exhibition and Sale

The 40th Annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition kicked off the summer art season in Nashville, Indiana on June 9th, 2018. This year's judge, Nationally known artist Stapleton Kerns was tasked with determining which artist would compete for prize money totaling $30,000. Approximately 300 paintings were submitted for review with only 100 paintings receiving the stamp of approval by Mr. Kerns.  Stapleton Kerns studied at the Atelier of R. H. Ives Gammell (1893 - 1981) and lived and honed his artistic skills in Rockport Massachusetts during the early years of his career. He lives in New England teaching and creating his art. According to Mr. Kerns "As a Juror, I tried to choose those works that were technically sound, well designed and held together as a unified whole. I looked for paintings that made a strong visual statement, were confidently executed and were individual and original, even if they showed the influence of historical artists or were of familiar subjects. I am m…

How to Paint a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly in Acrylic - Final Session

Subject: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Apple Blossom
Date: 05/25/2018
Painting Session: Final Session
Medium: Acrylic on Illustration Board
Previous Sessions: Session 1Session 2, Session 3

I decided to put in the time to finish this painting after almost two months of not working on it. During this painting session, I re-painting all of the yellow. After looking at some reference photos I noticed most of the butterflies have a variation in the color of yellow on their wings. Not sure it comes across in the photo but I tried to incorporate some variation on the wings. I also added more wing veins and did a second past on all of the black and blue on the wings. I touched up a few of the apple blossoms and leaves and added in veins on the leaves. 


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