Blog : In Art Pursuit

I enjoy drawing, painting, and sculpting from direct observation - both in the studio and plein air. I also like to experiment with different tools and techniques. Following my blog will allow you to see examples of my work in progress and read about what was happening as I made them.

Painting the field at Thatcher Woods with the moon and birders

The first thing that grabbed my attention when I entered the field was the early morning moon. Later, a group of birders entered and slowly made their way around the edge of the woods. Not pictured: a yellow jacket that harassed me every 15-20 minutes. 

Thatcher woods with moon and birders painted in casein by Ted Gordon

Thatcher woods with moon and birders painted in casein by Ted Gordon

Painting an Old Mill in Gouache

Painted this old mill in gouache this sunny morning. 

Painted this old mill in gouache this sunny morning. 

I began by making a smaller value study in water soluble graphite. 

I began by making a smaller value study in water soluble graphite. 

I shared the space with these bees that were carrying huge amounts of yellow pollen. When they landed, light dusting a of pollen would spray off like particle effects. 

Bees collecting pollen

Bees collecting pollen

Plein Air Painting at Wrigley Field in Chicago

I painted the famous sign at Wrigley Field this morning in oil. Another painter added foreground interest and helpfully masked construction that was going on in the Northwest corner of Addison and Clark St.

I painted the famous sign at Wrigley Field this morning in oil. Another painter added foreground interest and helpfully masked construction that was going on in the Northwest corner of Addison and Clark St.

Work in progress shot of my Wrigley Field painting, with my fellow painter in the foreground. Included in this photo: friendly jogger checking us out as he went by. Not included: LOTS of folks in red shirts coming to Wrigleyville for the #MoustacheCrawl.

Work in progress shot of my Wrigley Field painting, with my fellow painter in the foreground. Included in this photo: friendly jogger checking us out as he went by. Not included: LOTS of folks in red shirts coming to Wrigleyville for the #MoustacheCrawl.