Sunday, December 28, 2014

Week four. December 2014.

LOOK:



QUESTION:
Can I hone in on the essence and spirit of this place?


PAINT:
South Buffalo -study 3, 10" x 5", oil on gessoed paper, not for sale yet. 
Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to see and purchase my paintings and photographs. And don't forget my sale! Use the coupon code Holiday 2014 at the checkout for 10% off everything on the website through December 31.


FIELD NOTES:
It was a gentle, still morning with just the chattering of a few House Sparrows and the burble of the creek to keep me company.
 


Friday, December 19, 2014

Week three. December 2014.

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QUESTION:
I'm amassing information for a commission of this granary so I avoided painterly philosophical questions. Instead I stuck with the basics: what is the exact shape; what color is that shape; what value is that color; what are all their relationships? 


PAINT:
South Buffalo -study 2, 10" x 8", oil on gessoed paper, not for sale yet. 
Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to see and purchase my paintings and photographs. And don't forget my sale! Use the coupon code Holiday 2014 at the checkout for 10% off everything on the website through December 31.


FIELD NOTES:
I'm in love with this barn... it's my new crush!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Week two. December 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
How can I simplify the visual clutter down to a statement that says everything about what I see but nothing more?


PAINT:
House and Barn, 10" x 5", oil on gessoed paper, $150 framed.
Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and to see more of my work. And don't forget my sale! Use the coupon code Holiday 2014 at the checkout for 10% off everything on the website through December 31.

FIELD NOTES:
The air around me was busy as I painted: a kettle of buzzards circled slowly high overhead, a flock of pigeons swooped in and out of the barn, a crow chased a hawk, two fighter jets streaked right to left between the field and mountain, 5 ducks glided by low to land on the farm pond, and innumerable contrails winked in and out of existence. 


Friday, December 5, 2014

Week one. December 2014.

I'm having a Holiday Sale! 10% off everything on my website  www.elizabethsauder.com  I bet that I have the perfect painting, print or photo for you to give as a gift or keep for yourself!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Week four. November 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
How many kinds of green will I see after my eyes adjust?

PAINT:

Tucked Away, 10" x 8", oil on gessoed paper, $250 framed.
Please visit my website ww.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and to see more of my work.

FIELD NOTES:
I had brand-new batteries in my camera so, for fun, I took several snapshots of the painting's progress.





Saturday, November 22, 2014

Week three. November 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
How can I indicate the content and structure of the rows without painting every single tree?

PAINT:
Bella, 11" x 14", oil on gessoed paper, $350 framed.
Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and to see more of my work.

FIELD NOTES:
Several times throughout the day I had the uncanny feeling that I was gazing down the hills in northern Italy, through the olive groves, toward Bellagio. Next time I paint there I plan to picnic on Prosecco, prosciutto, and a great pecorino in hopes that I can set the stage for teleportation.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Week two. November 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:  
What would my paintings look like if I used flatly applied, super-saturated hues in my color shapes?


MAKE:
Iconic Rockbridge - House Mountain, 3.5" x 5", paint chips. Archival print, $30 framed.

Iconic Rockbridge - Jump Mountain, 3.5" x 5", paint chips. Archival print, $30 framed.

Visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase these images and to see more of my work.


FIELD NOTES:
brilliantly colored paint chips + rubber cement + x-acto knife = big fun



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Week one. November 2014.

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QUESTION: 
I wanted to make a large painting that allowed room for a intricately plotted composition and that captured the soft, dreamy, timeless quality of this farm on an overcast winter's day.


PAINT:
Harris Barn - Polled Herefords, 36" x 24", oil on canvas, $800 framed.
Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and to see more of my work.


FIELD NOTES:
This is a surprisingly social spot to paint for a one lane, dead end, dirt road. Here's a photo of just a few of my many visitors:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Week five. October 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
Wow. Can I even get close to matching that super-saturated green?

PAINT:

Marble Valley - October afternoon, 10" x 5", oil on gessoed paper, $150 framed
Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and see more of my work.


FIELD NOTES:
As I was painting, an '80's era Ford pick-up slowed to a stop in front of me. The driver, an old man in faded green Dickie's work clothes, reached across the passenger seat and cranked the window down by hand. A rifle with a scope leaned upright against the bench seat. He was curious to see my painting so I showed him and we chatted a bit. He told me how pleased he was to see a bald eagle perched in the dying tree behind the barn last week. After he drove off I painted it in.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Week four. October 2014.

LOOK:




QUESTION:
No question about it... I simply wanted to wallow around in the gorgeous, fleeting, autumn colors.

 

PAINT:
Toad Run / Shag Hill - October Colors, 16" x 9", oil on gessoed paper, $350 framed.
Visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and to view more of my work.


FIELD NOTES:
This particular spot is a touchstone for me. Here are a few of the many, many paintings I've made there over the years.

Toad Run / Shag Hill - lowering, 10"x 5", oil on gessoed paper, SOLD
Toad Run / Shag Hill - snow, 10"x 5", oil on gessoed paper, SOLD


Toad Run / Shag Hill - seedhead mist, 10"x 5", oil on gessoed paper, SOLD


Toad Run / Shag Hill - deep summer, 36"x 24", oil on canvas, SOLD


Friday, October 17, 2014

Week three. October 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
I was intrigued by two things: the glow of the two lights through the window and the oddly-symmetrical asymmetry of the facade.

PAINT:

Bistro in the Rain, 12" x 12" oil on canvas, SOLD
This painting is hanging in the show Paint Lexington at Nelson Gallery through October 2014. Click on the link to see the rest of the show.  Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to see more of my work. 
 

FIELD NOTES:
I enjoy chatting with the folks who stop to watch as I paint. I've even sold my paintings straight off the easel to them. But on this drizzly day the visitor didn't want to buy my painting... he wanted to buy my rain hat!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Week two. October 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
What colors can I see in that big mass of dark values?


LOOK:

Hay Spear, 8" x 10", oil on gessoed paper, $500 framed.
This painting is hanging in a show at Nelson Gallery through October 2014 and is available for purchase there.
If it's still available after October you can visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com and purchase it there.


FIELD NOTES:
A quiet, muffled morning painting in the soft drizzle. I'm not sure I would have gone out if I hadn't been participating in Nelson Gallery's Paint Lexington plein air paint-out. I'm glad I did... it's always much nicer being outdoors in the rain than it seems indoors looking at it out the window.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Week one. October 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
Exactly what color is that siding in the sun and in the shadow?
 

PAINT:
All American, 6" x 8", oil on panel, SOLD.
Please visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to see and purchase my paintings.



FIELD NOTES:
Unbeknownst to me, when I set up to paint on that empty street, I was in A Neighborhood. First came four kids on bikes, circling around. "What are you doing?" "Why?" "Can I see?" Next, a little girl holding the hand of her toddler sister. "Mama wants to know what you're painting." Then the homeowner stepped out on the porch, called out greetings, settled in on the glider and began a steady commentary on the house's exterior maintenaince. Finally an shiny orange '70's Camaro crept by then stopped. The driver leaned over and rolled down the passenger window. "Do you need a ride or something? Are you OK?" I capped off the afternoon by taking up the homeowner's offer to tour the religious and cat themed grottoes in the side yard.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Week four. September 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
Can I keep a tight composition and a loose painting?

PAINT:


The Last Cutting, 7" x 14", oil on gessoed paper, $300 framed.
Visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to buy this painting and see more of my work. 

FIELD NOTES:
September belongs to the Spiny Orb Weavers. There were dozens of webs, moist and visible, hung between the farm equipment when I arrived to paint. I read that the females spin the webs early in the morning, then eat them come nightfall.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week two. September 2014.

LOOK:
QUESTION:
No questions now. I'm just making studies to gather information for a future painting.


PAINT: 



FIELD NOTES:
This barn is a lovely place to spend time. It's cool and dim and quiet and smells sweet from the newly-stacked square bales of hay. Often a pair of squirrels rattle around playing games in the eaves and several times I've caught sight, through the door, of a fox loping across the bright field.
 



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Week one. September 2014.

LOOK:



QUESTION:
How dark do I need to paint the interior values to cause the view through the window to read as hot and bright as it feels?


PAINT:


The Workbench, 8" x 10", oil on gessoed paper, $100 unframed
Visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and see more of my work.

FIELD NOTES:
As the afternoon wore on, and the temperature outside soared, the chickens joined me in the cool barn for a dust bath and siesta under the wagon. They were pleasant company.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Week five. July 2014

LOOK:


QUESTION:
Just how compressed are the values in the shadows?


PAINT:
The Irish Forge, 14" x 11", oil on gessoed paper, $100 unframed.
Visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to purchase this painting and see more of my work.



FIELD NOTES:
It was a perfect day of painting with friends at the Frontier Culture Museum. It's always so energizing to share this passion of looking and painting with like-minded folks.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Week four. July 2014.

LOOK:


QUESTION:
After a lousy painting session the previous day my sole question was "Can I still paint?"


PAINT:
Queen Anne's Lace, 8"x12", oil, $250 framed.
Visit my website www.elizabethsauder.com to see and purchase more of my paintings and photographs.



FIELD NOTES:
I know perfectly well that I sometimes have bad painting sessions. And yet every single one brings up the same doubts. Although I have evidence to the contrary, I think "I can't paint anymore". This morning I decided I'd be better off staying home and washing windows. Thanks goodness for my husband who levered me out the door to try again.