Artist and botanist Sara Lubinski has just completed a two-year project entitled River Sojourn – A painter’s portfolio of the Mississippi River Blufflands. She traveled throughout this area along the upper Mississippi, also called the Driftless Region, in parts of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota with her sketchbook and painting gear.
Rugged and wild country with high bluffs over-looking the river, the area is rich habitat for waterfowl, birds, fish & wildlife, and a recreational resource for more than three million people a year (more than Yellowstone).
In addition to oil paint, she uses pastels, watercolor, gouache, Conté crayon, homemade walnut ink, pencil, charcoal and silverpoint.
“What I attempted to do was to keep my mind open to new possibilities and to let the forest tell me what to look at. And, after a while, I would see things differently. I would see things that I hadn’t noticed…things that I was surprised that I had never noticed before.”
Her exhibition of approximately 50 paintings, drawings and field sketches is now on view at the Bell Museum on the U. of M. campus in Minneapolis. We learned about it when someone told us they had seen one of our boxes as part of the exhibit!
You can see a video interview about the project HERE.
Margie Lopez Read has a new twist on the donation of artworks for charity. She trades her paintings for a check made out to a mutually agreed-upon nonprofit organization.
“Since 2011, when I retired from my paid profession as a water quality scientist, I have been able to do so much more for the Donation Art project. The ‘trades’ of my paintings have raised funds for many programs including ‘Doctors Without Borders’, ‘UNICEF’, scholarship funds, food for children programs, athletics for the disabled, animal protection programs and other humanitarian aid programs through the world. And it seems to be growing…”
She works in both oils and pastels. Shown here are two pastel paintings, Weed Over The Rainbow (top, 9×12) and Live Forever (above, 12×14).
Texas artist Jack Sorenson grew up near the rim of Palo Duro Canyon and worked at nearby Six Gun City as a stagecoach driver, a performance gunfighter and as a horse trainer. Today, he paints there regularly with the Palo Duro Plein Air Painters, capturing the various seasons and scenes throughout the year. He has been a professional artist for forty years, and even has a place named after him – Sorenson Point – which has become popular for rock climbers as well as plein air painters. In 2009 the Texas Legislature passed a resolution to honor Sorenson.
Here is a link to his paintings at Joe Wade Fine Art in Santa Fe. His art brings to life the cattle, horses, people and stories of the old west, the breathtaking skies and landscape of the Palo Duro Canyon and the Rockies. Above is Goodnight’s Legacy which depicts a herd of the native plains bison which Charles Goodnight and his wife rescued from extinction in Texas.
The top and bottom paintings are plein air pieces done on site at Palo Duro.
Sorenson is also one of the best-selling artists at Leanin’ Tree Greeting Card Company, has illustrated two books and countless magazine covers.
Pastelist and instructor Casey Klahn paints from life, but not to make a record of the scene. He is interested in expressing the beauty, structure, depth and authenticity of nature.
“We live in a day when I have at my disposal more art tools, more color, more intensity than ever in history. And when I go to nature, I get something new and fresh, every time.”
He will be offering several workshops next year, one of them in Umbria, Italy.
He also provides some instructive videos and a list of posts on the elements of art, generously illustrated…including a clip of Johnny Cash on the page entitled Line.
Kimberly Kelly Santini uses acrylics for her colorful, calligraphic paintings. In addition to earning a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History, she continues to study with various artists and offers workshops herself.
“First and foremost, I am a Mom. This means I have eyes in the back of my head, spot on intuition, the patience of a saint and mountains of compassion. And let’s not forget the minivan. Conveniently, these are also all prerequisites for being an artist.”
She has created a popular daily painting project that involves pets and children, donating 10% of gross sales to animal welfare. Here is a YouTube video of her painting one of her dog portraits, and her Facebook page includes many paintings-in-progress.