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Loose Park

I went painting with Lauren. This is the result.

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Loose Park Bridge, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

This weekend

Liz and I went painting in beautiful Loose Park. This is my result.

Rose Garden, pastel, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Rose Garden, pastel, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

France Plein Air Art 2014

I painted and taught 2 workshops in France for 5 1/2 weeks in the summer of 2014. I also ate well, visited museums, practiced my french, and walked a lot. These are SOME of the paintings. I have many that were simply good practice for better things to come.

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Provence Village, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

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Provence Village Lavender, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

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Provence Rooftops, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

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Provence Hilltop Olive Groves, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

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Monet’s Pond in June, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

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Monet’s Pond in May, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

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La Pluie de Roses Pond (Giverny), pastel plein air, 14×11, ©Chris Willey

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Giverny Spring Corn, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

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Giverny Fields, pastel plein air, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

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Provence Vineyards in May, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

 

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Provence Vineyards in June, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

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Provence Hilltop View, pastel plein air, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

 

 

 

 

 

STEMS Plein Air Event

Bird's Cove, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Bird’s Cove, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Penn Valley 3 day Plein Air Event

3 days of plein air paintng at Penn Valley Park. 6 paintings. 3 stinkers. But that means that 3 turned out. Only 2 that I’m willing to post.

Some of the reasons I love plein air –

1. It is amazing to see how others interpret/design/paint the same scene

2. I learn from other artists

3. I meet other artists

4. I’m out in nature

5. It keeps me growing

 

Willow Among the Grasses, oil, 14x11, ©Chris Willey

Willow Among the Grasses, oil, 14×11, ©Chris Willey

Willow By The Bridge, oil, 11×14©Chris Willey

Augusta Plein Air 2014

Missouri River Sunrise, pastel, 9x12

Missouri River Sunrise, pastel, 9×12

Montelle Overlook, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Montelle Overlook, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Augusta Overlook, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Augusta Overlook, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Friselle Nursery (Don't Covet Thy Neighbor's Barn), oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Friselle Nursery (Don’t Covet Thy Neighbor’s Barn), oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Daniel Boone Farmm 14x11, oil, ©Chris Willey

Daniel Boone Farmm 14×11, oil, ©Chris Willey

Vineyard Hill Field, oil, 9x12, ©Chris Willey

Vineyard Hill Field, oil, 9×12, ©Chris Willey

Vineyard Hill Creek, oil, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

Vineyard Hill Creek, oil, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Washington Cement Mixer, oil, 12x9, ©Chris Willey

Washington Cement Mixer, oil, 12×9, ©Chris Willey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Works Accepted into the MidAmerica Pastel Society Members’ Show

I have two works in the MAPS Members’ Juried Show. The show is exhibited at Southwind’s Gallery in Topeka, KS until June 27, 2014.

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11x14, ©Chris Willey

New Mexico Arroyo, pastel, 11×14, ©Chris Willey

Road to Greener Pastures, Pastel, 9x16, ©Chris Willey

Road to Greener Pastures, Pastel, 9×16, ©Chris Willey

Traveling with Art Supplies

This weekend I went to Indianapolis and I packed all of my art supplies that I thought I would need. I learned some valuable lessons that will serve me well on some later, longer, airplane trips this year.

The biggest thing I’m discovering is you have to pack for who you are and where you are at. I am NOT a 6’2″ strong young man who can carry lots and walk forever. I’m a 5’4″ 61 year old woman who is in good shape, but I don’t have the legs, heart, lungs, strength of a young man. I always see those people as the spokesperson for what to pack.

I took pastels on this trip. Whenever I see what people pack for workshops, they have a nice wooden box with lots of colors. Pastelists LOVE their colors. I have been very proud of how much I edited down my color selection. This selection would be fine if I had just a little walking to do. But it will not be working for my long trip, where I like to walk around and look at the scenery before I decide. I will not have the luxury of driving to a spot and unloading. I discovered that my very edited down selection was still pretty darned heavy if I was doing much lugging around. So I have edited down quite severely.

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Pastel Boxes, gradually downsizing

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Small box of edited pastels.

Slik F740 Tripod, Easel Butler Shelf, plastic box lid, Coulter Easel Holder, 11x14 paint panel, box of pastels.

Slik F740 Tripod, Easel Butler Shelf, plastic box lid, Coulter Easel Holder, 11×14 paint panel, box of pastels.

I’m going to take a piece of gatorboard for a rigid backing, several sheets of UArt 400 or Wallis paper. I’m taking 11×14 and 9×12 size paper, my box of pastels, a small watercolor set, small vitamin bottle filled with water, a small container of rubbing alcohol, a rag, a pencil, eraser and a pocket camera.

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For painters: Kathy’s cheap easel, plastic clipboard w/ 9×12 disposable paper, portable stool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Work Accepted in to the Symphony in the Flint Hills Juried Art Exhibition

Yippee! One work accepted in to the Symphony in the Flint Hills Juried Exhibition.

The ninth annual Signature Event will be held at the Rosalia Ranch in Butler County on June 14, 2014.

The Kansas City Symphony plays in the beautiful Flint Hills. A Field Guide book is produced. And beautiful Flint Hills themed art is displayed and sold. At the end of the symphony a cattle drive takes place way behind the symphony as a finale. It is breathtaking

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Evening Grace, oil, 36×36, ©Chris Willey

 

Two Works Accepted in to the Heartland 2014 National Juried Show

Giverny in Kansas, oil, 24x24, ©Chris Willey, $1575

Overland Park Giverny, oil, 24×24, ©Chris Willey, $1575

Spring Bog, acrylic, 18x24, ©Chris Willey

Spring Bog, acrylic, 18×24, ©Chris Willey