|The Old Mill, 9x12, pastel|
I just finished teaching a two-day plein air painting workshop at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois. Batavia is one of my favorite small towns for a workshop. Called "The Windmill City" because it was once the country's largest producer of windmills, it boasts many cultural amenities and beautiful parks. We painted in two of the parks and enjoyed views of old mill buildings, waterfalls, graceful oak trees and lots and lots of Canada geese. Above is one of my demos from the workshop plus some photos.
I hope to teach another workshop here next May. If you're in the Chicago area, it's not far - less than an hour. Watch my newsletter for announcements or, if you're not on my mailing list, sign up here.
Now we are on our way to the Art Barn at Valparaiso, Indiana. We'll be painting on the Art Barn's property - 70 acres of woods, meadows and ponds, with chickens and cows and yes, an old barn! We'll even have the Chicken Whisperer in attendance; he'll make sure the chickens hold still long enough for us to paint them.