Saturday, September 28, 2013

Treasure Isle Afternoon, 8 x 10 OIl Landscape

Day 29
Treasure Isle Afternoon 
©Donna Pierce-Clark

I had a nice lunch at the local Tin Roof Restaurant
(delicious, home grown beef, sweet potato fries, and unending sweet tea), 
then continued to paint into the afternoon.
The Great Miami River
has so many beautiful spots to paint!
Next time, I hope to paint the new bridge in Troy,
in the later afternoon!
September 30 in 30 is almost over,
but I think I've started a wonderful habit
of painting more often.
So, if you don't mind getting emails from me
more than once a week,
Stay tuned!

I thought you might like to see a few photos from the 5th-3rd Bank Exhibit.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Treasure Isle Morning, 2.5 x 3.5" Oil Landscape

Day 28
Treasure Isle Morning 
©Donna PierceClark

Treasure Island is one of the most gorgeous areas of Troy, Ohio, 
along the Great Miami River.
I enjoyed a peaceful day there.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Path of Light, 5 x 6.5" Watercolor, Landscape

Day 26
Path of Light 
©Donna Pierce-Clark

I know, I'm jumping the gun a bit here.
The colors aren't yet this bright,
but I'm so inspired by the little bits of color
we have just beginning here in Ohio.
Yesterday, I did see a bright red and orange tree!
Watercolor on Yupo, Path of Light is a study piece for my
November 8 & 9
to be held in my home studio.
To find more information and to register
for the workshop, please 
see this page on my website.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

CUP-A-JOY, 5 x 5 Acrylic on Ampersand Gesso board, Still Life

Day 25
© Donna Pierce-Clark

There are several little stories behind this shiney red cup.
[The History]
This cup was one of my first little "gifts"
 from my first year of teaching in 1971.
That year, I taught Kindergarten for 
Fairlawn Local Schools in the morning;
then, I drove through the countryside, 
to Fairlawn High School 
where I taught Art to grades 9-12.
What an exciting year that was!
I jumped from 5 year olds to 15 year olds!
This cup was a gift from one of the little Kindergarteners.
It had a pair of scissors, pens, pencils, 
and other things in it (for teachers).
I have treasured this cup for many, many years!
At first, it was my "teacher's" cup for my morning tea or coffee.
That lasted for many, many years.
Then, it became a pencil holder and 
graced my desk when I taught in different situations:
Second Grade at Voice for Christ, and at Emmanuel Christian Academy,
Art at Tecumseh High School.
Special Ed in Enon Elementary.
Then, it came home, another pencil holder for 
many years of home-schooling.

[The Present]
Now, this cup sits happily amongst
all of my still life objects.
If he gets lonely, he grabs some brushes or palette knives!
And, for today, he represents my "trying" to
break away from caffeine.
It worked one day (yesterday)!
I got a full night's sleep (last night).
But, he stares at me, this evening, with his
little flower, patiently waiting for me
to paint him.
Go to sleep, little cup.
We'll do something else tomorrow!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Early Morning Prairie, 2.5 x 3.5 Oil on Canvas, Landscape

Day 23
"Early Morning Prairie" 
© Donna Pierce-Clark

The colors were not very bright, and clouds hung heavy, 
as gentle, brisk winds blew these clouds away.
I was happy to capture the early morning feel of the prairie, 
 because soon the cloud cover gave way to bright blue skies.
But, for the moment, the grey of early morning 
on this Champaign County Prairie
has been frozen in time forever on canvas.
More precious to me than a photo,
canvas captures what photography cannot:
the heart of the artist,
the feel of the moment, 
frozen in time.
A few photos from the actual prairies.

Yep, that is me in the bright blue shirt.
Just beyond me, is Shirley DeLaet.
Although somewhat new to pleinair, 
Shirley is creating some beautiful paintings!
More to come!
Have a great day!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Prairie Joys, 8 x 10 OIl on Canvas Panel, Landscape

Day 22
Fall colors have begun!
Prairie Joys
© Donna Pierce-Clark

Prairie Joys was done in Champaign County, Ohio, 
where soft rolling hill country goes on and on, for miles and miles.
As members of The Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS)
painted throughout the day;
our hostess blessed us with such scrumptious sustenance!
In the morning, we were greeted with fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and
some of the best cinnamon rolls ever!
When we grew tired and hungry (painting can be hard work!),
we were treated with a plethora of cheeses, breads,
crackers, more fresh fruit, vegetable trays, sandwiches,
innumerable drink choices,
and of course, many delicious desserts.
At 3:30, we stopped painting for a relaxing critique/social session,
on our hostess's expansive patio, over looking an inviting in-ground pool
and those same rolling hills (over 100's of acres), that we had just re-produced
on canvases of all sizes and media.
Shimmering in the cool fall sunshine;
and freshly done in pastels, oils, or watercolor,
original paintings covered one of several long patio tables.

As we were leaving, plans were being formulated for
follow-up "seasonal" paint-outs on this beautiful landscape.
Thank you, OPAS member, Paul Reif, for planning
such a fun day, and to Debbie Hill, our gracious hostess, for giving
us this lovely opportunity!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Clouds, 11 x 14 Oil on Canvas Panel, Landscape

Day 21
CLOUDS © Donna Pierce-Clark

"Clouds" was created as another demo for the
Thursday Plein-Air Group. What a nice group!
Each person created their own version of clouds.
If a student painting is "just like mine," I have failed as an art teacher.
They each absorbed techniques and color mixing "recipes,"
 then applied them in their own personal brushstrokes.
Landscape Color Theory is all about making objects recede into 
the background, and go "way" back into space,
while simultaneously tricking the eye
into believing that the objects 
in the foreground are really "in your face!"
This helps the viewer to "feel like" they are "in the picture!"
What a wonderful thing to be able to do:
giving the viewer the joy of stepping inside of your world!
Wanna join us?
Space is limited!
Join now, while the weather is still somewhat warm.
But, seriously, when it gets colder,
we will just bundle up
and brave it!!
So, stay tuned for some 
"snow" scenes!!
The Reception at the Bank last night was a great success!
Although neither myself, my granddaughter, nor Rebecca sold much, my private student,
Catherine had sold three paintings by the time I left last evening.
She may have sold more after I left.
I'm so proud of my friends, my granddaughter and Catherine.
The food was absolutely amazing (thank you, Rebecca!).
As always, it was so nice to see friends and family that came to view paintings and visit.
Thank you all for coming!
Hopefully, I'll have some photos for you tomorrow!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reflections, 7 x 10 watercolor landscape

Day 20

Reflections © Donna Pierce-Clark

Reflections was done as demo Tuesday night, 
for the Beginner Watercolor group at Troy Hayner Cultural Center. 
Beginners, I'm proud of you.
You did a great job! 

This painting was done on the heels of a wonderful dinner out 
with the Advanced Afternoon group. 
Oh, my. I'm having too much fun! 
Thanks, gals, for a scrumptious, healthy meal!
Sorry, you couldn't come with us, Jim.
I guess it turned out to be a "girl's night out."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Duck Hunter, 5 x 5 inch oil still life

Day 19

 Duck Hunter  © Donna Pierce-Clark

Duck Hunter is dedicated to a dear friend and former student, Phil Jones.

Phil, a duck decoy collector and watercolor decoy painter, was recently published in 
the 2013 September-October issue of
Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine!

You are welcome, Phil, for my little nudges and encouragement!
So proud of you!

PAINT WITH DONNA [temporarily full]
(might squeeze only one more in)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Keep Your Eyes on the Light, 7 x 5 oil still life

Day 18

Keep Your Eyes on the Light 
© Donna Pierce-Clark

This is another memory from my paternal grandmother, Mamah.
When I was in college, she had sold her home in Columbus.
She went to Florida to live with my Uncle; but, she sent little gifts like this to me.
At the time, I didn't realize how precious it would be to me as i grew older.

I missed her; but, have realized since that time, that my cousin
who is still in Florida, and is also my father's namesake,
Paul Pierce, got to be near her during those years I was missing her.
So, Paul, we got to share! That is a good thing!

My dear cousin, Paul and his wife, Ange, are both suffering from cancer.
They have one child. Cole is serving our country in the armed services.
If you care to bless my heart, please say a prayer for this very special little family.
Thank you!

And, no matter how dark life gets, remember to keep your eyes on the light!
Always look at the bright areas around you.
Always look for the best.

God bless you all!
See you tomorrow, 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Bend in the River, 8 x 10 Oil Landscape

Day 14

"Bend in the River" © Donna Pierce-Clark

Shirley and I went painting Friday evening.
At first, the skies were so grey, 
we weren't sure how long we would be able to paint!
But, quickly, the skies got bluer and bluer!
And, it was definitely cool by the river.
Here in Ohio, we have a feeling
that winter is coming sooner
than expected!

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spring on Blackhawk, 8 x 10 Oil, Landscape

Day 13
"Spring on Blackhawk"
© Donna Pierce-Clark

This is a studio piece. 
Typically, I have a little bit more time 
to put into a painting that is done in the studio setting.

For Artists

Below, you can see "Spring on Blackhawk" 
only 3/4 of the way finished.
The bottom 4th area of Spring on Blackhawk 
was done with a completely different set of colors.
  • Foregrounds and Backgrounds differ.
  • The background is done in more muted, specifically chosen pigments.
  • To accomplish the effects I desire, I have quite a few colors on my palette!
    • There are background and there are foreground colors.
    • But, using them properly has taken many years of personal study and a few workshops along the way.
    • There are many color-combinations within each of these two groups!
If you love landscape [plein-air or studio] painting and you want to do it with expertise, please see my workshop schedule. Currently, my studio is open on Thursday mornings, from 9 - 12. We are concentrating on landscapes, fun, and color theory.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lily of the Valley, 7 x 5 inch Oil Still Life

Day 12

"Lily of the Valley"
© Donna Pierce-Clark

Lily of the Valley is probably my most favorite flower.
It grew on the north side of my paternal grandmother's home.
We called her Mamah.
I remember taking walks with Mamah when 
she was 80 and I was 16.
We would walk for miles!
And she walked
faster than I did!
What blessed times 
Those were!

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Tell Me Your Answer, Do," 5 x 5, Acrylic, still life

Day 11

"Tell Me Your Answer, Do"
© Donna Pierce-Clark

Remember Middle School Years?
Passing notes to your friends,
and not getting caught?
Especially, those notes from your best friend,
telling you that "So and So likes you!"
And your friend would say something like,
"So, tell me, do you like him?"
[Tell me your answer, do!]
Wow! At 13, that was a real boost 
to the otherwise shifting self-esteem.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 9, 2013

GARBRY EVENING, 8 x 10 Oil, Landscape

Day 10
© Donna Pierce-Clark

Yesterday's painting was a study for this one.
I truly love this one!
The addition of Yellow Ochre makes this one "more believable,"
more like the true colors that I was seeing.
Yes, Dennis was fishing!

For a limited time, auction begins at $50.00.
If not sold at auction, GARBRY EVENING 
will then be available for $100.00.

GARBRY EVENING SUNSET, 8 x 10 Oil Landscape

Day 9
© Donna Pierce-Clark

NO FISH, but.........

A quick study, this little 8 x 10 oil, 
was done while Dennis was fishing again!
Oh, what fun we have.
We were both so tired, we giggled a lot during this trip!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Gentle Flowing Waters II, 2.5 x 3.5 Oil, Landscape

30 in 30, Day 7

Gentle Flowing Waters II
© Donna Pierce-Clark

This little piece was done as a study, 
before I created the larger one.
The Great Miami River
of Miami County
is such a beautiful 
river to paint!
Thanks, Shirley, for a very 
peaceful painting adventure!
I'm looking forward to 
more excursions!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Gentle Flowing Waters, 8 x 10 Oil Landscape

30 in 30, Day 6
Gentle Flowing Waters
© Donna Pierce-Clark

Went pleinair painting today with a sweet new friend, Shirley.
What a beautiful spot she choose for us to paint!
From high along the banks of the Great Miami River,
we were able to look down into the river,
with its gentle flowing waters.
We had soft warm breezes all day, and
we could hear the water as it cascaded over
a few rocky areas.
We saw several kayakers, and
had a few visitors 
from along the bike path.
Life is SO good!

Dusk at Rue Farms, 8 x 10 oil on canvas panel, landscape

Dusk at Rue Farms, 8 x 10 Oil © Donna Pierce-Clark
Rue Farms put on a super cook out for all of us during the Becky Joy Workshop.
We so enjoyed their delicious grass-fed, no hormones black angus burgers!!!
Yum! Yum!
And their home-made potato chips! 
The weather was absolutely perfect for our quick painting time.
DUSK AT RUE FARMS was painted in about an hour.
I prefer to paint quickly.
Decisions have to be made without hesitation.
Brush strokes, colors, placement of lines....
all immediately.
First impressions are true.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wyoming Road, 8 x 10 oil on canvas panel, landscape

Wyoming Road, 8 x 10 oil
© Donna Pierce-Clark

This one was done during the Becky Joy Workshop.
I learned some valuable little lessons from her!
Always good to step back
and learn something new!

See you tomorrow!

Monday, September 2, 2013

She loves me, she loves me not...7 x 5 inch oil still life

She loves me, she loves me not...
 © Donna Pierce-Clark

I love my new daughter-in-law 
...and I so love her name!

See you tomorrow!

Pear on Peach_4 x 4 inch_oil_still life

Pear on Peach
© Donna Pierce-Clark

This one is certainly tiny, but luscious!
I love painting alla prima!
Wet, wet oils on a smooth gesso board by Ampersand.
I could make my own boards, but Ampersand is quicker!
Havin' fun!
I hope you are enjoying these!
See you tomorrow.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blue & Orange_7 x 5 inch_oil_still life

Blue & Orange
© Donna Pierce-Clark

I'm following the old saying, "Keep it Simple, Sweetie."
For the next 30 days, I will be painting some very small paintings.
This week, it will be still life.
Next week, I might do clouds.
We'll see.

If you have any suggestions for things to paint, 
post it on the comments below or send me an email.