Plein Air MKE 2016 May 7 – 14

keary TV camersman

CBS 58 filming Keary at work.

Regano'S Golden Coin

Regano’s Golden Coin

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

I  joined 65 other artists registered for the first Plein Air MKE event sponsored by the Milwaukee Mile Museum.

Artists  painted along the Milwaukee Museum Mile, from Juneau Park on the South to Lake Park on the North. The major streets for painting were Prospect, Terrace, and Wahl Avenues.

The “quick paint” on Brady Street was Saturday, May 7.  I set up in front of Glorioso’s Italian Market and painted Regano’s Golden Coin.  Photojournalist David Kadera filmed me at work for CBS 58 news that evening.  On Wednesday, I painted Little Free Library at Back Bay Park.

Three Sheep

Three Sheep

I painted at the Wade House again on Sunday afternoon.  The weather was a little warmer and sometimes sunny.  I spotted these three wooly sheep and had to paint them.  Wouldn’t this painting look good on a Three Sheeps advertising? The sheep have only been at the Wade House for a short time.  They are due for shearing soon, so come visit while they are wooly.



I was painting at the Wade House last Saturday with Dan Rizzi on a crazy Wisconsin wintery day.  Rain one minute, sunshine the next, then heavy snow.  Dan braved the cold and painted outside. I chose to stay inside in the Visitor Center and painted the stagecoach there.  The Wade House was a place to stop after a long trip from  Fond du Lac or Plymouth along the Plank Road.

Wisconsin Regional Art Program Exhibit

Concert, $250 20: x 28" watercolor 2015

Concert   20″ x 28″ watercolor 2015

Rock Carvings $275 20"x28" watercolor 2015

Rock Carvings  20″x28″ watercolor 2015

Rock Carvings and Concert are on exhibit at the UW-Extension Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison.

I painted Rock Carvings at Rock Island State Park, Wisconsin.   I liked the reflection of the sunlight on the rock walls and the rectangular shapes.

I painted Concert at a Levitt concert in downtown Sheboygan last summer. The city received a matching grant from Levitt AMP to hold a summer concert series.

The exhibit will be up until April 9, 2016. A workshop will be open to the public on April 9, 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm.

The Pyle Center is open Mondays – Fridays 7:45 am – 4:30 pm. Open evenings and weekends as needed for scheduled events. Closed holidays.

Sheboygan Visual Artists Plein Air Expo

Otter Point, $400, oil, 14"x 16"

Otter Point    $400,      14″x 16″   oil   2015

This is one of the ten paintings I have on exhibit at EBCO Artworks, 1201 Erie Street, Sheboygan  from January 29, 2016 – February 14, 2016. Opening Reception is Friday, January 29, 2016 from 6 pm – 10 pm.  Complimentary refreshments.  Cash bar.

Otter Point was done from the rocky shores of Acadia National Park in Maine.  The landscapes in Acadia are inspirational with no shortage of scenes to paint. I chose this scene for the rough shapes and contrasting colors of land and sea.  One needs to be very careful while painting.   One wrong step and your painting days are over.

Water Ways

22" x 14" watercolor $200

Gibralter Dock   $200   22″ x 14″  watercolor

I have solo show Water Ways coming up from December 1, 2015  – January 2, 2016 at the Glas Coffeehouse, 924 N 14th Street, Sheboygan.  The reception is on Saturday, December 5 from 9 am to 11 am.  At about 10 am I will do a painting demonstration.  Come on by.  Glas is open
Mondays – Thursdays  8 a.m. – 7 p.m, Fridays 6:30a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and  Sundays. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Keep It Simple IV

Autumn Blaze $300 20"x28" watercolor 2014

Autumn Blaze $350 20″x28″ watercolor 2014

I will be exhibiting 40 watercolor and oil paintings at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery from November 2 to November 30, 2015.   Mondays – Thursdays 9 am – 9 pm,  Fridays 9 am – 6 pm.  Opening Reception on Thursday, November 12 from 5 pm – 7 pm.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Paint the Town

Paint the Town

I took two vacation days off of work last Thursday and Friday  and all weekend to participate in the Paint the Town event in Plymouth, Wisconsin.  Plein air painters have been painting all over town.  I will share my paintings with you after the Gala Celebration.   I have until Wednesday at 7 pm to decide which two paintings to submit for judging and awards.   I think I will do a couple more paintings before the deadline.

You are invited to the Gala Celebration on Friday, October 2.  Silent auction 6 pm – 9 pm.  Awards ceremony 7:30 pm.  Complimentary snacks and cash bar.

I won’t be able to attend because I have to videotape the North High School football game against Green Bay Preble that evening.  I will be in the WSCS van editing the live video feed from cameras on the football field for broadcasting.



Rock Island Paintings

Last Ferry of the Day, Oil

Last Ferry of the Day, Oil

My wife Jane helped create a book with over 20 paintings that I did while camping on Rock Island.

Rock Island State Park is on an island north of Washington Island, Door County, Wisconsin.  To get there you take two ferries.  You board the first ferry at Northport on the northern tip of Wisconsin’s thumb on the map.  The ferry takes you across “Death’s Door ” to Detroit Harbor, Washington Island.  Next you drive across Washington Island to Jackson Harbor.  There you board the Karfi Ferry with all your gear for camping for a short ride to Rock Island.

The stone boathouse, built by Icelandic inventor Chester Thordarson, is the first building you see when you arrive. The campground on Rock Island is very primitive.  One flush toilet near the boat landing.  Outhouses.  One faucet near the woodlot.  No showers.  No cars or bicycles allowed.  No electricity available for campers.

My wife loves Rock Island so much that she stays there for two weeks at a time each year.  We unload a large pile of gear at the boat landing:  cart, tent, cots, folding chairs, bins of supplies, and of course my art supplies.

Now we need to transport it all to the campsite a half mile away.  We assemble the folding cart,  load it with as much as possible and push it slowly to our campsite along a gravel path.  We repeat this for at least three more trips.

Once we have all the gear.  We set up the tent and the dining fly over the picnic table.  Home sweet home.   We usually arrive late afternoon, so it is dinner time.   Campfire in the evenings.  Stars and moonlight.   Sounds of waves along the shore to put us to sleep.

Every morning after a hot breakfast, I load up the cart a bin of art supplies and a bag lunch.  Off I go to find a place to paint.

Malibu Moo

Malibu Moo

Malibu Moo, oil

This is my third attempt to do a painting in the dark. Malibu Moo is an ice cream shop located in Fish Creek across the street from the boat docks. It is the brightest place after dark.

What did I learn? I learned that I need more of those clip-on lights. I have to tolerate bugs landing in my paints because they are attracted to the lights. Imagine my surprise the next morning When I opened my easel and bugs flew out.