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Plein Air Painting with Kay Schafer in Maysville, KY

My friend and artist, Kay Schafer asked if I could show her a few of my favorite painting spots in Maysville. We decided to make a painting day out of it!

Thought id start the morning painting this scene…ive never painted this church before, and the light is nice.

plein air underpainting of the church on market street in maysville kentucky
compositiom and values… Ready for color
im happy with how it finished
plein air sketch of the view of maysville kentucky from the ohio river
decided to paint maysville from the ohio side. Thought it would be landscape orientation, but after sketching, it told me that it wanted to be vertical
plein air underpainting of the view of maysville kentucky from the ohio river
values and composition worked out. I sure wish a boat would go by…
plein air painting of maysville kentucky from the view of the ohio river at aberdeen park ohio
Maysville ky – river town 6×4 1/2″ oil on panel

Thanks Kay far visiting my little river town. Showing a guest around always gives me a fresh perspective of my hometown.

artists ken swinson and Kay schafer painting the view of maysville kentucky from the ohio river pairk in aberdeen ohio

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Painting at Pine Mountian State Park

Some views are too big for just one 6×4 1/2″ panel. The overlook at pine mountain state park

artist standing with plein air painting from view on top of pine mountain

after spending time up on the mountaintop. I balanced it out with some time by the creek

sketch of creek at the pine mountain state park in kentucky
my sketch of the creek

nothing more relaxing than listening to moving water… Nothing more anxiety inducing than trying to paint a scene when light is bouncing aroind everywhere. Yin and yang. Pine mountain state park

plein air painting of creek in the pine mountain kentucky state park by artist ken swinson

Cate

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My New Paint Box: Painting in Old Washington, KY 8 April 2019

I wanted to thank everyone who has supported my latest project-tiny plein air paintings.
I have already earned enough money to buy a new mini size paint box! It arrived today from utah, and im super excited for the rain to clear, and to get out and paint tomorrow!

handheld strada micro easel with painting mounted and flowers in the background

i couldnt wait until tomorrow. The rain has stopped, and the light (and Phil’s pear trees) looks great at the corner.

sketch of paxton inn in old washington kentucky by artist ken swinson
plein air underpainting of the paxton inn in old washington kentucky by artist ken swinson
composition and values worked out… Color time!
painting of the paxton inn in old washington kentucky by artist ken swinson
the paint box did great… Not a bad painting at the end of the day either – paxton inn-old washington ky
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Flowering Trees In Old Washington

im going to try to paint this scene before the sky falls ouy. Grey day, white house with white trees in the background – old washington, ky

sketch of white building in Old Washington kentucky
plein air underpainting of white house in old washington kentucky
i have the composition and values worked out. Time for color!
plein air painting of white building in old washington kentucky by artist ken swinson
still working it out. Not a lot of color on a grey day with a white house and white trees, but there IS lots of color, i just have to look for it! Im down to the details…
plein air painting of the paxton inn in old washington kentucky by artist ken swinson
thats another wrap! Im happy with how this little painting worked itself out. My favorite parts are the impressionist little strokes… And its my neighborhood, a place i love.

Ive used up all of my oak panels!!! Im going to try to get home and cut some more before the rain arrives.
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Plein Air Painting in Maysville, KY 3 April 2019

I love plein air painting for a number of reasons: The fresh air, challenge of working from life, exploring the world around me… But my favorite part is that it takes art making process out into the public (vs toiling alone in my studio) i never know who i will run into… For example, Brenda R Williams, a longtime friend. We were neighbors back when i lived in minerva!!! So good to see her (and i learned a little more history about the church and school in minerva)

ken swinson painting with friend, brenda williams admiring the painting in maysville kentucky