Autumn Light

The Light Beyond the Trees ©Loralee chapleau 11x14

The Light Beyond the Trees
©Loralee chapleau

I love the golden glow of autumn light. That is exactly what moved me to paint this scene. The light beyond the dark and shaded trees seemed to set the distant foliage aglow. I think this pleasant scene captures the feel of the season.

I painted this in plein air behind the Firehouse Arts Center. It will be on view there, along with other paintings done in and around the Firehouse, from November 12th through December 16th.



Reflective ©Loralee Chapleau 40x30 oil on canvas

©Loralee Chapleau

Hello again! I know it has been awhile since my last post. I was busy painting larger canvases for an exhibit that opened last week at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center. The exhibit is called Inside & Out: Plein Air and Studio Works. The exhibit contains plein air and studio paintings by me and six other painters, collectively know as the Joules. This painting is one of my larger pieces in the exhibit.

Sunlight reflects off of the foliage. An iridescence reflects on the girl. I wonder what she is reflecting on?

The Neglectful Blogger

I fear I have been neglecting my blog. In my own defense, I have been pretty busy. I have had quite a few shows to get ready for, which includes lots of painting and framing. Not to mention that little thing we call life. Well anyway, enough with the excuses!

I want to share some of my good news with you. Two of my paintings were selected into the annual juried exhibit Fresh Works 2014 at the Harrington Gallery. But wait, there’s more! One of them received an Honorable Mention Award. You may remember these paintings from my previous blog post “The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly.”  Well, “the Good” and “the Bad” made it into the exhibit and “the Good” received the award.  Not bad for a couple of dusty cowpokes! The exhibit continues until June 7th.

My other good news is that my painting “Late Afternoon” received an Honorable Mention Award at Primavera, the Alamo Danville Artists’ Society’s Spring Show. May has been good to me so far!


Honorable Mention for “Late Afternoon.” ©Loralee Chapleau


The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Our Plein Air group got rained out last week, or should I say rained in? A few of us headed indoors to do some figure painting. It was great fun, and a nice change from the landscape. On the last few paintings, I focused on the face. Here are my results.


Cowboy 1
©Loralee Chapleau


Cowboy 2
©Loralee Chapleau


Cowboy 3 ©Loralee Chapleau 20x16

Cowboy 3
©Loralee Chapleau


I really enjoyed letting loose with expressive brush strokes and color. My aim was not to try to paint an exact likeness of the model, but rather to capture a gesture. It was almost like creating a character. As for my three amigos here, I like to call them the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly. Can you guess which one is which?