So what about painting the figure?

In college, I was required to take figure drawing/painting classes. I honestly really didn’t get into them at all. As a subject, it just held no interest for me. I didn’t understand why that practice mattered. Through the years, I’ve sat through some figure drawing sessions by choice, it seemed like a necessary exercise I guess?— but not… More


I’ve been studying smaller sections of my plein air gouache/crayon paintings lately. I’m working only in studio for now, and so those last few dozen plein air paintings from late October and November are the source material for all the new stuff. I’m looking pretty hard at the sense of light, color and place in them. The… More
Angela Saxon paintings

Holiday Home Show

Me and my good friend, Paula Wisniewski invite you to a Holiday Sale at her condo in the Mercato at Grand Traverse Commons. I’ll be showing landscape paintings, some of them from fall plein air days at the Commons and some new small 3D paintings! Paula will be offering items made from recycled wool and… More

Making studio landscapes

We had a wonderful fall exhibit at the Old Art Building in Leland last weekend. Thanks to everyone that visited! Over the weekend I met and spoke with so many people about my new paintings…it was very rewarding. As a visual person, talking about my work is always challenging, but I love the discussion. I… More


Being primarily a landscape painter, of course subject matter is central to my work. Yet I very much think and see abstractly. Sense of light, color, shape: that’s what my eye sees when I’m really looking–not specific relationships between the concrete matter of the landscape–and that’s what I paint. But it’s so easy to get… More
Angela Saxon landscape paintings, Pink Pool 2

In-Between Series

I came across my blog from many years ago, and decided to pick it up again. So here goes, 2016, blog post #1 Smaller plein air paintings. Larger studio canvases. There is a gap that exists between the two of them. The problem that I put before myself in the large studio canvases is how… More

Leland Exhibit: NEW PAINTINGS

Hope to see you in Leland on the October 1 and 2nd for our 6th Annual Exhibit featuring the work of me, Anne Corlett, Lynn Uhlmann and Royce Deans. Opening Reception Saturday, October 1 from 6–8 pm Enjoy Leelanau Peninsula wines and hors d’oeuvres Thanks to the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail! Exhibit hours: Saturday, October… More

Studio Open House: Landscapes Near and Far

Saturday, April 30, 2016 noon to 4 pm 10666 S. Watkoski Road, Traverse City, MI 49684 I’ll be showing new work from a series focused primarily on light and shadow — the subject matter is from Leelanau County and Tuscany: both are passions of mine. I have been working on location in gouache and watercolor… More