Drawn to paint again in North Rustico, setting up on the edge of a narrow red dirt road along the shore. I was alone with nothing but the sun shining on me and the water lapping against the shore for a couple of hours but then the people started to come by. This lighthouse is on all the PEI tours!
I love this place. While I was painting, a charming gentleman stopped by, approaching me slowly and carefully on his cane, saying, "Paint anywhere my dear, have a look around wherever you like. Go anywhere out here and paint."
When I first learned to draw the figure, it was all about finding anatomical landmarks and measuring and comparing.
Last week I had the good fortune to attend a drawing workshop with Catherine Kehoe at MassArt. She taught a very different approach using straight line, a ruler and finding all the angles of the figure.
This one is the drawing from the last day, so you can see all the lines used to find the form.
I love this part of Newport, filled with tree lined streets and historic homes.
This is Pine St, looking towards the water on a hazy hot afternoon. Took a photo after showing my plein air class my initial block in. Because the scene was essentially backlit, the form is not very distinguishable. That was ok with me as I was demonstrating value simplification.
These afternoon reflections interested me, as did the the greenish brown color of the water, so different from the Atlantic Ocean colors. I wanted to show all the varieties of greens in the landscape and have the viewer swing from yellow tipped post to orange boathouse to red to orange canoe and around again!
A little cove in the bay where through the trees the sun lit up the opposite bank. That's the sweet spot that caught my attention. I sat up on the bank on flat rocks with the water lapping inches from my feet. 8x10
This panoramic scene called for a 6x12 canvas. I was caught by the darkness of the clouds, which had entirely changed 2 hours later. I find that staying with my original idea is usually best, rather than chasing a changing scene. This is the last, though not in any order, of the plein air work I did in the Adirondacks with the Publishers Invitational. Remarkable to see each artists take on the same ridge road vista as 40 or so of us painted along together.
Sitting so close to these rushing waters as they flow into Tupper Lake was an incredible experience. I sat with my easyL easel on my outstretched legs while Karen LaValley painted beside me. I wish the painting had more the feel of what I experienced. First time painting a waterfall! Another amazing plein air adventure with The Publishers Invitational in the Adirondacks. 12x12 oil on panel.
The last afternoon in the Adirondacks was spent painting Tuckers Farm. Here's that painting and a photo of what I saw when I turned around. An amazing week in so many ways with no concerns other than painting. Painting two paintings a day plein air for four days in a row inspired me to commit to more time out and painting! The learning curve goes right up with more time spent painting from direct observation.
Just a few miles down the road, this abandoned house attracts many of us who are painting in the Adirondacks this week at the Publishers Invitational. Heaven for someone who is looking for shapes all the time.
I wanted to show the update on my larger plein air piece. I took the emphasis off the foreground rock, which I thought had too much light on and around it, extended those shadows over to the left and put in the pink foreground shape. Not sure if it's done. I'll have to wait and see...
Didn't have a chance to paint during my plein air class this Tuesday, so I went back the next day to paint at Judy Chaves house. Judy lives next to this wonderful farm with barns and outbuildings which are so fun to paint. Afternoon light is so special, though it was getting cold as we finished up at 7pm.
This one is 12x12 and going to Mystic Arts Center for their annual fundraiser.
I had toned this 30x30 canvas some time ago and laid in a dark generalized composition, which got turned to the wall until this morning. Inspired by painters like Rackstraw Downes, who return with a large canvas multiple times to a location, I loaded the car and headed down to Queen Anne's Square to see what I could do. It was a fantastic feeling with that big canvas, a sort of freedom came over me and I thought, "Just paint!" Listening to music with earbuds kept the passerbys at a distance and the time flew. Going back Friday- weather permitting.
We went camping last weekend and despite the cool day and lots of fog, I was determined to paint. It's been way too long! I wanted to depict the classic Airstream nestled among the trees, being a part of its surroundings.
12x12 on panel. Just added a second image which is truer to the painting. Took the first with a lot of glare on the painting which washed out the color. Hmmm. As I was updating this post, I realized it is the 500th time I've blogged! Nothing feels as good as being consistent with something that is important to oneself. Instead of thinking about doing, DOING is what gives me the deep satisfaction of really being in this process. The results aren't what are most important, it's the showing up and doing the work. I appreciate everyone who visits my blog and takes the time to comment, it means so much to be part of this community! Thank you all.
Having made the adjustments in each area of this painting that called to me, I can now let it sit a bit, to see if it is finished. I don't want to fuss over it, but leave when there is still something left unsaid. Not to overwork it then, is my objective. This painting is 24x36, first in a series of Newport intersections.
I'm painting along, feeling good about what's happening in this painting, but want to activate the left side of the canvas. Shadows in the street? The bottom left corner shape with more hue and value? There is still a lot of work to do!
I almost didn't post this because its the very beginning of a painting and EVERYTHING needs to be resolved. On the other hand, it's interesting to see the artists mind at work, how the bones of a painting are conceived.I began this from multiple reference photos that I took during the torrential rains we had earlier this week as I want to show a wide angle view. I have wanted to do a series of Newport intersections for some time now, this one is America's Cup Ave with Mill Street on the right. The park is Queen Anne's Square with Trinity Church at the center of the painting. 24x36
Working on a 16x20 canvas, spring bulbs with paper wrapping. I am interested in the folds of the paper, red on one side and pink on the other. I want to give the impression of the flower without showing each and every petal.
My first printing effort in many many years! I joined in with a group being taught by Felicia Touhey, one of the wonderful artists at Beach Studios. Preparing the ink to the right consistency with a spatula like tool, inking the plexiglass, making the image by scratching out, wiping out, basically removing ink in the areas you want light. Figuring out how much to remove must come through experience. Printing on gorgeous heavy paper that has been soaked in water, then patted with a towel, with a hand press. Carefully placing the plate on the press, aligning the paper correctly, then covering it with another protective paper, then the magic happens as it goes through the press. I was limited by other time restraints that day, but hope to try again one day!