Saturday, May 31, 2014

Almost Done

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...
Not a strong point for me!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Peter's Farm

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.

Monday, May 19, 2014

My kind of Sunday

Working yesterday on my painting of Queen Anne's Square! What a beautiful morning. Forgot to bring my medium, remembered the sunscreen, soon I'll have it all together. Plein air season has arrived!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Not There Yet

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.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Camping and Post Number 500

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.