Sunday, October 30, 2016

Red Umbrella

Set up for my plein air still life class. It's always interesting to see which elements prove to be challenging- in this case it was the chair- not wanting it to be too precisely defined.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Quick Demo

Using big brushes I laid in the shapes quickly. 
I have learned to look longer than I did at first, the excitement of painting outside giving way to looking at my set up, walking around to decide what attracts me most, and perhaps trying a few thumbnails before diving in. It's about holding back a little, so that I can be freer when I do pick up the brush.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Another gouache, playing with color harmonies.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Switching Gears

Getting reading to go on the road for a few weeks and thinking about how I want to work. Fooled around with the tiny artist tiles- only a 4x4 surface- very portable to be sure. Gouache is also easily portable, quick to set up for painting and I love the way you can layer so easily in the same session. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Catching Up

I set up the freshly picked sunflowers in the buckets in a field behind the vineyard. We started painting at 3 and by the time the class was over, it was cold and a heavy mist hung all around. A little tweaking in the studio- 
I'm a believer in making the painting work- sometimes things that aren't that discernible show up with great clarity in the studio. And why not?