This Summer I had the pleasure of traveling to many places. As an artist I’m always looking at the landscape around me and marveling at the beauty and thinking about how I can translate what I see in to a painting.
Photography is a great tool but with the click of a button your image is captured and you are off to the next beautiful thing. Plein-air painting (painting on location) is more like a meditation on a view.
Adirondack Painting trip
I travel with a back pack which holds my palette, paints, brushes and other supplies… a portable studio! Once I set up to paint I know I have no more than 3 hours to capture my interpretation of my view before the sun has presented me with a whole new light and shadow pattern.
Mosquitos love me!
Adirondacks in NY
When I look back on the painting I created on site I can remember the smells, the temperature, the sounds and yes sometimes even the bugs. I could never get this with a photo.
November 21st Gallery East in Spartanburg, SC – 512 East Main St will be showing a collection of my paintings created en plein air and studio paintings inspired by plein air paintings. If you are in town I hope you will stop by. Some other surprises during the reception are also being planned.
Hope you enjoy some of the images below for this year’s painting adventures.
I’m back home after the Bo Bartlett workshop in Columbus, GA. I had so much swirling around in my head so I look the day off to think about my experience.
The last day we applied color over our grisaille. Here is the head shot of the figure painting I was working on. I didn’t complete it so I can see the entire process from the uncolored areas. A really great exercise for me.
Here is Bo’s painting-
Here is Bo’s palette-
Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Cad Red Med, Cad orange, Cad Yellow Med, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cad Green, Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Violet
In addition to working on our paintings we went for a walk to see the third venue of work that downtown Columbus was exhibiting their native son’s work. This venue had paintings, journals and sketches along with other pieces of memorabilia. The three places exhibiting Bo’s work will be up for a few weeks so if you are anywhere near Columbus, GA I suggest you visit!
In addition to great technical painting and drawing direction Bo offered amy inspiring life lessons to apply to both our art and our lives.
March 18, 2010 I’ll be teaching a one day class about called “Beyond the Line – Drawing for Painters”. The idea behind this class is to show painters why I think it is important to draw a “thumbnail” drawing before I begin a painting.
The drawing in picture #1 really is more about determining my values. This will help me to push back areas I think aren’t important and make sure I’m clear about my center of attention. A lot of time is spent with the painting so why not take 30 minutes and to get my head wrapped around what I’m about to tackle. I don’t always draw a value sketch and when I don’t I seem to fight with my painting more.
The picture #2 is my finished 11×14 oil painting on my easel. I really had some fun with this because many issues were thought out first. Give it a try and see how a value drawing can support your painting.
My one day workshop is March 18, 2010 at Burton Gallery in Clarkesville, GA 706-947-1351.
The building in my painting is the Sea Biscuit on the Isle of Palms, SC. The food is wonderful, but it is a small place and if you don’t get there early plan on waiting.