Set up on the rocks
Took a plein air workshop on Campobello last week with artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Some days were sunny, this one wasn’t—I love the foggy days! I anchored my easel into crevices in the rocks and had a wonderful time. When one scene misted away I started a close up of a rock that was in view. Took photos of the first as reference to finish back in my studio.
(taken by Cheryl Sirois.)
This week was my first real stint oil painting outside—I learned so much! I will use this both for creating finished paintings and also as the ultimate sketching to inform other work.
All the things I saw along the parkways will take a little time to settle in my head. In the mean time I’ve started a study painting of the old barn at Senter and Bit’s in TN. There is a new barn with wonderful horse stalls and tack rooms but this old barn with it’s years of use and the side shed so typical of barns in that part of TN…
First stages of painting
This past March we went to VA to visit my brother Curt. I tool my painting supplies as I have not painted outside (en plein air) in a very long time and I wanted to give it a try in a controlled environment (the condo balcony). It was pretty nippy (COLD) but since I set out to do this, I did. Bundled up with my wool finger-tipless mits.
En plein air setup.
Palette, Rags and Brushes
I’ve decided to get serious about my painting and since it has been so long since I’ve worked with oils, I’m taking a class at Woodmere. The class I signed up for was canceled and I was offered this one which is turning out for the best. The instructor is having me drop back and copy the work of other artists to practice skills etc. And while I’m chaffing at the bit to jump right in, I can see my work getting better. It forces me to slow down and think about the decisions others made when they painted their originals—how they handled the paint, depth, color etc. Things I know in my head but my hands don’t necessarily do what I want the first go. I’m working with landscapes and looking forward to applying what I’m learning to my own work. I’m excited and anxious about this which is a good place to be.
Some paintings from workshop.