Delivered a painting to a gallery Wed and was asked if I had painted it outside (en Plein Air). No. We had been photographing in Lancaster, PA and I loved the graphic quality of the newly harvested fields. They reminded me of the graphic quality of the quilts made by Amish women in the area, only the quilts were often done in bright bold colors. I wanted to capture that idea.
Once back in my studio I made sketches for my painting. This is the one I went with executed in Oil Pastels. Only then the painting began.
The past two weekends I have attended a plein air workshop by Philadelphia artist Paul DuSold. The first Sat consisted of a lecture on landscape painter, Walter Elmer Schofield at Woodmere Art Museum. The next day we went to Daniel Garber’s studio and painted at Cuttalossa Farm in Lumberville, PA. Then this weekend we painted both days in the Wissahickon Valley here in Phila. Learned alot and now I have to put it in practice, starting by finishing these three.
Beginnings of 3 paintings from Paul DuSold Workshop and final day’s set up.
Picked up my painting from iMPeRFeCT Gallery today.
“Schoodic Spray, 2013, 16 x 20 in, oil on canvas”
Once I got back from Campobello, I was excited to continue working on the theme of water meeting land. The result was “Schoodic Spray”.
Finally posting the paintings I did in Campobello this summer. This was my first experience with Plein Air and I loved it. These six paintings are the result of four mornings on Campobello and then many hours back in the studio. Not only did the light change as time went on and the tide go in or out as I worked but on several days the famous Fundy Fog would come and totally obliterate the view, leaving me with little or nothing to see. It was a challenge to analyze what I wanted to paint and develop that as the world changed in front of me.
The first image is the painting I started before the mist stole it away. Might just get hooked on mist for a while . . .
Just uploaded images from my oil painting workshops, this winter/spring. View here.
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.