Friday, April 17, 2009

Thursday, April 17

Plein Air! Today I did it, went out with a couple of friends and did my first plein air painting. Got all my info down and laid in. It is an amazing day here. Sunny and warm. I still have to spend some time on it, it is 12x16 oil on canvas. It was fun!

Can't wait to get back out there. I will also post another pic when I get it finished up. There is a pic of my painting and one of my painting on my easel at the side of the dirt road looking back towards the summer houses. There are some cool old houses out here to paint, these ones like most are still boarded up and waiting for the return of summer.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday April 15

Yesterday was painting day with some Artist friends. I did a couple of quick paintings we paint for a few hours, most of the time is spent laughing.

I worked on oranges and strawberries. This "slice" is pretty simple. I am finding that when I stay basic, I feel better about my results. Looking at it this morning, I see things that I should "pick" at. But, It is staying the way it is. It is a lesson, I really do learn something with every painting. Doesn't matter how the painting turns out, it is all a learning experience.

I am also signing up for an "Outdoor Still Life" class that starts in a couple of weeks. It should be fun.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday April 9

Ok, So I went back to a Pear! I feel better. Did it fast and after posting it I went back and picked it for a couple of minutes.

Thursday,April 9

Ok, bit off more than I could chew. I attempted 3x all 3 ended in chalk and mess. Sooo... later or tomorrow, maybe I will return to something Fruity.

It is a great day here today, Sunny and Warm-ish(60degrees)... I thought I would attempt something plein air... so out onto the porch I went. The next time I work on this, I will have an artist friend safety net close by to talk me through.

Thanks for checking in, check back later you never know what I might post. The picture is from the porch, I was trying to attempt painting Boston Light. Off to enjoy the afternoon and clear my head.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wednesday,April 8

Today, on my way to crash my friends Margaret's class, I stopped and explored my local produce dept. I stumbled across the Strawberries... They sat all lined up and ready to go. I of course like sooooo many other painters started to examine all the packages to decide which ones would be the nicest to paint.

After checking out and trying not to be over protective of my "fresh berries" I protected them in the car and off to class I went. They were a big hit amongst the others in class some were even adpoted my loving painters and the subjects in many paintings. I had to leave before others were finished painting, I would have like to take some pics of the others....

Here's today's painting. Fresh Berries... I feel good about it, it was quick and somewhat easy. Thanks to Margaret for letting me crash her class and her help, support and encouragement. I spent about 90 min. painting it. I was reading in one of my books, the author was challenging artists to paint in a specific amount of time. He suggested planning an hour a day for 3 months. Number your paintings, paint everyday for one hour and stop after the 60min. When your 3 months is up you will see how you were able to get from a point of not being able to get your info onto a canvas in 60min to a point where you are now finishing your little painting in an hour or less.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday, April 6

Today, well actually this weekend, I started working on a couple of green apples. I was painting over another painting and having some "issues" with the old "poking" through. Then felt like I was making mud. I finally got things cleaned up. I do have some more to do, finish it up. But this is where I am today, right now.

I will get back to it, and finish.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 2, Thursday

Here ya go, been a frustrated Artist as of late. Did this one in a "class" a friend gives at a local Art Center. She let me crash. Learned alot. It didn't translate into my painting, but I "knew" what I was trying to do(does this make any sense?).

It has been an interesting journey. Learning lots and know now that I have to get focused, concentrate, keep it simple, and keep moving.

Thanks for looking.