Friday, July 22, 2022

plein air

Some plein air sketching this a.m. with my fried Gina. We're going to a 3-day workshop in Nova Scotia in September and are going to practice for 2 hours Friday mornings.
I did these 4, about 5x7, in the order presented here. I always start out timid ... it's good to keep going.

Monday, July 18, 2022



A good number of catbirds in the yard this summer, which suits me just fine: they're beautiful and I love their song.
Such an elegant bird but I haven't painted them much. To me these are both a little overpainted--I kept trying to get it "right," whatever that is!
I think I would like more direct, and wetter, washes ... The catbird has such a recognizable silhouette and such simple colorings and markings, there is probably more room to let the washes run wild.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

birds on bouys


Preoccupied with this subject lately; it has such potential.
Here's the "culmination" and all the efforts leading up to it (each 7x11 or smaller).
I think painting the bouys a few times was helpful, even if I havent mastered how to do them!