A tern in flight and a few gull shapes that I painted without drawing. I'd like to gain the kind of familiarity and facility with seabirds in flight that would allow me to sweep a convincing shape in freely.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Gina and I got back last night from our 3- day plein air workshop with Bill Rogers at the Art Lab in Parrsboro, NS, on the shore of the Bay of Fundy.
What an incredibly beautiful place! I really hope to go back, and to see Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton next time.
Bill is a wonderful teacher and just a lovely person. We learned so much ... For me Bill's emphasis on planning was very useful.
We visited two beautiful spots to paint: Partridge Island and the Five Islands. Both days the high winds made painting outdoors a challenge, but we did it and had a great time.
We also ate some superb seafood and enjoyed locally brewed ales, and, of course, met a lot of terrific people.
The view from our AirBNB
The view from my bedroom window:
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Friday, September 09, 2022
Thursday, September 08, 2022
Adding a few colors--hematite, quinacridone purple, and quinacridone burnt scarlet--to my palette because I like the mixes they make! (See left side.)
Also: Going to try to start each plein air session with a little, quick value and color study. I remember Angela Fehr once recommending doing a little warm-up painting, and I thought it was a great idea! These will be my warmups!
And, finally, tidying up my studio, I found a picture I had taken of a few gulls in the snow and did a little study of it. I think next time I'll add feet!
Wednesday, September 07, 2022
Flipping through my sketchbook, I came across this back-of-the-pageimage of a house sparrow.
And the flyer for a show I am in this month with another local artist!
Saturday, September 03, 2022
This week we painted in a pretty little pocket park in West Cape May, Wilbraham Park. The entire 2 hours we were there a small army of volunteer gardeners were working watering and weeding. Their work has really made the park beautiful--so quiet and shady, a great place to paint.
We're going to go back to paint the white barn/shed, which is in the backyard of a Victorian "summer cottage," aka mansion, and is going to be torn down.