Tuesday, June 26, 2012
On to mat number three, where somehow, I flipped over the mat when I cut one edge. That means the bevel on that one edge was facing to the backside. I gave it one last shot and finally got it right!! Then the process of hanging the pastel on a backing board, cutting another larger mat for a spacer underneath to allow for dust to hide behind (yes! I had three already cut that could be trimmed to work), getting the glass clean (why does it take some much effort to get the glass spotless?? After I got everything put into the frame, as usual, I had to remove everything back out of the frame at least 3 times to get that last speck of dust stuck on the glass. Last thing was to put a dust cover paper on the bakc. Once, again, I had no idea where mine was. Gheez, you'd think I'd be more organized. I ended up using a nice white bond instead of kraft paper.
After all that work, I figured I should at least let you see! This is the plein air pastel from a couple weeks ago at Scioto Park. The colors are a bit subdued in this photo and the mat is white.
This painting is now hanging in the McConnell Arts Center, Worthington Ohio, exhibit "Celebrating Worthington" from now until August 19th. Opening reception and awards on August 9, 6-8pm.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
We painted today in a remote, quiet place – Lobdell Reserve near Alexandria. No sound of traffic - just the sound of the trickling creek, woodpeckers and happy birds. Most of us painted down in the creek bed. The water was a deep reddish brown from iron in the rocks. Hard to paint that color for it to read correctly in a painting!
This week, I had finally found the setting on my camera that was causing me big headaches and turned that off. My photos today seem very true. Finally!
My painting is hard to understand if you don’t know the scene.
I walked back to the car to get my water bottle, and saw this view down the lane from the parking lot. I decided to work on a value painting using Ivory Black and white. I like this painting much better then the first one.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
You know how we had that talk this week about taking a break. You must have somehow known about my lovely day yesterday with Pastels, as this morning when I looked at my email there was a message there from you teasing me about how much you want to be in my life!
The plein air artists and staff at the Park of Roses event a couple Saturdays ago voted and the final tally announced. That painting we created together at our romantic day at the Park of Roses was chosen to win THIRD PLACE!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
It was a perfect day today. The temps were very comfortable, there was a slight breeze, and a few of us were sitting along side the river in the shade. I was working with pastels today on PastelMat paper. I had put my camera in my backpack, but unfortunately, my memory card was still in the computer at home! I used my cellphone camera. Once home, I realized that my cellphone camera was set to fluorescent instead of auto white balance. You can see below, that the color is way off.
I was happy how my painting turned out:
River Rocks, 9x5, pastel on PastelMat
After I left the group, I continued to have a nice day. I stopped for lunch then browsed at a couple consignment shops, and finally a couple yard sales. I found some closet shelving units for $2 each, and at my last stop I found something I was really looking for - FREE on the curb!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Today was the ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ rose festival at the Park of Roses. Our plein air group was invited to paint during the event and compete for prizes. The weather was perfect and there was a very big crowd.
I found a view I really liked that showed dappled sunshine on the path behind some pink Camelot roses.
A nice couple admiring my painting.
Camelot Roses, oil, 8 x 10, Arches Oil paper mounted on board
I attempted to paint very loosely and try not to fiddle with it much. Once I got it home, I felt it looked a bit messy up close. But I’ll leave it as is. I tend to go too far and really mess things up and forced myself to stop.
It was getting pretty hot, and I decided to get out of the sun for the second painting and moved over to a bench in the shade.
I liked the red tri-colored beech tree in the distance (behind the blue umbrella) with the same Camelot roses in the front. Yes, the visitors blocked my view, but I am used to this by now.
I got my easel set up and in the picture below, you can see the composition I have outlined in red.
Instead of doing a regular thumbnail, today I used the Notan style of sketching to decide on a composition. You can see the small piece of paper on the left side of both paintings.
Beech Tree with Roses, 6x6, oil on canvas board
I was pretty beat, so I packed up my stuff and took a stroll around to see my fellow painters. There was about 30 painters today, which is at least double the amount of our normal Saturday painters. Must have been the chance for awards that brought out the larger group. I only took a few pics and headed home.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Today, we painted at a nice little township park I discovered a couple months ago, very close to my home. The Orange Township Park has two small ponds along the bike trail. I was intrigued with the smaller pond and the little log shelter on the far side of the pond.
Because it was very windy today, I setup with the shelter at my back. I loved the scene looking to the east, with the sun peeking through the trees across the pond, and through the smaller bush to my right. I hurriedly setup and got painting before the light changed.
I was very happy how this painting turned out and I forced myself to stop before I messed it up.
I then took a walk around the park, chatting with the other painters. I went down to the larger pond and watched Tom paint, and right at his feet were two tiny Mallard ducklings. They were oblivious to us, and were busy bobbing around and dipping under to feed. (Baby duck butts! How cute is that??)