Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Plein Air - Gallant Farm

Today we painted at Gallant Farm, part of the Delaware County Ohio park district, where they have built a lovely (new) homestead with a new home filled with all donated antique decor. This is our third time painting at this farm. There are lots of views to paint. I decided to paint the Morning Glory vine at the corner of the house. I really have a hard time painting architecture with all the straight lines, especially in oils.  I keep trying to get more experience, so this was just a small amount of the house siding and a partial window. Still was pretty tough for me!

 My block-in:
 By the way, Gamblin Chromatic Black mixed with Cad Yellow Light makes a great foliage green!
 Moving along:

Below was as far as I could go in the field. The window really bothered me and so once I got home I worked on the painting about another hour.
 Forgive the strange glare on the bottom window pane. Below is my final painting:
Morning Glory, 8x10, oil on panel

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Plein Air - Rocky Fork Metro Park

A few of us couldn't paint with the group on Saturday, so we got together on Sunday to check out the new metro park - Rocky Fork park near New Albany. It was a beautiful morning and we really like this new park, even though they only have a small portion open so far.

Here's my work progression:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Saturday Plein Air - Whetstone Prairie

This week I declined to go with the group up north at a venue about 1 1/2 hrs away, and asked a couple of the gals to paint locally with me. We decided on the prairie in Whetstone park in Clintonville. We arrived mid-morning and found they had closed off the PUBLIC park for a hot-rod show! Two of us begged our way in but the third gal was denied! BLAH.

We setup among the tall wild flowers. I picked this view of one of the pathways.
The shadows were coming and going the short time I painted.
I was painting on another Richeson Gesso Board in the grey color, which is still visible in the lower half of this shot:

I re-painted the shadows over and over....

Finally about noon, I was getting over-heated and didn't want to get sloppy, so I quit.
Whetstone Prairie, 8x10, oil on board

Our third painter who missed out, invited me to meet her for lunch. We ate at the Harvest Bar and Kitchen in Clintonville. GREAT food. Loved it. One of the best salads I've ever had - the Mean Green salad. Try it!!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Saturday Plein Air - New Galena Boat ramp

Back to Ohio plein air! It was a beautiful day and we had about 16 or so painters show up. I worked on a small pastel. This was the view I selected across the inlet:

I was working on the new Pastel Premier paper toned in a clay color. I had placed a 9x12 sheet on my easel, but decided to work small and marked off a 5x5 area. Below is the hard pastel composition. I then sprayed it with alcohol and let it dry.

Here's the finished painting. You can see the drips of the earlier alcohol wash, down the paper below it.
 Here's a closeup:
Creek Passage, 5x5", pastel on Pastel Premier paper

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Trip to Canada!

Check out my travel blog to see details of my recent painting trip to Canada!