Monday, July 29, 2019
I enjoyed a quick vacation in Wells/Ogunquit, Maine last week where I painted plein air on the rocks on the Marginal Way. Also, I had a chance to visit the fantastic Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Please see pictures below of my outside painting and also the beautiful grounds, sculpture and paintings at this museum.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
Monday, July 8, 2019
Steps in creating an outdoor painting: top picture: I sketch out the main shapes with a brush in a dark color (ultramarine blue and burnt umber), 2nd picture: usually start with the top in this case the sky and then place the darks throughout the painting (with viridian green, ultramarine blue), 3rd picture: made my way with some of the basic elements such as the pathways, the structure of the building, outline of the tree trunks and limbs and the medium greens, the photo reference is just a snapshot in time. The light on the various bushes changes drastically over the time period. Bottom picture is the final painting. I complete the painting with the lighter green colors and the different colors of the flowers blossoms. I then add highlights with details to the building and the flowering tree on the left. After a day looking at it I make the final edits where I see corrections have to be made. I let it dry for a couple months before I brush a gloss varnish on the painting.
|Sketched in outlines of shapes in brush with dark color|
|Painted top sky, and added darks in foliage|
|Placed main colors in building, pathways and medium greens|
Friday, July 5, 2019
Monday, July 1, 2019
I had a great time this past weekend attending a plein air painting workshop with master painter TM Nicholas in Gloucester, MA! During the two days he did two demos and we painted in the afternoon in two locations in Gloucester. He visited each of students (nine total) and offered his suggestions. At the end of the workshop he critiqued each painting. What an intensive workshop and a great learning experience! Below is TM doing the demo on Sunday and my painting of "View from Fisherman's Park", oil on canvas panel, 12" x 16".
Yesterday I went out and painted en plein air or on location at Hampton Ponds in Westfield. I will finish it in the studio and upload when finished. I made sure to use social distancing when out during this virus crisis!