Fair warning: this is clearly plant pornography for the gardening addicted! Most of this painting was done en plein air at a fantastic local gardening center, of the kind where you can't stop looking, but what you really want is to just move in. This is looking at the backside of a free-standing fireplace. I know, I know. You're thinking "built like a brick house". Hey, don't tell my husband, but I'm going to have to go back again. And maybe paint the front side.
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My second painting in the hayfield today. I especially like the strong contrast between field and forest, which drove this painting. I'm told the hay will be hauled away soon, so I'll have to "make hay [paintings] while the sun shines"!
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A real adventure en plein air-drove past this morning and just had to go back. So I screwed up my nerve, and walked up to the farm house. Permission asked, and very nicely it was given to me! The owner, Brenda, drove up as I was painting and very graciously pointed directions to another (more shaded) hayfield, so I might try there also. The geese were also quite gracious about modelling in this first one. I don't feel that it's quite finished, so it may change later. First, something cold to drink and some shade! To do list: get umbrella!
Do you think they'll grow? This was a still life from "life" done in Rocky Alexander's watercolor class today. Spent a few minutes at home tidying it up. I try to take care of my brushes, but it surely would be nice if they would self-propagate!
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Back at Lake Crabtree in mid afternoon. Thought I was going to be rained out, but the shelter of the gazebo kept the light rain off my paper and it blew over. I left the gazebo and the dock out of this painting (if you recognize the view from A Place to Rest). The heron was a little annoyed to be bothered in this fishing spot, so I tried not to jump every time the bumblebee buzzed me from behind and the skinks made their surprisingly loud racket in the underbrush!
En plein air watercolor sketch of grasses and waves. Just enjoying the colors without being overly concerned with the structures. Most of the painting I did this week isn't finished yet, but I'm gearing up for another round of Ultimate Painting competition tomorrow! Funny how having the major time limitation of 20 minutes lets you throw all the other ones aside!
This one is for Carol Marine! She loves to paint old trucks, so when I saw this old Chevy Truck parked on display, I had to stop and give it a try. Not many choices of vantage point, and a couple of fire ants objected to where I set up! Still it was a worthy subject!
Plein air, watercolor pencil and water brush on 140 lb paper
Plein air watercolor on a beautiful morning at Jordan Lake. This is a popular fishing spot, so I had lots of company and a backpack and fishing rod parked on the rocks briefly. Of course, by the time I take the references on scenes like this, they have changed so much!
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Silvery light around nine in the morning. It was a little brighter until the clouds shifted and the sun rose up more behind them. Have been thinking about flight and the heron did some fly-by's this morning, but it was the soaring hawk that got in the picture.
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The PSOA annual conference is always good inspiration! The first sketch is from a photo I took of one of the models during the "Face Off", which is probably my favorite event on the schedule. This model is phenomenal: beautiful, holds the pose, and brings so much character and elegance to bear.
The rest are sketches I made of models, teachers and attendees as I went. I played with watercolor pencils on a self portrait, but I'm an extremely uncooperative model! [revised a bit on May 3].
And I had to try out the pastel pencils I bought...