Friday, June 19, 2009

Sneaking into the Meadow

This little painting was done from a photo of an area near Clearfork Reservoir near Lexinton Ohio. I seem to work best when I underpaint the darks with my violet. Then I put in the sky and bring those colors down into the water. I do like the contrast in this painting.

Sunspot Bench

This painting was done 2 weeks ago when I could leave my Mom for a couple hours. I am fascinated with benches so this was my second bench painting. This was also done at Kingwood Center as it is just a few miles from my home. Again I tried to look for contrast and composition. The sun was in and out that day and it was difficult to catch the light. I had to use imagination and innovation. Again I block in with my violet and worked from top to bottom. I would like to paint similar to BeckyJoy a daily painter. I just love her vibrant paintings.

The Garden Path

Last Monday I finally got to Plein Air paint. A group of us went to Kingwood Center. I chose the spot because of the dark trees beyond and the sharp contrast of the sun on plants and flowers at the back. I liked the composition of the path meandering to the point of interest. I began by blocking in the darks with my favorite violet as an underpainting. Then I mostly paint from top to bottom. I think I spent 2-2 1/2 hours on this. The only addition I made at home was add a longer sunspot in the lower left and my name. The only thing I would do different is to make more contrast in the light areas. I know what I want but have trouble achieving it.