Thursday, June 29, 2017

Saquatucket Harbor

Back painting on Cape Cod. I am trying to get others out for plein air painting. Last year was a complete failure so I pretty much painted by myself. This year I am setting a start time and place for car pooling. There were 5 painters out on my first try. I took pics of the painters at various stages of work and will post them with the email sent for next week's plein air event. The weather is perfect for painting. The Harbor was full with boats and people going on fishing expeditions, sight seeing and travel to Nantucket. A busy place but I chose to include only one boat and home off to the side of the harbor. When I finished all except for one, were gone.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Composition Study

A simple watercolor scene was painted to meet composition percentages. Two thirds mid-value and two thirds green values was the goal. The painting was done quickly in class but looking it over, I liked the simplicity with a well stated focal area. I think that there is surprise with rapid painting in watercolor. I switched media this week to guide a class in acrylic painting. This was done at the University for a group of 25 mostly non-painters. We mixed hues from only primary colors along with white and black. It amazed me what people came up with working from a simple sketch. It turned out to be a lot of fun and a big break from their three day retreat. No wine was served but this is the current trendy thing called "sip and dip" parties.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

House on Eureka in Davis

A group of artists arrived this morning to see and paint in Kris Bell's newly finished gardens.  Her yard is spacious and has lots of plants started.  The design and landscaping were recently completed.  It is well done and gives rise to many great spaces for plants.
I love the street view of the house because of the very tall mature trees that line it.  They really dwarf the houses along it.  I tried to capture that in this painting.  I tried out some of my new green mixes.  It was a nice sunny day and I met many of the neighbors while painting.