Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 24

Tried to adjust the second painting from my Village Folk School Workshop in Bentonsport.    The focus of the day was dark and light shapes.  Trying to create the landscape with detail only where it counts.    Not the best execution of the approach, but will keep trying.

Street View in Bentonsport, IA

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 23

Today I finished the still life from last week's Volumetrics class done with white alpha and charcoal pencil

Monday, July 11, 2016

2016 Daily Painting Day 22

My friend Dianne and I headed to our workshop a day early to explore the area a bit, and get a practice session in before we started.  We ended up in a town called Bonaparte along the river past where we had to drive to the next day.  Since I was doing my first Plein Air workshop in oils, it gave me a chance to get used to my set up and the process of working outdoors.

As we were preparing to wrap for the day, I released my painting from the clasp on the easel, it fell onto the palette getting paint on it and toppled off with my thinner landing on it.  Kind of trashed that effort.  Here is what I tried to salvage after getting home.
Bonaparte, IA

2016 Daily Painting Day 21

This is my painting from the first day of Plein Air Workshop at the Village Folk School.  Great location for the morning oil demonstration and an afternoon of painting.  

I attempted the same subject as our instructor, John Preston, selected for the demo,  from a slightly different angle.  

Bentonsport Riverview

Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 - Daily Painting Day 20

So the last day of the workshop we are at the Arboretum.   This was my favorite demo of the session.  It got me jazzed up to try oils in my next workshop.  (Of course, he makes it look easy - which it is not.)  I know that to be true because I tried a similar view to his demo in pastels - and well, there you have it - not so successful

Japanese Garden

Monday, July 4, 2016

2016 - Daily Painting Day 19

Day 2 of the workshop with John Preston went by in a flash.  I was glad I had purchased some paper on our travel over that I could  use.  Definitely reduced the frustration level!  The wind up on the bluff made me grateful that I brought a jacket.  A great pastel demo and view to enjoy while watching it.

After having dinner last night overlooking the Mississippi, I realized a person could spend a lifetime painting the same view of it.  While I sat there and watched the dramatic changes in light and color of the river, I don't think you could ever run out of subject matter.

So it was fun to again paint the river today, although I got very distracted by the tree reflections and road, so they are the feature.

 Reflection Road

Sunday, July 3, 2016

2016 - Daily Painting Day 18

Thursday was the first day of our Plein Air Workshop with John Preston, sponsored by the Mississippi River Art group.  Great demo, great location, great group of artists and the weather was perfect!  Our location was at a convent that overlooks the Mississippi.  Awesome!

I struggled with my materials and got a little grumpy despite the perfection of the day.  (I know a poor artist blames the tools!)  Well, I had bought a roll of sanded paper that was much more affordable than the sheets and had tried to flatten them out, seemed to have success and had taped them to my drawing board.  However,  as soon as the paper was untaped,  it rolled right back up smearing my pastel drawing completely!  Frustrating!  When I got home I tried to flatten it by laying it on glycine (to keep from trashing the drawing and my ironing board completely), sprayed the back, with water,c ironed the paper and flattened to dry by weighting the paper.  If I tried to eliminate any of these steps.   Boing!  It rolled right back up.  But this seemed to have worked

View North to Dubuque

View South from the Convent Bluff

2016 - Daily Painting Day 17

This week was a fun time heading back to a workshop in Dubuque.  Our trio for the trip was "a man down", and we missed her, but still had a fantastic time.  Our first day we planned to go to a place I found online.  The pictures looked great, but google maps failed us.  Happy accident however, when we discovered a place called Findley's landing.  So even though we were delayed by our wandering, we got to warm up for the workshop by doing a quick study.
Findley's Landing