Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 64

This morning, I tried to apply Ann Abgott's approach to color to a painting of my own using a reference photo I took at the botanical center.  Punching the colors to this extend does give a bit of a commercial art, graphic quality to it.  This was done quickly and messily - I have ordered some higher quality paper and may revisit this composition in a more studied and careful manor in the future.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 63

Today my friend Dianne and I repainted the photo that was used in day 1, to see if I could tell Dianne the steps of the approach we used.  We also worked on making a green card using our blues and greens.  I did repaint the Botanical Center painting to see if I could rework it more successfully.  Once again it got away from me.  I need to go back to better planning - especially in watercolor!  I went bolder in the darks, but not sure I improved it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Daily painting Day 62

Tried watercolor at the Social Irrigation event last night.  What was I thinking?!  Obviously did not plan sufficiently and it got away from me quickly,  I have a vision in my head, so if I get my "chores" done for today, I am going to try to repaint as I desired and will post it if I fond a way to get what I want on paper.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 61

Day 3 of the workshop.  Today we turned transparent paint into opaque.  Not my favorite look.  Very fun to go so colorful.  My bikes got a little out of hand....

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 60

Day 2 workshop assignment.  Using an enhancement photograph of the instructor we glazed, then overlaid shadow shapes in clothes and figures.

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 59

First project from my 3 day watercolor workshop.

2017 Daily Painting Day 58


First project in Class at Drake.  We had to draw a still life - after 5 minutes we had to move to right and rotate the piece counterclockwise and redraw the view the previous person drew.  We did that 5 times then had to return to our origin piece and try to make it work.

It was challenging.

Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 57

When you are riding to Waterworks Park from West Des Moines you are in the hot sun beating down on you as you ride in the open across the levees built to protect Valley Junction from flooding.  Finally you pop over a bridge and turn to the right.  As you turn, you see a beautiful canopy of trees creating dancing light and shadow patterns on the trail.  You get this incredible wave of beauty and cool relief all at once. 
Green Canopy on Bike Trail 

2017 Daily Painting Day 56

For my dear friend, Diane Sass who selected the location for this painting and the one for the next post.
Wildflowers by Blue Heron Lake

2017 Daily Painting Day 55

Amana Fresh Paint Painting 4.  If I hadn't of had to leave,  I was liking the start of this one, but oh well.  Valuable learning lesson for me.
Amana Lily Pond

2017 Daily Painting Day 54

Amana Fresh Paint painting 3 - Yuk again!  Got a little carried away with the pink and it was so thick I just had to stop and let it dry some.

2017 Daily Painting Day 53

Amana Fresh Paint painting two.  yuk!

2017 Daily Painting Day 52

Painting 1 at Amana paint off.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 51

Back at the Botanical Center tonight.  It was very pleasant, but around 7:30 the water lilies started closing up as the sun was sinking - so only got one painting completed.
Lily Pond 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 49

Portrait of Jane.  Not the best likeness as my measurements are off.   I was trying to apply some of the color techniques that I learned in the Albuquerque portrait demo and workshop.    Am glad I am taking a drawing class at Drake in the Fall.  I think my work can really benefit from improved drawing skills.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 48

OK - how do my painting friends produce such good work at Plein Air events when the temps and humidity are approaching 100?  I have a hard time when painting and the weather is challenging, not to have it creep into my work, and derail it and just make me not able to focus.  

Tonight we were back painting at Social Irrigation at the Botanical Center.  Neither are my finest effort.  I got hot, and a little dizzy from the heat while working on the first one and things kind of went downhill.     Even though I moved to shade and a seated position, I think I was too far gone to pull it together.
Before the Crowd

From the Shade

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 46

Well, I have forgotten everything I once had begun to learn from Mary about portrait drawing.

Big three are values, measurements and skin tones!    As I look at this there is something terribly awry with her left eye highlight.  Will attempted corrections another day and re-post if any improvement, smile.

Monday, July 3, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 45

Plein air group met at the Urbandale Demonstration garden today.
Urbandale Garden

Friday, June 30, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 43

My second effort at the Botanical Center last night.  Perhaps a little too much going on?  Where exactly is my center of interest?  I think I have several areas competing.
Waterfall Feature

Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 42

There was an event called Social Irrigation at the Botanical Center tonight.  Several artists were invited to Plein Air Paint in the gardens during the event.  You could get pretty spoiled, they brought us cold water, chairs and when I finished one and decided to start another, they helped carry my art supplies.    A live band played, it was great!

Tree Shadows

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 34

Practice exercise applying Marla Baggatta's approach using a reference photo from the video,  much harder when all greens.  Try this 50 more times and I might have something

2017 Daily Painting Day 33

After attending two demos by Marla Baggatta, this is an attempt to follow along in her fall foliage
demonstration.  This was incredibly fun!  Now I have to do my homework!

Demo Copy of Marla Baggatta

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 32

Just got back from the 2017 IAPS Conference.  It was fantastic.  This is the unfinished portrait from my class with Gwenneth Barth-White.

Friday, June 2, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 29

More portrait practice, but seriously.... could the nose be any longer?!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 27

Was trying to apply a little of what I learned in myth recent workshop regarding composition, trees and center of interest.
Waterworks in Spring

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 26

Why DID I sign up for a portrait workshop?   More practice.  Hopefully my college friend will forgive this poor attempt.

2017 Daily Painting Day 25

Just realized I am taking a portrait workshop soon - so thought I should practice some, smile.  Since I haven't done a portrait in over two years.
Matt at 5

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 24

Yay!  Yesterday I turned in my last project for the semester at Drake.  This was an interesting project. Spanish students met with Spanish-speaking individuals from other countries.  They shared a family or cultural legend in Spanish that the students had to translate.  The country of origin for my Spanish-speaking person was Mexico.  She shared a family legend about her brother, who has a second sight of some sort and reaches out to family members when he sees trouble looming on the horizon.  In one instance he called Anna with a warning while she was with her mom were in the kitchen and somehow the fact that the call came in on a yellow phone was featured in the story.  When I researched why this was significant, the color yellow in some areas of the country can represent death.  In her story, her husband who was not from Mexico, I believe the US, seemed skeptical that there were forces or worlds beyond which we can see.
Dialing All Worlds

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 23

Rainy day here in West Des Moines, so did my first tree study from a photo.
Spring in Waterworks Park

Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 22

Last day of our three day workshop.  I was very sad to see it come to an end.  I was learning so much!
Now I need to keep practicing to see if I can apply it, always a challenge.  Today was about the different kinds of light and it's impact on color in objects.  The objects he asked us to focus on was trees.  Carlson said in his book that if you are going to paint trees, you really have to know trees.   So today I realized I don't know them very well, for wanting to be a Plein Air landscape painter!  I am going to try to do 30 tree studies and 30 cloud studies in the next 60 days.  Mainly as a disciplined exercise to get better acquainted with both subjects.

Walnut Woods in the Trees

Walnut Woods Across the Raccoon River

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 Daily Painting Day 21

Today we were at Waterworks Park along the river.  My second day of Plein Air this year.  Now that is a sobering statement - to realize I totally missed the trees in bloom.  The lilacs are also remarkable at Ewing Park and I am probably too late for those as well.

Today we talked about the benefit of doing a Notan as well as a thumbnail sketch.  (I actually knew what this was thanks to John Preston's workshop in Dubuque!)  Not that I use it as recommended.  I am convinced now that it does help compositionally, gotta get more disciplined!

Raccoon River at Waterworks Park

Cloud Study

2017 Daily Painting Day 20

First day of the Lorenzo Chavez workshop was incredible.  As always a challenge to try to apply what we learned.  I loved the whole tutorial on composition and the exercises he had us do.