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.