9″ x 12″ Aquarelle Arches watercolor block
This is #17 of my daily painting and even though I didn’t get this one done in an hour or even a day, it needed to be completed. Friends of ours had brought us to Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles and not only was the wine really good (“nummy” as one of our dear friends phrases it), the grounds that had meandering paths were filled with sculptures.
Awhile ago I had begun a vineyard series and by the time I started on this, I was burned out on painting clusters of grapes so I put it away for quite a few months but pulled it from my “to do” stack a few days ago and completed it today. As I normally work, I began with a sketch to figure out my design then did a textured effect for the background with burnt sienna and finally went in with the detail work. Planning each project ahead of time with sketches and maintaining control of the paint and detail has typified my work but I have a goal to loosen up my style like so many amazing plein air, as well as studio, watercolorists that paint with broader strokes and washes.
30″ x 40″ personal study/master copy (oil on canvas)
There is so much to learn from the original impressionists and masters of classical painting and drawing. “The Gleaner’s” by Jean-Francoise Millet has always been a favorite of mine and I chose to do a “master copy” of this particular painting to learn some of his color mixing, technique and brush strokes.
Juliette Aristides is a modern day classical painter and teaches through her Atelier in the Pacific Northwest. I have not had the pleasure of attending her school but have learned quite a bit from the series of books she has published and highly recommend them.
I have been debating whether or not to take an online art instruction class and would like to get other artists thoughts on the subject. Staying fresh and challenged in my art is important to me and it has been awhile since I’ve taken a class (which I always get so much out of) but I’ve never taken an online course and need to know if it is worth it. Someone on WordPress mentioned Roos Schuring and although her style is completely different from my own, her work intrigues me and I would love to learn from it. Since her class is a bit pricey, I thought I would ask around to other artists and see what you think.
I have a 22″ x 30″ piece of heavy weight watercolor paper that I originally was going to use watercolors on but after drawing on it, I decided to try something new.
Since the sketch took me quite a bit of time and I didn’t want to lose it, I decided to take a Sharpie extra fine marker to my drawing then gesso over it. I’ve done this on several paintings before using acrylics and was quite pleased with the final product. My choice of using oils this time is because acrylics always dry so fast on my palette and now that we’re heading into summer, I want to alleviate my frustration. If any of you have tried this technique or have other thoughts, I would love to hear from you.
Terrill Welch, Ceative Potager, recently painted red poppies by the sea and did a beautiful job! I get so much out of seeing how other artists handle the same subject matter and it will be interesting to see how my “poppies in a vineyard” come out.
Simple 7″ x 7″ monochromatic watercolor study
5″x7″ oil on canvas panel
There are so many beautiful areas in the United States and one of my favorites is Payette Lake. While traveling last summer to Boise Idaho, we were told that going up to McCall was a “must see”. The town of McCall was such a pleasure to walk around with our dogs and there were so many great places to eat and of course, the view was stunning! The lake is a 5330 acre expanse of clean, glacial water at an elevation of approximately 5,000 feet in the forests of Idaho. An added bonus was to see the lake with the boats harbored as the sun was going down. Here is my impression of the evening scene.
5″x7″ oil on canvas panel quick study
It had been quite a few years since we’d used our trailer but last summer my husband and I become “empty nesters” and decided to clean it up and take our two Boxers on a road trip to Idaho. We saw beautiful countryside and met quite a few really nice people along the way. Idaho had such amazing landscape and I found myself constantly taking photos from the passenger window as we traveled down the highway. This is an oil sketch of one such scene.