5″ x 7″ oil
Today begins my adventure with painting beach scenes. I have always tended toward realism with painting but it is time to challenge myself as an artist to work quickly, not worrying about every detail but to achieve what I hope will be an impression of the scene that really draws the viewer into my work. Living relatively close to the beach all my life, I find it interesting that I have never spent any real time painting the ocean, beach or harbor but now is the time to stretch and be challenged in this area and I hope to get a lot better at it!
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.
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.
8″x10″ oil on canvas panel
I began this on location in Chatsworth near Stoney Point then quickly finished it in my studio.
En Plein Air in Chatsworth, CA near Stoney Point
This Sunday was the perfect time to get back to painting! Between the busyness of life, my college artist son home for Spring break AND taking over my studio, I didn’t get any time during the week to work on my art. I really admire so many of the artists that are able to carve out time each day to paint. Well, at least today was my day and it was 70 degrees and picture perfect.
The hills are so green and I was able to join a friend of mine in a quiet little area to capture some of the trees.