Tuesday, February 26, 2008
We had a nice turnout, at least 14 of us were there. After I painted my husband and I stopped at a new (to us anyhow) observation deck on A1A. Its a short walk to the river. On the way we saw the wild bobcat below the painting, its the first time I have been able to photograph a wild one, seen a few but never with a camera handy. It was a thrill! He didn't stay long, he was very pretty with nice spots. I am guessing he was about 40 pounds, much bigger than a house cat.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
gouache on acid free mat board
This is the first time I've used the mat board for gouache and I like it really well. My framer gives me tons of little scraps, so why not? The matboard holds the paint up, so it doesn't sink into the paper the way it does on watercolor. It gives the gouache a nice crisp edgework and clean color.
Would you believe we are in bloom up here in north Florida? There is wild plum, and redbud blooming as well as these crazy blue flowered weeds that grow everywhere up here. The odd thing is that it has been quite cold with light frost this week but the blooms are here.
Sandra Babb has three paintings exhibited in the Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN. The one on the top and the lower one are plein air paintings done on site. The middle one is a pastel from photo because she is not allowed to live in Monet's garden, unfortunately. Fond remembrances are held of painting plein air while there and hopefully some of that freshness is in this pastel.
This is the same area Lori painted with me Wednesday. That was fun! You can see her post below. I love the different interpretation of it.
I toned the back ground trees down with some blues to bring out the brighter colors in the foreground. I added the birds when I got home.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on Canvas
I went to Lake Okeechobee, early yesterday morning and snuck in a painting before Lori came to paint with me! It was very windy and cold up on the levee, but this is one of my favorite spots. Off to the right used to be thick tall grasses and trails of marshy water. Since the whole thing was dredged and dug up it is mostly all sparse grasses. At least the water is coming back.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I did a demo under the painting, the first is a photo I took of a similar plant. You can click on the pictures to see them larger. I prepare the yupo paper, a couple of colors of watercolor are washed onto the paper, I blow on it and tilt the paper till I like the effect. I lay it flat and I let this dry overnight. Then I took a gel pen, drew the plant. The gel pen I used has ink that is not waterproof so it washes off.
The last part of the demo shows where I have wet sections of the flowers with plain water, blot with a paper towel. Then I start laying the colors in the blotted flowers and leaves.
I am enjoying doing something different other than my usual oil painting. The painting is 5 x 7 $100.
Friday, February 15, 2008
This is me at Heathcote Botanical Gardens here in Fort Pierce. I think Amy, the director there took the photo I worked from. It was real cold that day, thats why I have the heavy shirt on. Its 8 x 10, oil and not for sale.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
These are both studies for river paintings which I will do in larger format in studio.
gouache on cold press WC paper
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Cypress on the River
gouache on cold press watercolor paper
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This is the newest gouache study for my Florida River series. I am finding it to be a good plein air medium for small format studies.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Sandra enjoys spreading the word about plein air painting and is continually educating viewers about the challenges and rewards of painting outside on site.
Thanks, Sandra. You are an inspiration to other artists.
Friday, February 8, 2008
gouache on coldpress watercolor paper
Here is today's gouache effort on watercolor paper. This is defnitely a fun medium for location work.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The Southwest corner of the meadow meets a tree line at the site of the annual Battle of Tunnel Hill. Here the Yankee soldiers emerge, guns drawn and cannons blazing. It was quiet when I painted this but within an hour the site showed hundreds of Civil War reenactors.
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gouache on panel
Today's gouache experiment was interesting but I believe it is definitely a paper medium, at least for me. I struggled with this, getting any kind of contrast and values. It is very very soft on masonite so I had to overcompensate on dark values. I could not get crisp lights at all. Most everything was a midvalue range.
It does varnish nicely and looks better after varnishing. I'll have to experiment some more.
On paper it works beautifully.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
Gouache on Index Paper
I paint with a lot of different mediums amd am always looking for a good medium for location work. I did this miniature in gouache and it handles very nicely with good detail, true color, no darkening like acrylic, and no bad smell like casein. I was impressed with it for all of the above reasons. An easy medium for plein air work. Sorry this is blurry. It is so small, it was hard to photograph.
The painting is 6 x 8 inches, oil plein air, alla prima. These houses are across the street from the Manatee Center here in Fort Pierce. $150.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Ichnetucknee River Study
acrylic on cold press paper.
This is another study of the river in preparation for the larger studio paintings. I started the first large painting today and will be showing it on my Art Notes blog in stages. Doing these little location studies really help to make good paintings in the studio.
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This is the second painting I did last Friday at the canal at lock G-36. It was windy and the water was difficult to render. I think I got the feel of it though. I really like the cypress trees on the right.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
5 x 7 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
Went back to lock G-36 yesterday (which is still closed due to lack of water). It was cool and breezy in the morning, and I wanted to capture the cool, blueish shadows in the rocks. The egrets were all around, so I added one here on the shore.
The water in the rim canal around the levee is getting very full. The water in the lake is still very low. They are not opening up the locks and letting the water flow because all of the canals and creeks will stay too low. I guess they figure people can at least get their boats in the water this way.
It is sad to see what was once a grand wetland with tons of wildlife shrink away to dry land. Lake Okeechobee seems to be disappearing.