Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Daily Painting 780 Oxbow EcoCenter Path

Plein Air, Alla Prima, it was a perfect day. 8 x 10 inches, oil, $200.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Daily Painting 777 Oxbow Bridge Plein Air Alla Prima

Its 8 x 10, oil, $200. Painted it at Oxbow EcoCenter

Daily Painting 776 No Name Painting Plein Air Alla Prima

I would like to know what this plant is before I name the painting. I saw it at Oxbow Ecocenter Park today. There is a photo of the plant below. It has no leaves, those are some tree leaves in the photo. Its 6 x 8 inches, $150.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Winter Blooms, Bogainvillaeas

"Winter Blooms"

These bougainvillaeas are blooming in my front yard. So striking against all the brown grass and leafless trees. It was windy and I didn't stay out long, but I really enjoyed it.

This is my first chance to do any plein air painting in months. After my husband got so sick I only stole an hour here and there while he was sleeping. So good to have him back! He is about 80 % back to his old self. I should say his new self. He is so grateful and opens up so much more often now.

Media: acrylic on hardboard

Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $100 USD
Ready to frame.

To see more originals and how to order a DP book, please click here to see my gallery page.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sandra paints Alla Prima

January has been a little too chilly for Sandra to get out side so she opted to paint in the cosmetics department at Hamilton Place Mall's Belk Department Store at their Senior Expo. "I received a favorable response from the manager and employees". It was announced over the intercom. The announcement was that Artist Sandra Babb is demostrating her craft.
Over all it was a pleasant experience lasting from 10 am til 1 pm. I may have painted for an hour total time. The Events Coordinator has invited us back and I'm game to try it again. Note that I put the sign in the painting---"At Your Service." This little study sold and I slipped it into a Belk's plastic bag with tissue paper from the Chanel Department. Fun to go home with the new owner. It is a pastel and I hope she made it to the frameshop intact.
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Senior Expo at Belks First Tuesday in January


Sandra Babb, Christine Vetne, Owner of Wolftever Creek Gallery, and Jo Thomas, artist exhibiting at the Senior Expo
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Daily Painting 771 Old Log Plein Air Alla Prima

Its oil, I painted it today at Mckee's Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach. I was almost finished and the wind came up and dumped the painting into my lap. It smeared the bottom half of the painting but I was able to fix it up. $200.


This is a different post for you plein air painters! I am getting up a trip to Giverny, France in early September to paint inside Monet's Gardens daily. We will stay in a house down the street from Monet's house with a full time chef. When not in the gardens, we will paint in the village, the town of Vernon, the countryside, the Seine River, and an old mill. If you have ever wanted to see Monet's Gardens, this is the way to go so you can actually paint there! We have a studio where we can store our "stuff" and paint inside anytime. Non-painters are welcome with you. They can enjoy the quiet village, our daily excursions, or have side trips of their own.

Email me: if you are interested in learning more. I have a deadline of Feb 5 to gather a list of painters interested to hold that week.

Let's Paint France!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Trailhead" by Jenna Star Friedman

This plein air painting is one in my series of paintings done for the show at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs, FL. The exhibit will run from January 2 through March 1, 2009 at the Gallery in the Preserve. This painting was done with pastels on site. It took two days for me to complete. All paintings in the exhibit were done in plein air over several months at Brooker Creek Preserve, located off Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs. We are very proud to be able to put on this exhibit as the paintings demonstrate our love of natural Florida. The show is titled: VANISHING FLORIDA - PRESERVATION THROUGH ART, BROOKER CREEK by the WEST COAST PLEIN AIR PAINTERS. If you are in the area, please stop by to see the work by me and fellow artists of West Coast Plein Air.
Trailhead, Pastel, 9x12"
$400 beautifully framed
Thanks for looking!
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Short Plein Air Demo from Appalachian State University by Bernie Rosage Jr.

There's a small park in the center of campus at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, North Carolina that is one of my favorite spots to paint en plein aire. My wife dropped me off with easel and painting gear in hand buying me two hours time while she took the kids to the library. The weather was clear and warm for Boone in late December... around 55 degrees... perfect painting weather!
I positioned myself along a walking path in the park with a great view of the campus bell tower... my focal point.

I met many nice folks walking and jogging along the path... it's a wonder I finished the painting before my wife returned with the numerous conversations I had. Knowing the short time frame I had to work with I had to do some mental editing and only included the
elements necessary to make the piece work compositionally.

Stage 1... First I sketched a "rule of thirds" grid to help position the focal point on my panel. I then began to block in the important shapes with burnt sienna and ultra marine thinned with odorless mineral spirits.
Stage 2... I began to block in with more opaque paint defining the shapes and values more. I mixed Liquin Impasto Gel with all my pigment mixtures to speed drying times knowing I would be transporting this one back to the coast in a Honda CRV packed to it's gills with luggage, kids, and two cats.

Stage 3... I began working in some detail. Note my editing consisted of leaving out a few trees and the gazebo. Often times you know when something in a painting just isn't working... that's how it was with the evergreen tree on the left for me. My evergreen looked more like a sycamore giving half the painting a visual tension with the bare tree on the right... it was as if I had two seasons (summer and winter) within one painting.

Stage 4... With that said... the best thing to do was wipe it out... I could have licked it to death trying to fix it but I learned sometime back it is better for me to wipe it clean and start fresh. Many times the plein air painter has to wipe his whole panel clean... we call that a "scrapper".
Stage 5... Adding more detail and refining areas. My palette for this painting consisted of cad lemon yellow, cad yellow medium, yellow ocher, terra rosa, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, viridian, cerulean blue, ultra marine blue, and titanium white.
Stage 6.... The Finished work... just in time... my wife showed up just as I was signing it.
Click on image to see a larger view...
"ASU Bell Tower"... 8x6" Oil on Panel, alla prima en plein aire, 12-30-2008.
This original oil painting by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... email Bernie with the title in the subject line... click HERE... for price and details...

Packing up and looking forward to the next plein air adventure... Hope you enjoyed this short demo.... Happy New Year!
Here's another plein air demo I did in 2005 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains that you may glean some info from: Impressionistic Demo by Bernie Rosage Jr.

WHOOPS... Forgot my brushes!

"Impressionistic Marsh".... 8x16" Oil on panel, alla prima "en plein aire" with palette knife, 11-2008. .
This piece is currently on display at the Baysden Gallery for the Invitational Show titled "Water World" on exhibit through January.
Click on image to see a larger view and experience the texture and colors better...
My Lil' Painting Buddy, Olivia, and I set out on another plein air painting adventure recently. We went to one of our favorite spots at the Cedar Point branch of the Croatan National Forest. I got my Lil' Buddy all set up and painting and I picked out a good view for myself. As I began setting up my french easel I discovered something... Whoops... I forgot my brushes... they were on my desk at home just where I left them while packing my gear. Adapting to the dilemma I decided to do my painting totally with my palette knives which were luckily packed in my easel. The result was something totally different than you are used to seeing from me... I enjoyed the freedom of doing something totally different and fresh.
Close ups showing impasto texture from palette knife work...

This original oil painting by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... email Bernie with the title in the subject line... click HERE... for price and details.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Daily Painting 767 SOLD Bromilead at Mckee's and I'm in the News

SOLD The painting is 6 x 8 oil, plein air, alla prima. $100. Below is me in today's newspaper! Not doing plein air in that photo but I thought I would post it anyhow! Below that is my paintings in a show I was in today.

Overcast Afternoon (pencil 7.5/11) $60

It was typical Tennessee cold overcast winter day but the late afternoon sun peeked out and lit up this old house. Probably do a watercolor from this.
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Price: $60
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Daily Painting 766 Coconut Palm at McKee's Plein Air Alla Prima

Its 8 x 10, oil, it was a perfect day, not too hot or cold.
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Price: $200 USD
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Daily Painting 761

Its 8 x 10, oil. $200.