Thursday, July 26, 2012
It looks so quiet but in reality there was all kinds of activity going on all around me: There was a group of kids doing crafts in one of the city's summer programs, boys playing basketball just a few feet away and a relentless grounds person mowing with his ride on mower.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
So we had a lot of clouds. The overcast was just breaking and I've been wanting to learn to paint clouds. They are so rare here in summer. I learned some but have a lot more to figure out. I've been looking at them a lot since this painting and have noticed that the distant ones have a horozontal dark shadow line while the ones that are overhead show a lot more of their shadow underside. That's kind of "Duh," I guess but I hadn't put any thought into it before. I also have been noticing that the shadows on the distant ones tend toward blue and the shadows on the closer ones are warmer and more burnt sienna.
I hate to get too optimistic, but it looks like we may have several sunny days coming.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
But then I did work out a few other things. I'm really happy that I tried putting some light blue and light red tones on the mountains. I'm also happy that I figured out how to paint the red grass instead of just making one big red blob like I have been doing. I still don't get how to paint all those masses of grassy stems. I want to go toward a mass, not individual stems.
Well, there's bound to be another sunny day and that red grass should last awhile so I'll try again.
Our Plein Air group will be hanging a show today at the library. It will run through September. I get to help hang it. Should be fun to see what everyone has submitted