Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bridge at Dexter Lake 8"x 10"

After I finished painting yesterday I saw this scene and did a sketch.  So I painted this at home today from the sketch but I also had a photo, which was very little help.  I did have the painting from yesterday and figured the colors were probably about the same.  I was pretty unhappy with it when I finished because it's not realistic and is darker than I wanted.  But now I'm liking it better and think it might be a good idea to go back there and try doing it from life.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lakeside Poplars 8"x 10"

I wish I had been able to do a little better with this but now that I am painting more often I'm hopeful for progress.  I do like the composition real well--the amount of light and dark.
I was at the Lowell Bridge where I had heard people had been painting.  It was an awfully public place and I didn't want to stand down on the walk way and paint the bridge but I liked this scene looking north.  There is a view of the road just to the right of this scene that I would like to try another time.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Golden Gardens in May 8"x 10"

Yesterday afternoon the plein air group met at Golden Gardens.  It was a lovely warm day.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

10th Alley off Polk 6"x 8"

I saw this scene when I was walking my dog a couple days ago.  I tried to follow a technique Victoria told me about where left over paint on the palette is used as a base for the mid values.  It seems like a really nice way to tone down bright colors.  Also added Alizirin and pthalo blue to my very limited palette and am real happy to have some more lively colors going on.