This is sample I did for a painting class with younger students. My intention with this is that the male students would enjoy painting this and to encourage them to experiment with color especially with black . I also used acrylic.
I only had time to paint the clouds and left out the bridge. I took photos with the intention of putting it in later.
8" x 16" oil on canvas
I am planning a painting from the photos I took of the parade. These are my practice sketches. I am not that confident on my ability to paint profiles and I have a lot of reference profiles from the parade to practice on.
Yesterday we went to Starr's Cave to paint. There were some wonderful sites along the creek bed that required us to haul our stuff. I took photos instead and chose this view close to the parking lot. Some children came by and complimented me on my "bear" on the top, only it was supposed to be a cow. I stayed a little longer and fixed that, then asked my husband what it was: "a cow". Now I am finished.
Yesterday I watched the Rodeo parade and took pictures. This was a great opportunity to sketch the spectators. The above sketch was from across the road and I did have to draw fast before they changed position. You do not have time to erase.
The parade was stopped and I had time to sketch this majorette.
All of my plein air paintings yesterday were waterscapes. This was painted around 2pm and there was not a lot of shadows. The shadow under the far trees was what attracted me to this scene. They seemed to have a blueish cast.
I had to drop some paintings off for an exhibit and on the way home I stopped to paint. A friend joined me later outside Mount Pleasant. Oakland Mills was our first choice but we found a shady place on the banks of the Skunk River in Waterworks Park. This rope swing and hollow tree drew me in. The rope looked old and possibly ready to break should anyone try to use it, not to mention it is hanging from a hollow tree.
This weekend was the Fresh Paint plein air event in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. This is one of my entries. I am slightly sunburned from painting this view but it was worth it. Even if I had not sold this one participating in this event was worth the drive. I had a great time visiting with friends and painting the wonderful scenes in and around Amana. Thanks to Catiris Art Oasis for putting on this event.
This is my painting demo for a watercolor class. I forgot to bring props and had to make due with what was on my Kindle. The only image I could come up with was of a rose. This was challenging for students so I encouraged a background that is just playing with color and washes.
7" x 7" watercolor on 140 lb. paper comes matted to 10" x 10"