This is one of my early watercolor paintings. I have painted plein air at all of the Fort Madison Area Arts Association garden tours for the last 20 years. This one was bought by the resident gardener.
My first art fair. I think you can tell the time period by the perm and big goofy glasses. I was encouraged by my friend, Ruth Newberry to particitpate. My dad helped me make the folding screen using chicken wire and 2" x 2"s.
This ended up more of a practice. I had one and a half hours to paint before the rain started. I have heard of plein air painters who would stick it out in the rain and snow. If this had been working out I may have stayed.
I painted this for a Daily Paintworks challenge. It could be anywhere along the trail, from a small isolated puddle to the bank of a large lake.
I remember a watercolor painter, Richard Hanson who painted a lot of scenes like this. I enjoyed his series of intimate landscape paintings but that was before the internet and he has changed his subject matter to street scenes. His current subjects are gritty street scenes. His images now "have conjured up scenes of homelessness, hopelessness,
desperation, violence frustration and isolation". The same ability that gave you a connection to the landscape now connects you to the street.
This morning was cloudy with great plein air painting possibilities. The clouds change faster than I could keep up so I took a few photos before I started painting. After I blocked in the clouds, I concentrated on creating depth with the blue trees in the background. A warm red and Pthlao were mixed to create the muted purples in the clouds.
12" x 6" oil on canvas on panel
This was the first try as I attempted to capture one cloud that had light on the top and changes color to purple. The cloud changed before I could fill it out. I then wiped this off and painted the above scene.
Jessica and I went down to the river bank to paint, mostly clouds. The camera does not capture the subtle shades and colors. Painting on site hones your skill as the clouds do not stay the same for very long and after about an hour and a half the sky cleared up.
I was not happy with the previous version of this arrangement. Not being able to let it go, I painted this version again. Even this version was wiped off and painted again. If it is not working you have nothing to lose wiping it off and trying again.
My husband is a nurse at the local nursing home. He volunteered me to do a portrait demo. I asked Richard to be the model because he has a sense of humor and I could joke with him. This is a 16" x 20" acrylic. Acrylic would not have been my first choice for a portrait but because of some issues the residents my have with fumes from oil and dust from pastel acrylic was the safest. I also gave myself less than two hours to finish it. The experience was so positive that I also volunteered to do a painting demo at the assisted living residence. My husband made a frame for Richard and his remark was "That is probably the best part." I think Richard was the best model ever.