I did this a couple weeks ago but I’ve been busy with drawings and grieving. Anyway, I reworked the one on the bottom and it became the one on the top.
From the morning of the last day at Descanso last week….seems so long ago.
Day 2 of the plein air workshop at Descanso from last week.
Last week I went to a plein air workshop for 3 days at Descanso Gardens. The place is actually almost too pretty to paint. I liked the way the benches in the shade took on a purplish cast against the yellow of the rosebushes, and of course the sunny day (after I found a shady area to paint from).
I have been a tad missing from my blog and my newsletter, etc. because I’ve been exploring other subject matter and media. And if you’re familiar with my work, you’d know that I “don’t do birds” …but who knows? Maybe that’ll change. This guy took a long time to hatch!
This is the painting from last Saturday and finally getting it posted. It was such a fun day and I would like to make going out to paint more of a regular habit. I just got into a Plein Air Festival, so that should motivate me as well. I love the colors at the beach!
I wish I could do one of these for every month this year! But alas, there are other obligations, needs, etc. I do hope to paint more regularly though…and also have time to work on pieces for longer than one day. I am very pleased with all I have learned this month.
So today is the last day of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I love where this has ended up–this zoomed out portrait of morning light on yellow daisies. My issue now is that I was so much waiting for this to be over so I could attend to everything else…but now I realize that has been part of my problem all along. I need to continue, but it does seem unrealistic to think I can keep this up. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I see how pushing myself to do “one more” has gotten me clearer on what I’m “trying to say” and “looser” in a way that I like. I don’t know if there’s really any other way to achieve “making it look easy” than doing the hard work of showing up as often as possible….rehearsing over and over until it looks effortless. But there are so many things I’ve had to push to the side…things I typically do to “take care of myself.” I don’t think it has to be all or nothing…but part of me does…I hate to break the daily habit, but I think I may need to do so, and then see if I can find a way to bring it back in a way that makes sense.
I came into the studio early (for me) this morning and the light was amazing! I knew it wouldn’t last long but I decided to try to capture what I could…This is as far as I could get before it was completely off of this set up. I’m reading a book about getting up early…which is a lot easier to read about than to do. Especially since it seemed like my partner would never agree to it…and then suddenly, he just decides to start getting up earlier without my even asking!!! Weird, but maybe a sign??? If I can get up and have longer with this beautiful fleeting morning light, I’ll do it!