This came together so easily…and not in quite the way I expected. I like the spontaneity and abstraction that painting water allows. I can see why Monet went down this road.
I painted this about 20 years ago but I don’t remember what happened to the painting. I probably threw it out. I wish I had a photo. I also came down here about 10 years ago, and ah yes, I remember the guy I was with was too cheap to pay for the entry fee…granted it was kind of late in the day. There are some antique shops in the area and I had seen an elegantly curved white pitcher that I was sure would inspire me to paint, but even though it wasn’t that much money I walked away from it and have regretted it ever since. But on to the present…B and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon here. He roamed the grounds while I painted this from a shaded corner. The passersby were much more interested in what I was doing than usual. I was part of the experience for them. Maybe the Mission should have waived the entry fee? Back to that, lol!
This is a second version of the piece I did “en plein air” in NC (see below). The differences are the sizes AND that this is done with brushes only while the first was done with palette knife (and of course, one is from life the other from a photo). So which do you prefer and why?
This is the second painting from the 3 day workshop I went to a couple weekends ago. Again, I used brushes, which I haven’t done in quite a while. Next post will show one with just knife and one with just brush….and I’m curious to know what y’all think.