This was the second painting I did at the PACE17–even though I’d gotten up at 5 am, been very active all day, and this was painted around 5 pm in the park at Old Town. Some Asian tourists seemed very interested in appearing in photos with me. They’d kind of sneak up and try to be discreet. It was quite amusing. Not sure why they picked me when there were so many others to choose from.
I liked the paper wrapping of the plant so I repeated the contrast with the tomato and its plate.
Fourth one. One more tomorrow and then veering off in a new direction…
So we arrived at the Bellagio after almost running out of gas in the desert. The next day we went down to the pool. I was hoping no one would stop me from whipping out the oils…they didn’t. Still think gouache would’ve been a better choice, but I’d left them home. People got in my way as I tried to paint this, but no one seemed remotely interested. They had better things to do! I did another one the next day. I had to paint from a shaded area–it was about 100 degrees. I would wind up with a heat rash–not fun!
I got up early to do this…Took the flowers out of the kettle and used a high sheen satin that was kind of a purplish blue. I’m not sure what I’ll do tomorrow…but I think if I do paint flowers, I’ll have to get a new bunch!
This one was just inspired and easy…so easy I kept going when I coulda/shoulda quit, but managed to stop myself before doing much damage.
This was an experiment on more than one level. For one thing, I usually use a board that has canvas and texture but this was a smooth board. I also got close up for more of a “study” than a “painting.” I wanted to get a little more intimate with the white hydrangea and use a little more drawing and detail to understand it better. Can you tell that this is different than what I usually do or not?
This little plant called to me at the market. I hope I can try it again under different lighting conditions.
Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, Day One
I spent a couple of days scouting locations to paint plein air before realizing that it just was not going to happen…yet. The light was going too fast and I felt too rusty and confused about my approach. I have had a lot of input and not sure what I want to do with all of it. And I had, perhaps misguidedly, taken a break, since I knew the “Challenge” was coming up. Last night as we roamed the Best Buy because B wanted to buy a new TV I said we were watching too much anyway. “What about…? and he named a couple shows we have let ourselves get hooked on. “You said they’re not coming up until January” I answered. “Yeah, January” he responded. “Oh!” I said.
Happy New Year!
The Must is a restaurant with a distinctive logo of a blue head with a hole and a wired bottle in it. There was a purchase prize for painting this…but I don’t think they’ve decided on it yet. Anyway, at first I didn’t think I would do it, but the lighting late afternoon was good, so I set up. I was chatting with another participant when a panhandler came over and asked for money. I declined, and s/he? said “huumph, you can afford an assistant but you can’t pay me?!” I tried to explain that he was not my assistant but s/he wasn’t having any of it…and kept muttering, cursing, kind of circling the area and glancing at me without love….so I asked the other participant if he would hang around until things dissipated, which they eventually did. Meanwhile, I hadn’t set the easel up properly so it almost collapsed and that would have meant turps and paint flying everywhere, but because we were on the alert, we were able to catch it in time. I’ll say it again: plein air, not for the faint of heart!