I attended the Los Gatos Plein Air Invitational a couple weeks ago. Getting back, settling in and getting the images ready to post has taken a while. The first day, I wound up going back to this park that I had painted in 2 years ago….just to see how things have changed. I’m pleased with my progress. The kids that passed by were all very encouraging. There were about 100 geese when I started, sort of surrounding my easel…and honking up a storm, but after I’d been painting a while, I looked up and there was nary a one in sight. They had just somehow slipped away while I’d been completely absorbed in the painting. I did 4 more paintings up there over the next 2-3 days and hope to post them soon.
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).
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 from a photo by Sarah Dolliver. I asked her for it because the theme for the Beverly Hills Art Show was extreme weather and they wanted me to do a demo but I joked with them that unless they could whip up a storm I’d be working from a photo. The funny thing was that the weather forecast started predicting thunderstorms for the show…but luckily, for all 240 artists, that did not happen. Someone at the show could tell from the painting that this was of the White Sands Desert in New Mexico. It’s a striking photo and image and I hope I did it justice. I’d have worked from my own photo but as they say “it never rains in Southern California”–except when you’re having an outdoor art show!
This is from something I saw while we were driving along the road in North Carolina, on our way to the Outerbanks. Did I mention my computer died about a week ago…It’s really hard to post without it.