Do you live someplace other than the great Northwest? Go outside. Bask in the sun. Do it for me because I'm counting the days until the weather begins changing from constant rain to a bit of occasional sun.
These four studies, done one morning in Maine, are from those glorious sunny days when painting outdoors was actually possible. Each image brings me back to the scene I was looking at, with warmth on my face and a gentle breeze blowing.....OK, so there was a slight gale that blew over my easel.....I was still outside painting.
'What Do You Do When You Can't Paint Outside' is the title of my upcoming class beginning on January 17th. While I will have a couple of still life setups around, most of the class will be about painting from photographs. We will explore the pitfalls of photography and the possible work-arounds that can keep them fresh and exciting. Open to all levels in oil, acrylic and gouache. Find out more at the Winslow Art Center website.
This will be great practice for when plein air becomes doable again as the same principles of design, value and color will apply. Come join us if you can.