Sunday, 30 March 2014
This is a great link that I found up on Facebook regarding the different plein air palettes used by some of the most prominent plein air painters...it was so interesting to see how different, yet similar the palettes are. Here is the link: http://www.thomaskitts.com/2013/04/the-contemporary-outdoor-painters.html
Friday, 28 March 2014
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Sharon Jenne and I got together last week for an impromptu paint out at the corner of Wood Rd and Middletown Rd, just outside of Hershey. We stood next to the private parking only sign at the church parking lot and spent a nice couple of hours without anyone noticing us. :)
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Carolyn is in our Florida plein air group. She invited us to paint the blooming azaleas in her front and back yard . Ten of us showed up. I chose the white azalea in the front yard, because of the strong morning sunlight and deep shadows, but also because of the sun hitting the long row of tall pines in the background and the large twisting tree in the foreground.
This is another painting, started en plein air-painted on site for three hours, but finished indoors, using my ipad photos,taken on site, for reference.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Mid 50's, they said. Warm sunshine, they said. I neglected to hear the part about 30 mile an hour gusts of cold cold air blasting my way, whipping my paint rag against my frail chilled bones. Sigh. I had fun anyway. It was that good to be outside again.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
It was about 5 PM when I spied these two beach chairs and towels from our balcony. The beach was almost empty; people had left for the day. The sun was lowering in the sky, casting a long shadow of the adjacent condo across the sand and over the water. The sunshine was still bright, creating great contrast with the shadows on the sand, beach, grasses, water and waves. I photographed this site and started the painting from the photo. I was able to continue most of the painting in plein air [minus the chairs] by waiting till 5 PM for several evenings. The sunlight, the cast shadows, the beach and grasses never changed and the waves just kept rolling in.
"Ice on the Susquehanna"
Julie and I painted on Tuesday at West Fairview Park. It was incredibly warm and the ice on the Susquehanna was melting rapidly. We had a great time, however, we had to constantly fight stone flies. They were everywhere: on the paper, in the paper, crawling down our necks and into the bags!
Sunday, 9 March 2014
In search of the last snow of the season (we hope!) Today I painted in Intercourse PA, where some fields were still dappled with patches of snow...kind of a patchwork "quilt of snow". It was very cold and windy today, I look forward to painting the greens of Spring!
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Beth Bathe and I painted today at Fort Hunter. Probably my last time to paint the ice this season since a lot of it melted during the few hours I painted this. Another sign of spring was the swarm of bugs that were clinging to my paint, palette, crawling down my shirt...I think at least 20 of them hitched a ride home in my gear. A bit of Googling and I learned they were Winter Stoneflies. Apparently they come out of the river in the early spring sunshine, feed on vegetation, mate and lay their eggs back into the river.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
There's a nice write up about the Camp Hill Plein Air Event in Plein Air Magazine's online newsletter. Take a look http://www.outdoorpainter.com/news/camp-hill-event-puts-cash-back-into-local-arts-scene.html an don't forget to get your application in by March 15.
There is a stretch of bare trees along North Highway A1A, near where we stay in Fort Pierce, FLA. For the past five winter seasons I've driven past this "forest" of twisting trees. I don't know what kind of tree they are or how they died. No one has removed them. I'm glad, because I've always wanted to paint them. I finally drove myself to the site on a beautiful sunny morning, with a bright blue sky and nice shadows and painted one of them.