A couple of weeks ago I bought peonies from a lady selling them from her front gate. I noticed how beautiful her garden was and said I'd love to paint her garden. She gave me an open invitation to visit and paint. So, today, I had a few hours in the morning (before it gets in the 90's) and I went by. No one was at home, so I set up across the street and painted the little gate. I left my card asking if I could come by next week. Here is the little painting I did today - "The Rose Trellis Gate". It is almost done. I will touch it up later.
Also, here is the "High Sierra Meadow" after I touched it up.
This afternoon it was in the 90's, so I decided to paint at home in the backyard from photographs I had taken. I need to keep practising alpine landscapes because that is where we will be and what we will be painting in September in the workshop.
This painting is almost done. I ran out of light outside. It was one of those wonderful summer nights where you can sit outside and listen to the sounds of night, in shorts and t-shirt, and feel comfortable. Fortunately - no bugs and no mosquitos!!!! Just a lovely night.
This is how I started the painting. The paper is a light green La Carte.
On the way home from a local farmer's market, a lady was sitting outside her gate, selling her home-grown peonies. I bought a bunch and took many photographs for future paintings. Today, before they wilted, I painted one of them in their vase, in pastel, in my backyard. Two of my bunnies were outside with me. Now and then while I stood at my easle, I felt a tickle on my ankle. Just bunny wiskers - saying "hello"!
A couple of days ago my husband and I drove up to the Truckee house for a few hours. It was cold!!!! Coming from Reno desert heat - wearing shorts and flip-flops! And I had packed and stored all my clothes. All I had to keep warm in the cold house was a bathrobe to wear over my clothes!!!! How silly is that? I brought my mini pastel kit, and sat by the window and looked outside. The mule's ears are in bloom. So this is a painting done en plein air - but in the house!
We took Mom on an outing to what we locals call "The Lake". There is a lovely state park there with wheelchair access, sandy beach, picnic areas. While we sat at the water's edge on the beach of "Sand Harbour" at Incline, Lake Tahoe, I did a little pastel painting. It was a lovely day and Mom enjoyed it thoroughly.
I am working on Canson paper, on the smooth side. I'm also working with hard pastels and working on a table instead of an easle, doing light cross-hatching and other such strokes. It is a slower method, but as long as I'm in no rush, and enjoying working outside on the patio, listening to the birds and seeing them visit the birdfeeder - who cares?
Summer! So many things to do and enjoy: yardwork, riding my horse, taking my Mom on outings, barbeques, eating meals outside, buying berries and peaches at the farmer's market....are you enjoying summer too?
We have nice, summer weather now, but we have windy days. Just too windy for me to paint outside. I'm back to working in pastel exclusively now, so that I can be ready for a workshop in the mountains. The instructor (Richard McKinley) has a Pastel Pointers Blog each week. I printed many of them. I thought I would practise what he preaches! So today's work, I started with a grey scale painting first. Then I matched the colors to the values and went over the painting in the matching values in color, and voila! I retained the values while in color!
I'm still working on the watercolor, but made myself bring out my pastels. I will be taking a workshop from Richard McKinley in September, so I better get back to work.
But this abstract thing I've been into lately is very relaxing and brings out my intuition. So, for the first time with pastels, I did not have a photographic reference, I did not have a plan, I just started picking out attractive colors and putting them on white strathmore pastel paper. You cannot put water on this paper, so I used a piece of foam to rub the first layer of color into the texture of the paper.
After looking at it for a while, the closest thing it looked like was a flower garden. So I started putting in cobblestone and rock and flower shapes. Totally from my head, and using the shapes already on the paper.
I am certainly not an abstract painter, but this is fun attempting to do it. What is that logo or saying? "Just do it!" Maybe Nike.
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!