Thursday, May 21, 2009

Grainger County Park 5-20-09

My granddaughter insisted we go to the park. That was a great idea as she could play and I could paint. Grainger County Park is small so I could easily keep my eye on her while I painted. As soon as I set my easel up I knew that the lady sitting on the park bench would be a great subject. She was there with her grand kids too. Soon her daughter joined her, so I had a nice composition of both Betty and Lori on the bench.

Jamie and Rusty, a lovely young couple were sitting in a swing. Ahha, my second study!! Too bad that they got up and left just as I completed the initial block in, so I had to rely on memory. She had on a green shirt, but I changed it to red to give some contrast and variety. Hey, isn't that what they mean by artistic license.

I had a man looking over my right shoulder and talking to me the entire time that I was painting the couple on the swing. Plein air painting does create interest!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Richland Mill

I had hoped to find dogwoods or redbuds in bloom at Richland Mill stream, but found lots of green leaves. Oh well, it still was a nice warm day and I was dressed in my hiking boots to ward off any snakes that might be in the area.

Carl's Dogwood

Who says you have to go far from home to paint. This dogwood with the lake in the background was done in my neighbors yard.

My Iris and Azaleas

These paintings were done in my yard. The flowers have been lovely this year.

Beach Paintins Continued

A couple more plein aire paintings done while at Surfside Beach, SC. The major brush fire in the area made for some colorful sunrizes.

Beach paintings

Oh wow, it has been a month since I've posted, but I am glad to say that I have been painting. We were at Surfside Beach, SC when I did this 8x10 oil from my hotel balcony.