Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 20 Workshop Demo

Great day out painting with my students today. The workshop went well and the weather actually improved, hour by hour. There was a plethora of subject matter from which to choose.

I did two more mini-demonstrations, but gave them to the students who said they needed them the most.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ebb Tide at Livingston Bay

Plein Air Original Watercolor

Glad to have an opportunity to post this. I painted it on location, with Sylvia, Dianne and others in the area. It was one of four I did that day for the plein air event and subsequent show.

At the time, I really didn't like it at all. It evidently ripened in the dark, because when I finally had the nerve to look at it again, I decided it deserved a chance afterall. That's the way it goes en plein air, though. Seldom, if ever, do we feel that we have captured the inspiration. It is to be hoped that the viewer adds their own unique memories and experience, so that between us we can regenerate the feeling of being there.

I will take this one to Gallery By the Bay in Stanwood, where you can see it in person and let me know what you think. The show opens on August 1. The place where it was painted is only a few miles away.

On Location for CWLT

On location on Camano Island

Here's why I haven't had an opportunity to post as many photos as I would like.

I've been out painting for the upcoming event for the Camano/Whidbey Island Land Trust.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer Studio Roses

We have been having the BEST weather the past two weeks! Great for catching up on gardening and for outdoor painting, of course.

These are the roses that students may remember from our trip to Giverny at the end of our workshop in France. We stayed at a B&B which was a house and property formerly owned by Claude Monet. He gave it to his stepdaughter as a wedding present. The path in his painting "Advance of the Wedding Party" is now the road in front where we parked. The landscape architect who lived there during our visit had planted a beautiful rose to climb over the main gate. He gave me the name and I ordered these to plant here at the corner of my studio.

Whether you were there, or just want to share some photos of our painting adventures, click here, for a walk down memory lane.

See the summer workshops we have planned this year in the column to the right. Note the one at Lavender Hills Farm, where participants are invited to the studio afterwards.