I took a workshop yesterday with Clayton Beck, a very good painter who is a protege of Richard Schmid. We worked on values- using a middle value as the lightest light in one sketch, the darkest dark on another. In the afternoon we did a long pose with our model and I chose to work with dark values. It's really hard not to reach for that white to make bright highlights! It was a great exercise in controlling values and I intend to try it some more.
While I have been trying to paint land/seascapes for Save the Bay, I keep trying to make time to paint some of the flowers now coming up in my yard. I painted most of this over a week ago and finally put the last few dabs of paint on it yesterday.
For a long time now I've been thinking about doing more paintings of the sky. I went out the other night just before sunset and painted this. It probably took me about 20 minutes. Sometimes I like my fast paintings so much more than things I labor over for days.
I went painting last week with Kris Donovan, former owner of the Donovan Gallery, at Little Compton harbor. Beautiful day, though a little chilly. The first painting I wiped off, but this one I worked on at home afterwards and am fairly happy with it.
I really had a hard time last week adjusting to being back after vacation. We took the red eye back Saturday night from LA to Detroit, had a 4 hour layover, and got back to RI around noon on Sunday. I think it took several days to get over missing that night's sleep.
Anyhow, I think I'm back on track. I've been working on some little pieces from photos I took. This may be the first time I've painted a palm tree.