Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We went painting in Newport the other day- the weather was gorgeous, and we got there early enough to set up on the dock, in the shade, of the lobster company before business got going and we'd be in the way. I loved this boat and reflection- I was assured by some guy walking by that it was an antique and wouldn't be moving, but shortly after that the owner backed it out of its berth and left. Luckily I had taken a photo so was able to finish a few details at home.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I planted these pink peonies last year and was thrilled to see them not only come up this spring but with four big buds. I haven't been painting many florals lately, but if I didn't paint these I wouldn't have forgiven myself.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Another image from the RISD street fair. The difficult thing in painting these is editing; there is so much going on in the background, people milling around, trees, buildings, and all kinds of extraneous stuff. I decided here to focus on the light hitting the objects in the foreground and to subdue everything else.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We went painting in East Greenwich, RI last week where I started this painting. I took photos but really wanted to finish it from life, so we went back yesterday, but the tide was out and I found myself looking at a mudflat. So, I worked on the trees and grass but finished the water from a photo when I got home. Can you see the egret?
This is an interesting spot. It's a new park that used to be a landfill, and now has grass, picnic tables and a walking trail. Because you're on top of a plateau, you have an overview of the marsh and cove, which is a little unusual. It wasn't until I got home that I started to wonder, why would they ever put a landfill on the waterfront? The things we do...
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I've been learning a lot about painting skin tones from doing this series; in this case, painting them warmer where they're getting a lot of reflected light from the ground and cooler where the light is from the sky. In the actual painting, the skin colors aren't as blotchy looking as they seem on my screen; the values are actually a lot closer. My efforts with Photoshop did not yield the desired effect.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I struggled with this one- I liked the image of the yellow dress so much, when I tried putting other people in the painting they seemed to be too much of a distraction. I ended up painting out the people on the other side of the table, and cropped a little off the right side of the painting.