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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Plein Air - Mud In

This week the mud and humidity placed us back inside for our plein air painting. We did another still life painting which was good practice. For some reason, I am not usually drawn to painting or drawing a still life, but once I get going on one I usually find it interesting. I still have a long way to go when it comes to composition. That is probably the greatest challenge for an artist. I just need to keep up the practice. I am sitting here wondering how you crop a panel. When you paint a watercolor painting, you can always crop your paper to get the most interesting view. The same goes for stretching your own canvas. In the meantime, this is a study - meant to be fun. Hope you enjoy seeing it.
Entertainment on a Muddy Day

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Plein Air Rainout

This past week our plein air class was rained in. Instead of braving the fresh air and insects, we painted a freehand still life painting. It was just a study - fun and challenging. Even though it is only a study, I may make some changes, but for now here is what I have.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Portrait in Colored Pencil

This is my other project that I was working on. My son asked me to do a portrait of the son of a co-worker of his. He wanted it to be a surprise gift. It was a surprise, and Donna seems to be very pleased with the outcome. She also gave permission for me to share this with you. This is Karat Aquarell watercolour pencil by Staedtler on Canson Artist Series Drawing paper 9" x 12" 153.6 lb. Light Gray. This is a slightly better cropping of the original portrait. The paper was slightly curling.

Donna's Son

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