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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fish Creek Plein Air - Creek Bends

"Creek Bends"
Plein Air Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"
$75 unframed  #220024615

I painted Creek Bends as a second painting with Debbie and Gerry (Sketch Club Paint Out). The sky finally opened up to a lovely blue but changed my shadows drastically from when I started. I had trouble with the distant trees on the left until Debbie suggested making them more it when friends are absolutely right, happy again!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fish Creek Plein Air - June Early Evening

I met Debbie and Gerry (from Calgary Sketch Club paint out) to plein air paint in Fish Creek Park (Calgary) at 6pm. We happily set up our easels and started painting. The early evening light was changing quickly to dark cloud cover. This painting just flowed. I wanted to paint one that when you stood away it all came together but looked very abstract up close. I had to take care not to step back in the water when I looked at it from a few paces back. Can you just feel the pleasure in this one!

"June Early Evening"
Plein Air Oil on Board 8" x 10"
$75 unframed     #20020615

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Calgary FCA - Doug Swinton Workshop

I painted ALL 10 of these 8"x10" paintings in a one day workshop with Doug Swinton. I have never painted on black canvas board before so that to was an adjustment. He put a photo up on a large screen and we had 20 minutes to paint it, then 10 minutes to clean our palettes and brushes and on to the next one. It was a heart pounding and very rewarding experience. We had scenery, animal (bison), floral and even a person to paint (really something for everyone and really pushing our usual comfort subject). Now to use what I have learned when I go plein air painting.....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Garden's First Blooms

"Garden's First Blooms"
Plein Air Oil on panel 
7" x 5" unframed  $40

I love everything about this painting. I sat on our front grass so I could get more of a straight on view and happily painted in the warm sunshine. The first blooms in the garden are always a celebration but do not last long with frost, snow and wind to deal with.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"Reflection" plein air oil painting

I joined the "Swinton's Meet Up" group last week and painted plein air with 2 other artists. I think the dark and stormy clouds kept others away.

The photo above is of my easel and the painting in progress. It had been threatening to rain (hence dull colours above) then it cleared up and felt especially bright, so I changed my painting's light and colours. The actual painting's colours are more natural.

8" x 8" plein air oil on board $65 unframed