Diana and I were excited to get permission to paint at the Harvey Field airport in Snohomish. Not only is it filled with all kinds of interesting things to paint but the hangers provide great shelter from the wind and rain.
Heck of a Hellebore #2
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"
Taking another crack at this lovely hellebore in my backyard.
Not just soggy but a super soggy day. I got three quarters of the way done with this painting before I had to call it quits and finish it at home. Next time I'm going to use two umbrellas instead of just one! And I think it's time to pull out my snow boots...
A return to the backyard painting a hellebore I picked up the previous day at the nursery. I've been surprised at just how peaceful it can be painting outside on these grey, wet days with the rain pitter-pattering on my umbrella.
It was so, so soggy yesterday. I looked all over Snohomish for a dry, interesting place to paint outdoors. I was seriously doubting the wisdom of this whole project when I happened upon McAuliffe's Nursery. It's a really great nursery by the way. They were kind enough to let me sit under cover among the plants and paint some of their pots.
January bums me out big time. Every year I try something new to cheer myself up. The only thing that seems to work is a trip to sunny Colorado. Alas, that isn't always possible. This is one of those years.
My newest attempt to evade the winter blues is to do a plein air everyday in the month of January. I'm hoping all that time outside and a challenge to focus on will do the trick. So this is my first. It's a close up of an old toolbox I normally have flowers in during warmer, happier times of the year.
I have a difficult time convincing my students and, lets face it sometimes myself, the extreme value of doing a value study as a first stage to developing a painting. Values are so important to creating a strong design and sense realism. Doing a value study helps you focus on this important aspect before adding the complexity of color.
Created as a demo in class, I'm sure this value study had everything to do with the success if the painting above.
Speaking of class, there are openings in the Wednesday morning and evening class for anyone who is interested. The focus in class this month is skies, big glorious skies!
Oh yes, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wishing you all the very best this year!