The weather's not been cooperating for good plain air painting lately, so I took the easel inside today and did a little painting of our tree (hung with sand dollars and starfish) in the light of the fading sun- which finally came out at the last minute!
1 hour study of silhouetted dunes against a moody sky alone the path behind our place on Anna Maria Island. I particularly liked how the setting sun lit up those cat tails in the foreground as if they were on fire!
Painted with the Light Chasers plain air group again this morning at the Bayfront Park in Sarasota. There's so much good subject matter around there! Decided to challenge (and blind) myself by looking towards the rising sun and working with a high key palette.
So, it turns out hay bales aren't as easy to paint as one might think! I have a feeling I'll be returning to this field to tackle them some more... One can learn a lot about value by observing cylindrical shapes on a flat plane!
I have been wanting to do a painting of my 8 year old daughter for a while now. Her favorite activity at the beach is hunting for coquinas, those tiny shells that burry themselves in the sand whenever the waves recede. She'll spend hours in this little squatted position filling her bucket with them. Several times she's even gathered enough for me to make a bowl of coquina soup!
I used a photo I'd taken of her for this piece, as well as some quick little plain air sketches.
Can you tell it was a COLD grey day in Florida the morning I painted this one? If so, good, that means I communicated well! Brrrr... it was freezing, first time all year I donned my wool gloves to paint!
Did this one on the first day of Lori Putnam's workshop at the Bay Preserve at Osprey last week. Only had about an hour and a half to get something down after her inspiring demo! Experimented with a limited palette of Napthol Red, Cad Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue and Warm Whitel
Couldn't resist one more little dune study before the sun set the other night! Sometimes its hard to tell if a painting is done or not...nice thing about painting right around sunset is eventually you're forced to put the brush down cause it just gets too dark to see anymore!
Did this painting (during a particularly stunning sunset) as part of Greg Summer's Looking Out My Backdoor challenge, where over 160 artists from around the world painted their backyard views from within 100 feet of their own backdoors. While I've painted from this spot on several occasions, this week was the first time I'd ever painted itas my subject. (Liked it so much I did 3 in 3 days as a matter of fact!)
Looking at the painting now I still feel like I ought to be squinting as the sun sets over the ocean...