Monday, July 9, 2012

The Beach

On June 30th, I participated in a plein air workshop given through the Tustin Art League.  Kevin Davidson was the instructor and I really learned a lot.  Kevin is a wonderful artist (and instructor) that works in both oils and watercolor.  For his watercolors, he usually works on yupo paper and is truly a master at it.  He makes it look so effortless.  I find it very frustrating.

For this workshop, he painted in oils.  He did a demo for a little over an hour and then we worked on our own paintings with him giving us pointers.  I find plein air painting just as frustrating as trying to paint on yupo but I'm glad I took this workshop and it does get easier each time I paint on site.  It will never be my first choice in painting experiences because I have a very short attention span.  By the time I get set up I'm usually ready to leave.  Also, I enjoy my creature comforts of being in my studio, close to the kitchen and other facilities.  : )

I am really happy with how this little painting turned out which will probably make me sign up for the next plein air experience with a little less kicking and screaming.

The Beach
Image Size 6" x 6"
Oil

11 comments:

  1. Une très jolie peinture. Les couleurs sont très belles et le travail de vos vagues venant lécher la sable est admirable. J'aime aussi la profondeur de cette peinture et son atmosphère.

    Gros bisous.

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  2. What a beautiful painting, Nancy! Stunning work. I'm like you with the creature comforts thing and have to laugh at the comment you made about being ready to leave by the time you get set up. That is so something I would feel too. But wow! I'd never have managed this beauty!

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  3. This is a gem! Sometimes the best things come in small packages. The loose brushstrokes make the scene come alive.

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  4. A wonderful painting, Nancy. I really, really like it.

    I share your feeling about working in the great outdoors - a studio every time for me. But then I don't like picnics or BBQs ... a dining room for me :0))

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  5. The way you captured the light in this painting is just gorgeous, Nancy.

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  6. This came out wonderful Nancy! I sure missed the workshop. Very beautiful.

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  7. Thanks Amy. I painted a thin underpainting of a soft pink and I think that really make the painting glow.

    Thank you Prerana. I wish you had gone to the workshop. You would have enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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  8. Nancy, this is so beautiful! I love the looseness and soft quality that it has. I hope you do lots more plein air!!!

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  9. Thanks Theresa. I plan to paint more en plein aire.

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  10. I love the colurs and texture in the water - lovely! :0)

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