Friday, October 21, 2011

In town - 6" x 8" oil

In the afternoon on the second day we painted in town. It was really hot but we toughed it out. I was thinking of all the Edward Hopper paintings we had looked at in the studio while I painted this.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dirt Road 8" x 8" oil

This is probably my favorite painting from the workshop in Vermont. I really like pathways and roads, so this view was very intriguing to me. I also like the shadows. Very fun to paint.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lower Pond - Day One afternoon

So after an awesome lunch at Susan's we went back out to paint. This home was a beautiful estate with two different ponds and several buildings, as well as fields and views of the mountains. It was very hot and muggy, so standing by the water was the only place to catch a slight breeze. Again we used just three colors and white.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Susan Abbott workshop - Vermont

This was our first day painting on location. We were asked to choose a scene that really excited us. We could use only three colors plus white - alizarin crimson, thalo blue and cadmium yellow. I am used to a limited palette but choosing a scene was tough because we were surrounded by beauty on all sides. I did this hill second with the blue sky and enormous puffy white clouds - which we had all week.
This was my first painting. This was the view from the driveway. How about looking at this every morning while you are brushing your teeth! Susan also talked a lot about color. We were asked to push the color and use complements next to one another to get that zing that she has in her work. Both my paintings were small so I was able to do two that morning.