I was finally able to actually do some plein air today. My first effort became a toned canvas but I am happy with my second attempt. It was a glorious day today, a tiny bit of nip in the air. One of the things I focused on was selecting the site. I tried to look for spatial clues as Mitchell Albala recommended in his book on "Landscape Painting". It was helpful to know what to look for such as 1. Volume - clear patterns of light that create a sense of volume that results in differentiation of shapes 2. Scale - i.e. changes in size the suggest one is further back 3. Overlapping - i.e. if trees in the mid ground or foreground also overlap and overlap the back ground i.e. trees enter the sky in the background and 4. introduce perspective with a fence in the foreground or perhaps shadows leading the viewer into the background. He provided thumbnails that visually explained it all. For a beginner landscaper, it was very helpful to know what to look for. The next chapter will be on composition. I am really learning a lot and today's exercise just emphasized how much more I have to learn. Have a great day!
After 60+ years, I have finally discovered my passion! I love painting as the process totally absorbs me and the results surprise me! As a retired nurse, wife, mother and now grandmother, painting affords me an opportunity to express myself in a total different manner. A whole new world has opened to me and I am even more aware of how beautiful and precious life is. I am reading and painting every day and I have been fortunate to have so many people help me on my journey. I have attended workshops by Gregg Kreutz, Susan Sarback, Stacy Barter, Gay Faulkenberg, and Terry Norris