Monday, February 14, 2011

feranadina marsh

 
Back from my workshop with Anne Blair Brown. Thought we were going to sunny, warm Florida but it felt a little more like Michigan. Pretty bone chilling for a couple of days there in beautiful Amelia Asland. What an abundance of things to paint. I felt out of sorts all week because I am not a plein air painter. I can not blame my performance on equipment this time either. Loved my versa easy L . So much to learn about a million different things. Anne helped move me along a bit on this journey. I was not very happy with anything I painted and did lots of scrub offs. Feel like I learned some good basics of landscape painting. Have miles to go to figure out color when painting plein air. I am going to challenge myself to paint outside at least once a week. Not today. Need to move out of my comfort zone to grow in my studio work. It HURTS.
So enjoyed Anne and all the other participants in the workshop. Artists are just the best!
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11 comments:

  1. Your plein air marsh is lovely, Carol. So glad to hear you had a good workshop with Anne Blair Brown . . . even if it was cold.

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  2. I agree, artists are just the best! This is wonderful and plein air painting is tough. I've learned just when I think I've figured it out, I've got it all wrong...that's what keeps me going back for more.

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  3. Oh, I feel your pain about plein air. But for some reason I keep pushing myself in that direction. Someone told me it's the only way to improve your work, so guess that's why! You might want to look at Elizabeth Tolley's Oil Painter's Solution Book, Landscapes. Think you will find lots of valuable information in the material. Glad you had a good, even though cold, week in Florida, nice marsh painting from your trip!

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  4. You've got so much insight and talent painting in the studio, that once you figure out the plein air I think you will be really surprised how much you like it. There are some lovely things about this painting. I particularly like the pale magenta just beneath the tree line--it really gives a feeling of distance and the houses in the upper left go even further back. You really did give a feeling of distance and depth to the painting.

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  5. Le bonheur passe parfois par la souffrance... et le résultat est loin d'être mauvais!!! Il y a une certaine profondeur dans cette peinture. Il n'est pas facile de peindre dehors! Bisous

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  6. Carol, You did a wonderful job on this! Nothing like the light you capture painting from life! I've been trapped all winter and forced to paint from photos - not a good thing!

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  7. Carol,
    I echo what Kathryn Townsend said- there is so much to be admired and liked in this painting. I can just see you biking out somewhere, knocking out a plein air piece and biking back. Think of the economy of combining both art and exercise!:)

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  8. I too think artists are the best - at the least ones I've met through blogging. I really like this landscape, Carol, especially that hint of building in the distance. The colors just remind me of Florida too! This is absolutely lovely!

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  9. Carol, you'll get there, I promise! One of my best friends has this great expression: "you have to paint a lot of bad art before you can paint great art!" Right now I am in a plein aire cityscape class for my MFA, and the professors attitude is that 1. none of our paintings are going to be for gallery viewing and 2. if we like about 25% of them by the end of the class, we will have done a really good job. I agree a lot. In order to learn and break through to the next level, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone, which results in a lot of really "bad" art. But then once you figure it out and get to that next level. It will be awesome!

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  10. Carole,
    I love you marsh painting! And I loved getting to know you in Amelia Island. Thank you, again, for taking me to dinner with your sweet family the last evening. (please pass this "thanks" along to Dan)
    You're a wonderful artist, and a wonderful person, too! Let's stay in touch. Rene Stubblefield

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